'Nkandla investigation time-consuming'

SIU Head Vas Soni says the Nkandla investigation has been a little more difficult than they had anticipated.

FILE: Advocate Vas Soni says the Nkandla investigation has proved to be more difficult and time-consuming than expected. Picture: David Harrison/M&G

JOHANNESBURG - Special Investigating Unit (SIU) Head Vas Soni has told Eyewitness News that the Nkandla investigation has proved to be more difficult and time-consuming than expected.

On Friday, he revealed that the unit has handed over evidence files to the Department of Public Works which potentially implicate at least 15 officials.

The SIU is investigating how R250 million is being spent on upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

Soni says the next step is to handover evidence to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) which could result in criminal charges.

This is expected to happen within two weeks.

Soni says the investigation has thrown a few surprises at his unit.

"It's been a little more difficult than we had anticipated because there are so many role-players involved. Every time we talk to one official, we're then informed that somebody else may have had a hand in things."

The SIU is also initiating civil claims against some of the Nkandla contractors in a bid to recover some of the public money paid to them.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary ad-hoc committee has been set up to investigate the matter.