Report: Civil claims possible over Nkandla

The SIU is probing spending on President Jacob Zuma’s private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - Documents for a possible civil claim relating to upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla homestead have been handed over to lawyers, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) said on Thursday.

It is probing spending on the president's home in KwaZulu-Natal.

The SIU handed over evidence to the Department of Public Works last month regarding possible misconduct involving contractors and officials.

Documents in support of possible civil claims have now been made available to lawyers.

According to a _Times _report, 10 current and former public works employees have been cited in the SIU's preliminary report.

Contractors are reportedly to blame as they allegedly inflated prices.

Officials are accused of failings relating to the hiring of contractors to work on the project.

The SIU has refused to comment, saying the unit's findings are not public.

In a separate report released in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the R246 million security upgrades.

She recommended that he pay back a portion of the money.