Zuma to respond to SIU's Nkandla report

Zuma has written to Parliament pledging to respond to the SUI's findings in 30 days.

FILE. The president has written to the National Assembly, pledging to respond to the SUI's findings in 30 days. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma says he's received a provisional report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on the Nkandla spending scandal.

He has now written to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, pledging to give a 'comprehensive and final' response on the matter within 30 days.

The president told Parliament in April he first wanted to wait for the outcome of the SIU's probe before responding to the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's investigation.

In his letter to Mbete, Zuma says the report from the SIU is only provisional, but he adds it provides him with enough insight to respond.

The president says he'll be giving equal regard to the Public Protector's report as well as that of the government's own ministerial task team, which cleared him of any blame.

The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says Zuma's undertaking shows he regards the matter as serious.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) however says the 30 days will fall only after Parliament has adjourned for the winter recess.

It's also questioning whether Zuma will in fact meet the deadline.