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SIU waiting for Nkandla replies

The unit says it is hoping to hand over its final report on the matter next week.

FILE: The Special Investigating Unit said it is awaiting responses from third parties named in a probe examining spending at Nkandla. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on Monday said it is awaiting responses from third parties named in a probe examining spending at Nkandla.

In June, the body announced a delay in the release of its final investigation because of circumstances "beyond its control".

More than R240 million was allegedly spent on security u pgra des to President Jacob Zuma's private homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

The SIU's Boy Ndala says they're hoping to hand over the final report next week.

"In fairness to the two third-parties, their responses should be included."

The final report was expected to be released at the end of June.

The delay sparked criticism as the postponement coincided with reports that SIU decision makers were looking for a diplomatic way of presenting their findings.

The DA's Marius Redelinghuys says opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) will ask the SIU about the delay when they appear before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice.

The ANC had said it would be premature to revive the Nkandla ad-hoc committee before Zuma presented his full response on the matter.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete is waiting for the president's response before proceeding on the matter.

The ANC's Moloto Mothapo says it wouldn't make sense for the house to discuss the report before the president responds to it.

Redelinghuys disagrees, saying Parliament's rules and regulations along with the damning public protector's report are enough for an in-house discussion to take place.