SIU Nkandla report due next week

After a lengthy delay, the SIU says it has now received all the documentation it had requested.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says its report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private residence in Nkandla will be presented to him early next week.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said that no government money had been spent on the R246 million upgrades and as a result, the unit was tasked to investigate why the security upgrades cost so much.

The renovations included an amphitheatre, a chicken run and a swimming pool.

After a lengthy delay, the unit says it has now received all the documentation it had requested.

SIU spokesperson Boy Ndala says, "The SIU has received responses from all the parties involved and we are finalising the report."

The upgrades have also been the subject of investigations by government and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Earlier this year, Madonsela found Zuma improperly benefitted from the upgrades and recommended he pay back part of the cost.

Last week, the Department of Public Works charged 13 officials in connection with the Nkandla upgrades.

The department said the officials were identified through the SIU's probe.

Nxesi's legal advisor Phillip Masilo said the department is waiting for the prosecution team to agree with their legal representatives for dates of the hearings.

The department also dismissed a senior official following an investigation into how renovations worth R60 million were carried out at seven ministerial homes.