SIU 'not obligated' to make Nkandla report public

The unit finalised its report on the R246m upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's home this week.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it does not have to make its Nkandla report public.

The unit finalised its report on the R246 million spent on upgrading security at President Jacob Zuma's private home in KwaZulu-Natal earlier this week.

The unit is also trying to recover more than R155 million from the principal architect Minenhle Makhanya, who is allegedly responsible for inflating the cost of the project.

In a statement, the unit says the SIU Act does not empower it to release the report or make its contents public.

There were three different investigations into the upgrades by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the SIU.

Zuma submitted his response on the Nkandla upgrades to Parliament last week and a multi-party committee of the National Assembly has been set up to carry out a further review.

The Nkandla upgrades came under heavy criticism in a report by Madonsela in March.

Madonsela's report said Zuma had "benefited unduly" from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, and should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.

The issue came into sharp focus in Parliament yesterday, when Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema insisted that Zuma tell the nation when he intends repaying the money.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete had to adjourn the sitting of the House.

At one point it appeared as if riot police were going to forcibly remove EFF members from the house.

The ANC and EFF traded verbal blows today, with the ruling party claiming the EFF only wants to sow "destruction and anarchy". The EFF has hit back, claiming the ruling party is only trying to protect Zuma.