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Top cop to head Nkandla probe

High profile officer, Lieutenant-General Vinesh Moonoo, will be heading the investigation.

Lieutenant-General Vinesh Moonoo. Picture: Pool

JOHANNESBURG - Police say high profile officer, Lieutenant-General Vinesh Moonoo, who also investigated the Oscar Pistorius case, will be heading the probe into security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Earlier this year, political parties laid charges of corruption, fraud, theft of public money, and racketeering against Zuma at different police stations.

Police have decided that the matter will be centralised and investigated nationally.

The cases opened by political parties, including the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters, are expected to be brought together at police headquarters and Moonoo will work with detectives from there.

The opposition parties handed the Public Protector's report into Nkandla to the charge office.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega's office would not elaborate on any details of the investigation, but suggested police have not brought official charges against Zuma.

In her report in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family "unduly benefited" from the upgrades on Nkandla and recommended that Zuma pay back a portion of the money.

The Special Investigating Unit also found that Zuma unduly benefitted from the upgrades.

Last week, Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla, which is made up of African National Congress members, heard that Zuma was not unduly enriched by the improvements to his private home.