Police minister's report on Nkandla to reach Parly soon

Nathi Nhleko’s report on upgrades to the president’s homestead could be in Parliament as soon as next week.

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

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's long awaited report on the Nkandla spending debacle could land in Parliament as soon as next week.

Nhleko is expected to say in the report whether President Jacob Zuma should repay some of the money spent on his private residence, and if so, how much.

While the minister completed his report by the 30 March deadline, the process stalled last month when Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa asked for certain matters to be dealt with.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has just told Parliament's Programming Committee that work on Nhleko's report on Nkandla is almost complete.

"They are 99 percent done. It's the issue of just making sure that it's comprehensive, [that] they don't bring a report that's only dealing with issues from one ministry, and then we have to be going back and forth."

The report will respond to the findings and recommendations of last year's ad hoc Committee on Nkandla, which opposition parties walked out of.

Mbete says once the report is tabled another ad hoc committee will be formed to consider it.

In March, the Democratic Alliance said Zuma should repay at least R52 million of the money spent on upgrades to Nkandla.

The party presented a list of what it said were unnecessary expenses that Zuma needed to reimburse government for.

A fire pool, a tuck shop and mood lighting have been listed as some of the expenses the DA believed the president should pay for.

Zuma told Parliament that he would not repay a portion of the R246 million spent on the upgrades, until Nhleko made a determination.