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Release of Nkandla report postponed

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko decided to postpone a briefing on his Nkandla report for 24 hours.

The upgraded Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, which allegedly cost more than R200 million to upgrade. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - The release of Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's Nkandla report has been postponed for 24 hours.

The minister had been due to release the findings of his investigation into spending at President Jacob Zuma's homestead in KwaZulu-Natal this evening.

But after a meeting with the deputy president, Nhleko has decided to postpone tonight's briefing.

The minister's report is expected to answer the question of whether the president must repay some of the money spent upgrading his Nkandla home, and if so, how much.

TV crews were setting up in anticipation of the big announcement, when Nhleko's spokesperson walked in with news of the postponement.

Musa Zondi says after meeting with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa today, the minister has decided to postpone the briefing for 24 hours.

"We've been told by the deputy president that it has to wait for 24 hours."

He says the parliamentary process has to be followed, which could mean that the report will be tabled in Parliament tomorrow before Nhleko's briefing.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found the president has unduly benefited from the non-security installations at his private home and was liable to pay a portion of the money spent.

Zuma has steadfastly maintained his innocence over the Nkandla spending, a scandal that's refused to go away and that's provided ready ammunition to opposition parties.

The president has told Parliament that he will not repay a portion of the R246 million spent on the upgrades, until Nhleko made a determination.