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Nkandla: Outstanding security features still need to be completed

The Nkandla report said the pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre and visitors’ centre are for 'security'.

A view of the homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla in January 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister Nathi Nhleko's report offers pages of detail why the swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre and visitors' centre are security features, rather than lavish additions to Nkandla.

"The state president is therefore not liable to pay for any of these security features. The outstanding security related work at Nkandla should be funded and completed expeditiously, including the re-evaluation of the current physical security measures."

Nhleko spent the afternoon releasing his long-awaited report into spending at the president's KwaZulu-Natal home.

His report suggests more will be spent on Nkandla than the more than R250 million it's already cost.

He says outstanding security work needs to be completed and funded.

He also says Zuma's security and privacy have been violated by the investigations into the upgrades at his home.

The minister says all agree that the security upgrades were necessary and has also emphasised there is no limit on expenditure for security at executive's homes.

Nhleko proceeded to explain in lengthy detail a number of features at the president's residence.

He spent a large section of the Nkandla Report concentrating on the swimming pool, which Nhleko says was deemed necessary by the Sandf and police to fight fire as the roofs are thatch.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her 450-page Nkandla report titled 'secure in comfort'.

It delivered dramatically different findings of those presented today.

Madonsela took hours to present her Nkandla report but her findings were crystal clear.

"I'm also requesting the president to pay a reasonable percentage of the cost of the measures, determined with the assistance of National Treasury."

She concluded that Zuma and his immediate family benefitted unduly from the upgrades which had nothing to do with security.

She also criticised the President for violating the Executive Ethics Code.

"I believe the President should have asked questions regarding the scale, cost and affordability of the Nkandla project."

Madonsela's report contains phrases like "Opulence at a grand scale, and license to loot. It also calls for action to be taken against ministers, the police and various departments."

Meanwhile, Nhleko says officials implicated in the Nkandla spending debacle are expected to be held accountable.

"Disciplinary proceedings are underway against around 12 public officials for misconduct arising from their failure to comply with the SCM processes which were related to the security upgrades. And we said one of those matters has been finalised, where the official concerned who played a minor role in the project pleaded guilty and was issued with a final written warning among the range of sanctions which includes suspension without pay."

WATCH: South Africans react to the Nkandla report

For a copy of the full report click here.