Nhleko unpacks Nkandla report

The police minister is briefing media on the details of his Nkandla report released last month.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko unpacks his Nkandla report at the National Press Club on 30 June 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says security features installed at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home cost R71 million and the remaining R135 million was the Department of Public Works' spending on police, army and staff housing.

The minister is briefing the media on the details of his Nkandla report released last month.

The minister opened his address by apparently mocking the public protector.

"One upon a time, there was the Public Protector's report…"

He says he was never asked to review anyone's report nor does he report on anyone's report as he was simply referring to the four areas identified by the public protector to establish what constituted security features.

The minister referred to the public protector's report, the ad-hoc committee's report, Parliament's report and finally his own report.

Nhleko said on studying all the reports, there was no evidence that the president or his family requested anything to be constructed.

"In all of the work done we could not come across any evidence or record where either the president or a member of his family requested that any security features to be installed."

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On 28 May, Nhleko announced that Zuma was not required to pay back any of the R246 million spent on upgrades to his Nkandla home.

During his address, Nhleko said the various investigations into the Nkandla spending debacle, as well as the intrusion into Zuma's private home, had been a violation of his rights.

Nhleko added that Zuma family's safety had been breached because sensitive security details had been made public.

The minister went on to say that it was an unprecedented phenomenon the world over that a president's security and privacy was violated to this degree.

Nhleko said the manner in which this matter had been handled by previous investigations sought to question the credibility and integrity of professionals and experts in their relevant fields.

He said the public protector's finding presumed a level of impropriety on the part of the security experts involved.

Nhleko said all agreed that the security upgrades were necessary and said there was no limit on expenditure for security at executive's homes.

He further said all the upgrades done to the president's home were for his and his family's safety, including the chicken run, kraal and fire pool.