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MPs grill Nhleko on his Nkandla report

Nkosinathi Nhleko presented his report on Nkandla to a special parliamentary committee.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko is fielding questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) about his controversial Nkandla report this afternoon.

The minister has presented his report to a special parliamentary committee established to consider his findings.

Nhleko found that President Jacob Zuma did not have to pay a cent for the multimillion rand security upgrades to his private home in Nkandla, despite the Public Protector finding Zuma unduly benefited from the R246 million project.

Nhleko's presentation today began with a breakdown of the cost of the Nkandla project.

According to his report, more than R50 million was spent on security features. However, this figure excluded the R20 million spent on consultant fees.

His presentation has followed largely the same format as the first time he presented it to a room full of journalists in Cape Town in May, where he played a video demonstrating how a fire pool functions.

That video was played again for MPs.

MPs on the Ad Hoc committee will spend the afternoon scrutinising the report.

WATCH: Nhleko: Zuma still doesn't have to pay for Nkandla

21 HOUSES FOR SECURITY PERSONNEL A MYSTERY

Months after releasing his controversial Nkandla report, Nhleko still couldn't explain who authorised spending R135 million to construct 21 houses for security personnel.

The minister had stressed that only about R200 million was spent on the upgrades and not the R240 million often discussed in the media.

The 21 houses built for police and defence force personnel alongside Zuma's compound at R6 million per unit stand empty to this day.

Nhleko can't explain why they were built, saying he needed to establish how it came to the 21 houses and what actually transpired.

The minister also wanted to understand why that expenditure was attributed to the upgrades to Zuma's house.

"Who took the decision of the R135 million spent on the construction of those houses, should form part of what we now call the security upgrades."

Nhleko has stood by his report, saying he was willing to defend it in court if necessary.