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No obligation to make Nkandla report public: SIU

By Sapa | Aug 22, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) does not have to make its report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's home public, it said on Friday.

"The SIU, and its head, are deeply conscious of the intense public interest in its report," spokesman Boy Ndala said in a statement.

"We also acknowledge that we are accountable to the public for the work we do."

However, the SIU Act did not empower the unit to release the report or make its contents public, he said.

The SIU handed its final report on the R246 million upgrades to Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal to him on Thursday, a week after the president submitted a response to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

The presidency said he had taken all reports into account.

There were three different investigations into the upgrades, done by the joint standing committee on intelligence, the public protector, and the SIU.

Earlier this year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the upgrades and recommended that he repay some of the money.

Zuma declined to respond to Madonsela's report in full within the required fortnight and said instead he would wait for the SIU's findings.

Public spending on the security upgrades have turned into one of the major controversies of the Zuma presidency, as costs escalated to R246 million. It emerged the project included a pool (dubbed a "firepool" by government), an amphitheatre, a cattle kraal, and a chicken run, among others.

Last Friday, Madonsela's office said the response handed to Mbete by Zuma did not respond to Madonsela's report.

The presidency and the African National Congress's Chief Whip Stone Sizani disagreed with Madonsela's statement, saying Zuma had responded.

The National Assembly on Tuesday resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to consider Zuma's response.

Parliament's question time was suspended, then adjourned on Thursday when the Economic Freedom Fighters started shouting "pay back the money" to Zuma and indicated it was not happy with his answer as to when he would pay back some of the money spent on Nkandla, as recommended by Madonsela.

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maneater

No obligation to make Nkandla report public: SIU ========================================================================================== ok we do not need to see the stupid report anyway we have the PP report we just waiting the honourable president to PAY BACK THE MONEY!!

Aug 22, 2014 3:55 | 0 replies

MommaC

LOL - why? This is like hiring a private detective to see if your spouse is cheating and being told that you may have paid for the information but they have no obligation to give you the findings. Seriously now! We are paying for this information so why can't we get it?

Aug 22, 2014 4:13 | 1 replies

maneater

LOL momma nothing makes sense, take the issue of spy tapes, we have a president who was exonerated by the spy tapes from over 700 charges. but he does not want anyone to have access to them because they will use them against him. does any of that make sense to anyone?

Aug 22, 2014 4:26 | 1 replies

MommaC

The best is that these 'spy tapes' were illegally obtained! Any other court of law would throw them out! Nobody even seemed worried that our president (Mbeki)and NPA was being illegally bugged.

Aug 22, 2014 5:23 | 0 replies

Jengele

Zuma is making this country a joke.

Aug 22, 2014 4:48 | 0 replies

hashTagSunday

It's not like they spent our money - why would there be an obligation to tell us what it was spent on?

Aug 22, 2014 5:2 | 1 replies

hashTagSunday

Oh no wait....they did spend R250 million of our money to build a palace

Aug 22, 2014 5:3 | 0 replies

ProudlySouthAfrican2014

And faith in our President goes down even further.....Julius and Helen do not need to make President Zuma look bad - he does it all by himself.

Aug 22, 2014 5:10 | 0 replies