D-day for Nxesi’s Nkandla probe

2013-01-27 10:00

As Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi prepares to release his report into Nkandlagate today, the Public Protector has stepped up her probe into the expenditure of at least R248 million.

On Friday, the team probing the case asked Advocate Thuli Madonsela for more human resources to help with the investigation, which the office hopes to finish at the end of March.

Public Protector spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said she was not aware of the request for more resources, but confirmed that the Nkandla investigation, as well as others from last year, had a target deadline of March 31.

Nxesi announced yesterday that he would release the results of his internal probe at 9am today.

He refused to say what could be expected from the report before its release.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe are expected to flank him at the press conference.

Mthethwa will be there because the National Key Points Act falls under him and because security assessments are done by crime intelligence.

Madonsela in October last year confirmed that she had started a probe into the building of Nkandla following a complaint by DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.

City Press revealed in September that Public Works had spent more than R200?million on the president’s private residence.

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