Explain Nkandla report delays, DA tells SIU

2014-07-09 16:58

The DA has called on the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to explain why the release of its final Nkandla report has been delayed.

“I have written to the head of the Special Investigating Unit, advocate Vasantrai Soni, requesting that he provide further details regarding the delays,” the party’s federal executive chairperson James Selfe said today.

The DA had received a letter from the head of the SIU attributing the delays “to the non-compliance of third parties who have not provided the unit with the necessary responses”, he added.

The SIU could not be immediately reached for comment.

Selfe said that he had asked Soni to clarify who the respondents were, what their relationship to the department of public works was and what steps the SIU was taking to ensure their compliance.

He also wanted to know when the report would be submitted to the presidency.

On June 12, the SIU said it had submitted a provisional report to President Jacob Zuma. The unit announced late last month that the release of the report would be delayed.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found in her report, titled Secure in Comfort and released in March, that Zuma unduly benefited from security upgrades costing R246 million to his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

She recommended that Zuma pay for some of the costs out of his own pocket.

Zuma said he would respond when the SIU’s investigation was completed.

Selfe today said it was important that the public and Parliament had access to the full report.

“The DA will not let this gross abuse of public funds go unanswered in the fifth Parliament,” he said.

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