DA asks court to get report on Nkandla

2013-10-01 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The DA yesterday approached the Western Cape High Court to obtain an order compelling the Public Works Department to provide it with a copy of the Public Works task team report into the upgrading of President Jacob Zuma’s private residence at Nkandla.

Public Works earlier this year classified the report, which means only Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI) now has access to it. The JSCI is a closed committee and its members are sworn to secrecy.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said the DA turned to the court only after it followed all the available parliamentary processes to get the report, with no success.

The DA asked the court to order that the report be handed to the party within five days.

The ANC said it is awaiting the findings of the Public Protector before it will make any comment on the Nkandla spending.

Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the PP’s report will not be classified and that he would use that report as the basis for any comment on the matter. “If we have the report, we will work with facts, not allegations,” Mantashe said yesterday.

He said it was important to know on what the money was spent. He said there were many government facilities at Nkandla, like quarters for police officers.

He said the party did not know how much was spent on such state requirements, adding that not all the money was spent on the president’s home. He said he could not comment intelligently on a total amount that had been thrown in his direction.

The Public Protector had meanwhile not received the last document she needed by midnight last night in order to finish her investigation into public spending on the Nkandla development.

PP spokesperson Kgalalelo Msibi was not authorised to say which department had failed to meet the midnight deadline, but could confirm that it was not a report by Public Works on the Nkandla project that was still awaited.

The PP had aimed to present her report in September on construction costs at Nkan­dla, which had risen from R27 million in 2009 to R206 million in 2013.

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