Zuma yet to see Nkandla report

By Drum Digital
03 November 2013

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President Jacob Zuma has yet to see the Public Protector's provisional report on Nkandla, his office said on Sunday.

"We have not seen the report as yet, to the best of my knowledge," said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj.

He said that the president's office would only comment on the report "in the proper way" at the appropriate time.

The Sunday Tribune reported that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela also refused to comment on the contents of the provisional report released to the ministers in the presidential security cluster.

However she did tell the newspaper that "there's a real chance that we may come out and say things aren't really as bad as they seem.

"I'm not in a position to say we've made adverse findings -- I can't confirm that. [But] you may just find that the money that was spent was exactly the right amount."

She said people may be "disappointed" because the Nkandla report had to look at what the framework of the law allowed.

"If the law authorised them to spend that money, I may disagree in my personal view and say this shouldn't have happened, but the law allows it."

Madonsela also told the Sunday Tribune that she intended making the final report -- due in a month -- public.

Describing her relationship with Zuma as "excellent", Madonsela said he was a "warm human being, very affirming, who deals with me cordially".

Madonsela released the provisional report on the upgrade to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead to limited parties on Friday.

Nkandla has been at the centre of controversy after it emerged that the public works department had approved upgrades to the homestead costing R206 million.

When questions were raised about these upgrades, a task team from the public works department was set up. It later found irregularities in the procurement process for the upgrade.

Last month, the Sunday Times reported that the public works investigation into the upgrades indicated R71m was spent on security and R135m was for operational upgrades.

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