Johannesburg - An IT staff member marked the Special
Investigating Unit's (SIU) report on Nkandla "completed" because he
had misinterpreted an e-mail, the unit said on Thursday.
"The SIU is deeply embarrassed by the earlier error
on the website," spokesperson Boy Ndala said in a statement.
"The head of the unit only became aware of the error
and rectification late yesterday [Wednesday] evening."
Parliament confirmed on Wednesday it had received
comments from President Jacob Zuma on the public protector's report into
security upgrades at his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
In a statement announcing Public Protector Thuli
Madonsela's deadline had been met, the presidency said Zuma had noted in his
response that three state agencies or institutions - the public protector, the
justice, crime prevention and security cluster of Cabinet, and the SIU - had
all probed the Nkandla upgrades.
Zuma said he would give full and proper consideration to
all the matters before him and, upon receipt of the SIU report, provide
Parliament with a further report on the decisive executive interventions he
Ndala told Sapa on Wednesday his unit's investigation was
still ongoing and would be completed at the end of next month. He said the
status of the report, shown on the SIU's website as "completed", was
On Wednesday evening, the SIU changed the status to
Ndala said on Thursday the SIU conducted an internal investigation
into the erroneous entry on its website.
In February, he asked one of his staff members in the
communication department to update the website.
On 13 March, Ndala said he told the staff member that the
report was not reflected on the site. That same day the IT department was asked
to update it.
On 26 March, Ndala said he again asked for it to be
updated. The website was then changed and marked as completed.
"The person from IT who effected the entry... has
said... he decided to mark the investigation as completed because he
interpreted the e-mail from communications as saying that the investigation had
started in January 2008 and had been finalised in December 2013," Ndala
The website was changed on Wednesday on Ndala's
"The SIU and the head deeply regret what has
"We accept that the SIU should not be making such
errors and apologise unreservedly," he said.