SIU accessed Nkandla months after probe launched

2014-07-10 20:15
(Giordano Stolley, Sapa)

(Giordano Stolley, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The Special Investigating Unit's (SIU) report on upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead has been delayed in part because investigators only gained access to the property last Thursday, more than six months after the probe was launched.

SIU head, Vas Soni, on Thursday told the portfolio committee on justice it pained him the report was being held up by two difficulties the unit had encountered.

The first was access, the second a lack of co-operation from two people whom he declined to name.

"It gives me no joy to say to the public at large that the report has been delayed yet again. It is a reflection on me and the unit," he said.

"As far as access goes, due to factors that I don't control and that nobody else controls, we were given access for the first time last Thursday. We have experts who looked at what was there."

Zuma signed a proclamation on 18 December last year giving the SIU the go-ahead to investigate "intentional or negligent loss of public money" at Nkandla.

Soni was pressed by DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach to explain the delay of the report, which the SIU announced late last month.

He added: "There are two persons whose names I would prefer not to mention, who have not submitted answers to the questions we have asked."

Soni said they were not directly involved in the decision-making process surrounding the Nkandla project, but allegations were raised against them, and therefore the report could not be completed without giving them a chance to respond.

"We have to be clear that they have been given a fair opportunity."

He said he still had to decide whether he would put legal pressure on the two people in question because, as matters stood, it was not clear whether they were deliberately hindering the investigation.

"Clearly, they are delaying the report, but that does not mean they are hindering the probe. There may come a stage when I have to make that decision, I will have to consider that, I will have to take legal advice on it."

‘Private property’

Explaining the problems surrounding access, Soni mentioned that Nkandla was a private property, and that various government departments were involved.

Soni's comments raise questions about Zuma's assurances that he would give Parliament a comprehensive response to the findings of the SIU, the public protector and an inter-ministerial task team sometime this month.

The president in April controversially declined to respond to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings that he had derived undue benefit from the R246m security upgrade project, which included an amphitheatre, a chicken run, and a swimming pool.

She recommended Zuma pay for part of the cost out of his pocket.

At the time, he said he would wait for the SIU's work to be completed. Last month he said he was perusing the agency's provisional findings and would respond within 30 working days.

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