Nkandla report: SIU changes status from ‘complete’ to ‘ongoing’

2014-04-02 18:08

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Less than two hours after the presidency announced that President Jacob Zuma was awaiting a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report in to the R246 million security upgrades at his home, the unit changed the investigation’s status from “completed” to “ongoing” on its website.

The report’s status was changed less than an hour after tweets began circulating that the SIU’s website showed that the unit’s investigation into Nkandla had already been completed.

The original, seen below, was updated by SIU WebAdmin on March 26 2014 shortly after 12pm. It showed that the Nkandla investigation, Proclamation R59 of December 20 2013 was “completed”.

The SIU website shows the status of the investigation as "complete".

Less than 40 minutes after the tweet about the completed investigation began circulating, the status of the report was changed to reflect that it was “ongoing”. A web search on the SIU’s site indicates it was changed at 5pm today.

The status of the investigation has been changed to "ongoing".

The changes came shortly after the presidency released a statement about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s damning report into Nkandla upgrades.

Zuma today submitted a response on the report to Parliamentary Speaker Max Sisulu in terms of deadlines set by Madonsela.

Read: Zuma meets Madonsela’s deadline on Nkandla

The presidency, however, noted that Zuma “will provide Parliament with a further report on the decisive executive interventions that he would consider to be appropriate” after receiving the SIU report.

Boy Ndala, spokesperson for the SIU, told Sapa that the status of the report on the website was not correct.

“It’s incorrect. Its status is still ongoing.”

Asked when the report would be completed, he responded: “It’s going to be at the end of May.”

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