Declassify Nkandla report - Motlanthe

2013-07-07 11:27
President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. (Giordano Stolley, Sapa)

President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. (Giordano Stolley, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has criticised government’s decision to classify a report into the refurbishment of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home as “top secret”.

Speaking on Power FM - a new Gauteng-based radio station - Motlanthe became the first senior Cabinet member to call for the report to be made public, reported the Sunday Times.

“There is no reason. Once there was a clamour and an outcry about it and an investigation is initiated there is no need to then shroud it in secrecy,” he said.

“Once there is a shroud of secrecy, it gives rise to speculation, it gives rise to suspicion, it gives rise to mistrust.”

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele raised eyebrows when he denied ordering the classification of the task team’s report into the R206m upgrade as “top secret”. However, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has kept the document confidential, arguing the content is “top secret”.

The public works department released 42 files with over 12 000 pages on the upgrade to the Mail & Guardian following a request for information under the Promotion of Access to Information Act, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday.

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