‘SIU must explain Nkandla report delays’

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President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home. File picture: Doctor Ngcobo

Johannesburg - The DA on Wednesday called on the Special Investigating Unit to explain why the release of its final Nkandla report has been delayed.

“I have written to the head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), advocate Vasantrai Soni, requesting that he provide further details regarding the delays,” the party's federal executive chairman James Selfe said in a statement.

“This comes after we received aletterfrom the head of the SIU attributing the delays... to the non-compliance of third parties who have not provided the unit with the necessary responses.”

The SIU could not be immediately reached for comment.

Selfe said in the letter he asked Soni to clarify who the two respondents were, what their relationship to the department of public works was, and what steps the SIU was taking to ensure their compliance.

He wanted to know when the report was scheduled to be submitted to the presidency.

Late last month, the SIU announced the report's release would be delayed.

On June 12, the unit said it had submitted a provisional report to President Jacob Zuma.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found in her report, entitled “Secure in Comfort”, and released in March, that Zuma unduly benefited from security upgrades costing R246 million to his private Nkandla homestead, in KwaZulu-Natal.

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

Zuma said he would respond only once the SIU's investigation was completed.

Selfe on Wednesday said it was important that the public and Parliament had access to the full report.

“The DA will not let this gross abuse of public funds go unanswered in the fifth Parliament,” he said.

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