Special Investigating Unit (SIU) hands over its final report on Nkandla to President Jacob Zuma

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - AUGUST 21, 2014

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) handed over its final report on Nkandla to President Jacob Zuma, it said on Thursday – a week after Zuma submitted his response on the R246 million upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete .

"The SIU wishes to announce that it handed its final report to the presidency late yesterday afternoon, that is, 20 August 2014," spokesperson, Boy Ndala said.

The Presidency said Zuma had taken into account all three different investigations that were undertaken into the upgrades by the joint standing committee on intelligence, the public protector, and the SIU.

Earlier this year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the upgrades and recommended that he repay some of the money.

Zuma declined to respond to Madonsela's report in full within the required fortnight and said instead he would wait for the SIU's findings.

Last Friday, Madonsela's office said the response handed to Mbete by Zuma did not respond to Madonsela's report. However, the Presidency and the African National Congress's chief whip, Stone Sizani, disagreed with Madonsela and insisted Zuma had responded.

The National Assembly on Tuesday resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to consider Zuma's response.

Photo caption: CONTROVERSIAL UPGRADES... President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead which has been at the centre of a R246 million upgrade. Photo courtesy of the Mail&Guardian.