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REPORT: Nkandla final report tampered as proposal is rejected

By Charl Bosch - Feb 4, 2016
REPORT: Nkandla final report tampered as proposal is rejected

The Presidency has so far declined to comment on new allegations by Netwerk24 that a key part of the investigation into the controversial security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, were deliberately manipulated in order to protect him and his family.

Citing three independent sources with alleged knowledge about the Special Investigation Unit’s (SIU) enquiry into the R246-million upgrades, the publisher stated that the final report had been “sanitised” in order to protect Zuma.

“I was informed that the evidence in this regard contains incontrovertible evidence that contradicts the repeated denials issued by the President in this regard,” a court document, published by News24, quoted Netwerk24 editor Adrian Basson as saying.

He also stated that the latest findings proves Zuma knew about upgrades and that it would be in the public interest to uncover any unlawful dealings relating to the matter.

“The Nkandla scandal remains central to South African political life and any further evidence that may cast light on the President’s involvement in the Nkandla upgrades would be of great importance,” Basson said.

Criticism has meanwhile continued to amount against Zuma’s surprise proposal on Tuesday evening, that a final determination of the money that needs paying back would be conducted by auditor-general Kimi Makwetu and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The suggestion was blasted by various opposition parties with both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) confirming it would continue with charges due in the Constitutional Court next Tuesday, that Zuma failed to correctly apply the recommendations contained in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report.

“It's not just about the money. We want the powers of the public protector to be recognised. So if we settle out of court, then her powers will still be under debate,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said at a meeting of the Cape Town press club on Wednesday.

A media briefing by the EFF on the proposal is expected to take place on Thursday afternoon.


Additional reporting by News24