SIU: No obligation to make Nkandla report public

Johannesburg - The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it does not have to make its report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's home public.

Spokesperson Boy Ndala said in a statement on Friday: "The SIU, and its head, are deeply conscious of the intense public interest in its report.

"We also acknowledge that we are accountable to the public for the work we do."

However, the SIU Act did not empower the unit to release the report or make its contents public, he said.

The SIU handed its final report on the R246m upgrade to Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal to him on Thursday, a week after the president submitted a response to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

The presidency said he had taken all reports into account.


There were three different investigations into the upgrades, done by the joint standing committee on intelligence, the public protector and the SIU.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela earlier this year found 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.

Public spending on the security upgrades have turned into one of the major controversies of the Zuma presidency, as costs escalated to R246m. It emerged the project included a pool (dubbed a "firepool" by the government), an amphitheatre, a cattle kraal and a chicken run, among others.

Madonsela's office last Friday said the response handed to Mbete by Zuma did not respond to Madonsela's report.

The presidency and the African National Congress's chief whip Stone Sizani disagreed with Madonsela's statement, saying Zuma had responded.

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

Parliament's question time was suspended, and then adjourned on Thursday when the Economic Freedom Fighters started shouting "pay back the money" to Zuma and indicated it was not happy with his answer as to when he would pay back some of the money spent on Nkandla, as recommended by Madonsela.

Tanya Dixon 2014/08/22 07:03:37 PM
Dirk Engelbrecht 2014/08/22 07:03:54 PM
If Zuma has nothing to hide why doesn't he want it made public, same with the spy tapes... Just shows again that he's corrupt to the bone...
Deepandsoulfulhouse DjVido Buka 2014/08/22 07:04:04 PM
Not surprising, He is your boss after all, who is mysteriously also in charge of deliberating on how his alleged transgression is dealt with.
Willem Proost 2014/08/22 07:06:40 PM
What else did we expect from ANC controlled SIU After all once we pay our taxes the money no longer belongs to the taxpayer but to the government to spend as and when they wish.
Tshililo Siobo 2014/08/22 07:11:00 PM
Hey wena Boy, you seem to be out of your mind you puppet. What about public money involved. What exactly was the intention of your Kangaroo Investigations? For No.1 and Gwede? Like the Speaker you seem to be headless tjoooooo..............Bathooooo...........
Liewe Heksie 2014/08/22 07:12:59 PM
No doubt Dirk. Real coward. Can't face the truth. But his friend Juluis got him by the balls
Johan Kieser 2014/08/22 07:22:44 PM
If there is nothing to hide, SIU would be proud to make it public - but off course we know better. It is a disgusting situation but again, what could one expect from disgusting people. No matter what, that report will surface sooner or later and would just tarnish the Aint-No-Cee even more. The fat is in the fire and the comrades will fry from their well-padded backsides. They sink (stink)themselves and I know it would not be long before they burn in the fires of the hell, and they know it.
emmanuel.modika 2014/08/22 07:23:43 PM
You can Keep your failed Grade-R report,Madonsela told us everything
Aslam Daweti Khumalo 2014/08/22 07:27:46 PM
I guess the sad part is the fact that we all expected this but deep down hoped it would not happen. You know what, the little thing called faith I had for this country; I don't have that no more
Kelly O'Neill 2014/08/22 07:29:18 PM