Gordhan, too, dodges Nkandla

2012-10-25 12:12

First Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi drew the veil of the National Key Points Act over it, then President Jacob Zuma said he knew nothing about it.

Yesterday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe referred the question back to Nxesi, and this morning Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan did pretty much the same.

He was asked by journalists ahead of the tabling of his medium-term budget policy statement whether he would regard the almost R250 million spent on the upgrading of Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla as irregular expenditure.

“Public works is charged with the spending in that regard,” Gordhan said, adding that Nxesi “is putting certain processes in place”.

There was no obvious money budgeted for the Nkandla upgrade in Treasury’s budget in February.

The only unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure budgeted for in the public works adjustment budget today was the R3.75 million for the establishment of the office of newly appointed Public Works Deputy Minister Jeremy Cronin.

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