How the Nkandla reports differ

2014-03-16 14:00

Public Protector

In an early version of Thuli Madonsela’s report, which was reported by the Mail & Guardian, she found there were a number of non-security elements that were paid for using the public purse. Madonsela outlined these as follows:

.?The swimming pool (or fire pool, as government calls it) was initially estimated to cost R550?000, but together with basement parking, the cost climbed to R2.8?million.

.?The visitors’ centre and control room were meant to cost R5.4?million. By the end of the project, it cost R6.7?million.

.?The amphitheatre formed part of the R68?million billed as “general works”.

.?A cattle kraal at a cost of R1.2?million.

.?The marquee area, extensive paving and the chicken run had no separate costing.

.?New houses for two relocated relatives – R7.9?million

Madonsela found these costs exceeded security needs and unduly added value to the president’s private property.

Government task team

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi listed many of the same features as Madonsela but he defended them as necessary:

.?The fire pool was necessary because most houses in the area have thatched roofs. If a fire breaks out, the water will have to be used to put it out.

.?The original kraal was too close to the high-security area and the cattle would have tampered with electronic equipment.

.?The retaining wall – “mistakenly” described as an amphitheatre – was designed for “ground protection”.

.?The visitors’ centre – the large number of people who visit Zuma posed a security “challenge”, so a waiting room was built.

.?The chicken run was built to replace structures scattered on the property that could have been used as hiding places.

.?Relocating Zuma’s relatives – this had to be done, the task team explained, because the families were too close to the

high-security zone and their homes were obstructing the surveillance cameras.

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