Nkandla: 5 things worth knowing about Madonsela’s report

2013-11-29 11:50

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The Mail & Guardian has published details of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s provisional report on her investigation into state spending on the president’s private residence in Nkandla.

Here are five things worth knowing about the report:

» Spending on the project increased from R27 million to R215 million – and counting. Much of the spike in cost is attributed to the involvement of President Jacob Zuma’s private architect.

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» The Mail & Guardian investigations team estimates that about R20 million was spent on upgrades not related to security: a swimming pool, a visitors’ centre, an amphitheatre, a cattle kraal, a marquee area, “extensive” paving and new houses for relatives who were relocated. Madonsela found that these family members improperly benefited from the relocation, which was not necessary for security purposes.

» Zuma’s private architect and four other firms that had done private work for the president were appointed without tender. The Mail & Guardian investigations team estimates that Zuma appointees cost the taxpayer R90 million.

» Madonsela found that the spending on Zuma’s private residence is governed by Cabinet policy and not the Ministerial Handbook, which caps such spending at R100 000.

» She found that Zuma should repay a “reasonable” amount based on nonsecurity costs and that Parliament must call the president to account for violating the executive ethics code for failing to protect state resources and misleading Parliament.

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