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Public works to keep eye on Nkandla

2012-10-10 14:50

Cape Town - Public works will keep a close eye on the process to spend millions of rand on President Jacob Zuma's homestead, Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin said on Wednesday.

Minister Thulas Nxesi last week said he would not reveal the costs for the security upgrade - estimated to be about R200m - as the National Key Points Act prevented him from doing so.

Democratic Alliance MP Anchen Dreyer on Tuesday insisted on answers during a public works portfolio committee meeting.

In reply, Cronin said though he did not know the details of the planned upgrade, his department would be keeping an eye on the project to see that no wrongdoing occurred.

Unconfirmed cost

Cronin could not confirm exactly how much would be spent on the project.

"I don't have confirmation of the over R200m to be spent and that's one of the things we need to look at... there are different figures being bandied about and some might not even be for the account of public works."

Cronin said the department needed to be as transparent as it could be.

"At the very least we need to make sure, without revealing the details, nature of security... we need to make sure as far as the tenders issued by public works, those were done cleanly, there were no inexplicable overruns on costs."

Cronin said once he was in possession of those details, he would do his best to be transparent.

Asked about the timing of the revelations on Nkandla, Cronin would not speculate.

"We need to take the matter seriously regardless of the timing and the context in which it is happening... It could well be politics and silly season, but we can't allow those things to sidetrack us."

Comments
  • nicolaas.vanschalkwyk.5 - 2012-10-10 14:56

    BLA BLA BLA BLA thats all i heard. This whole upgrade should not happen in the first place

      philemon.ndlovu.5 - 2012-10-10 15:22

      Idiot! He is the president of our country.

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-10 15:32

      No Philemon> You are the Idiot. You even Look like one!

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-10 17:48

      @philemon. We all; including you and the poorest of the poor are going to suffer and you say: "Idiot! He is the president of our country." Follow this link and see what your president is doing to you and your die-hards. http://www.moneyweb.co.za/mw/content/en/moneyweb-tax?oid=609070&sn=2009.. Is there a VAT rate increase on the cards? - Tax | Moneyweb

  • Andrea - 2012-10-10 14:58

    How can you keep a close eye if you don't know what to look for, proper control over all aspects of this can only be managed if the authority "keeping a close eye" actually knows the full extent of the contract. Sounds to me like, whatever the expenses are going to be, this man can later plead ignorance because "he didn't know".

  • azande.futhi - 2012-10-10 15:02

    This is a joke. Close look what? Scrap the spending.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-10 15:05

    there are none so blind as those whom refuse to see!! Baaaad cANCer sheeple

  • Jaco Liza Venter - 2012-10-10 15:07

    Alle companys en die privaat sector weerhou julle belasting, betaal dit liewers in n trust rek in,dan kan die regering nie meer maak wat hulle wil nie,kom ons forece hulle terug na die onderhandelings tafel toe dit is die eenigste manier wat ons die ANC sal wen! weerhou belasting as ons n miljoen besighede kan kry om dit te doen dan sal die gravy train sonder diesel gaan staan.Kom mense begin n nasionale tax biokot.

  • geraldsebanda - 2012-10-10 15:07

    Isn't your SAPS good enough for you JZ?

  • marc.schnehage - 2012-10-10 15:10

    But does nobody think it serious that Zuma DOES NOT OWN THE LAND on which the buildings are erected, and, therefore, does not own the buildings either? It is not Zuma's private residence. The land belongs to the Ingonyama Trust. Therefore, the beneficiary of any money spent at Inkandla is not Zuma, but the trust. Public Works seems to be in the process of negotiations to lease the land for R1000 per month. This is fraud of the highest order because it is made to seem as if the money is to be spent, interms of the ministerial handbook, to beef-up the security at the private residence of the president (read privately owned by the president). Therefore, it is not the president that benefits from this, but a third party! How can, under any circumstances, public funds be used to benefit third parties!!!!!!

      Andrea - 2012-10-10 15:21

      Very intereting, wonder who are the members of the Ingoyama Trust then?

      paul.kershaw.18 - 2012-10-10 15:33

      http://www.ingonyamatrust.org.za/web/about/board/

  • michangel.justice - 2012-10-10 15:11

    Even the the president is empowering and encouraging tenderpreneurship, what a bunch of hypocrites, some of these politician !!!! He know his time in office is nearing its end, now he want to cash-in as much as he can.... Julius is on the right track with his campaign for deputy president kgalema motlanthe as the new president, rectifying his mistake, he(not refering to julius people,LOL)definitely have my vote.

      p.borchard - 2012-10-10 15:20

      Michangel.justice - I also had Mothlanthe as the prefered new president until he decided to hang onto Juliaaaaas. Now, not so much.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-10 15:12

    The Public Works Dept.,plan to spend R200m of taxpayer money on Zumas home upgrade and the Deputy Minister does not know the detail of the expense, either he is totally ignorant or lying. Surely, in his position and in particular around the furore such high spending on a private residence would raise he would know. The CP is backing Zuma for another term says it all.

  • Jigant1c - 2012-10-10 15:29

    Bloody thieves.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-10-10 15:29

    Of course we trust you Jeremy, you're from the ANC - the same party who brought us Zuma, Malema, Selebi, MacBride......... Why would we have any reason to mistrust any of you?

  • paul.kershaw.18 - 2012-10-10 15:29

    "Cronin said though he did not know the details of the planned upgrade, his department would be keeping an eye on the project to see that no wrongdoing occurred" and it could be 'silly season" -- wwhoooaaaaaaaaa!!! - these thieves have mouths of coated silver and we accept this from them?

  • rontheogre - 2012-10-10 15:32

    The people of Kenya have, through mass protest, just forced their president to overturn $110 000 bonuses that the ministers had decided to give themselves. We should do the same in this instance, and force Zuma to return what has been spent over and above what is stipulated in the Ministerial Handbook, which only allows for R100 000 for security and then a cleaning service. It does not matter how they try to squirm out of this by mentioning the National Keypoint Act, they have broken the rules and have been caught. See http://dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2012-10-10-the-national-key-points-act-not-just-unconstitutional-but-totally-invalid. Can anyone out there assist to see if it is possible to take the government to court, either criminally or in a civil case, as the general voter or the opposition parties seem to have lost the will or guts to fight these criminal excesses of Zuma and his government.

      paul.kershaw.18 - 2012-10-10 15:35

      The only way Ronald is for us the public to form suitable groups and then employ the right lawyers to attack these processes. And its going to cost a load of money! Best to create a tax blockage trust fund and find someone who will handle it with integrity.

  • omrisho.za - 2012-10-10 15:44

    aahhhhh, men that speak with forked tongue - sssshhhhhhhhhh...

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-10 15:49

    If the ANC or should I say Government have decided on a poject like the e.toil to go ahead its written in stone and there is nothing we as tax payers can do about it, it will happen even if its not financially viable. There word is law somehow they will get around it and it will happen.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-10 16:52

    and why is zuma quiet about this, does he even care the negative impact this has, he have no shame, if he was the man of integrity he will cancel the whole upgrade thing, but hey he is just silent hoping we will forget about it then he can just continue, enough already thief!! thief!!! thief!! zuma please resign.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-10 17:06

    The ANC have to build a new palace for the NEW ZULU KING, that was part of the ANC deal, with Zuma so that they could get the Zulu vote.... and crush the power that the IFP. had in KZN now it is costing them big time as they are all slaves to the rythem.

  • George - 2012-10-10 17:23

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I fear its only a matter of time before his excesses reach such proportions that the safest place for him and his cronies will be in jail. What a let down for the South African people. Eliminate corruption. Vote DA. Helen for President.

  • njdejager - 2012-10-10 21:32

    Good lord but old Jeremy is a real comedian. The wolf looking after the sheep. Pull another BS story.

  • mboneni.malalamavhi - 2012-10-10 23:10

    CONTRADICTION AS THE POOR RECEIVES LITTLE PONDOKAS AS HOUSES AND MILLIONS ARE BEING SPENT ON AN INDIVIDUAL,THE ANC IS TO SHOULDER THE BLAME FOR THIS CORRUPT PRACTICES.HOSPITALS ARE WITHOUT MEDICINES WHILE MILLIONS ARE BEING SPENT

  • Debbie - 2012-10-18 05:43

    Cronin..is this normal practice? To spend so much on the President's residence? Surely this would only be considered if the man was definitely voted in for another office? And surely R200M is way out of league? I cannot believe this is being condoned.

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