We didn't want to call Nkandla 'amphitheatre' a dwarf wall - official

2015-07-26 12:19
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Select media have been allowed into President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday for an official tour. See all the latest pictures from inside Nkandla here.

Durban - A police official showing media around President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead on Sunday would not be drawn into whether a soil retention wall could also be used for entertainment.

“This is the amphitheatre. It was designed by Mr Ace. He designed it to be the same design as the houses. The public protector is contesting that it should have been cheaper. He told her that it was used for soil retention,” General Mondli Bethuel Zuma said.

“Mr Ace, in the public protector’s report, said it’s called an amphitheatre because he didn't want to call it a dwarf wall. He made it clear that it was for soil retention."

He said the term amphitheatre was coined by the architects.

He went on to explain the assembly area right in front of the amphitheatre. 

"This is where people will gather in the case of an emergency. This is where we need to account for people in a recovery operation. This is a requirement in terms of the safety standards.”

He explained that firefighters in an emergency situation needed to know if there were people unaccounted for.

The media was allowed into President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday for an official tour. 

This visit comes after the SA National Editors' Forum said it was disappointed by the limited access journalists had during a parliamentary committee oversight visit to Zuma's home on Wednesday.

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