Top 14 retweets from Nkandla presser

2014-03-19 15:08
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Bloemfontein - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found that President Jacob Zuma misled Parliament when he claimed that the Zuma family was responsible for the cost of buildings in his private homestead in Nkandla.

Some of the key aspects of the report is:

1. The final costs of Nkandla are “conservatively estimated” to amount to R246m, but could be higher.

2. The initial cost was R27m, but it escalated rapidly after Zuma’s private architect, Minenhle Makhanya, was appointed by the department of public works. He often recommended more luxurious and expensive options instead of going with the cheaper options and made R16.5m (calculated as a percentage of costs) from the Nkandla project.

3. Zuma and his ministers should have acted when the Mail & Guardian blew the whistle in 2009 on the R65m the project cost at the time, but the spending increased after that. Zuma violated the Executive Ethics Code by failing to contain state spending and benefiting from it. He wore “two hats”.

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