The ANC has claimed that the “actual cost” of work done to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead is R71 million, and not the R208 million bill Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi had revealed during a post-Cabinet briefing in November. At another briefing the ANC convened straight after Nxesi’s briefing, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said it was finally known that only R71 million had been spent on the homestead and not the widely reported R206 million. “The ANC remains concerned about this amount (R71 million) and would want to establish if (it is) justifiable and market related. We have also noted that some of the costs have been inflated. Stern action must be taken against those involved in such ... no matter their positions.” Mantashe said the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) should “urgently conclude its investigation into this matter and government mustn’t only go for criminal prosecution but also blacklist those who are involved”. He went to great lengths to explain that Zuma had in no way been involved with the upgrades, even though it has been reported that his architect was part of the project. Mantashe said he knew nothing about any architect connected to the president.