Nkandla: Jacob Zuma’s architect fights back

2014-08-17 06:00

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President Jacob Zuma’s architect is fighting back.

Tomorrow, Minenhle Makhanya – who is being sued by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for R155?million he was allegedly paid for unnecessary work, or work that simply wasn’t done – will serve notice in the Pietermaritzburg High Court tomorrow of his intention to defend the claim.

Makhanya, who this week went to ground after the SIU filed its court papers on Tuesday, has hired a high-powered legal team to defend him.

Read: Nkandla: SIU wants Minenhle Makhanya to pay R155m

His lawyer, Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust founder and prominent ANC lawyer, Barnabas Xulu, confirmed his client would “most definitely” be responding to the SIU’s claim.

Xulu, a partner in the legal firm of Paul Ngobeni – who was tasked with crafting Zuma’s escape from corruption charges in 2009.

Xulu counts Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe and SABC’s chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng as clients.

Meanwhile, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is preparing to take the president on due to her dissatisfaction with his response to her report on the upgrading of his Nkandla estate.

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