Nkandla contractor faces fraud, corruption charges

2014-11-30 11:38

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A Durban businessperson, who was a building contractor for President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, has been arrested and charged with fraud and corruption.

Thandeka Nene is accused of exaggerating her experience as a builder to win government tenders valued at R118-million, and of bribing a public works official, the Sunday Independent reported.

“We can confirm Nene was arrested and charged with fraud and corruption,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkissoon-Kara was quoted as saying.

“She appeared in the Durban Commercial Crime Court before Judge Nalini Govender. She was granted bail and the case was remanded to December 12.”

The charges make no mention of the upgrades to Zuma’s home in Nkandla.

Nene’s charges relate to work done by her companies for the building of schools and a hospital.

It is alleged that Nene lied to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) when applying for a grading, that she sent the CIDB forged tax clearance certificates, and that she shared a corrupt relationship with an official from the department of public works.

It is alleged that she made regular deposits into this person’s account and was awarded 12 tenders by the department.

Meanwhile, a broken security fence around the home has been fixed, the Sunday Times reported.

The newspaper reported that by Thursday afternoon, all sections of the R6.2 million outer fence had been fixed and logs that had previously been used to prop up areas which had collapsed were removed.

Two trucks belonging to a company specialising in fencing projects were also parked in the area.

The fence was erected outside the president’s 8.9ha private homestead less than two years ago.

There is also a 3m-high internal fence that cost R8.2m.

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