Show me Nkandla documents, Minenhle Makhanya tells SIU

2014-09-03 14:03

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President Jacob Zuma’s architect Minenhle Makhanya wants the Special Investigating Unit to give him every document it used in its R155 million claim against him by next Tuesday.

The man seen as the fall guy for the Nkandlagate debacle also wants the SIU to give him its full report, which has not yet been made public, along with classified documentation the SIU has seen during its investigation into the R261 million security upgrade on the president’s Nxamalala home.

The unit is unlikely to make the documentation available by the five-day deadline issued by Makhanya’s attorney, Barnabas Xulu, in a notice filed in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in response to the SIU application.

A battle over what documents the unit is compelled to make available to Makhanya for his legal team to prepare their defence is likely to ensue, given the confidential nature of the documentation he wants relating to the president’s security.

In the notice, Xulu said his client needed the 40 documents in order to be able to respond to the application by the SIU to have him pay back more than R155 million paid to him by the department of public works. This money was paid to contractors who either overcharged or did not complete the work they were paid for.

The documents, Xulu said, were “relevant to reasonably anticipated issues in the action’’.

Xulu also wants to make copies or transcriptions of the 40 documents, which included the South African Police Service and South African National Defence Force reports on the security assessments they had carried out and all documentation presented to and signed off by the ministers of police and public works from June 2009 till December 2013.

Xulu also wants the full SIU report and the Cabinet memorandum outlining spending on security for the president.

Xulu has also asked for the department of public works’ prestige portfolio’s spending on the president’s official residences and offices – Dr John L Dube House, Genadendal, Mahlamba Ndlopfu and the Union Buildings – from 2007 to 2012, including expenditure on security staff and crew accommodation, clinics, specialised glazing and fencing.

SIU spokesperson Boy Ndala was not available for comment at the time of writing.

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