Architect’s career hangs in the balance

2014-08-15 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The career of Minenhle Makhanya, President Jacob Zuma’s “personal architect”, is on thin ice.

The South African council for architects (Sacap) yesterday announced it is considering steps against Makhanya following the Special Investigating Unit’s finding that he is reponsible for about R155,3 million overspending on the improvements at Zuma’s private estate in Nkandla.

If Sacap decides to act against Makhanya, he may be warned, or fined or removed from the roll, which will prevent him from legally practising as an architect.

Sacap deregistered Makhanya in 2013 after he did not pay his membership fees, but he has been a paid-up member since March 26, which means Sacap may act against him.

Sacap spokesperson Pappie Maja said they expect members to act profesionally at all times.

He said the council will consider Makhanya’s status at its next meeting on September 4.

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