Nkandla architect: new probe

2014-09-06 00:00

CONTROVERSIAL Nkandla architect Minenhle Makhanya is to be investigated by a national architect body.

The decision, reached earlier this week, will see the Pinetown-based architect probed by the South African Council of Architectural Professions (Sacap).

It could see Makhanya disbarred as a registered architect and in breach of the Architectural Profession Act.

Makhanya is being sued for R155 million by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) over the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s property at Nkandla, which far exceeded the original budget.

Makhanya allegedly raked in over R16-million in fees.

Earlier this week Makhanya’s lawyers filed papers in the Pietermaritzburg high court demanding the SIU make available a list of documents within five days which they said they need to defend the law suit.

In a statement yesterday by Sacap, Marella O’Reilly said: “The investigation will be a comprehensive one and is therefore likely to take some time.

“If, after investigation … the registered person is found guilty … sanctions range.”

The outcome could be a caution or reprimand, the imposition of a fine, to the person’s registration being cancelled and his/her name removed from the relevant register, said O’Reilly.

She said the question of whether or not a disciplinary tribunal would ultimately take place could be determined only once council had considered the report which would be submitted in due course by the investigating committee.

“Any speculation at this time is therefore premature.”

In addition, the Sacap has also referred the collapse of the Tongaat Mall development last year, and that of an extension to a house in Alberton in August, to the investigating committee.

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