MEC admits Nkandla 'over budget'

2012-12-02 14:29

Johannesburg - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has admitted that the security upgrade of President Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, has gone over budget, the City Press reported on Sunday.

"It is clear in this case that people went over the budget," Nxesi reportedly told Kaya FM host John Perlman on Thursday.

He reportedly said an internal public works investigation into the upgrade would be concluded next week, and that the findings would be made public.

Nxesi told Perlman it was "very clear" the prices charged for the upgrade were "questionable". He blamed the building industry, and said it was "likely you will be exploited".

He said the public had the right to be upset about the cost of the upgrade - reportedly about R250 million - but should give his department a chance to investigate.

Zuma told Parliament last month the government was paying to upgrade the security at his home, but that he had taken out a bond to pay for the rest of the upgrade.

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2012-12-02 14:36

    Passing the buck here. But really government are just saying the are incapable of doing anything right. Any South African can shop around for good prices but government don't need to despite they could flex muscle to get some good prices. But it's not about cost effectiveness, it's about enriching cronies and one self through maladnistration and at the "endless" taxpayers expense

  • Rudolf - 2012-12-02 14:43

    But who cares?!?? There is Plenty more money where that came from, we taxpayers can just give MORE!! We afterall "owe" it to zoomer - legacy of 'apaarthaaid' and all! zoomers math skills are so strong, he can 'devide' a Nation...

  • Rudolf - 2012-12-02 14:45

    And my comment went, Where??

      fussed.anderson - 2012-12-02 14:52

      Check the bunker????

  • elsie.palmer.90 - 2012-12-02 14:58

    Oh how can we believe you ,,you lie,,,you lie,,,you lie,,,,,la,,,,la,,,,la,,,,you lie ,,,you lie,,,,, you lie.

  • Vince Lethu Ka Nkonyeni - 2012-12-02 15:06

    clearly theres more to come that public may not be aware of this zoomer thing is irritating now, if you care bout your people why would allow so much money to be spent on you only!! nonsense!!!!! - 2012-12-02 16:05

      he does care about his people. But only HIS people; not his tribe or other ANC people or other black people and as for coloureds, Indians and whitey's - don't make me laugh. If it not from his gene pool; it isn't 'his people'.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-02 15:06

    Uguh uguh UUUUUUGUUUUUHH, WHAT A BUUUGAAAHHHHH where is another branch to swing from as you freefall from the side of the cliff Nxesi ne? heh he he heee hee haw, giggle smirk, snort spit.

  • osama.pascal - 2012-12-02 15:07

    2014 History Exam paper - Who said this famous words - I funded it from my own pocket. Every room was paid for by the Zuma family 100 marks

  • earthian.earthian - 2012-12-02 15:16

    "It is clear in this case that people went over the budget," Nxesi reportedly told Kaya FM... Geee Minister, thanks... we hadn't even noticed!

      p.borchard - 2012-12-03 09:53

      Budget, What Budget?

  • thozi.thozamile - 2012-12-02 15:22

    "MEC" Thulas Nxesi? Now really news24...

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-12-02 16:15

      @thozie:)I thought my eyes were deceiving me and I changed my reading glasses and still the results were the same. Then I thought maybe he is redeployed, now he is an MEC no longer Minister of Public Works. Wow!

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2012-12-02 15:25

    Be specif the budget (250 million) only for security guys are about to be exposed

  • Thebigguyjim - 2012-12-02 15:27

    ANC (Absolutely No Consequences). Public works minister what will the consequences be for the person responsible for this gross overspend be? - 2012-12-02 16:07

      Nothing - Love the A(bsolutely) N(o) C(onsequence). They haven't learnt that being in charge means you can't be everyone's buddy!

      debduplessis - 2012-12-02 23:16

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption... they fit the bill on every scorecard

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-12-02 15:28

    Yes you twit about R250 million over budget

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-02 15:34

    Well done minister, as head of that department you have to make sure that things are done properly and according to rules and regulations and if not take actions against those who are involved there, president should have a proper property that meet his standard but that does not mean certain individuals should make money on his property upgrade, he should too swallow his pride and get those who are involved in corrupt activities regarding his property be brought to justice. - 2012-12-02 16:10

      You are being sarcastic aren't you? And the head of the construction company a 'Pamela' will probably be the next wife. If he can't dance with them he 'f*ks' them and then everyone is happy. If the Nats taught me to fear, the ANC has taught me to hate.

      BulletProof. - 2012-12-02 16:50

      The president I'mself is the one involved in corrupt activity for LOOOOOONG TIME.

  • Trish.Adi.Brits - 2012-12-02 15:52

    LOL let the finger pointing begin... first blame the building industry, yes because they forced whoever signed off on the costs. Who's next? anybody but Zuma and his crew right

  • luviwe.jay - 2012-12-02 16:03

    Not over budget, but a lot of k$ckb#ck to be paid.

      magolatladi.malaka - 2012-12-02 17:16

      In budget terms,we have contingency 2 cover 4 such costs as over budget.This one Mr.Nxesi is called looting de state. Selfish heartless people who steal 4rom de poor !

      Lyndatjie - 2012-12-03 07:00

      In order to go OVER BUDGET... somebody gave permission... so find THAT person and check his back-pocket....

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-02 16:12

    Not only Nkandla, the budget for JZ's brother's homes as well. Who is this guy that he tjinks he can get away with theft like that? Any other Minister or President of any other country (except for mad Mugabe) will resign and have his day in court. Time for citizens of SA to stand together against this thuggery and blatant thievery

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-02 16:15

    Well done minister Nxesi for wasting our money. The best thing u forgot is to resign

  • nino.diana.12 - 2012-12-02 16:30

    Are there no audit trails when it comes to the hierarchy :hic: raping and stealing from whatever they can lay their hands and greed on, and leave the people that voted them into power penniless ..... I rest my case

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-12-02 16:31

    MEC 'Nxesi'. SMH. I told you NEWS24, you are using illiterate whites for journalist. WEE. With all these blunders how must we trust your reports?

      charmaine.moolman.9 - 2013-01-20 00:08

      Before you make racist remarks first get you facts. he was the minister he is a MEC NOW. your RACITS $$$##&

  • Papiki Hlahane - 2012-12-02 16:35

    the difference between bond and loan is overspend...*sis*

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-12-02 16:43

    Surely service providers who increased their prices in order to defraud the state should not be paid Thulas. How do you dispel the perception that your deparment too is made up of a team of looters who are hell-bent on making a killing out of every tender awarded and are accountable to no-one? I think we have come to the point where you too must walk Thulas.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-12-02 16:45

    The new info bill will close all investigations into this matter....mark my words!

      BulletProof. - 2012-12-02 16:52

      The civil war will open again the info bill system.

  • richman.ndou - 2012-12-02 16:48

    All the over-budget happened under the Minister's watch, Mr Mxesi, may you please do honourable thing and RESIGN

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-02 17:02

    Everything about Nkandla is corrupt, in actual fact it stinks of fraud and corruption, and those that are protecting this too stink worse than rotten fish.

  • abner.malema - 2012-12-02 17:23

    President please admit or resign. Dont' send people to admit in u behalf

  • abner.malema - 2012-12-02 17:27

    Juju is having his dayy in court when is ure day is long overdue, u keep on increasing charges

  • abner.malema - 2012-12-02 17:27

    Juju is having his dayy in court when is ure day is long overdue, u keep on increasing charges

  • Hasani P - 2012-12-02 17:47

    Is like borrowing 1000 rands to buy R1 million house. Find another word for this expenditure

  • Zahir - 2012-12-02 17:53

    They overspend by R250 million the taxpayers want that money back

  • richman.ndou - 2012-12-02 18:01

    From R6.4m to R248m is this not corruption, whist the Commander-in-Chiefs, Zuma and Mxesi, were watching? What about JZ brothers who also benefitted, was this part of National KeyPoint (NKP)? Who should pay for NKP, government or Owner of NKP?

  • mikeangell61 - 2012-12-02 18:51

    He blamed the building industry, and said it was "likely you will be exploited". eish !!! Its not me?????Famous words so who signed the tenders???? 111

  • indy.bobi - 2012-12-02 19:00

    Expose....Expose, oppositions are loughing at us.

  • thabo.shaku - 2012-12-02 23:32

    MEC Nxesi. . .Maybe News24 knows something!

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-12-03 07:31

    Of course! It is all the builders fault! Silly public for daring to question the integrity of Public Works.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-12-03 07:34

    Blame the building idustry, but are these not BEE companies and where are the controls over tender prices? Maybe you forgot to put it out to tender as Baas Jacob was in a hurry to get the job done before Xmas holidays. Had you and your senior staff been efficient and trustworthy this situation would not have happened and taxpayer money not wasted to upgrade this private residence.

  • impi.masondo - 2012-12-03 07:56

    we cant compromise the safety of our president

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-12-03 08:53

    Zuma should have watched "DIY with Riaan" on SABC2. Then he could have done the job himself at minimal cost to both himself and the taxpayer.

  • Cappuccinno4u - 2012-12-03 09:41

    where is the wind blowing MEC? Which side are u really with? then it was that and now its you've poke ur boss in da arseNAL...

  • lloyd.venske - 2012-12-03 13:28

    This is ludicrous , there is no budget so how can the spend be over budget. Zuma and friends are thieves not politicians....YEAH I SAID IT!

  • ian.zyl.3 - 2012-12-06 11:29

    Well, Thulas Nxesi wasn't Minister of Public Works at the time... I blame Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde (and to a lesser extent Geoff Doidge) for this... and of course the Presidency for the pressure put on them to rush this job. And whoever allowed for all these non-security expenditures (and improvements to Zuma's brothers' houses) should also be hald accountable.

  • jan.boshoff.16 - 2012-12-06 15:38

    There is a profession that sees to it that the building industry does not rip people (or governments) off. Its members are called Quantity Surveyors. Please introduce government officials to them. Only problem is that it will not leave the door open to blame the industry and/or contractors any longer for the unabated mismanagement and outright theft taking place at the moment. Why does the Auditor General not demand QS involvement in all government procurement policies?

  • Rob - 2013-01-20 08:17

    Incompetance at the very least. F@kin cadres.

  • bryan.coulter.180 - 2013-01-20 12:36

    Caught red handed with your fingers in the cookie jar. If you were doing your job properly you would not have been exploited by "the building industry". I suspect the "building industry" are a bunch of cherry picked, corrupt scamsters who were told exactly what to charge. Another moron from a moronic party spinning out of control. I think the only person who believes this spin is Mac the "i'm so confused that if I spew drivel in bucket loads, someone somewhere may actually believe it"! Stop insulting South Africans.

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-01-27 08:42

    Public works investigating themselves??

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