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Nkandla details could put Zuma at risk

2015-02-25 18:52

Pietermaritzburg - Disclosure of Nkandla security structures, sought by architect Minenhle Makhanya, could put President Jacob Zuma in danger, according to papers before the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

Such disclosure would reveal "highly sensitive measures which would put the lives of president Zuma and his family in jeopardy", director general of the national public works department, Mziwonke Dlabantu, says in the papers.

He said the documents were prepared by the SA Police Service and the SA National Defence Force, which classified them.

Makhanya could, therefore, seek the documents from these bodies through the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

Makhanya and the public works department face a R155m civil claim relating to work done at Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has alleged Makhanya authorised the construction of structures which were not security measures, as determined by the police and army.

He allegedly over-designed facilities and the public works department paid service providers when it was not obliged to.

As a result of his "wrongful, unlawful and negligent conduct", R68.5m was paid to service providers for work that fell outside what the police and army recommended.

The SIU reportedly claimed the public works department offered to appoint Makhanya as principal agent of the Nkandla upgrade, but the appointment was unlawful as it was not preceded by an open tender process.

In a report released in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the R246m spent on the upgrades. She recommended Zuma repay that part of the money not spent on security.

Makhanya made headlines after it was revealed in Madonsela's report that he had made R16.5m from the project.

The SIU had indicated that the best way of recovering the state money misspent on the project would be to claim it from Makhanya.

This was in contrast with Madonsela's finding that Zuma was liable.

 

Comments
  • Ricky Manne - 2015-02-25 18:55

    Finally some good news!

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-02-25 21:20

      Who payed for LazyJZ's 5 private houses built at Nkandla since 2009?Knowing LazyJZ he did not pay for those private houses himself.He said to the PP that he does not have a bond.She asked him how did he finance the private houses,LazyJZ REFUSED TO ANSWER.Moneymine,LazyJZ's personal builder quoted R20 Million only for the first 3 houses,meaning the 5 houses probably cost around R30 Million. Was the money for the 5 private houses obtained from the R246 Million?

      Jacob Zumaasak - 2015-02-25 22:19

      even with news like these, people still vote this racist unless anc thats bringing us backwards. Hopefully the increase in beer will make them think twice.

      Godfrey Welman - 2015-02-25 22:23

      This is the amount Zuma should repay: R68.5m As a result of his "wrongful, unlawful and negligent conduct", R68.5m was paid to service providers for work that fell outside what the police and army recommended....yes.... and 5.

      Paul Mark Maarman - 2015-02-25 22:36

      Classified? Oh good,I am sure it is part of cable leaks...why ask ,when u will be able download it..

      Paige Turner - 2015-02-26 04:32

      "details could put Zuma at risk" ... oh, good, at last!

      psstudio - 2015-02-26 04:35

      hope he has to pay tax on all the money he stole

      Andre Jacobs - 2015-02-26 07:31

      "The SIU had indicated that the best way of recovering the state money misspent on the project would be to claim it from Makhanya." and he was appointed illegally as principal agent. Yes he has to pay back the money he received because he knew that the appointment was wrong and he was taking money illegally. Beeld reported he is a technologist , not an architect, so maybe he even misrepresented himself as to score the income of an architect. The dept of works would also not have appointed a person other than a architect for this size project, UNLESS they were forced to do so by Zuma.

      Beaulah Fortuin - 2015-02-26 07:46

      He could be put in danger of paying back the money.

      Paul Van Vuuren - 2015-02-26 10:57

      they over estimate the importance of butternut and his brood

      Ngwato Wa Ga Monakedi - 2015-02-27 15:40

      We don't want him anyway.

  • Riaan Baatjies - 2015-02-25 19:02

    Why must everyone But Zuma account for the Nkandla scandal?

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-02-25 21:22

      Who payed for LazyJZ's 5 private houses built at Nkandla since 2009?Knowing LazyJZ he did not pay for those private houses himself.He said to the PP that he does not have a bond.She asked him how did he finance the private houses,LazyJZ REFUSED TO ANSWER.Moneymine,LazyJZ's personal builder quoted R20 Million only for the first 3 houses,meaning the 5 houses probably cost around R30 Million. Was the money for the 5 private houses obtained from the R246 Million?

      Godfrey Welman - 2015-02-25 22:24

      This is the amount Zuma should repay: R68.5m "As a result of his "wrongful, unlawful and negligent conduct", R68.5m was paid to service providers for work that fell outside what the police and army recommended" Yes.... and 5.

  • drik.hoskin - 2015-02-25 19:04

    Why are they so paranoid about their safety? If they lived honorable lives they would have little to fear

      William MacFarlane - 2015-02-26 02:57

      The reason is 1 . napoleon complex ( I prefer small penis syndrome ) . They believe they are so important everyone wants them dead or they have such low self esteem ,the only way to boost their ego is too have a lot of protection . In the old apartheid days did any of the state presidents have even close too the number of bodyguards or protection. Now even mayors are aski g for and hiring bodyguards . If they were elected surely it means they are beloved ( I know I'm laughing too ) . The pesident of Botswana drives his own car ( not a big one either) to and from parliment .

  • Staal Burger - 2015-02-25 19:06

    House of cards starting to implode hey Zuma.

  • Chris Du Bruyn - 2015-02-25 19:06

    Architect Makhanya was doing his job and someone had to sign or countersigned his recommendations. The person that has benefited directly from this is Jacob Zuma. Needless to say, others will have to take the blame and fall for him

      Erna Westdyk - 2015-02-26 08:31

      In addition to this - Makhanya was his "personal" architect and Zuma insisted on having him to finish the job. So it follows that Zuma instructed him, or at least was kept in the loop about everything.

  • Rowan Torr - 2015-02-25 19:08

    Nonsense!

  • Dave Elmore - 2015-02-25 19:11

    So their attempt to find a scapegoat is backfiring on them....who would have thought?

  • Mosire Tsiane - 2015-02-25 19:15

    Those that only hate south Africa will call for exposure in security for a house of a sitting president be Jacob Zuma or any president it's truely amazing to see people who call themselves south Africans calling for a head of state to be exposed where is patriotism. But this is not a surprise cause many who dream of a world pre 1994 are many and one sees them everyday

      Kersey van Niekerk - 2015-02-25 19:24

      A stupid brainless racist again.

      Anton Van Schalkwyk - 2015-02-25 19:25

      So youre happy that Zuma has been robbing you blind for years?

      Pieter Traut - 2015-02-25 19:30

      Is there something to hide that he wants unexposed? Let him go stay in his Cape Town residance while the investigation is ongoing. Will give him so more time in Parliament to answer all the outstanding issues at hand...

      Akhenaten - 2015-02-25 19:39

      'Hate S. Africa'. You must be talking about Zuma and the ANC cadres. They hate this country so much that they have stolen R700bn over the past 20 years from the people of S, Africa.

      CliveK - 2015-02-25 20:34

      No Mosire, it's because we love SA that we want to see JZ and his fellow leeches called to account for wasting OUR money. We deserve better.

      Watkykj - 2015-02-25 20:38

      The fact that someone so stupid managed to survive this long is scary... Why hasn't natural selection taken care you,you absolute brainless, moronic, empty headed p0ephol!

      Gawie Gorrel - 2015-02-25 21:09

      @Mosire Gosh, you sound really dumb, Please don't tell me you are looking into the bottle again?

      ruffieb - 2015-02-25 21:33

      Jocob Zuma does not inspire patriotism.

      Erna Westdyk - 2015-02-26 08:31

      I'd prefer a head of state, of any colour, who is honest and doesn't lie to the people.

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2015-06-24 11:29

      In case you hadn't noticed the sitting President has the sole use of 3 State residences fitted out in magnificent style and expanded in recent years to almost Palace proportions - all paid for by taxpayers. Once he finishes his 2 terms in office he goes on pension and THEN his private home has some security additions made for a Past President[ just like all the others]. But NO - Jacob Zuma abuses his position by an enrichment process. Blame who you want but HE still lives there enjoying the undue benefits which are perk he must pay for - or demolish everything he says "I did not ask for". He is a liar - plain and simple.

  • Jan Kuhn - 2015-02-25 19:15

    An Architect is responsible for the design and appearance. The contractor for the costing and build. The client for the acceptance of the package - design and cost. Now please explain to me again why the Architect is in court.

      Murray Graham - 2015-02-25 19:21

      Uhm Jan, uhm...nope, can't think of a single reason!

      Pheello Maleleka - 2015-02-25 21:25

      Hmmm Jan this is indeed not my profession , but i think you have nicely explained it for the likes of us to clearly understand it !!! Poor architect as expected is being sacrificed to protect number one.

      Erna Westdyk - 2015-02-26 08:33

      There is no way that the architect, and contractors, could have done all this building WITHOUT the know how of the owner of the property. It is NOT a state owned property where the state is in charge, it is Zuma's PRIVATE property.

  • Mary Milne Archibald - 2015-02-25 19:16

    Not disclosing details has put Zuma at risk. #paybackthemoney

  • Omphile Mosimanekgosi - 2015-02-25 19:17

    I believe Makhaya did what he was supposed to do and I dont think he should be held liable

      Anton Van Schalkwyk - 2015-02-25 19:24

      I agree! Its all on Zuma, end of story

      Anton Van Schalkwyk - 2015-02-25 19:24

      I agree! Its all on Zuma, end of story

  • Xolani Nompume - 2015-02-25 19:17

    Another joke will come out of this... I pity SA

  • Murray Graham - 2015-02-25 19:22

    I just hope he subpoenas Zuma783

  • Liz Rushby - 2015-02-25 19:27

    And your point is

  • Tumisho Ramoshaba - 2015-02-25 19:27

    zuma is guilty ,he just try to hide by everything he can ,he try to hide by siu report minister of police hook comity of parliament n every thing he could.

  • Ferdi Engelbrecht - 2015-02-25 19:29

    Why has de Klerk not got a nkadla ?

      Akhenaten - 2015-02-25 19:42

      Too honest. Refused to steal.

  • Jaco De Witt - 2015-02-25 19:34

    The Nkandla expansion plan is on track again with higher tax to fund it. Will be a city soon the way the tax payer is getting milked now.

  • Mhlts Petrus - 2015-02-25 19:34

    They manage to fire him when he was diputy pres,fail to put together charges of arms deal against him,fail to get him on rape case,on shaick curroption charges,watercloof landing of guptas,marikana,disruption of parly,y don't they leave the poor man alone, what a they up to that we don't know?

      CliveK - 2015-02-25 20:37

      One thing Zuma is not, is a "poor man". He has the ANC wrapped around his little finger and the whole country is suffering. Hold him accountable.

      ruffieb - 2015-02-25 21:35

      There are none so blind as those who will not see.

      Erna Westdyk - 2015-02-26 08:37

      Zuma shouldn't have allowed himself to be placed in these positions. You forget the things that were actually proven by facts - sleeping with a young, HIV positive daughter of his friend, begetting a child, out of wedlock, with Khoza's daughter; having a corrupt relationship with Shabir Shaik; having a financial relationship with the Guptas; and as big as a house, NKANDLA. These are all facts - do you still think poor Zuma? He isn't fit to be a president/leader and a example to the youth of SA.

  • Vince Muller - 2015-02-25 19:35

    What? Is he more important than any other human being??? I doubt it.. every South African is entitled to the same security...

  • Moreko Molapi - 2015-02-25 19:37

    I dnt care if de president is changed or not aslong as dat sit is never taken by a white person im gud......

      Jaco De Witt - 2015-02-25 19:39

      Racist

      Matthew TheMatt Dickason - 2015-02-25 19:43

      Shocking... Uneducated. Rasict and a fool. Enjoy your squatter camp as under this government you will not go any further

      Motho Fela - 2015-02-25 19:55

      Who cares ??? Africa dont have good Leaders. only poverty and corruption they know, and starving their people.

      George Oosthuizen - 2015-02-25 20:05

      Racist

      Gawie Gorrel - 2015-02-25 20:38

      @Moreko I can see you are not good enough to compete with a white person? Can that be your reason for being so inferior? There is a cure you know for that frame of mind. It is called hard work. Try it

      Brent Kohn - 2015-02-25 20:43

      Dats y dey got da piturs on da balad.FOR MORONS LIKE YOU

      ruffieb - 2015-02-25 21:35

      Out of the jungle.......

  • Andrew Smythe - 2015-02-25 19:44

    Rubbish. Stop his wife from feeding him bad love muti. Minenhle has a right to information which he needs for his defence. if you will not give it to him, drop the charges.

  • Anton Stripp - 2015-02-25 19:46

    The white persons life are also in danger, so why not his life. How can they put in a claim for R155 million for brocken fences, he also stole the money from tax payers now he is looking to claim it from the architect to pay off his huge bill.

  • Denver Sykes - 2015-02-25 19:47

    If it is the disclosure on the NON security measures at nkandla that is asked for, then how can that be putting JZ and his family in danger??? This just sounds like another hasty and feeble attempt to cover up, and protect jz

  • Louise Roderick - 2015-02-25 19:47

    Isn't this just typical of the way these sycophants will stop at nothing to protect their No 1? Raise a civil case against the architect but make the documents he needs to defend himself almost impossible to obtain. How much longer and how much more money will it take to rid this countr of this poisonous parasite?

  • Etienne Holder - 2015-02-25 19:50

    Moreko, I thought I told you to stay in the car and bark at the people.......

  • Jack Phakathi - 2015-02-25 19:54

    President Zuma deserves Nkandla x 3.Caring citizens should set up a fund and reward this peaceful man of God with two more homesteads with far better security features.The crucification of this Gentle Giant is pure evil and should not be smiled at.

      Ochefe Chefe - 2015-02-25 20:50

      He he he he he he and I am Shaka Zulu

      Denver Sykes - 2015-02-26 07:41

      what planet are you living on?? either you are uneducated,just plain ignorant, or you are enjoying the good life with this evil speciman! man of God?? "God" of what???? which "God" money is his God!!!!

      Dehlia Fredericks - 2015-02-26 11:55

      Sir, where u do stay! Look around u and see all the informal little shacks!

      Gismho - 2015-02-27 15:41

      Jack.... he's not a "...man of god" ..... he thinks he is god and can do what he pleases. The ANC must get rid of this "god" and appoint a proper leader, one who the citizens of this country respect, no matter what the politics.

  • Billy Hall-Jones - 2015-02-25 19:57

    Let us all see the plans to his kraal.. I want to know what cost so much money.. Then Zuma must PAY BACK THE MONEY!!!

  • julie.tavenor - 2015-02-25 20:01

    What utter rubbish. You cannot tell me that Zuma hadnt been to the compound ??

  • Lawrence Robert Atkinson - 2015-02-25 20:03

    Smoke and mirrors. He says, she says. The bottom line is that this is aimed at making us think that the government is doing something, that people will be locked up and cash paid back. Nothing will come of any of these charges. The outcome? Attention off Zuma, case closed.

  • Ishmael Organiser Ishmael Sekgobela - 2015-02-25 20:03

    Payback our money....

      Denver Sykes - 2015-02-26 15:52

      Ya..Because of you zuma, we have to pay more tax every month now!! and who got the FAT salary increase??? zuma and his cronies!!!

  • Imtiaz Yusuf - 2015-02-25 20:04

    Architects fees are generally 10% of the cost of construction plus any additional work and other supervision. My opinion is that Thuli Madonsela report is also flawed. Why don't they also get further expert report on the controversial issues relating to the upgrade. Surely TM is not the law and that she could also be biased. I don't see why the architects fees are an issue. If it was a white contractor and he charged Regards R16.5m would she have objected. I find an issue with Thuli Madonsela. How is it that on watch she never investigates white people for unfairly benefitting from whites getting appointed blatantly to top positions. Is this not part of the Public Protectors responsibility. Every day people of colour are being treated unfairly by whites. Why don't she report on this. TM is aligned to the DA'S principles.

      Francois Jordaan - 2015-02-25 20:09

      Nkandla was never about race, but about a president (Doesn't matter what race he is) who is busy enriching himself with tax payers money!! So Imtiaz, stop being an idiot by making everything racial!!

      Gawie Gorrel - 2015-02-25 20:16

      @Yusuf I feel sorry for you o'h innocent poorly informed one. Architects fees are not 10%. the fee is directly fixed to the contract. The higher the contract the higher the fee or am I going too fast for you? the last time I looked Thuli was not a white person. You last comment exposed you as stupid,Pathtic and an attention seeker. And not very smart.You are a rather unsophisticated creeper

      Drick Zaal - 2015-02-25 20:37

      So! If I understand you correct, then the Architects fees should have been in around 25million

      Pheello Maleleka - 2015-02-25 21:00

      Special Investigating Unit is the one taking Minenhle Makhanya To task , not Adv Madonsela. Her report is clear that president Zuma pays back what was not security related.

      CliveK - 2015-02-26 09:20

      Let me remind you, Yusuf, that Thuli is black; don't racialise things when ANC officials are caught with their fingers in the honey pot - as happens disconcertingly frequently.

  • Tlale S'bu Phogole Seopela - 2015-02-25 20:10

    Pay back our money,bustard!!

  • Jako Thiart - 2015-02-25 20:13

    Okay let me understand correctly. Public works department appoints Makhanya as principal agent. Public works department pay all costs without saying stop these upgrades weren't asked for. Which means Public works department never visited Nkandla while R246m upgrades were done. Gmfffff. Maybe they and JZ went to Hawaii for that time. He didn't go there either.

  • Isaac Ike Ndala - 2015-02-25 20:16

    EFF must press more than before on double headed. Malema mustn't allow Zuma to sweet talk him and end up being tamed. PAY BACK THE MONEY

      Murray Graham - 2015-02-25 20:29

      And then, how will you tame the new double-headed you create?

  • Criss Mphahlele - 2015-02-25 20:18

    let it be

  • Criss Mphahlele - 2015-02-25 20:21

    wil he ever payback de money

  • Hasani Khosa - 2015-02-25 20:24

    Makhanya must stop beating about the bushes and expose that persons/s who gave him a go-ahead to build extra structures.

  • graphanex2008 - 2015-02-25 20:24

    Who cares

  • Stuart de Lange - 2015-02-25 20:28

    His wife's area bigger risk and will not cost the taxpayer 246m

  • Nhlotini Jonni - 2015-02-25 20:28

    Mereko and Jack Phakathi are you smoking something from nkandla Chicken run or the waste from nkandla fire pool.

  • Rhys Nolan Evans - 2015-02-25 20:29

    And when they condemn him further in public? They won't be able to hear themselves think over the laughter. "HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE!!HYEHEHEHEHEHE!!!"

  • Reiner Bunger - 2015-02-25 20:32

    Just take a shower. No risk..

  • Nombulelo Dyantyi - 2015-02-25 20:45

    Our country is going down and the ppl who voted him in, don't care its like a time bomb as long as these parasites are still in power I blame ppl who voted for him last year after he stole from us and oblivious of all his scandals

  • Scout Msongelwa - 2015-02-25 20:52

    I see no risk at all, let all details go public, then him to jail where he belongs.

  • Lums Zindela - 2015-02-25 21:07

    Disclosure of Nkandla security structures, sought by architect Minenhle Makhanya, could put President Jacob Zuma in danger, ........ so what are you gonna do now, drop the case and no one will be held to account? is that what you want imply? beside, all SOuth Africans are at risk but zuma. BS

  • Patrick Mashaba - 2015-02-25 21:09

    When Makhanya doesn't disclose the person who gave him go ahead to include none - security measures to the president 's home in Nkandla , he will become another scape goat for president Zuma . He will find himself deep in trouble for something that he benefited less . Makhanya must speak the truth , truth will set him free .

  • Eksdom Zuma - 2015-02-25 21:14

    Don't be stupid man... This guy will never actually have to pay back the money, I'll believe it when I see it. If anything he's going to claim his life is on danger and he needs more money for security upgrades and possibly a second house.

  • Ryan Paulssen - 2015-02-25 21:17

    Someone should assasinate this p**s.

  • Slowly Doezit - 2015-02-25 21:17

    Totally irrelevant to this report : what's happened to the story a couple of days about one of Zumas wives who has gone missing after she was suspected of trying to poison the old crook?

  • Made Inthe-South - 2015-02-25 21:20

    Who payed for LazyJZ's 5 private houses built at Nkandla since 2009?Knowing LazyJZ he did not pay for those private houses himself.He said to the PP that he does not have a bond.She asked him how did he finance the private houses,LazyJZ REFUSED TO ANSWER.Moneymine,LazyJZ's personal builder quoted R20 Million only for the first 3 houses,meaning the 5 houses probably cost around R30 Million. Was the money for the 5 private houses obtained from the R246 Million?