Nkandla project manager 'won't take the hit'

2014-10-01 10:16

Durban - The public works department's Nkandla project manager is determined that he will not take the fall for somebody else's transgression, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

"I know what I did wrong and what I did right and I am prepared to take the hit for what I did wrong, but I will not take the hit for what I did not do wrong," Jean Rindel, 40, told the Afrikaans daily.

He is project manager of the department's regional office in Durban which was charged with the Nkandla project.


He reportedly hoped the truth came out and that justice prevailed, but would not take responsibility for other's transgressions.

Rindel was the first of several department officials to appear at a disciplinary hearing over the R246m upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

The charges included financial misconduct and flouting tender procedures.

Rindel jokingly called himself the "chief suspect" but said he took the matter very seriously.

The hearing was one of a number of processes currently underway after the public protector found not all the upgrades at Zuma's home were for security.

The Mercury has reported that Rindel hired architect Minenhle Makhanya for the Nkandla project. The Special Investigating Unit has gone to court to try to claim R155m back from Makhanya.

Victory for press freedom

Meanwhile, The Witness and Beeld newspapers on Tuesday scored a victory for press freedom after "ambushing" the Nkandla disciplinary hearings, The Witness reported.

The newspapers' lawyers applied for press access on several grounds, including the Constitutional right to free expression. Despite objections from the State that the hearing would deal with private contracts and was a closed proceeding, hearing chairperson Joe Nxusani consulted the Constitution and ruled that freedom of expression was a primary right and it was appropriate that the application was granted.

The media has been granted access to 12 other disciplinary hearings against civil servants relating to the Nkandla project. Experts say this sets a precedent for other internal government hearings.

Sapa and The Witness

  • John Smith - 2014-10-01 10:20

    Why did you do something wrong, if you knew it was wrong ??

      Japie JJ du Toit - 2014-10-01 10:23

      Name and Shame the corupt 1. He can not walk away and claim he didn't know about it. It is in the intrest of SA that the truth been told, and the guilty one must be charged criminaly. Enough is Enough

      Daryl Van Sittert - 2014-10-01 10:24

      money money money is so funny....

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 10:27

      Just watch how just white people will be made scapegoats,just as in the Guptagate Waterkloof Airbase case,where 2 white Air Force officers are still standing in the dock of a military court,and where the main fallguy,Bruce Koloane is now rewarded with an ambassadorial post.

      Alecia Calla - 2014-10-01 10:27

      Number One is the only one wrong here

      Mike Olwagen - 2014-10-01 10:32

      Ummmmmm....hindsight....ever heard of the term?

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 10:38

      So LazyJZ783 is not to blame. It is an official only?BS He did not know and he did not ask for it.Yet he was at home each and every weekend,and he never questioned what the builders were doing in his own backyard?

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 10:41

      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?

      Sydney Louw Butler - 2014-10-01 10:42

      He's not saying that he did anything wrong, just that he is sure of what he is responsible for and and what he isn't and that he won't be punished for the latter. It's an awkward expression to be sure, but not an admission of wrongdoing.

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 10:43

      Information unearthed by amaBhungane discloses that Zuma’s builder, Moneymine Enterprises, quoted a price of R19.5-million for the first three of the five houses that were built. The figure was extracted by combing through the 12?000 pages of public works documents obtained through access-to-information litigation last year. Zuma denied to Madonsela that he had any bond for the first three houses. But in any case, commercial loan repayments on R19.5-million would be unaffordable on – and consume most of – his R2-million-plus annual salary (See “The phantom bond that does not measure up”). How, then, did he afford the lavish extensions?from m&

      Sly Rams - 2014-10-01 10:46

      This official is corrupt as well and has the "i won't go down alone syndrome". Why do wrong in the first place. Anyway, This Nkadla project benefited one man (just one man who is enjoying the comfort of all that money), why can't they take action against him as well and make sure that the money is paid back? Even if it can be a civil suit for unjustified and/or undue enrichment.

      Yin Yang - 2014-10-01 10:47

      Well if Zuma is not going to pay...then we should do as his sheep supporters...when you are unhappy with something, burn something, and by something I mean Nkandla...burn it down to the ground and sell al his remaining assets to regain the stolen money...

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 10:48

      Public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report and project documents obtained by amaBhungane identify many instances when Zuma was consulted, notably by Makhanya, and how the president’s needs shaped the government’s actions. It was Zuma himself who introduced Makhanya to public works officials at his home in Nkandla in August 2009. According to minutes, Makhanya was directed to canvass many decisions with “the principal” (the president), including “the road surface required for the driving of tractors”; plans for the landscaping and “fire pool” (the now infamous swimming pool); and the design of the bullet-resistant windows. The public protector’s report noted: “Throughout the Nkandla project, [Makhanya] served as the go-between between the government officials and the president, leaving it to him to discuss designs with and explain the president’s preferences … even a minister could have had difficulty countermanding Mr Makhanya FROM M&G

      Titus Madiba - 2014-10-01 10:52

      He has already been given his share of the loot, he wont name and shame anyone. Just put the whole lot behind bars.

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 10:52

      @John Smith. Who benefitted here.?Only LazyJZ783 and Makhanya the technologist,not arghitect. Jean Rindel DID NOT POCKET A CENT. HE WAS ONLY AFRAID TO LOSE HIS JOB IF HE DID NOT COMPLY. JUST LIKE THE 2 WHITE AIR FORCE OFFICERS STANDING TRIAL BEFORE MILITARY COURT OVER GUTAGATE WAS AFRAID TO LOSE THEIR JOBS. Think.Dont be LazyJZ783's propagandist!

      Sly Rams - 2014-10-01 10:52

      @Made in SA... "white people made scapegoats"? really? There is a number of black officials that are facing disciplinary hearing at this present moment in connection with this Nkandla project. Please do not make this thing to be about race. Because this is more like abuse of power by the ANC top officials shifting the blame to however is vulnerable. We want Zuma to account and pay back our money, and we certainly have no time for any racists games.

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 11:02

      @Sly Rams. Let us look at the FACTS. Guptagate.The scapegoats were Bruce Koloane,2 white air force officers and a black warrant officer. The 2 white air force officers are now standing before a military court.Bruce Koloane was awarded with a ambassadorial post.The black warrant officer was taken out of the case. I am not racist.Not at all.I look at facts and PRECEDENT. Can you argue with that?Question for you. What did Jean Rindel benefit out of Nkandla?NOT A CENT.

      Sly Rams - 2014-10-01 11:06

      MADE IN SA... same applies to all other black officials of the department of public works... What did they benefit? because they simply approved some tenders and paid some accounts in relation to the work done at Nkadla. You are just a racist or hater.

      Deon Louw - 2014-10-01 11:12

      Saying no to number 1 has cost some people theire jobs before.

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 11:38

      @Sly Rams. I am not a racist or hater.I took the PRECEDENT and FACTS of Guptagate. You cant argue with those FACTS. I agree the black officials were probably also afraid to lose their jobs and did not benefit financially either with Nkandlagate. Everybody was afraid of ninja turtle.Black and white officials.

      Sly Rams - 2014-10-01 12:05

      Granny Alicia... what are you talking about? Are you even awake?

      Ann Murray - 2014-10-01 12:09

      And so the "blame game" starts ...

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 12:21

      Seeing that Cyril Ramaphosa owns McDonalds he must bring out the Guptaburger. Made of a 100% scapegoat. It is delicious.Just make you fart a lot

      CliveK - 2014-10-01 16:04

      Sly, I think that you're the one who's not awake. Or if you are, your head is buried deep in the sand, or somewhere unspeakable.

  • John Stoltz - 2014-10-01 10:20

    Put all the blame and expenditure at the Boss of the homestead, since he is ultimately in charge!! Who look for a scapegoat, while he apparently never enquired about the building activity?? Only a moron can expect people to accept that excuse!!

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 10:54

      It does not stop at Nkandla. LazyJZ783 just made it to president because of the spytapes.He has corrupted the NPA,and disbanded the Scorpions just so that himself and his cronies wont be caught out stealing and enriching themselves. He placed his loyal stooges Adv Jiba,Mrwebi and Adv Noko PDPP in KZN in top positions at the NPA to keep himself and his cronies like "Spytapes" Mdluli out of court. He just care about his family.He does not care about anybody else.Due to his position,he is in a corrupt relationship with the Guptas.His son Duduzane Zuma is in several corrupt deals involving the Guptas.Like Idwala Coal,an illegal coal mine. And Duduzane and Rajesh Gupta has a 25% stake in VR Lazer,involved in the R50 Billion Transnet locomotive deal.And the chairman of the Transnet bid adjudication committee is also invested in VR Lazer. To summarize.When LazyJZ finally goes to Nkandla,he will be a billionair.His overseas accounts will be stuffed full.Especially from the Russian nuclear reactor deal.Duduzane will be a billionair.And then there is Makhulu-bus Zuma who will sit with a R100 Billion DRC oilfield,proudly brought to him by LazyJZ,after a little meeting with Kabila.And the Grootvlei miners[AURORA] would still not be paid. And how many of the 5 million jobs would have been created?

  • Arthur A Lilford - 2014-10-01 10:21

    Take out JZ for this crap his house - he pays - the thieving,thug,mistreat with his cANCer pals

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 10:56

      There was no open tender process with the recent Russian nuclear deal. Zuma went to see Putin alone and in secret recently,without any witnesses present. Everything points to one of the biggest bribe jobs that has happened in the history of bribes. A Trillion rand is R1000 000 000 000.A R Million times a Million. So if Zuma only negotiated a 1% bribe,his bribe will be R10 Billion.My maths correct? There needs to be an immediate mass reaction and uprising.This can not stand. I read in the paper that the Russians will built the reactors.Then they will be payed out of the electricity sold to consumers. Each and every bill payer will be affected. It is a new e-tolls. E-lectric.

  • Beaulah Fortuin - 2014-10-01 10:24

    Stand strong Rindel, the country is with you on this one.

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-01 11:06

      Jean Rindel did not benefit a cent out of Nkandla.NOT A CENT. Who benefitted?Who was enriched? LazyJZ783 and the arghitectural technologist,not arghitecht,Makhanya. They benefitted.Big time. AND MAKHANYA WAS APPONTED BECAUSE ZUMA WANTED HIM APPOINTED!

      CliveK - 2014-10-01 16:06

      Unfortunately, recent history tells us the white guy will take the fall.

  • CraigJoseph - 2014-10-01 10:28

    Typical. No one will ever take accountability. No hope for SA.

  • James jonas - 2014-10-01 10:37

    The manager is making his life difficult. He wont fall empty handed. but fighting will leave him empty handed shame. Take a fall for our ministers. The manager will come second against ANC. With Gupta poor military official where suspended obviously with full pay and benefits

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-10-01 10:39

    Joe Nxusani, thank you for doing what is right.Jean Rindel, stick to your guns and may you win in the end. As for the despicable who are trying to put the blame on others, shame on you.

  • Martin Mngomezulu - 2014-10-01 10:40

    "chief suspect" .... Rindel knows something and he is in it, just that he was adviced to keep his mouth shut until their plan materialise!

  • Roddy Jardim - 2014-10-01 10:42

    Why are anc protecting the thieving zuma unlesss the looting goes deeper and no.1 corrupt keeps the anc executive well paid. we all live in a banana Republic. Zuma geta away with it again how stupid are these people that a man with a std 5 can hold intellectual minds of the anc, if there are any, to ransom.

      Karen Gerhardi - 2014-10-01 11:26

      As Mr Zuma said in an interview before the elections "the ANC is a collective." They are not protecting him, they are protecting themselves (and their turn at the trough).

  • Hendrick Molosiwa - 2014-10-01 10:47

    Don't think for him let the bastard have his day at the hearing and tell his/her story with proof unlike Juju "the loudspeaker" malema who tell the masses his opinion and threaten to shame every ANC members without action what a waste of time for him and you.

  • Micheal Mafunisa Nethononda - 2014-10-01 10:51

    H is someboy else? I think is Jz

  • Proudly Csa - 2014-10-01 10:51

    Wow. Zuma is unbelievable. Only thinking of himself and not about the moral example he is setting. Unfreakin believable.

      CliveK - 2014-10-01 16:07

      The words "moral" and "Zuma" do not belong in the same sentence.

  • Patrick Mashaba - 2014-10-01 10:51

    Majority of South Africans know that the government of ANC use you as a scapegoat . They did the same when the GUPTAS landed illegal in Waterkloof millitary airport . Somebody as a commander in chief was protected . Let them continue to punish the innocent , God is watching them . Even the idiots who continue to vote for them one day their eyes 'll be opened . The person who benefitted is the one who should account .

      Micheal Mafunisa Nethononda - 2014-10-01 10:56

      Nne ndi vhona atshikhou ita zwone. Ngauri hakhou tenda ubvulelwa zwifhi zwa munwe muthu

  • Maboko Mahlaole - 2014-10-01 10:52

    What 'chief suspect'? Maybe should consider your self a 'chief clown' of the african national circus. But ther's the number1 that i already know.

  • Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-10-01 10:55

    Scapegoatia - episode (have lost count) follow on from Nkandla a Presidential homestead that cost a nation a fortune.

  • Francois Marx - 2014-10-01 10:58

    Beeld doing good work. Leave no stone unturned and fish out the snakes in the grass. Somebody must pay.

  • Mavis Vermicast - 2014-10-01 10:58

    Zuma’s builder, Moneymine Enterprises, This says it all.

  • Daniel Mogale733 - 2014-10-01 10:58

    Zuma should have just answered Thuli and all this wouldn't have come the Rand is going to drop more to the Dollar.

  • Scelo Tshabalala - 2014-10-01 11:10

    m now @ work and I can see poverty stricken of my fellow s.africans waiting patiently for their grants,if and maybe if they knew the power to use their vote wisely,they could change their socio economics,sadly they are not in these forums,no internet,always in the dark....unless we do something.....they will continue to vote for same criminals hence draging us tax payers into the mire of poverty

  • sizwe.nyembe - 2014-10-01 11:10

    "I know what I did wrong and what I did right and I am prepared to take the hit for what I did wrong.." This should have been the heading but Beeld for its newspaper heading chose to quote what is convenient to its racist white market.

      David van Tonder - 2014-10-01 11:22

      What makes a black racist better than a white racist?

      Christian Evans - 2014-10-01 11:26 you Sizwe...troll, get over yourself!!!

  • Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-10-01 11:15

    SCAPEGOATIA Continues : the saga of Nkandla, who took the fall. Season 25

  • Neil Roux - 2014-10-01 11:17

    Of course they followed orders from above. If they didn't they would loose their jobs.Now Zuma wants everyone to fall and take the blame for him.Exactly like Guptagate where airforce personnel were given the blame and some left.Zuma is a liar and he should fall. The ANC also should stop protecting him.But hay thieves protect thieves. In any other democratic country he would have been impeached long ago.But SA are no longer a democracy.We are a one party state becoming a dictatorship.The ANC also no longer care about some poor dude in Soweto. The days of the ANC is numbered and we need a new party with moral standards.BEE was also just a thing invented by the ANC to steal.Where a minority gets all. Do some research and go look at all the storys and scandals. Wake up the majority of SA.Our beloved country is going down.

  • Phalo Yem Yem Togu - 2014-10-01 11:22

    Think about it: Yes the amount spent on Nkandla is way too much. However, this amount got there because people were enriching themselves. Let alone the political differences, was Zuma directly responsible in this? I think he was advised by Thuli to pay the amount which were not for security concern. As I understand, those were later added by the architect. I am just trying to understand if we are not chasing a man who doesnt have a ball because of how less we like him? Just think about it

      David van Tonder - 2014-10-01 11:33

      If somebody steals a LG 82 inch flat screen LED tv from Game and puts it in my lounge without my knowledge, should I be able to keep it without paying for it?

      Phalo Yem Yem Togu - 2014-10-01 11:40

      My thinking is, he was aware of the money that was approved by the department. My thinking, of course I could be wrong, is that, whenever Makhanya went to present the changes to him, he either asked if this is not gonna cost too much and Makhanya would say "The department will approve it". As I understand, Makhanya was sending invoices to the department that were changed from i.e R250K for a pool(charged by the vendor) and he'd invoice the department R1000 000. I still ask, are we not chasing a man who doesn't have a ball here?

      David van Tonder - 2014-10-01 12:12

      Unlike a lot of other N24 readers I feal no animosity towards JZ. I think your question brings us to an even deeper question that has rarely been asked during this whole saga; is Zuma criminally or ethically liable. I think that it has not been proven beyond reasonable doubt that Zuma is crimanally liable and we should leave that process to the NA and CC. But I also believe that as leader of this country he is ethicaly responsible thus he should show that he is serious about rooting out corruption by stepping up and implementing the PP's recomindations.

      CliveK - 2014-10-01 16:12

      Phalo has some valid points here, but that begs the question: if the man charged with leading the country is absolutely ignorant of what's going on in his own backyard, how the hell can he be trusted to be an effective head of state? The answer, of course, is that he can't, and he needs to go.

  • Wendy Nezar Schmidt - 2014-10-01 11:23

    and of course, Zuma knew nothing of all of this, innocent man, just came home one day and there it was Nkandla in all its glory. Magic!

  • Christian Evans - 2014-10-01 11:25

    Hahahaha, nobody want to take the blame, make it Apartheids fault!

  • Paul Du Plessis - 2014-10-01 11:26

    The same thing happened with Guptagate. Juniors execute illegal instructions received from seniors and eventually become scapegoats and fall guys. If they fail to execute these instructions they are discriminated against. My advice? Don't sell your soul for any reason!

  • Christian Evans - 2014-10-01 11:30

    Right, hire 5 Dozers, knock Nkandla flat, problem that not what they to ANC!!!

  • Mike Turner - 2014-10-01 11:31

    This is someone who is an alleged "Project Manager". As a project manager myself, I find it incredible that he (I presume it's a "he") approved the expenditure of such vast sums of money on what is essentially a compound comprising a number of rustic dwellings with a few embellishments! I have no real idea of the actual detailed content and what lies beneath the ground, but judging from the aerial photos the whole development should not have cost more than R20 to R30m absolute tops, including professional fees. I wouldn't want this bugger anywhere NEAR any project in which I was involved !! GUILTY AS HELL - TAKE HIM DOWN.

  • Patricia Dewet - 2014-10-01 11:37

    The way Zuma runs through money is unbelievable, would also like to know who paid for the houses. Who gave him the money, or is this part of the unexplained R60 million.

  • Walter Oldnal Latham - 2014-10-01 11:39

    Obviously the Ronald Reagan's famous saying, "The buck stops right here" does not apply to egg-head's principles...... that's if he has any principles and probably doesn't understand what I'm saying!!! It's like the Gupta aircraft landing at Waterkloof once again when egg-heads hands are caught in the cookie jar. Put the blame on junior subordinates who were just following instructions from No. 1!!!

  • Anna Ramorara - 2014-10-01 11:50

    Just tell the truth and give evidence if you can, hope next time you take written and signed instruction

  • Nemiah Khoza Mhambi - 2014-10-01 11:51

    The nkandla issue must be taken with care not as a cheap politicing

      Bhekinkosi Langa - 2014-10-01 18:15

      Care for what?We want to know what happened to our money.

  • Chris Bester - 2014-10-01 11:55

    Fight back, tell the whole story!!

  • Modisane Edwin Motaung - 2014-10-01 12:16

    keep your mouth shut and become a SA Ambassador in China.

  • Drick Zaal - 2014-10-01 12:17

    What about the (small) window? He told the old men in Gugulethu he didn't ask for the upgrade but he told the contractors he is not in prison they must remove the (small) window. Now up to this point they were following the plan as determined by the security cluster. I believe from that moment his Architect took control of the upgrades. The court must request the original plan and compare it with the upgrades. Maybe the original plan is already destroyed?

  • Natalie Dickerson Gelonese - 2014-10-01 12:32

    Why don't you all stop passing the buck, pay up and get on with it? Oh wait - asking the South African President or government to fix something is like asking Mugabe to like whites!!!

  • Ramakidi Tsolo - 2014-10-01 12:35

    I feel sorry for poor public servant's, exactly what happened to SANDF officials with cupta this means public officials will always be used to protect number one

  • Modisane Edwin Motaung - 2014-10-01 12:40

    Zuma look how rand performs u are scarring investmemts prospects and the best thing to do is resign.

  • lood.klerk - 2014-10-01 13:26

    He must keep himself an family safe!

  • Dave Swart - 2014-10-01 13:38

    Good on him - let the real culprits answer.....but at the end of the day Zuma must have known what was going on at his own home.

  • Luke Green - 2014-10-01 14:11

    Is that someone his royal anus Zuma?

  • Alan Robertson - 2014-10-01 15:51

    Before jz became president I read an article that described him as having an insatiable need for money for himself and his family, hopelessly in debt and therefore a prime candidate for corruption, bribery and unscrupulous use of taxpayer's was that journalist prophetic...I think it was Andrew Donaldson but not sure...

  • Ntomboxolo Tosh Goqwana - 2014-10-01 16:21

    Wow poor tax payers

  • Humbulani Mjimaro Mulaudzi - 2014-10-01 18:21

    Name and shame is yo only option here, spit out man cos we wanna catch the big fish here,to b honest u r not our main target here

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2014-10-02 06:27

    All the dogs are running exposing the CHIEF DOG.

  • Lawrence Craig - 2014-10-02 14:15

    Clearly the Zuma's benefited from the whole upgrade. Who decided that Zuma must get the upgrade and who decided how much money should be spent. Who decided on all the non essentials. that person should be fired and also help Zuma pay back the money. Africa is the only place where the corrupt are escaping justice.

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