Nkandla upgrade partly for guards

2013-10-13 12:11
Nkandla (Cornél van Heerden, Beeld)

Nkandla (Cornél van Heerden, Beeld)

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Pretoria - It emerged this week that prior to the R206m upgrade to President Jacob Zuma’s house, his security detail had nowhere to sleep and would have to drop their boss off and drive 75km to Eshowe for the night.

According to the Sunday Times, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said this week that previously there had been no facilities for the guards, which had posed a serious security risk. He said that the internal probe into the project showed that R71m went towards security upgrades and R135m towards operational upgrades.

The report found that Public Works officials colluded with contractors to inflate costs. Both the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, and the Special Investigating Unit are busy with separate probes into who was responsible for the astronomical rise in costs. Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence is also scrutinising the report.

R117m spent on security

In March it was reported that contractors were paid R117m in total for security installations at Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

This included, among other things, "emergency work relating to security measures" as well as provision of a mobile generator, bullet-resistant glass, a high-security fence and a lift.

"The cost for these security measures adds up to R117m. To put this amount into context, the department of public works built a new jail in Kimberley with top-range security [for] R45m.

"But [it] spent R117m, exactly 260% more, to provide security for one man," Democratic Alliance MP Anchen Dreyer told MPs in the National Assembly.

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