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Nxesi: Nkandla wrong-doers will be punished

2012-11-15 09:39

Johannesburg - Swift and decisive action will be taken if a probe into the security upgrade at President Jacob Zuma's house in Nkandla points to illegal, corrupt or irregular activities, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Wednesday.

"Wrong-doers will be held to account," he said in a statement.

Nxesi said he would not pre-empt the findings of investigations being conducted by the Auditor General and a public works task team, nor would be act on the basis of speculation.

Zuma's private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, which has been declared a national key point, has been upgraded at a reported cost of R248m, of which Zuma will reportedly pay only 5%, or about R10m.

In a written Parliamentary reply to a question by the Democratic Alliance, the presidency said the scope of work done by public works was limited to the security measures.

Key points

DA leader Helen Zille led a delegation to inspect the residence 10 days ago, but was stopped by several hundred ANC supporters.

On Wednesday, Nxesi said there were two aspects to the department's role in the upgrade - the security of the president and accountability for public funds.

"The security upgrade was undertaken by the department of public works in terms of the National Key Points Act," he said.

It provided for the declaration of certain places as national key points "whenever it is considered necessary for the safety of the Republic or in the public interest".

The declaration of Zuma's house as a national key point was made on the basis of a security risk assessment undertaken by a team drawn from the department of defence, police and state security.

"There is nothing unusual about making such a determination which has been applied in respect of residences of past Heads of State.

"That security assessment still stands and therefore it remains the responsibility of public works to complete and implement the project at hand."

Auditor General probe

Nxesi said there had to be accountability, transparency and value for money where public funds were involved.

"My department has already requested the Auditor General to conduct an audit in respect of all projects classified as 'prestige' - the first time that such a step has been taken by public works," he said.

Nxesi said the department's task team, which consisted of people with legal, financial management control, auditing, security, physical protection and construction and maintenance expertise, had been established in response to concerns about the cost of the upgrade.

"This task team will conduct a preliminary investigation into aspects of procedural integrity, over-pricing and general supply chain prescripts.

"At the same time, the department will give its full support to any investigation conducted by authorised state institutions."

Comments
  • morgaporg - 2012-11-15 09:49

    i hope my room is kitted out...dont forget the playstation! quick question, how is a 200 million village part of zulu culture?

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-15 10:04

      Not even the great Mandela had his home upgraded like that? Who does Zuma think he is??? He is the worst, most corrupt president this country has ever seen! Better yet... The worst president the world has ever seen!!! I really hope he does not get a second term so that the investigation into his criminal activities can be re-instated and that he gets sent to jail for a very long time! He and fat boy Mal-Emma can share a cell! Then they can sing "give me my machine gun" and "kill the boer" all day long! LOL!

      daniel.jacobs.3766 - 2012-11-15 10:13

      Punish Zuma first!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-15 10:14

      No Michael, JZ is a disgrace but definitely not the world's worst president. Bob and many other african tyrants have JZ easily beaten to that crown

      corrupted.zuma - 2012-11-15 10:16

      Moron, what speculation? The whole world knows Zuma is a lying corrupted thief!!!

      camp.j - 2012-11-15 10:37

      @Corrupted Zuma Correct, the whole world knows Zuma is a lying corrupted thief, it's now time that the whole world start treating him as such. He should be treated like Mugabe!

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-11-15 10:39

      I have a question: If this guy finds that ZUMA is to be held accountable: does he have the POWER to hold a president accountable? In which case he is simply talking hot air...! For so many millions of rands - this OUGHT to be a criminal case surely!

      debduplessis - 2012-11-15 18:28

      or part of the "liberation" and communist principle!???

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-11-15 09:52

    No act of wrong-doing will be found against the syndicate operating in Nkandla. The Public Protector would be made to cook out a report reflecting findings favorable to Zuma's office. That's if she knows what's good for her or else Zuma's goons would be breathing down her neck.

      peter.j.cock - 2012-11-15 10:40

      Read between the lines - he said the security of Nkandla compound / zumaville only, not the roads, extentions, bunkers, lifts, additional village etc. So the sucurity upgrade will come out clean, what about the rest of the stuff. How much of the R 285 million is on security and how much on the rest, besides the R1.5 billion on roads for the khaya.

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-11-15 11:32

      And if any kind of wrong-doing is ever found, Zuma will be oblivious and declare he did not even know it was happening. After some further dubious and lengthy investigations (or comission of enquiry) some poor, wicked middle tier sod of a manager will get fired for "wasting the tax payers money!". The rest will get swept under the carpet. And Zuma will retire to live happily ever after at the kingdom of Nkandla.

  • SharonE - 2012-11-15 09:53

    "Wrong-doers will be held to account," he said in a statement Start at the top!!!!!

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-11-15 12:14

      This guy is probably going to have his words shoved up his rear! Mark my words. Has ANY project undertaken by the State been clean???

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-15 15:52

      Does this moron and the rest of his ANC cronies not understand that imply using taxpayers money to build showerhead a personal home is wrong? He already has 3 government homes which the taxpayer has paid/is paying for. Those who agreed to use taxes to fund this development are in the wrong, start prosecuting now, there is no need for a probe, unless it's a hot one up your butt to get you moving on this.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-11-15 09:54

    Straight and simple if zuma and his cronies get a second term I'm not voting

      heinrich.spreeth - 2012-11-15 10:38

      abstaining from voting isn't the answer. Voting for a different political party is much better. Anybody who hasn't voted has NO right to be angry at their situation.

      suash - 2012-11-15 10:52

      Please vote but do it for another political party

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-15 12:43

      Please dont waste your hard fought for right. Even if you vote for a small party you will be registering your displeasure. someone someday may just sit up and take notice.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-15 13:06

      Problem: It's either Zuma, or the alternative is Kgalema Motlanthe who is a Malema sympathizer.

  • andy.mku.9 - 2012-11-15 09:54

    nxesi is the one spending money in nkandla so he should be number 1 suspect

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-15 12:48

      I think NXesi took over from the previous corrupt head but is currently being embarrased by having to deflect the accusations by his masters. I think he is trying hard in a difficult situation. Not sure if he will and can be succesful if wrong doing is finally admitted.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-11-15 09:55

    blabla blaba...more rubbish

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-11-15 09:55

    What the F? "IF"?? Huh? 250mill on his PRIVATE residence. Here we go with the deflections, lies and twists. Watch this space.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-15 10:35

      come on be reasonable, Zipper has got 7 wives (not sure how many mistresses at the present time), and 20 children to take care of. so really he needs a nice massive "home" that the taxpayer needs to pay for. and the ultra high tech security is necessary since the Americans have sophisticated weapons.

  • linda.horsfield.77 - 2012-11-15 09:58

    Whilst the vast majority of South Africans will never even know about the theft of public money by Zuma - the international community DO - and SA is quickly becoming known as a banana republic with overseas investment shrinking dramatically which will result in massive job losses in the future. But yet - Zuma wont be bothered - he can while away his retirement enjoying his private clinic, bunker, helicopter pad etc - all paid for by SA taxpayers! Zuma is without doubt the biggest thief in SA - but he doesnt steal it himself - he gets the Department of Public works to do his stealing for him.... he just authorises the classification of his PRIVATE residence as a key point to enable the theft. Not EVERYBODY in SA has an IQ of a pot plant - and those of us with IQs in double digits can see Zuma for the thief he is.

  • sandy.sutherland.58 - 2012-11-15 09:58

    Hey - can you believe it - I just saw a large pig fly over our building here! Well not really, but I should imagine it could be more of a reality than what this pork chop says will happen! When he comes up for air again from the brown nosing they seem to do to Zipper, then it will most likely be to say that they have found nothing wrong in spending R248 odd million of TAX MONEY on someone's private residence!

  • JohnDough - 2012-11-15 09:59

    More charges for Zuma to dodge?

  • linda.horsfield.77 - 2012-11-15 10:00

    And if critisizing unethical and unlawful actions on the part of anybody makes me a racist - I am HAPPY to be a racist. These actions are not acceptable from ANYONE - and especially not the President who is meant to be a role model and uphold his oath to act in the best interest of SA citizens - and not only himself

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-15 10:02

    The entire compound is built illegally on tribal trust land and so must be transferred over to the state and used as the worlds most expensive safari resort, distasteful in layout as it is. The relatives - Mfeka and Nene's contracts MUST be over-inflated by way more than 400% more than any other contractor would charge alone. CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM at it's very worst and still zuma will NOT OBEY COURT ORDER AND HAND OVER THE "GO TO JAIL" TAPES.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-15 10:03

    How many millions are you now planning to spend to upgrade a prison cell to accommodate comrade Zuma.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-11-15 10:05

    Another case of "we will investigate ourselves" and determine the scope of investigation. "a security risk assessment undertaken by a team drawn from the department of defence, police and state security" When was this 'assessment' made? and where is it? It should be a public document....

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-15 10:05

    Build our Future http://bit.ly/SqKAi3 Mfeka & Nene contracts nkandla - http://bit.ly/UFiDsX

  • mholthuysen - 2012-11-15 10:06

    Of course they will and I have just seen four pigs fly passed my office window, Father Christmas is sitting in the reception area and the Easter Bunny is handing out Easter Eggs....

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-15 12:51

      And the stork will deliver a few more Zuma babies!!!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-15 13:08

      Steve, please don't spoil a perfectly good fairy tale with facts!

  • gideon.walt - 2012-11-15 10:06

    He will get the compound, he will get the b*tches in the crib, and people will still say he is an idiot and paint pictures if his lack of leadership and the man on the street will still vote for the idiots. Its like convincing a 3 year old why candy is nice, doesn't take much.

      darryn.lahner - 2012-11-15 12:08

      Yes you are quite right for once ssmonareng, because once the smell of sh*t gets into something, you can never get rid of it.

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-15 10:07

    Thank you sir. I hope you are successfull in your Quest.

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-11-15 10:11

    If the president pay 5% of the costs it actually means that he owns it, or partially. How can a civilian co-own state property? If he didn't pay anything it would make more sense because then it could be used for state services. After he retires is the title deed transferred to him? Is it a golden handshake in advance? It really doesn't make sense.

      darryn.lahner - 2012-11-15 12:10

      Nothing about the ANC and Zipper makes sense.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-11-15 10:13

    So does that mean Jacob will actually end up in court this time around?

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-15 10:13

    LIAR. THIEF

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-11-15 10:13

    You and zuma are the no 1 wrong doers.

  • grant.neill.16 - 2012-11-15 10:14

    Bwaaahaaaaahaaaaa , I'm crying with laughter..Does this mean you'll charge shower head, yeah right!!

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-15 10:18

    The whole thing is wrong so where do you start,oh at the minister of public corruption, sorry i meant works

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-15 10:18

    Does this include JZ? I doubt it.

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-15 10:21

    its not possible to spend 250 million on security you lying f*ck

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-15 10:42

      clearly its for a lot of nice stuff for him and his 7 wives and 20 children too

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-15 10:28

    Hey Nxesi the public protector should investigate because I know you are involved to!!!

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2012-11-15 10:31

    I want my compound...sorry, i mean house, to be declared a national key point. Can someone send me the forms that i need to fill in?

  • matsutle.aphane - 2012-11-15 10:37

    Nxesi liar liar liar an a cheat on the tax payers money,,,!

  • sydney.m.burke - 2012-11-15 10:38

    O I already smell an odor. It wasn't the presidents fault!! Just like its not the captains fault when his ship ends up on the rocks. It will probably be public works fault!!

  • chiepner - 2012-11-15 10:40

    Nice PR move but we all know NOTHING will come from this and no one will be punished. Seen this movie before and we all know the ending by now.

  • mavivi.ntshongwana - 2012-11-15 10:43

    Tell that to somebody who cares stupid Nxesi, please stop f...ng with us.

  • clive.wannenburg - 2012-11-15 10:44

    How many upgrades and building changes has this clown had done over his short useless rule? It seems every year millions are spent upgrading. It is fishy and does not make sence.

  • thozi - 2012-11-15 10:46

    Thulas of today is beyond any doubt, not Thulas of yesterday. Unbelievable! Is this a case of recognising a buttered side of the slice?

  • linda.nzimamazibuko - 2012-11-15 10:51

    In the current governmr

  • linda.nzimamazibuko - 2012-11-15 11:00

    In the current government (under Pres. Zuma/Mbeki) I cannot recall anyone being punished successfully, even if caught doing it or carrying stolen items cadres still manage to divert accountability. I assume if the minister isn't sure about the work to be carried at Pres. Zuma's compound he must temporarily stop / suspend further funds from flowing out until such time that he has enough information to base his decision. I understand it is politics, hence one cannot just make/ take any decision until fully conversant but such actions by our leaders dents the ruling party which could lead to it losing it loyal supporters like us.

  • matshane.seleko - 2012-11-15 12:29

    So it took a tremendous amount of pressure for the minister to co-operate and.....well,thumbs up to you mr/miss/mrs auditor-general.I hope you'll succeed in trying to retrieve millions upon million of tax payers' money.

  • brian.ocinneide.7 - 2012-11-15 12:50

    His mansion is guarded by members of 1st [Zuma's Own]Detachment, Peter Pan Brigade, Umkhoto we Sizwe.

  • flysouth - 2012-11-15 13:16

    Would 'wrong-doers' not have to include the major beneficiary of it all - one J.Zuma?

  • chirnsidep - 2012-11-15 13:33

    The usual promises of guilty parties being held accountable, but is all that tax payers money ever recovered and used for what it was rightfully intended? Of course not, we just have to keep forking out our hard earned money so that these corrupt idiots who are supposed to be servants to the people can carry on living like royalty while the masses suffer, yet still keep them in power!

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-11-15 14:08

    It provided for the declaration of certain places as national key points "whenever it is considered necessary for the safety of the Republic or in the public interest". And who the f"*รง% thinks that JZ is of public interest or has something to do with the safety of the republic. The republic would be much safer if he would be locked away at Nkandla and the keys be thrown away. He is the biggest danger to the republic and its safety. Bunch of thieves. If i want to increase security at my private residence i have to pay myself. Why not the thieves? It is disgusting...

  • harald.voney - 2012-11-15 14:10

    I am so angry, as a taxpayer!!! If I could find a wayu to stop paying it, I would... Maybe I should become an informal trader!! yes... This is so hugely disrespectful!!! FFS!!

  • valkyriaza - 2012-11-15 15:29

    I hope they know promotions are not punishment. O well, "Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition!"

  • quarty.vanzyl - 2012-11-15 15:49

    "for safety of the republic or in public interest" So how did cANCer come to the conclusion that this Nkandla monstrosity fits into this category?

  • darrell.maclennan - 2012-11-15 18:09

    'In a written Parliamentary reply to a question by the Democratic Alliance, the presidency said the scope of work done by public works was limited to the security measures.' Eish, I am in the wrong business - how many millions?

  • braamc - 2012-11-15 18:20

    Start with showerhead, he should have been in jail long time ago

  • clive.kihn - 2012-11-15 20:28

    I like the take of the (black) editor of a financial journal, along the lines of: a man who should be in jail is now our president - and making a right mess of it. Nothing more to be said.

  • ross.urquhart1 - 2012-11-17 12:45

    And this investigation will be completed by when.....2018 ?

  • tania.petersen.31 - 2012-11-23 16:31

    Wow in the start we wanted an investigation ,now we have one and still not good enougth ,should we not follow due process or should we just bring back detention without trial for anyone we suspect of wrong doing ,whats next ,start hanging people in the streets

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