Police flats at Nkandla too small for families: official

2015-07-26 14:40
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban - The police bachelor flats for Nkandla are so small they cannot accommodate a family, a police official told journalists on a tour of President Jacob Zuma's homestead in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.

General Mondli Bethuel Zuma, head of special projects in the ministry of police, explained that the 20 or so units had not been properly handed over.

“The SA Police Service must pay the public works department and they must be handed over properly. The issue at the moment is that they have not been handed over. The process is also in negotiations with public works, Ingonyama Trust and other departments.” 

News24’s Amanda Khoza said all the units were empty save for the one that was being occupied by people looking after the area.

She noted that the occupied unit was extremely cramped.

Zuma showed the media the laundry area shared by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the police.

“There are supposed to be machines and other equipment but there is nothing because of the investigation. The issue here is with the supply chain and the SANDF, the allocation has not been officially handed over.”

Zuma said the police barracks, helipad and clinic cost R135m to build.

Journalists were also shown the "park homes" occupied by the president’s security personnel. Each of the "park homes" comprised three bedrooms and a shared kitchen and bathroom.

The media was allowed into the homestead in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday for an official tour after the SA National Editors' Forum said it was disappointed by the limited access journalists had during a parliamentary committee oversight visit to Zuma's home on Wednesday.

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