R260 spent on Nkandla: Nxesi

2013-01-27 14:30

Pretoria - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Sunday that the government spent R206m on security upgrades and consultants for President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

Included in this amount was R135m for "operational needs", and R71m for consultants and security features such as bullet proof windows and security fencing, he told reporters in Pretoria.

However no houses were built using public money.

"There is no evidence that any house belonging to the president was built with public money," Nxesi said, following an investigation by a task team.

There were however irregularities in the appointment of service providers who carried out security upgrades.

"It is very clear that there were a number of irregularities with regards to the appointment of service providers and procurement of goods and services."

Fifteen service providers and consultants were employed.

The task team was appointed in November after the costs of Zuma's residential complex caused an outcry and the matter was also raised in Parliament.

Nxesi said Zuma's home, like those of former presidents and former deputy presidents, had been declared a national key point.

The task team was told to ascertain in detail the security assessments and recommendations made by state security agencies.

"The investigation revealed that approval had been granted to the regional bid adjudication committee to adopt a negotiated nomination procedure in appointing contractors, despite this being a national project," Nxesi said.

  • romeo.avest - 2013-01-27 15:57

    its time mr president come clean,another five years of hell.

      angelanair3 - 2013-01-27 17:21

      Yes! Eskom, SAA and Nkandla - millions of tax payers money - being siphoned off to support greed! All this money "stolen" from our coffers could pay for etolls and build more power stations, in fact it could pay to power the whole goddamn country. Its grossly unfair when the government thinks its has a right to use our money as if its their own personal piggy bank..... Its becoming more obvious each day that there are less taxpayers than there are dependants! So in order for government to support our country they have to bleed us, the hardworking taxpayers, dry! Come on Cyril - you are a businessman - tell your boss that the ratio of survival in South Africa is diminishing as days go by!

      channing.froom - 2013-01-28 06:59

      i dont see how they could possibly spend so much money on security upgrades unless he has a robot army or something .......

      sipho.mathabula - 2013-01-28 08:02

      These security measures were only taken because once the ANC is out of power we will prosecute the fat f*CK Zuma. And he needs protection from the people.

      gideon.walt - 2013-01-28 10:29

      Saying Zuma wasnt part of the project and he knew nothing. Poor way of trying to take Zuma once again out of the spot light.

  • vincent.s.phillips - 2013-01-27 16:03


  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-27 16:17

    They said R249m before, are they going to make us feel better because it's now R260m, I am scared to ask for a second opinion because they might say R300m, thank you for at least clarifying the R260m the rest is just story book make believe

  • nick.tarr.39 - 2013-01-27 16:19

    R260 doesnt sound like too much. Or is R206m. You cant seem to decide...

      melusi.myaluza - 2013-01-27 16:42

      U took words right out my mouth,R206m or R260m,there's confusion all round!

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-28 05:42

      Well lets take the lower figure R206 million. Now most of us who does a bit of supplementary reading are well aware how Zuma does business. I am willing to bet that the actual security upgrades probably cost no more than R62 million or 30% of the total if it were to be undertaken by a cost effective reputable contractor. The rest of all kickbacks, with Zuma getting the lion's share wich would include free non-security related upgrades and of course good old money for him and his buddies involved in this thing

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-28 05:44

      I back up my theory with the following:

  • ron.samuels.129 - 2013-01-27 17:08

    why am I not surprised? R71mil for consultation you've got to be kidding! Its all public money you morons!

  • KCorsar - 2013-01-27 17:14

    OK we believe you, so where did the R206m already spent come from, the fairies or corporate donations via the business breakfasts hosted by the The New Age?

  • bra.tabs - 2013-01-27 17:16

    These guys lie as if they'll be in power forever.

  • KCorsar - 2013-01-27 17:16

    News24 online editors are drunk again 260 = 206m Go figure, back to school this time for Maths not English!!

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-27 17:23

    And we all know to which party the'task team'belonged to!

  • peejay.maclane - 2013-01-27 17:28

    I pray to God that He rescue us from this situation I pray for our beloved country's political leaders to be punished for all the money they stole which was meant for the poor

  • John - 2013-01-27 17:45

    R26O or R206m? Publish the results ! What do you have to HIDE?

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-27 17:53

    Were the service provider (tenderpreneurs) family members or friends ? Check it out and you will see millions being overpaid and going into some very close to the bone (or DNA) people. It's a laugh. Like the arms deal, the truth will never come out. Go figure what to do !

      alan.colquhoun1 - 2013-01-28 08:51

      According to the Sunday Times, his niece was the project manager on one part of the contract. This contract was for R60m but was increased (without tender) by another R33m for emergency works. This is so blatant it beggars belief, but we are expected to believe it and be quiet.

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2013-01-27 17:57

    This actually beggars belief.

  • pieter.cloete.98 - 2013-01-27 18:02

    Well, I'm just glad it is not R270m.

  • marius.fourie.526 - 2013-01-27 18:04

    Do they expect us to believe this. Why don't they get a independent audit firm like PWC to do the audit. It is a lie upon a lie upon a lie.

  • kent.harding.9 - 2013-01-27 18:05

    Thats sum security.. So l pay 50 bucks 4 my mud hut, the government secures it by replacing the wall the floor the windows nd doors, BAM! I paid 4 my house, its much bettr now that its all secure tho. Fit 4 a king.

      John - 2013-01-27 18:11

      The roof too?

      kent.harding.9 - 2013-01-27 18:30

      Stil lookd grass, steal reinforced mayb?

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-01-28 10:03

      Nxesi time be honest, now where are the other 000,000 gosh how convenient.

  • philip.gray.10048 - 2013-01-27 18:16

    Mr Nxesi you said that no public money was used to pay for all the work being done to Nkandla. You then say that Government money was used. Just were do you think the Government's money comes from? It comes from us, the public who pay tax. You have made an extremely stupid statement.

  • DavidBanner - 2013-01-27 18:58

    Oh, now that you have explained it. It all makes sense, and we the public were making a hoo ra about nothing. Come on people, you can go back to bed, and continue to fund the cANCer with your tax's. After all, it rightfully belongs to them, doesn't it?

  • elkita.robbertse.96 - 2013-01-27 19:30

    The only security turtlehead zuma needs is a shower in every room.

  • vumani.mbanjwa - 2013-01-27 19:31

    Let me get this straight, the "bond" is R900k and the "security upgrades" for the same house are R206m? Am I missing something here? Oh, actually I am missing something, our money as taxpayers!

  • davy.botha - 2013-01-27 20:01

    I think some people in SA deserves there lot with the ANC but I pity people who suffer although they do not deserve it. I hate that they make us suffer like this!

  • Strikeback - 2013-01-27 20:23

    R135m on operational needs. R71m on security upgrades. That amounts to R206m. Is this why they need 5 people to change a lightbulb. One to hold the bulb and four to turn the ladder. If you really spend so much money to build what we see here on the photo, I over estimated you when I thought you were stupid.

  • Hasani P - 2013-01-27 20:27

    That is a lot of money. The question is it within the scope of what's supposed to spent ?

  • frikkie.nel.39 - 2013-01-27 21:14

    That's what Nxesi says. Please don't be naïf, JZ is an "ou skelm" since he came from Nkandla.

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-27 22:34

    Let the people that live in tin shacks and mud huts around the area move in.. Surely this is in the publics' interest.

  • james.price.545849 - 2013-01-27 23:48

    Brilliant reporting - the headline says R 260 but the first paragraph it suddenly jumps to R 206MIL - typical RSA budget overrun - ahhh I love this country :)

  • tommo.too - 2013-01-28 00:27

    Only in South Africa can R260 suddenly jump to R206 million. Its called run away debt....

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-01-28 06:22

    so many lies around nkandla zuma initially said he had a bond covering R206mil then some durban businessman loaned him the money and now it was for security upgrades , they are a bunch of corrupt liars

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2013-01-28 06:45

    Stop bitching and moaning!!! You are the ones that are giving them the money to steal...Stand together as a nation and stop paying taxes. See what they do then

  • alan.colquhoun1 - 2013-01-28 08:48

    We are being taken for idiots. Let's assume, for the sake of an argument, that the R206 is justified. That means Zuma paid the other R42m himself. 4 years ago he stated he was broke and needed Shaik to pay his kids' school fees. Since then he has earned R8m. He is supposed to pay tax on the R8m, leaving net earnings of R5m. So he used his R5m earnings to pay for the R42m house. Or am I missing something. Whichever way you look at it he has obtained some money that he cannot account for. If he is so angry with th red media for asking all these questions, and everything is above board, why does he not just explain how he got all this money and we will leave him alone. His last reply was that he used his R900 000 bond to pay for the R42m house.

  • joanita.hilton - 2013-01-28 09:16

    URGH please, so is the ANC battling with money issues, or aren't they? either it's public funds used, or it's ANC anc declared they are pulling it's public money that funded this ridiculous upgrade of some hometown for 3 visits a month. Not rocket science. so sick of this bs and contravecy of these inquiries. Not like they will come out and declare it was public funds now, would they?

  • joanita.hilton - 2013-01-28 09:23

    "Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Sunday that the government spent R206m on security upgrades and consultants for President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home." SO in other words.... PUBLIC FUNDED MONEY! FMF, make up your mind now would you. You needed a task team to tell you this sh*t. i think it's a goddamned cheek to spend this kind of money on shi*T!!! I pay taxes too! and I do NOT recall being included in the proposed expense for this. UTTER BS! ANyONE with half a brain would have declined this type of upgrade. could have bought an island for the price of the upgrade (which looks real k*k anyway) and ensure his safety that way tbh

  • riette.nothling - 2013-01-28 10:34

    He gets top of the range security measures and the rest of SA are being held hostage by crime, which he is too pathetic to take a stand on it! For all his racist rantings about how well white people live and how the black people are suffering, he sure is good living example of how hollow the story is. He proves that there is money for black upliftment, as long at it's spent on him and his cronies...

  • Michael - 2013-01-28 10:39

    So tell us how it's possible to spend 260 million on "security upgrades"???? What utter rubbish. The cover-up continues! And how is it ok that the public works minister is the one doing the investigation? The only way I'd even consider believing a report about Nkandla, is if it came from Madonsela....

  • sphiwe.dllamini - 2013-01-28 14:03

    Nxesi said Zuma's home, like those of former presidents and former deputy presidents, had been declared a national key point. As the majority of us are poor, unemployed and live under conditions of extreme poverty how do we benefit about this "national key point"? did president Mandela and Mbeki used the same amounts for upgrade of their houses? No guys this is not fair!!!

  • Justin - 2013-01-28 15:21

    WHAT ARE OPERATIONAL NEEDS??!!!! you are so full of ..., but isn't that what comes out of Aholes

  • gerald.majola.7 - 2013-01-28 15:26

    R260!, less than a gram of coke

  • shaun.ngxokela - 2013-01-28 15:39

    If they ddn't c the irregularities in the tender processses, tell me how they r going to know that they did the so called perfect job? There are no irregularities in the security, in the house? Shame anc you are not getting my vote come 2014. Kuyosalibongo ndiyukutshela.

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