Why weren't Nkandla officials prosecuted? - DA

2017-05-08 20:04
Nkandla disciplinary hearing. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

Nkandla disciplinary hearing. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance wants to know why three officials referred to the National Prosecuting Authority by the Special Investigations Unit for criminal action due to their involvement in the Nkandla scandal were not prosecuted.

An answer by Nathi Nhleko, Minister of Public Works, to a parliamentary question by DA leader Mmusi Maimane revealed on Monday that the NPA decided not to prosecute these officials.

Nhleko stated the SIU referred evidence for possible criminal action against three former senior officials of the department of public works and one contractor involved in the Nkandla matter to the National Prosecuting Authority.

"The latter declined to prosecute the three officials and the enquiry against the contractor is apparently still pending," reads Nhleko's answer.

Furthermore, two of these officials each received salaries of more than R2m, while the other official wasn't in the department of public works' employ.

READ: Officials implicated in Nkandla scandal paid millions

Disciplinary actions

"The DA will therefore write to the NPA to ask for the record of decision not to criminally prosecute the three officials," said Patricia Kopane, DA MP and spokesperson on public works.

"It appears that the NPA has let the three officials off the hook. Aside from the fact that we believe that President Zuma holds ultimate responsibility for the exorbitant and unjustifiable upgrades to his Nkandla residence, which he personally benefitted from, the DA also believes that those officials who were involved must be held to account."

"Corruption is the enemy of good governance that makes the elite wealthier at the expense of the poor and unemployed," continued Kopane.

The SIU referred evidence for possible disciplinary action against 12 employees of the department who were involved in the Nkandla matter to the department.

The department instituted disciplinary actions against all 12 of the employees. One employee pleaded guilty and he was found guilty of misconduct. The penalty was suspension without pay and a final written warning. One of the employees died.

The disciplinary hearings against the remaining ten employees have commenced.

Of these employees, six received performance bonuses between April 2012 and March 2017, totalling R222 743.35.

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