Nkandla: The letter that proves Zuma knew

2013-01-28 20:17

Johannesburg - This is the letter that proves President Jacob Zuma was aware of the extent of upgrades to his Nkandla residence paid for by the state.

Signed on 5 November 2010 by former public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde - four days after she had been appointed by Zuma - the letter updates Zuma on progress with the multimillion-rand project.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi revealed yesterday that R206m had so far been spent on the project.

At the press briefing, Nxesi said Zuma had not been involved in the project.

In her letter to Zuma, Mahlangu-Nkabinde said it was "prudent" to update him on progress on the matter.

She then lists several areas paid for by public works, including a cattle culvert, guardhouse and tuck shop and the relocation of families whose houses had to be demolished for the project.

City Press first reported on Mahlangu-Nkabindes letter on 24 November last year'.

Nxesi said irregularities occurred in the procurement of services and that disciplinary action would be instituted against public works officials.

Nxesi further referred his report to the special investigating unit, the police and the auditor general.

Nkandla letter

  • dave.leverton - 2013-01-28 20:25

    That's not a residence, it's a resort. When Zuma is no longer president, who will live in it ? No prizes for guessing correctly.

      Jack - 2013-01-28 21:06

      I think it should be used as an asylum for those suffering from illusions of grandeur and self-importance. Most members of the cANCer society will no doubt qualify. Whatever its purpose, the architect should be shot.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-01-28 21:33

      It's a compound!!

      mark.singh.9889 - 2013-01-29 08:39

      Its one ugly looking resort

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-29 09:04

      Dave.leverton. It is Zuma's private dwelling, so that is where he will stay.

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2013-01-30 10:59

      dave, you got thumbs down for making an ignorant comment. Be correctly informed before you make comments.

      vlarismam - 2013-01-30 13:09

      With a tuckshop nogal!!

      Alan - 2013-01-30 13:36

      Of course The Spear knew. He is a corrupt thieving adulterer. He is a disgrace and the cANCer must be eradicated if this country is to be saved.

  • madise.paul - 2013-01-28 20:26

    why why why!?!?!?

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-28 21:07

      Twenty wives and counting...

      piet.snot.77964 - 2013-01-28 21:11

      The question is why should Zuma need such vast security when the past presidents have nothing like what has been installed at Nkandla? I think he knows that he so hated by so many people.

      gungets.tuft - 2013-01-28 22:22

      The coming African Spring

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-01-30 07:06

      He and the other ANC "leaders" feel nothing for the impoverished, as long as they can gain from the state coffers!

  • Mark-shawn 'Mockey' De Jager - 2013-01-28 20:31

    with all that money wasted on Zuma's could have been put in place to create jobs

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-01-28 20:32

    There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed.

      Lucky - 2013-01-29 11:41

      there is plenty concealed and i am not as sure as you that it will be disclosed, unlikey based on past and current scandals!

      dannymothilall.danny - 2013-01-30 13:58


  • MrGrumpy - 2013-01-28 20:33

    Isn't the land owned by the Zulu nation? So they are Zuma's landlords... and they can cancel the lease and remove the tenant? Sure there is a process.... but i'm just suggesting that the Zulu nation moves in.

  • terry.burne - 2013-01-28 20:36

    Do you mean Zuma LIED! Oh my word - I am shocked!!! LOL - really, based on his past record, what else did you expect!

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-28 21:42

      We knew it and is not surprised, now that he knows we know what comeback excuse will be maid up, maybe some one ells signed his signature for him, lets wait and see what the excuse going to be

  • Ghostfacekillah - 2013-01-28 20:36

    Hyenas at Helm of the country, cry our beloved country!!

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2013-01-28 20:38

    These guy has the audacity to call a press conference and lie to the nation. What kind of leadership is that? How long and when will the circus end. It is all well that we are engaging about these matters, but I guess it is also about time we engage on how to collectively vouch for leadership change..

      fikile.jantjies - 2013-01-30 10:11

      It's a shame!

  • Smart Peace - 2013-01-28 20:39

    We don't want 'Special Investigation Unit' but 'Independent Investigation Unit'

  • Erna - 2013-01-28 20:41

    What is scary is that these very people who blatantly lied to the nation are actually running the country. And to make it worse one is in charge if the justice and the other security. Are they so arrogant, so stupid or do theyjust don't care?

  • atkinsonc - 2013-01-28 20:41

    Once again the ANC used state funds excessively and knowingly while sitting back and watching their own people live in squaller and poverty ... Shame on you ANC shame on you, where are your morals?

  • mastersvoice - 2013-01-28 20:42

    Ah well, just another little lie by a South African politician! It seems it is a disease here - not even Zille is immune!

  • deon.evert - 2013-01-28 20:42

    Burn him, City Press!

  • mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-28 20:43

    Ingabe usenga ezimithiyo na, uMsholozi? Ewu baba Nxamalala, kwenzenjani?

      jeremy002 - 2013-01-29 14:46

      If the question is about the cost of the improvements to the stand (building & renovation only) then maybe he is not lying. If the question is about the costs of security installations and upgrades only, then surely he is not lying, but only being economical with the truth.

  • Mike - 2013-01-28 20:43

    If a crowd of contractors moved in and converted my humble abode into a village without me noticing, then I must be brain dead - letter or no letter.

      Adeeb Saban - 2013-01-28 21:06

      Hehe, well said!!

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-01-28 20:47

    Zuma is a lair panty on fire. I wonder what else did he lied about in t past.

      Erna - 2013-01-29 08:38

      Whose panty? One of his many concubines?

      handy.andy.773 - 2013-01-29 16:10


  • chris.vandermerwe.560 - 2013-01-28 20:50

    Does this fall in the 2013 or 2014 tax year?

  • Justin - 2013-01-28 20:50

    As a homage to JZ - Someone play "Big Pimpin"

  • Azwihangwisi - 2013-01-28 20:50

    its a wolf in a sheep skin!!!!!!

  • Kurt.O.Pops - 2013-01-28 20:59

    I cannot believe this!!! No ethics, no form of accountability! A blatant thief!!!

  • - 2013-01-28 21:11

    Zuma, zoomer,when are we getting rid of this leech. Our country is going down. Really something had to be done for the love of RSA.

      handy.andy.773 - 2013-01-29 16:18

      We need an uprising at Nkandla. I paid for this place, I say we turn it into a clinic for the locals. or a school. If that doesn't work... you fill in the gaps.

  • lee.brand.73 - 2013-01-28 21:16

    Heh heh - the chickens have started their long walk home............

  • jsstassen - 2013-01-28 21:17

    Taxes paid for this...ler it be converted to a college or satellite campus. .be of real benefit to the local people.

      jeremy002 - 2013-01-29 14:52

      More ridiculously overpaid consultants and contractors, plus obvious kick-backs ('commissions') to the tender adjudicators, another R200k. No thanks.

  • stefan.grundlingh - 2013-01-28 21:19

    Sadly, many South Africans simply don't care anymore.

      mbele.andile - 2013-01-28 21:27

      I am one of those

      dannymothilall.danny - 2013-01-30 14:14

      Sorry stefan,Many south africans should read 'Many ANC south africans'simply don't care.

  • stanton.clarke - 2013-01-28 21:23

    MMMM wonder what tasty treats the Tuck Shop will stock.

      Flippncool - 2013-01-28 22:06

      Cow eyes and sheep brains for local flava, otherwise pretty much the KFC menu.

      ronald.carr.756 - 2013-01-30 12:34

      Tuckshop=a small cafeteria.

  • pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-01-28 21:25

    Jacob Zuma the South African equivalent of Lance Armstrong.

      FeebleGastro - 2013-01-28 21:43

      Not even close. Lance is brilliant but devious, Jacob is only devious.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-01-28 23:51

      Lance Armstrong at least cheated his way to the best cyclist in the world, Zuma is what?

  • phae.rayden - 2013-01-28 21:27

    How dare those deceitful crooks manipulate and lie to us again! Why do these ministers and our president have to be kept in line by the media? When will they follow our country's constitution, and act with integrity and honour without needing a watchdog snarling at their heels? Is this not treason against the population of South Africa? You disgust me with your lies Mr Zuma, saying you knew nothing about the upgrade, we've seen the before and after photo's, have you? You are also a coward for using lower level employees to take the fall for you. Hasn't South Africa been through enough already?

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2013-01-28 21:28

    Liar and a thief....he should resign.....or WE fire him

  • - 2013-01-28 21:29

    LIAR LIAR ... your pants is on FIRE! What a SHINING EXAMPLE of the NEW DEMOCRACY and TRANSPARENCY ...

  • Hasani P - 2013-01-28 21:30

    The president was preoccupied with government duties, he didn't see the letter. That's the answer to the Nkandla letter

      craven.luyt - 2013-01-28 22:06

      Are you happy with your local state hospital? Do you feel safe walking at night? Do you care that our grandchildren will never see a rhino. Do you think the SAPS act in a dignified and professional manner. Is been third worst in maths on the planet not a concern? How many varsities and colleges have the ANC built. Wakey wakey hand off snakey.

      Jack - 2013-01-29 00:36

      And where was the Minister of Finance when all this was going on? I presume His Excellency's spending patterns do not represent wasteful and fruitless expenditure. This must be the beginning of our R800 billion national infrastructure programme. Every cabinet oke gets a R200 million country home plus AAA security in case Obama pops in for tea.

  • craven.luyt - 2013-01-28 21:34

    The ANC of present is rather like a favorite grandfather who then goes senile and starts molesting his grandchildren.

      dannymothilall.danny - 2013-01-30 14:33

      molesting his grandchildren is something else as compared to statutory rape.

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-01-28 21:36

    Ignorance is a rule of law for the ANC!

      dannymothilall.danny - 2013-01-30 14:21


  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-28 21:37

    Zuma it is not just the citizens of SA that sees you lying to us but the hole world is watching you. You and your corrupted ANC government is going to let SA lose over seas investors. All your stories, ANC and government is on youtube, over seas news papers and news. We are supposed to be a rainbow nation, a free nation, a proudly South African nation but how can we be this if our leaders of our country lies and steel from us. The world is laughing at us and those of us not supporting you, anc and government is ashamed for what you all do to us. Pity the anc is not the same since Nelson Mandela retired

      dannymothilall.danny - 2013-01-30 14:24


  • firmsly.kabelo - 2013-01-28 21:41

    We all know that,the report by Minister Nxesi is just another cover up of corruption,by the big sharks of the ruling party. I'll wait for Advocate Madonsela report/findings.

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-28 22:20

      I think it's time for the truth and reconciliation comity to say, all of you that is part of corruption must come tell SA the truth. After you tell the truth then you won't be prosecuted but you will be fired without notice. This is a one time offer, if you don't come out with the truth and we catch you later then we will freeze and cell all your assets, empty your bank account and lock you up for defeating the ends of justice. One way or the other the hole truth must come out from the bottom small fish up to the biggest fish. They all already stole from SA so let them keep it if they reconcile, if not, you lose it all with jail time

      tuscartau.tau - 2013-01-29 03:29

      do not forget adv Thuli Madonsela was also appointed by Zuma.So the birds of same feathers,flock together.

  • njglen - 2013-01-28 21:44

    Maybe they making it very secure, so that it can be converted into a prison for Zuma and his comrades?

      dannymothilall.danny - 2013-01-30 14:29

      should he go to prison under the ANC then he will be out on medical parole or political insanity.

  • Zoleka Mussana - 2013-01-28 21:49

    tuck shop, moving families nd build them houses, cattle that security upgrade God help us

      Zoleka Mussana - 2013-01-28 21:57

      release the report so we see what else was done or is being done

  • John Badenhorst - 2013-01-28 21:50

    What about the fact that through his spindoctor MR. Maharaj, he stated that he is paying for it, that he got a loan from the bank, that a friend in Durban loaned him the money....Mr. Zuma is a LIAR and a bloody thief and now they talk so much rubbish that even they dont know the truth anymore...Laughing stock around the world....

      Erna - 2013-01-29 08:47

      When you lie so much, you forget what you lied about!

  • stanley.lefleur - 2013-01-28 21:50

    The guys want to rule until Jesus comes... please Lord Jesus, please come soon. Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the Words of the prophecy of this Book.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-28 21:52

    And just yesterday the so called "independent" investigators said, nope, no problems on the Nkandla documents. What did Public works minister Thulas Nxesi said yesterday? And now we are starting to understand why don't they want to release there findings. There is lots of things the citizens of SA did not know and also don't know. The truth must be told

  • Brad - 2013-01-28 22:00

    And no Info Bill to hide it all away with.... :)

  • Prince Kgwale - 2013-01-28 22:07

    Only fools can be fooled by ANC! I'll rejoice the day he serve his first day in jail!

  • Flippncool - 2013-01-28 22:07

    No suprising at all. Well done City Press. Now, who is in charge of charging the fat F loser of a wanna-be president?

  • davy.botha - 2013-01-28 22:09

    Hey it is easy for them to lie because the tri party alliance amnd there supporters do not hold the ANC responsible for there actions!

  • romeo.avest - 2013-01-28 22:11


  • bcluley - 2013-01-28 22:17

    We need freedom fighters now to start ending these corrupt things

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2013-01-28 22:20

    The ring wing press and its masters are looking for needles in haystack - they just have to paint the black man with the blackest brush around, quite disgusting

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-29 09:17

      pucksonsibusiso.gumede. The ring wing press?. The only needle in a haystack here is the you. Blimey.

      indianajohn - 2013-01-29 12:00

      Oh it gets funnier every day. So now uncovering corruption and wanting justice for blatant crimes is "right wing". Goodness me, what's next.

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2013-01-28 22:21

    People who condone what the government is doing are either those in the Animal Farm hierarchy or those who didn't participate in the freedom struggle cause IF you were there you would've remembered that we were fighting for FREE education, houses, healthcare and equal sharing of our country's wealth and SA can afford that if ONlY people could stop to be selfish and greedy!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-29 09:19

      Sifiso,sosibo.10 Thanks for reminding me, I have almost forgotten what we struggled for.

  • thabo.swafo - 2013-01-28 22:23

    This is clear corruption on Zuma's Nkandla.We can't just shield or cover the corruption whilst is just on everyone's eyes.ACtion must be taken.

  • justin.b.whittaker - 2013-01-28 22:30

    haha goodbye zuma

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-28 22:31

    Bring in the only thing that will work for all of the thieving, corrupted, lying government workers. Bring in the truth and reconciliation comity. You come tell the truth then you will be dismissed from your duties and will forgive you but not forgotten. If you hide and we catch you later you will lose all your assets and money in your bank and we will lock you up. A one time stay out of jail deal