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Nkandla architect faces R155m claim: Report

By Sapa | Aug 13, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 68 ]

Architect Minenhle Makhanya and the department of public works are facing a R155 million civil claim relating to work done at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, the SABC reported on Tuesday.

According to the SABC, court documents lodged by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) showed that Makhanya and the department have 20 days to dispute the claim and to defend the action.

The SIU was confident of a successful outcome. The organisation is expected hand in its report on Nkandla security upgrades next week.

According to the SABC, the claim stated that the department offered to appoint Makhanya as the principle agent of the Nkandla upgrade project, but that the appointment was unlawful as it was not preceded by an open tender process.

The claim further details Makhanya's authorisation of security measures in excess of and beyond what was advised by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

It states that by December of 2013, some R216 million had been paid by the department of public works in this regard, according to the report.

Furthermore, it states that Makhanya had varied the scope of the work at Nkandla by authorising installations that did not fall within the security measure scope.

The claim amounts to some R155 million, according to the report.

The Sunday Tribune reported that Makhanya has landed the deal to design Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's eighth palace.

It was not known how much Makhanya was charging for the KwaNobamba palace.

The chairman of the Royal Household Trust, Jerome Ngwenya, was quoted by the newspaper as saying that the project would be financed by private investors working with the King's son Prince Butho, who has petroleum interests in Equatorial Guinea.

In a report released in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the R246 million spent on security upgrades to Zuma's private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

Makhanya made headlines after it was revealed in Madonsela's report that he made R16.5 million out of the R246 million Nkandla project.


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The million $ question is. Did the president really, really know, that this architect will rob everyone hmmm. Lets ponder this serious claim. I don't think he did.

Aug 13, 2014 7:10 | 3 replies


he has a new job, to pay back the old job.

Aug 13, 2014 8:32 | 0 replies


Dunno about you, Whizzer but, I don't let people come and fiddle with my house/property without knowing exactly what they are doing.

Aug 13, 2014 8:43 | 1 replies


You and the President are in different situations dear.

Aug 13, 2014 9:13 | 2 replies


I've finally worked it out. You're Wife Number Six and the avatar is all just an eyeblind. So are you pregnant yet? When do you get your very own tuckshop at home?

Aug 13, 2014 9:23 | 1 replies


And I finally worked out, you Bokkers wife :)

Aug 13, 2014 9:32 | 1 replies


Sorry Sir, lame response. Try harder.

Aug 13, 2014 10:33 | 0 replies


Why? I doubt that his home means less to him than mine means to me. Would you allow someone to come do stuff at your house without knowing exactly what they were doing?

Aug 13, 2014 9:32 | 1 replies


Flip, I give up... No hope for some people!

Aug 13, 2014 9:37 | 2 replies


In other words - 'I've run out of pathetic excuses'?

Aug 13, 2014 9:59 | 0 replies


Whooppee! Does that mean you're going to shut up?

Aug 13, 2014 10:34 | 0 replies


Whiz, even the blind could see that there was something wrong with the costs

Aug 13, 2014 7:25 | 0 replies


Of course he did. I think every step was discussed between the architect and Quickzip. After all, it was HIS house they were designing and building. Of course he'd want to know what he was getting, if he didn't actually dream up half the absurd stuff himself.

Aug 13, 2014 7:27 | 1 replies


Is there a paper trail ? because Thuli only found he benefited only. Which isn't what the public perception is.

Aug 13, 2014 7:34 | 0 replies
Aug 13, 2014 7:29 | 1 replies


he is not, all monies were paid to his company, so it makes sense if they claims are against him, so he needed to go to the people he gave kickbacks to, but they were clever to give him a new job, probably, this R155m will come from the new palace' construction.

Aug 13, 2014 8:59 | 0 replies


This Makhanya will be yet another fall-guy..for the KING CORRUPTER.

Aug 13, 2014 7:34 | 1 replies


Zuma will look after him....

Aug 13, 2014 9:14 | 0 replies


Nonsense! We are talking about the president not just an ordinary person renovating his house. I dont think he authorize the payment himself, somebody else did. Until it can be proven that he was involved from the begining till the end, then I will judge the president and for now haters can go make themselves a cup of strong black coffee.

Aug 13, 2014 7:50 | 0 replies


I saw this one coming, so the Cold-shower is innocent!

Aug 13, 2014 7:51 | 1 replies


Where is the real proof, that he knew hmmm.

Aug 13, 2014 8:11 | 0 replies


The SIU was confident of a successful outcome. The organisation is expected hand in its report on Nkandla security upgrades next week xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Now the SIU is proving Madonsela right , Makanya is zuma Private architect , Zuma appointed him on purpose , Zuma must pay back tax payers money , He should have his day in court , I am waiting for his response now after SIU investigation

Aug 13, 2014 7:59 | 0 replies


"the project would be financed by private investors working with the King's son Prince Butho, who has petroleum interests in Equatorial Guinea", I like how small information keeps leaking through the cracks, & of course JZ knew about everything that was happening, no doubt about that, He may deny it until death, but he knew!

Aug 13, 2014 8:19 | 0 replies


Hahahaha. The SIU sueing the Dept of Pwork. How hysterically funny. But thats what you voted for - a clownshow with pigs in the starring roles. In the meantime start looking up Sand Recipes because your kids will be eating it a lot.

Aug 13, 2014 8:22 | 1 replies


You DA supporters are even more funnier. When they don't investigate, you comlain. When they do, you think its funny. Grow up dude.

Aug 13, 2014 8:39 | 1 replies


Shiz Are you really this stupid or have you lent your fake abs to one of your 'tardo handlers??

Aug 13, 2014 8:42 | 1 replies


Bokker, you are lame dude.

Aug 13, 2014 9:7 | 1 replies


Whizzy you are lamer "dude" Now Go blow your nose that green crust is odious.

Aug 13, 2014 9:27 | 1 replies


And that brown stuff all around his lips and tongue is even worse.

Aug 13, 2014 10:35 | 0 replies


Haters are on it again!

Aug 13, 2014 8:25 | 1 replies


kakkies you support murderers rapsist and thieves. Keeep Voting ZANC they have the whole package.

Aug 13, 2014 8:34 | 1 replies


Can you tell Whiz that some scientists are growing brain cells in a laboratory, he is most welcome to go and buy some!

Aug 13, 2014 9:0 | 2 replies


Never mind brain cells, you need a new brain dude!

Aug 13, 2014 9:10 | 0 replies


LOL Mulani I think he got the message but that no-spark comeback shows me he couldn't afford an upgrade of the necessary size.

Aug 13, 2014 9:20 | 0 replies


i blame zuma

Aug 13, 2014 8:39 | 0 replies