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CONSTRUCTION at President Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla is not funded by government.
Presidency's spokesperson Vincent Magwenya yesterday said: "The Zuma family had planned even before elections to extend the Nkandla residence ... at their own expense. No government funding will be used for construction work. This is a private matter which should be left to the family."
Magwenya said, however, that outside the perimeter of the Zuma household, the state would undertake construction work in line with security and medical requirements relating to heads of state.
He said the security services would construct accommodation facilities for their staff that attend to the president. They will also erect a clinic as per medical requirements and a helipad to ensure safe landing for the presidential helicopter.
"The security services have a responsibility to provide suitable care to the president, and to ensure that facilities are in place for that service," said Magwenya.
He said at the moment, security and medical staff were accommodated in the Zuma household.
"The new measures are designed to separate private from state facilities, family from staff, and to afford the Zuma family the privacy that they are entitled to.
"The demarcation at Nkandla is very clear, and there can be no reason to confuse the private construction work in the Zuma household and the state facilities that will be constructed outside the perimeter."