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NPA and SAPS quietly drop Nkandla criminal charges

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) quietly decided not to prosecute three Public Works director generals under whose watch Nkandla security upgrades costs skyrocketed.

It was revealed for the first time since the Nkandla debacle was exposed in public that the three director generals who were charged with financial misconduct have escaped prosecution.

According to Daily Maverick, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko admitted in a parliamentary reply that the decision to not prosecute was taken in July 2015.

The said director generals were responsible for appointing some of the contractors that worked at the president's homestead including Minenhle Makhanya Architects whom Nhleko said there was also no investigations against.

"The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation wishes to put on record that there is no investigation against Mr M Makhanya," Nhleko was quoted on Polity.

Polity identifies the director generals as Solomon Malebye, Sam Vukela and Siviwe Dongwana.

R246million was spent on security upgrades in Nkandla but the Constitutional Court ruled that some of the said upgrades, including swimming pool, ampitheatre, kraal and chicken run did not fall under prospects of security features and that President Jacob Zuma should personally pay back a portion of the money spent.

Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ruled in March that President Zuma's decision to not comply with Public Protector's remedial actions on Nkandla matter were inconsistent with the Constitution. He said that Public Protector's remedial actions were binding.

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