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More details emerge on Nkandla spending debacle

The Sunday Times is reporting that R1.5 million was spent on air-conditioning at two private houses.

A group of about 30 journalists has been taken on a guided tour through President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The infamous Nkandla spending debacle is back in the spotlight this morning with claims millions of rand were spent on non-security upgrades to the president's home despite warnings by public works officials of the escalating cost of the project.

The Sunday Times is reporting that R1.5 million was spent on air-conditioning at two private houses, an amount separate from the R5 million mentioned in reports by the public protector and SIU.

It's understood over R50,000 was spent on six meranti doors and 26 window frames.

The revelations come as the Constitutional Court is soon expected to hand down judgment in a case about the spending at Nkandla, brought forward by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

President Zuma's legal team told the court that he is willing to pay back any amount as determined by treasury and the auditor general.

The Sunday Times claims a dossier compiled by former public works deputy director general Richard Samuel contains invoices that show the state paid for items including doors, windows, paints and other unexplained extras.

An amount of over R270,000 was paid for carpentry and joinery.

According to the paper, Samuel is among officials set to have been made to take the fall for the Nkandla spending debacle.

It's understood a distinction was made between the essential upgrades and the non-security items, but President Zuma never paid for the latter.

The Sunday Times claims the public protector was never granted access to Samuel's dossier.

The Presidency has reiterated that the primary residence in Nkandla was paid for by Zuma and his family.

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