Cronin to study Nkandla project
Opposition MPs discussed the contentious Nkandla development in Parliament on Wednesday.
CAPE TOWN - Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin on Wednesday warned there may be problems with the contentious Nkandla development.
The issue was raised at Parliament during a meeting between officials from the Auditor General's office and the department's portfolio committee.
Nkandla has made headlines after it was reported that taxpayers will foot a large portion of the bill for the revamp of President Jacob Zuma's homestead.
Cronin said he was not in a position to divulge information on the development, not because he has anything to hide, but because he does not have any details.
He added the department is anxious to discover if there could be any problems with the project.
Cronin said he could not rule out that there could well have been an inflation of costs which has characterised other public works projects.
"If in the management report, which I have not seen, that the auditor-general has produced, If there's detail on this particular project, we are very anxious to discover that and to see if within the department we need to take action related to this."
This sparked a heated exchange between a Democratic Alliance committee member and ANC members of Parliament.
Meanwhile, several opposition parties are opposed to the Nkandla development.
Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema on Tuesday addressed miners at the Meloding Stadium in the Free State.
Malema said miners could not get R16,000 salaries because money was being used for the upgrade Nkandla.
The project is estimated at over R200 million.
The Presidency has defended the project saying it was neccessary.