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'Public money did not build Zuma's home'

Minister says taxpayers only paid for security upgrades on Zuma's Nkandla home in accordance with law.

Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Sunday said the R71 million spent on security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home is justifiable.

Together with Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Police Minister Mthethwa, Nxesi announced the findings of an investigation into the upgrade of Zuma's home.

The investigation was carried out by a special task team appointed by the Department the Public Works.

Nxesi said taxpayers' money was not used to fund the construction or renovation which cost over R206 million.

Instead, he said the upgrade was being funded by Zuma's family long before he became President.

Only security was funded by taxpayers in accordance with the National Key Points Act of 1980.

"15 service providers including consultants were contracted by the Department of Public Works."

He said the same procedure was followed when upgraded Nelson Mandela's Houghton and Qunu homes.

Nxesi said neither Zuma, nor his family had any input on the security upgrades.