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'No taxpayers money used for Nkandla'

The Dept of Public Works has found no evidence that taxpayers money was used for Nkandla.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi reveals the results of the Nkandla investigation by his department on 27 January 2013 in Pretoria. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN

PRETORIA - Addressing a special media gathering on Sunday morning, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said no taxpayers money was spent on upgrading President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

Nxesi reported back on the findings from a task team that his department set up to investigate the saga.

He confirmed Zuma's private residence was recently upgraded at a cost of over R206 million.

"There is no evidence that public funds was spent to build the private residence of the president."

The minister added that that security upgrades carried out at the residence amounted to over R71 million including consultancy fees.

But, Nxesi admitted there were some irregularities in the appointment of service providers.

"The investigation found that the supply chain management policy and prescripts were not complied with during the procurement of good during this project."

Nxesi also absolved Zuma of any responsibility by saying he [Zuma] wasn't involved in any decision making regarding the security upgrades.

The minister said in view of the irregularities, the report will be referred to law enforcement agencies including the Special Investigation Unit, the Auditor General and Police.

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