Zuma builder released from Seychelles prison

Thandeka Nene has paid R43,000 to secure her freedom in the Seychelles.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home. Picture: City Press

JOHANNESBURG - A builder involved in President Jacob Zuma's controversial Nkandla homestead has paid a fee to secure her freedom in the Seychelles.

Thandeka Nene was arrested on allegations of fraud earlier this month.

_The Witness _newspaper is reporting that she paid a R43,000 fine after appearing in a Seychelles court last week.

Nene's lawyer says the fine she had to pay was not an admission of guilt.

The businesswoman was arrested with two others in connection with bank fraud.

The Witness is reporting that all three accused paid the same fine for being in possession of a false bank draft cheque.

Nene's company landed contracts to upgrade Zuma's private home with nearly R80 million.

The company faced liquidation before it was bailed out with a R30 million loan just a month later.

Meanwhile, the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to release her report into the controversial upgrades in January.

Earlier this month, the government task team released its report which exonerated Zuma from any wrongdoing.