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13 officials charged over Nkandla scandal

The Department of Public Works says the officials were identified through the SIU's probe.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Public Works says it's charged 13 officials in connection with the Nkandla upgrades but internal hearings are yet to begin.

A quarter of a billion rand was spent on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private KwaZulu-Natal home.

The upgrades have since been the subject of investigations by government, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

Madonsela's report, which was released in March, said Zuma and his family unduly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades.

The department says the officials were identified through the SIU's probe.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi's legal advisor Phillip Masilo, said the department is waiting for the prosecution team to agree with their legal representatives for dates of the hearings.

The department has also now dismissed a senior official following an investigation into how renovations worth R60 million were carried out at seven ministerial homes.