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Nkandla: Zuma's architect goes to court

The SIU has lodged a R155 million civil claim against Minenhle Makhanya.

FILE. Zuma's architect Minenhle Makhanya is expected to serve notice about his intention to defend claims made by the  SIU. Picture: City Press

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma's architect Minenhle Makhanya is expected to serve notice in the Pietermaritzburg High Court this morning about his intention to defend claims made against him by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

The SIU has lodged a R155 million civil claim against Makhanya, who was allegedly paid for unnecessary work or work that simply wasn't done at the president's private home in Nkandla.

Makhanya has hired a high powered legal team to defend him, headed by Barnabas Xulu who is friends with the president's trust founder and a prominent ANC attorney.

Zuma's architect has indicated he will not be paying the money that the SIU has ordered him to pay for work that he allegedly didn't do.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says as a defendant Makhanya has the right to oppose the SIU's findings in court.

"Mr Makhanya or any other citizen has rights and obviously he will defend the matter."

Earlier this year the Public Protector found that Zuma and his family unduly benefitted from the R264 million security upgrades.

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