'Architect responsible for spiralling Nkandla costs'

The SIU report also shows up officials who failed to act according to the law and procedures.


CAPE TOWN - It emerged on Friday in the final report of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into the Nkandla spending scandal, that President Jacob Zuma's private architect Minenhle Makhanya is responsible for the spiralling costs.

The final SIU report was submitted by Zuma to Parliament on Thursday.

It also shows up officials who failed to act according to the law and procedures which would have provided the checks and balances to contain the spending.

The report also raises the question of whether the millions spent have adequately secured the president's private home.

The SIU report says a number of matters of concern were noted during an on-site inspection at Nkandla in July.

It says that for security reasons these are not spelt out in the report, but will be submitted to the president separately.

The inspection team measured what was done under the aegis of architect Makhanya against what was needed by the security assessments in a clear indication that the upgrades were found wanting.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report also implicated Makhanya, saying he received R16,5 million from the controversial project.

The report says the police should carry out a further evaluation of security at Nkandla as soon as possible.


Madonsela's report, released in March this year, found Zuma improperly benefitted from security upgrades at his Nkandla home.

Makhanya became the project manager despite having no security qualifications or clearance.

Madonsela found Makhanya's assumption of multiple and conflicting roles as principle agent, the president's architect and procurer of some of the subcontractors which placed him in a position where the advice he gave was tainted by conflict of interest and was not in the public interest.

Madonsela also found there were no open tenders and a dismal failure by government to control service providers.

"We are talking about R250 million of the whole project. If you isolate it from that project, everything that was in the security evaluation report, you'll find that the bulk of the money was spent on things that were not on the list, or the list had recommended something smaller," she told reporters at the unveiling of her report.

The report further states that extra features such as a swimming pool should never have been built.

"It is common cause that in the name of security, government built for the President and his family in his private residence, a visitor's centre, a cattle kraal, a chicken run, and an amphitheathre, among others. The President and his family clearly benefitted from this."

Madonsela found Zuma violated an ethics code by failing to protect public money.

She asked Zuma to account to Parliament and discipline some of his ministers, and to pay back some of the money spent on Nkandla.