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Nkandla: Charges against officials 'won't hold water'

A hearing into the conduct of 12 officials accused of misspending govt money on Nkandla will begin today.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Servants Association (PSA) says it's confident charges against 12 members accused of misspending government money on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home will not hold water.

A hearing into their conduct is due to start this morning, but it's understood they will ask for a postponement.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma had "benefited unduly" from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, and should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.

The PSA's Claude Naicker is representing these officials, but he says he's still waiting for the Department of Public Works to hand over documents that the prosecution's case is based on.

"If these documents are submitted, we will require time to peruse them."

This means it's unlikely the hearing will hear evidence today.

While Naicker says the charges don't hold water, he is reluctant to speculate as to why they have been brought against his members.

He says his clients are confident they have done nothing wrong.

"They followed all the rules and regulations to the T."

There is also evidence that none of the accused benefitted personally from their alleged conduct which leads to questions about why they are being charged.

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