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Public Works official suspended over Nkandla

Itumeleng Molosi pleaded guilty to irregularly appointing contractors and flouting procurement procedures.

President Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

CAPE TOWN - A senior Public Works Department employee has been suspended for two months without pay for his involvement in the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

The Department's Director of Projects, Itumeleng Molosi, pleaded guilty to irregularly appointing contractors and flouting procurement procedures.

The City Press reported earlier today that Molosi is the first official to accept blame for the more than R200 million project.

The 58-year-old senior official signed the plea deal last week after informing the department he intended to plead guilty.

He reportedly blamed himself and other officials, saying they felt pressured in to taking short cuts as the project involved the president's home.

The report says Molosi has also been instructed to undergo retraining on the Public Finance Management Act.

In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her Nkandla report and found that Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal home.

But in November the Nkandla ad-hoc committee officially absolved the president of any wrongdoing in relation to the massive overspending.

Public Works officials accused of wrongdoing are facing disciplinary hearings for their alleged role in the scandal.