ACDP welcomes Nkandla suspension

The 58-year-old official signed a deal last week informing the dept of his intention to plead guilty.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has welcomed the admission of guilt from a senior Public Works Department employee over irregularities involving upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

The department's Director of Projects, Itumeleng Molosi, was suspended for two months without pay for irregularly appointing contractors and flouting procurement procedures.

Molosi was further instructed to undergo retraining on the Public Finance Management Act.

ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe says the party welcomes Molosi's admissions.

"He needs to be punished because when a person is guilty of contravening the rules and procedures, there has to be sanctions imposed."

Molosi reportedly blamed himself and several other officials, saying they felt pressured into cutting corners, as the project involved Zuma's home.

The 58-year-old senior official signed the deal last week after informing the department of his intention to plead guilty.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in March released her Nkandla report and found that Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the R246 million upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal home.

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