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MPs inspect units built for Nkandla security personnel

The 21 units form part of a controversial R135 million construction project.

One of the 21 houses built for security personnel at a cost of R6 million each. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

NKANDLA - Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Nkandla ad hoc committee are inspecting a controversial construction project on the outskirts of President Jacob Zuma's home in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

They include 21 houses for security personnel built at a cost of R6 million each.

Last year Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the R246 million project to upgrade his home.

However, the police minister says just over R50 million was spent on security features and Zuma doesn't have to pay back a cent.

MPs were shown around the president's large estate by officials before they were taken to see the 21 houses built for security personnel on the outskirts of the property.

Some of the thatched structures are occupied and those living inside appear to be sleeping on mattresses on the floor.

The units form part of a controversial construction project that cost R135 million to build.

Minister Nathi Nhleko has sought to isolate this project from the upgrades on the president's home by saying he still needed clarity about why they were built.

Meanwhile, ANC supporters gathered outside Zuma's home and began singing in the rain to show their support as MPs conduct the in-loco inspection.

Chairperson of the ANC in that region, Bahle Sibiya agrees with the police minister that Zuma doesn't have to pay a cent for the security upgrades.

"There is no money the president should pay as the police minister said. There is nothing the president must pay."