Journalists taken on Nkandla tour

The tour comes after Sanef said it was disappointed by the limited access journalists had last week.

The clinic facility at the president Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla was among those inspected by Parliament ad hoc committee during their site inspection. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

NKANDLA - A group of about 30 journalists has been taken on a guided tour through President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

Last week Parliament's ad-hoc committee visited the KwaZulu-Natal homestead where it found the costs had been grossly inflated by construction companies.

The tour comes after the South African National Editors' Forum said it was disappointed by the limited access journalists had during a Parliamentary committee oversight visit to Zuma's home on Wednesday.

The committee has since called for Members of Parliament from the Department of Public Works and the Police Ministry to explain why the costs of the security upgrades appeared to have ballooned out of control.

A disciplinary hearing of 12 Public Works officials charged with irregular spending at Nkandla began in November 2014.

The officials faced various charges relating to misconduct, maladministration and violating departmental procedures.


Business Day quoted Zuma's former spokesperson Mac Maharaj as saying the president should have "prepared himself" to pay back the money for the upgrades to his Nkandla residence.

Maharaj told the Business Day Zuma told him he refused to "prepare himself to pay back the money even though he could raise funds as he didn't ask for the upgrades".

The former spokesperson also reportedly said it's important that the party creates a culture of taking responsibility for its actions.

In March 2013 Publich Protector Thuli Madonsela released her Nkandla report.

Madonsela found that the president and his family unduly benefited from the R246 million upgrades to his private residence.

She recommended that Zuma pay back a portion of the money.