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Nkandla: Makhanya’s lawyers question upgrade budget

Makhanya’s legal team says they still don’t know how Public Works determined Nkandla's budget.

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.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for Nkandla architect Minenhle Makhanya have told Eyewitness News that despite receiving some documents relating to the construction at Nkandla, they still don't know how the Public Works Department worked out its budget for the upgrades.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is suing Makhanya, claiming he's responsible for the fact that over R250 million was spent by government on President Jacob Zuma's home.

Zuma is disputing claims he must comply with a Public Protector finding that he must pay back some of the money spent on his home.

Makhanya's attorney Barnabas Xulu says they still don't know how the department determined its budget for Nkandla.

"As far as the cost is concerned, or bills of quantities, we've never been furnished with that information and in that regard, judgment is not helpful."

He says the SIU shouldn't even be pursuing his client.

"There is no way they would even be able to recover this amount of money from our client and it's shocking that they could think of pursuing a matter in this fashion, knowing very well that it's impossible."

The department says it's handed over the documents it was ordered to by the court in this case.