'Why are Hawks not investigating Nkandla architect?'

The DA’s Mmusi Maimane has written to the Hawks about Minenhle Makhanya’s role in Nkandla.

Picture: The DA’s Mmusi Maimane (left). Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has written to Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza, asking why the corruption-busting unit is not investigating Nkandla architect Minenhle Makhanya.

It emerged this week that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation - commonly known as the Hawks - is not probing the man at the centre of the spending scandal.

Inflated costs and gross overspending on the controversial project to upgrade President Jacob Zuma's private home took place under Makhanya's watch.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is suing Makhanya to recover more than R155 million after finding that "through the unlawful, wrongful and negligent use of the powers that were granted to him, Makhanya inter alia increased the scope and extent of the works, by designing and authorising items that were not required for security purposes, as determined by the SAPS and the SANDF".

Maimane wants to know why Makhanya is not being criminally charged.

He quoted the SIU report which said Makhanya "designed and produced more than had been requested and authorised and certified over-payments".

A swimming pool, cattle kraal, visitors centre, amphitheatre and chicken run were built for Zuma in the name of security as part of a R246 million project.

There is no decision from the NPA on whether Zuma will be charged after the DA opened a corruption case against him in March 2014, for "his complicity in the alleged misappropriation of public funds".

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