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Public Works officials to face disciplinary action over Nkandla upgrades

The employees are accused of having not followed proper procedure in the appointment of contractors.

President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Ten officials from the Public Works Department are set to face disciplinary action this week in connection with renovations to the president's home at Nkandla.

The employees are accused of having not followed proper procedure in the appointment of contractors.

President Jacob Zuma was found to have violated his oath of office and was told to pay back R7.8 million in connection with the upgrades.

However, at the weekend, the Sunday Times reported that more money was to be allocated to repair and rebuild sections of the estate.

The Presidency has strongly denied this but the Democratic Alliance (DA) says it’s not convinced.

The presidency says it has not been notified by any government department of upgrades.

But the DA says, as it stands, corruption charges pertaining to the previous Nkandla upgrades have yet to be instituted and therefore any talk of further upgrades is outrageous.

The DA’s Mabine Seabe says: “Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has called upon President Jacob Zuma to publicly state that there will be no more state money that will be spent on his residence where over R250 million was spent on his lavish home.”

The Presidency is adamant that no further upgrades have been authorized for the Nkandla homestead.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)