SIU finds process to appoint Nkandla contractor was irregular

File: Upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence cost nearly 250-million-rand. Photo: eNCA

DURBAN - A Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe into upgrades on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home has found that the process used to appoint a contractor was irregular.

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An investigator says the Department of Public Works paid almost double on one of the upgrades because of mistakes made in awarding the contract.

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12 officials implicated in the controversial upgrades are facing disciplinary hearings in Durban. They're accused of flouting procurement procedures in the appointment of architect, Minenhle Makhanya.

The upgrades cost nearly R250-million.

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The hearings have been marred by several postponements following disputes over incomplete documents.

Officials have also called in sick and documents have gone missing, causing further delays.


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