Nkandla architect: SIU must produce documents

Johannesburg - Nkandla architect Minenhle Makhanya has asked for more than 40 documents from the SIU, including its final report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's homestead.

In an application to the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Tuesday, Makhanya said he required the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to "make available for inspection within five days" documents relevant to its civil claim against him.

Makhanya and the department of public works are facing a R155m civil claim relating to work done at Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

SIU spokesperson Boy Ndala could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to reports, the SIU claimed the department offered to appoint Makhanya as the principal agent of the Nkandla upgrade project, but the appointment was unlawful as it was not preceded by an open tender process.

The claim further details Makhanya's authorisation of security measures beyond what was advised by the SA Police Service and the SA National Defence Force.

It stated that Makhanya had authorised installations that did not fall within the scope of security measures.

In a report released in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the R246m spent on the security upgrades to Zuma's private home.

Makhanya made headlines after it was revealed in Madonsela's report that he made R16.5m out of the project.

The SIU handed its final report on Nkandla to Zuma on 20 August. It said at the time that it was under no obligation to make the report public.

The documents sought by Makhanya include:

- Security assessment reports by the Saps and the SANDF,

- Approval by the minister of public works for the costs of security measures,

- Request or motivation by the director general of the department to appoint him as architect,

- Bidding documents submitted to the department by consultants and contractors in the Nkandla project,

- All contracts concluded between the department and the consultants and/or contractors, and

- All documents and materials relied on by the SIU to compile particulars of its claims and those relied on for its allegations of excessive payments and above-market payments.

Made-In SA 2014-09-03 09:31:21 PM
Who paid for the 5 private houses built at Nkandla since 2009?Moneymine, JZ783's private builder quoted R20 Million only for the first 3 houses.JZ783 said to the PP that he does not have a bond.So who paid for that 5 private houses?
Mandla Manqele 2014-09-03 09:32:27 PM
Hold his balls tight Makhanya!
Peter Webb 2014-09-03 09:37:48 PM
Made in South Africa. We tax payers did. zuma at that time did not have a coin to scratch his backside.
sxp 2014-09-03 09:53:56 PM
This oke is a nasty piece of work who clearly did what Zuma told him and he knew what he was busy with. Hihow of the jail he should go. Time to make Robben island into a real jail agin.
Glenn Owen Watkins 2014-09-03 10:11:53 PM
Not sure if am understanding this correctly , they want to sue this guy for R155 mil, which is going to be a waste of more tax payer money. The original budgeted amount was R28 mil, plus this R155 mil that they want to sue this guy for gives us R183 mil. Where is the other R63 mil? Really, blatant dishonesty on Showerheads behalf, or complete negligence , either way he has to be held accountable.
Buhle Kubheka 2014-09-03 10:13:00 PM
Hand over, lol!! this is going to take a decade...
TheAccountant 2014-09-03 10:16:40 PM
Clever tactic from Mr. Zuma. There is no way the documents will be made available to Makhanya. This means that there will be a court case for the the next five years and therefore Mr. Zuma will only answer after the case was concluded. Clever people these skelms!!
Sifiso Ndlovu 2014-09-03 10:21:18 PM
Makhanya VS Zuma....can't wait for the final score!!!
Proudly SA 2014-09-03 10:24:27 PM
Poor fall guy...at least he is or was rich but one thing for sure is that if he made 16.5mil, a certain someone has or had half that money, guess its pension savings
Made-In SA 2014-09-03 10:26:26 PM
I recently read this in the investigative newspaper on Fridays. Judge for yourself how effective the Seriously Impotent Unit is. In 2010 the SIU had begun investigating a building contractor Khotso Frank Khasu over a major contract with the Naledi municipality in the North West province for the building of 3000 low cost houses in Vryburg, The SIU found that only 4 houses had been buildt and that Khasu Engineering Services,which Khasu owns,billed the coumcil for millions of rands for earthworks,roads,stormwater structures,streetlights etc that were never buildt. On the purported grounds that the project was urgent no tender process was followed. Between June 2008 and September 2009,the council paid R27 million to Khasu Engineering and another R58 million into the personal accounts of Khasu.By May the following year all 3 accounts had been emptied. He was appointed the chief director of the Traditional Affairs and Co-Operative governance department in October 2013,with a minimum salary of R930 000.Gordhans new department. Up to today there was no prosecution,or asset freezes and no money paid back