Nkandla architect fights back

Johannesburg - Architect Minenhle Makhanya will serve notice in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Monday to oppose a R155m civil claim lodged by the Special Investigating Unit, City Press reported on Sunday.

"We confirm that we act on behalf of Mr Minenhle Makhanya. We have instructions to defend the matter. We will file notice of intention to defend on Monday," his lawyer Barnabas Xulu told the newspaper.

Xulu is a founder of Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust and a prominent ANC lawyer, according to the report.

Xulu said he still had to consult with Makhanya in detail, and indicated that Makhanya "will not be paying the money," the newspaper reported.

The SIU civil claim against Makhanya related to the R246m security upgrades done at President Jacob Zuma's private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

In a report released in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the money spent on the security upgrades.

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

Makhanya has reportedly landed the deal to design Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's eighth palace.

September Mphikeleli 2014-08-17 02:40:39 PM
Another Zulu man run away with millions is our time to eat is their slogan just arrest and closed his bank accounts this thief?
Muneri Tshilidzi Emmanuel 2014-08-17 02:44:12 PM
one rotten potato spoils the whole bag,its time to replace some one on top
Pieter Wilken 2014-08-17 02:57:06 PM
Nothing will come from this, just look at what happend with all the other high profile cases, they get promotions, released from prison for medical reasons then seen playing golf with his buddies, charges gets mysteriously dropped and no one is allowed to know why. Does anyone actually think there will be any form of justice? If you do your in for a big suprise
Pieter Wilken 2014-08-17 02:57:56 PM
Nothing will come from this, just look at what happend with all the other high profile cases, they get promotions, released from prison for medical reasons then seen playing golf with his buddies, charges gets mysteriously dropped and no one is allowed to know why. Does anyone actually think there will be any form of justice? If you do your in for a big suprise
Richard Young 2014-08-17 02:57:57 PM
Someone had to approve plans or suggestions made by the architect. Someone else had to approve the payment to the architect for the work done. There are many other people involved
Pieter Wilken 2014-08-17 02:59:58 PM
Nothing will come from this, just look at what happend with all the other high profile cases, they get promotions, released from prison for medical reasons then seen playing golf with his buddies, charges gets mysteriously dropped and no one is allowed to know why. Does anyone actually think there will be any form of justice? If you do your in for a big suprise
Emile Myburgh 2014-08-17 03:01:51 PM
So, must we honestly believe he spent R155 million because of some misguided but sincere love for the Prez?
Luke Green 2014-08-17 03:07:33 PM
He will get sentenced and the made ambassador to some awesome first world country.
Andrew Stockton 2014-08-17 03:09:59 PM
Why should the architect be singled out ? Surely the one who commissioned the drawings or development should be responsible ? Like the person it was built for !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
criticallyhonest 2014-08-17 03:18:35 PM
Smokescreens going up everywhere. Last week the survey mentioned in News 24 suggested that Blacks don't trust whites and that whites don't trust anyone. Is it any wonder?