Nkandla project manager knows 'real truth'

Cape Town - The project manager of the security upgrade at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal says he knows the "real truth" of what happened, and hopes that this will emerge.

Beeld reported on Thursday that Jean Rindel, a project manager at the department of public works in Durban, was tasked with the implementing the controversial security upgrade.

Rindel told Beeld he had given his full co-operation to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) during its investigation into the project.

He said he knows "the story behind the story", but declined to give more details.

According to Beeld, his name is mentioned 106 times in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report into the upgrade, and he is also mentioned in court papers filed this week by the SIU.

Rindel reportedly appointed Minenhle Makhanya as the main architect for the project. Makhanya is being sued for R155.3m by the SIU in an attempt to recoup some of the costs of the project.

The SIU court papers state that Makhanya's appointment was illegal and invalid, but was at the request of Rindel and/or the acting director of the department of public works at the time. Both reportedly knew his name was not on the department's list of registered service providers.

Rindel told Beeld he was not aware if he would be charged as part of the SIU's investigation into the project. The SIU's civil claim against Makhanya is reportedly the first of many civil claims and criminal charges related to the Nkandla project.

Meanwhile, the SIU says it is finalising its report, after receiving responses from all those it had requested input from. The report will be presented to Zuma when complete.

David Van Schalkwyk 2014-08-14 12:50:38 PM
Everyone knows the truth... His but buddy threw him under the bus...
Stephen Townshend 2014-08-14 12:54:32 PM
Will the report be presented to the taxpayer as well, I wonder?
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-14 12:56:29 PM
And the truth will out. Let's all play the blame game. Point at hand, that - money Zuma did not have was used to create Nkandlagate and now we have the first in the series of SCAPEGOTIA. Burn the lot to the ground and be done. We will never see any of that money, regardless of how many investigations are conducted. We have a thieving, lying Bstd in Charge and that is that. Apologies to the poor who look into that Monstrosity - Your President could give a damn.
Pat Riot 2014-08-14 01:00:13 PM
The truth is that SA has a scumbag for a president ! Finish & klaar !
Cafe-Ambivalence 2014-08-14 01:00:36 PM
Such a joke. Scapegoating and avoiding accountability by the ANC... I'm not surprised. It's just another Thursday in SA.
Made-In SA 2014-08-14 01:00:42 PM
The search for scapegoats is on.It is a replay of Waterkloof Base Guptagate.The scapegoat in that matter is now in line for an ambassadorial post,with 2 white Air Force officers still in the dock of a military court.Only whites will go to court here again,if at all. Everybody is at fault,exept the Number One staying in the house.
Mike Jones 2014-08-14 01:03:23 PM
Let's hope he lives long enough for the true truth to emerge.
Teko Mohaeka 2014-08-14 01:14:08 PM
The SIU is protecting their boss Zuma
Chris Bester 2014-08-14 01:17:59 PM
The SIU do not give a damn about the Taxpayers money, they are just covering for Zuma!!
Made-In SA 2014-08-14 01:20:55 PM
According to an M&G article there were 5 brandnew private houses build at Nkandla since 2009,cost around R30 Million,but it is unclear who paid for that.I don't think LazyJZ783 paid for that through a bond