Maimane Puts Hawks In A Chokehold For Freeing Chief Nkandla Architect


The Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party wants Hawks to explain their decision to free and stop investigate the actions of Mr Minenhle Makhanya, the chief Nkandla architect who blew R155 million on Nkandla.

Maimane said Makhanya was responsible for the planning and designing of President Zuma’s upgrades to his private residence at Nkandla. And, that there is evidence that suggest he committed an offence.

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Stating that Makhanya ensured many people were unduly enriched while executing the Nkandla upgrades at the expense of the public, Maimane disclosed that he’s written to Head of the Hawks’ Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation Major General Ntlemeza to provide reasons for his decision to not investigate the actions of the Nkandla architect.

Maimane referred to the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) report into the Nkandla matter which found from the Particulars of Claim that Makhanya’s actions enriched many.

With that, he stated thus:

“In light of Mr Makhanya’s central involvement in the matter, it is unconscionable that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has taken the decision not to investigate what would appear to be prima facie offences of a very serious nature.

The DA maintains that all who were involved in the abuse of state resources at Nkandla be brought to book, and based on the evidence at hand, an investigation into Mr Makhanya and his involvement is essential.

Therefore, Major General Ntlemeza must outline the compelling reasons and rationale for why this investigation was not carried out. Failing which, the Hawks ought to launch an investigation in this regard.”

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He argued that South Africans deserve to know what happened to the R155 million. For that to happen, an investigation into Mr Makhanya is required, Maimane charged.

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