Further investigations into the Nkandla debacle reveals that the so-called Nkandla scapegoats received thousands of Rand from construction companies involved in the Nkandla upgrade.
The Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko admitted in a parliamentary response that they had indeed been paid performance bonuses ranging from R11 205 to R60 766.
This was revealed in a written response to the DA’s parliamentary question on who the officials were, how far their case was, what the disciplinary processes taken against them were and if they had been paid bonuses. Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko admitted they had indeed been paid performance bonuses.
Though the minister Nhleko declined to name who the twelve of the Nkandla scapegoats who received the monies, he said they were involved in disciplinary hearings, with one being suspended and another having died.
Report from Timeslive also has it that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) aborted a case linked to the overspending against three officials named in the Special Investigating Unit report.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled that President Zuma benefited a lot from his homestead upgrade and in support of former Public Protector’s report on the people’s monies spent in his private home, the court ordered that he refund the money to the treasury.
Zuma complied by taking a loan from VBS bank which used to pay R7.8 million to National Treasury.
Meanwhile, the presidency had in the past weeks denied plans to further upgrade the president’s homestead after several high-level officials in the public works and police department confirmed there was more money set to be spent on Nkandla.
“We also wish to underscore that no government department, including the department of public works, will be permitted to renovate any of the president’s private houses in Nkandla,” the Presidency said.
The comments from the presidency follow a report by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and public works chief director for legal services Barnie Ntlou that they were briefed that upgrades to the R246 million homestead would soon begin.
Mbalula confirmed this in a text message, while Ntlou said officials had assessed the houses and buildings that needed upgrades.
“We are forced to do that. We can’t allow a presidential residence to be dilapidated,” he said.