Nkandla architect: Last man standing

While the key government officials have been let off the hook for Nkandla, the project’s architect, Minenhle Makhanya, might be the last man standing for accusations. To protect his earthly possessions he might reserve his right to spill the beans.


When Members of Parliament inspected President Zuma’s Nkandla home last year, it was clear someone had skimmed money off the top of the R250-million upgrades. There were the non-security related issues – the cattle kraal, the swimming pool, the amphitheatre – but they, along with the security-related developments designed to protect the president, were so shoddy even MPs who demanded the president account for the undue benefits were shocked at the workmanship.

Zuma’s defenders used the site visit as evidence that the president was duped, that the cost escalated without his knowledge. It was like a dodgy RDP housing deal – contractors had made their profits by cutting corners. Developments at Nkandla were so bad that goats roamed the residences built to house those who protected the President of the Republic of South Africa.

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