Nkandla improvements to stay - Cwele

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President Jacob Zuma's private residence in Nkandla. File Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu

Johannesburg - Improvements made to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla compound will not be halted or removed when his term as president ends, it was reported on Monday.

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, responding to a question from Beeld newspaper, said while it was too early to speculate on the issue, it made no sense to remove any of the improvements at a later stage.

“The safety measures installed at (former president PW) Botha's home… I do not believe were removed when he was no longer the leader,” Cwele reportedly told the newspaper..

Cwele was asked if the amount of R250 million linked to the Nkandla development was accurate.

“The minister of public works is busy with an investigation. It shouldn't take long, but it has to be thorough. Part of the investigation will look at whether proper procedures were followed, and prices are being inflated.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Health Minister Gwen Ramokgopa has admitted that the private clinic being built for Zuma at Nkandla would not be accessible for the local community.

In addition to the clinic, Zuma would also have access to a 24-hour fire and emergency service. - Sapa


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