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Parliamentary committee criticize workmanship at President’s home

Says the reported costs of R206m costs may have been inflated.

A South African parliamentary committee said it was concerned about the poor workmanship at President Jacob Zuma’s private residence and that the reported costs of R206 million ($17 million) costs may have been inflated.

“We were astounded to find that most of the work was still incomplete yet an amount of about R206 million is said to have been spent,” Cedric Frolick, chairman of the ad hoc committee on the police minister’s Nkandla report, said in an e-mailed statement. The committee would seek answers from those involved in the implementation of the project at Nkandla, “especially the Department of Public Works,” Frolick said.

The committee was part of a delegation, including media, that visited Nkandla on Wednesday to verify Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko’s report that absolves Zuma from personal liability over the security upgrades to his private residence. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma unduly benefited from the upgrade and said he should repay part of the money.

©2015 Bloomberg News

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