29 November 2013
Reacting to the alleged preliminary findings
in the Public Protector’s report in the media, IFP spokesperson
on Public Works, Mr Petros Sithole MP said, “The alleged
findings on Nkandla upgrades published in the media show serious
misconduct by the President and the department of Public Works.
It means they misled the nation that the over R200 million
upgrades at the president’s private home were merely security
It is reported that the Public Protector found
a swimming pool, visitors' centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal,
marquee area, extensive paving, and new houses for relatives
included in the upgrades which cost the taxpayers millions.
Sithole added, “This also means that the
President misled parliament when he told Parliament that he and
his family paid for all the buildings in his Nkandla home, not
government. Serious actions will have to be taken against the
president for misleading parliament. These findings are expected
to be in the final report that still needs to be made public as
there cannot be security upgrades amounting to over R200 million
for one residence.”
“The department of public works will also need
to be held accountable for the allegations that there were
companies linked to the president that were offered tenders to
upgrade the president’s home without following proper tender
processes,” concluded Sithole.
The IFP calls on the Minister Public Works,
Thulas Nxesi to be fired.
IFP Spokesperson on Public Works, Mr Petros
Sithole MP, 079 311 9995
For media queries contact:
IFP Parliamentary Caucus’ Media Liaison
Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252