THE individuals responsible for inflating the costs of upgrading security at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home must be held responsible for their actions and face criminal prosecution, according to Cedric Frolick, the chair of Parliament’s ad hoc committee tasked with probing the Nkandlagate scandal.
Frolick, an ANC MP, made these comments outside the head of state’s homestead today at the end of the committee’s short visit to the complex to assess the work done as part of considering Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s report. Nhleko had found that the taxpayer, and not Zuma, should be responsible for the cost of the fire pool, cattle kraal and other installations built as part of the upgrade.
Work on the security upgrade, Frolick said, had not been completed and as a result the president was not secure when staying at his home.
Public works had a “lot to answer for” in allowing the costs of the upgrade to escalate because the work had “clearly” not been completed and was “very shoddy”.
He said the visit was “quite an eye opener”, that the committee had seen “gross inflation” of prices and that the facilities that had been built were worth nowhere near what had been paid.
It was clear to the committee that “the president is not secure in comfort” and that more expenditure was likely to ensure that the security upgrade was completed. Frolick would not, however, provide detail.
There were “serious concerns” that required “serious attention”, he said. – News 24