Nkandla: 'Five years of lies has done massive damage to democratic institutions'

Nkandla has become a contentious issue among South Africans, even more so as the matter is deliberated in the highest court in the land.

702/CapeTalk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to journalists who relentlessly pursued the story, Adriaan Basson and Chris Roper, as they recall their experience of the debacle.

Listen to the conversation below:

...The cover up, the lies, the spin, five years of lies by the ANC, by the president's spokespeople, by the president's lawyers, by people who tried to protect him.

Adriaan Basson, Netwerk24 editor-in-chief

It's clear that the government used the media as the opposition and the enemy. They downright lied, I think that's more important than Jacob Zuma's alleged corruption.

Chris Roper, journalist who broke Nkandla story

Click here to see a timeline of the Nkandla issue, which has now seen Zuma offering to pay back the money.

An email popped up from an anonymous person... attached to this email was proof that the government paid for the Nkandla project.

Adriaan Basson, Netwerk24 editor-in-chief

It was a bond of R900 000, that's it. That's the bond the president is paying for, and that's the only one we have record of.

Adriaan Basson, Netwerk24 editor-in-chief

Redi also spoke to legal and investigations head of Corruption Watch, Leanne Govindsamy, on the procurement processes that were flouted throughout the construction of the Nkandla project.

Listen to the interview below:

We know that there were violations and we can pinpoint where the violations are but there's a question of decision-makers.

Leanne Govindsamy, Corruption Watch legal and investigations head

It was always going to be estimated to be over R500 000, which is what the benchmark is. If it's over R500 000, there must be an open tender process. That open tender process did not happen at all.

Leanne Govindsamy, Corruption Watch legal and investigations head

Redi also spoke to Adriaan on the ANC's disregard for the Public Protector's recommendations, as well as his final thoughts regarding the issue.

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