Nkandla disciplinary hearing against Public Works employee postponed

A disciplinary hearing against public works senior official, Sibusiso Chonco, accused of wrongdoing over the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla, has been postponed.

Chonco's lawyer, Adrian Moodley, told the chairperson of the hearing Advocate Thulani Khuzwayo, that Chonco has been booked off from work until 29 April, and is unfit to participate in the hearing.

Chonco is one of the 12 Public Works employees facing a disciplinary hearing.

According to EWN reporter, Ziyanda Ngcobo, employees are mainly being questioned about their role in appointing architect Minenhle Makhanya as the principal agent on the project.

The chair did postpone the hearing until the 4th, 5th, and 6th of July, which then will continue in Chonco's case. Other officials are still expected to appear before the chair.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

These officials were implicated in the overspending, and this also includes having to explain hiring the architect Minenhle Makhanya who was found by the former Public Protector to have overspent for President's estate. They will have to explain how they went about the process, the checks and balances that were implemented.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that the President should pay back pay R7.8 million out of the estimated R246 million that was spent on his homestead upgrades.

The Constitutional Court also reaffirmed Public Protector's recommendations, and ruled that Zuma violated his oath office by defying Madonsela's recommendations.

There has also been reports that more money was to be allocated to repair and rebuild sections of President's home.

However, the Presidency has denied these claims.

Listen to EWN reporter, Ziyanda Ngcobo, below for more details on the story...


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