DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, Sept 30– A disciplinary hearing begins here Tuesday against five officials from the Department of Public Works (PWD) over the security upgrades carried out at the private residence complex of President Jacob Zuma at Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal Province.
The hearing is being held following the issuance of a report by the Special Investigating Unit and its claim of 155 million Rand (about 13.75 million US dollars) against architect Minenhle Makhanya.
According to reports, PWD senior project manager Jean Rindel is accused of misconduct for allegedly deviating from a competitive process in procuring service providers.
The five officials are being represented by the Public Servants Association (PSA), whose spokesman, Claude Naicker, says the officials will be pleading not guilty to all the charges against them.
“They approached us recently with the charge sheet prepared by the department itself; we are still busy interviewing each of these staff members and we will be representing them during the course of this week at the disciplinary hearing.”
Nicker says these members have done everything correctly from their side and followed all the regulations.