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S/Africa: No planned renovations for Zuma’s private villa – Presidency

Reports alleging that there are planned renovations of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence in the Eastern Cape Province are not true, the Presidency has said.“The Presidency wishes to confirm and emphasise that there are no renovations of the private houses at the President’s residence at Nkandla currently and no government ministry has indicated any proposal for renovations there,” the Presidency said on Sunday.

The denial comes after the Sunday Times newspaper reported that there were plans by the Ministry of Public Works to renovate certain aspects of the controversial private presidential villa in Zuma’s home village of Nkandla.

Mindful of past controversies of similar activities in 2013-14, that witnessed the government spending US$23 million on renovations, the presidency said government would not allow any works to be conducted at the property.

“We also wish to underscore that no government ministry, including the Ministry of Public Works, will be permitted to renovate any of the President’s private houses in Nkandla,” the high office added.

Published on 28.04.2020

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