Friday, November 29, 2013

Nkandla Timeline

May 1, 2009

Security assessment

A security assessment of Zuma’s Nkandla residence is done by state security. State security personnel recommend improvements of around R27.9m

June 1, 2010

Funds redirected

R77m from other programmes is directed to Nkandla security upgrades. These programmes include city regeneration. Approval was for R38.9m in 2010/11 and R38.1m in 2011/12, the M&G reports.

September 1, 2010

Nkandla deadline

Geoff Doidge is still Public Works minister at this stage. He visits a project “on a deadline by the principal [Zuma] to have the site operational by December”.

November 1, 2010

Project on track

Geoff Doidge is fired in a cabinet reshuffle and is replaced by Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde. She writes to Zuma and says the project is still on track

December 1, 2010

Phase 1

99% of Phase 1 is complete and the department starts planning Phase II

October 1, 2011

Completion date missed

Phase II’s completion date is missed. A major contractor Bonelena misses deadlines.

April 1, 2012

Contract cancelled

The department cancels its contract with Bonelena. Phase II is 95% complete.

August 1, 2012


Bonelena goes into liquidation after a settlement is reached out of court.

October 7, 2012

Public Protector

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela opens an investigation into publicly funded construction at Nkandla.

November 1, 2012

National Key Point

Jacob Zuma addresses Parliament and says costs of Nkandla upgrades are due to the National Key Points act.

November 1, 2012

Investigation promised

Thulas Nxesi, Public Works minister, promises an investigation.

November 15, 2012

'Family paid'

Jacob Zuma says he feels aggrieved by reports around his house in Nkandla and tells MPs: "It has not been built by government."
"All the buildings and every room we use in that residence was built by ourselves as family, and not by government," he said, responding to a question in the National Assembly.

June 1, 2013

'Top Secret'

The department’s investigation is classified as ‘Top Secret’.

November 8, 2013

Protector costs paid

The state agrees to pay Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's costs following its bid to prevent her from releasing a draft report into Nkandla.

November 14, 2013

Bid abandoned

Security ministers abandon a bid to stop Public Protector Thuli Madonsela from releasing her draft report on Nkandla upgrade.

November 15, 2013

Pay costs

The state has agrees to pay Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's costs following its bid to prevent her from releasing a draft report into the upgrade at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead, reports say.

November 20, 2013

Images prohibited

Ministers in the security cluster say South Africans should desist from publishing and distributing images of Nkandla

November 20, 2013


Public Protector Thuli Madonsela gives an update on her investigation into the upgrades at Nkandla

November 22, 2013


National newspapers publish photographs of Nkandla homestead , despite a warning that it is illegal to do so.

November 29, 2013

Provisional report

The M&G publishes details from Thuli Madonsela’s provisional report into Nkandla. The reports states President Jacob Zuma received substantial personal benefits from the multi-million rand upgrade to Nkandla.

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