R1,500 for a doormat at Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home

New details have emerged about how state funds were used to pay for airconditioning, fittings, doormats, and fixtures for three houses at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, a dossier compiled by former Department of Public Works deputy director-general Rachard Samuel shows that the state paid for roof thatching, doors, windows, tiles, aircons, and “extras” at the presidential compound.

The dossier also states that officials involved in the Nkandla project warned political heads that Zuma would have to pay for a portion of the building costs.

The Sunday Times stated that Samuel was one of the officials made to take the fall for overspending at Nkandla.

What South African taxpayers forked out

According to the Sunday Times, documents show that Public Works paid for the following at Nkandla:

  • R1.5 million for airconditioning at two private houses, a guest house, and a guard house
  • R311,900 for covered walkways between private residences
  • R54,700 for 6 meranti doors and 26 meranti windows
  • R34,800 for aluminium doors
  • R63,200 for plastering
  • R271,700 for carpentry and joinery
  • R465,400 for roof coverings
  • R2.4 million for “extras”
  • R1,500 for a doormat, of which 6 were bought.

The full report is available in the Sunday Times of 27 March 2016.

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