Breaking: Investigative unit goes after the money looted via Nkandla

Breaking: Investigative unit goes after the money looted via Nkandla

- The Special Investigation Unit has filed court documents to track down millions from Nkandla architect, Minenhle Makhanya

- This comes as the unit's Special Tribunal will go after looted state funds in October

- Minister Patricia de Lille says that action will be taken against several senior Public Works and Infrastructure Department officials as well

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The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is still attempting to recover over R150 million from Nkandla architect, Minenhle Makhanya.

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille spoke about the matter at a press briefing on Wednesday.

She said that the SIU filed numerous court documents related to the issue, but that the case has been postponed.

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This matter has its roots all the way back in 2016, when the Constitutional Court ordered former president Jacob Zuma to pay back some of the money spent on non-security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.

In total, Zuma must pay back R7.8 billion, has gathered.

Now, the SIU is attempting to recover some of the Nkandla funds from Makhanya. Additionally, Cyril Ramaphosa has instructed the SIU's Special Tribunal to track down and recoup more funds that were looted from state coffers, according to IOL.

The tribunal will consist of eight judges, with Judge Gidfonia Milendelwa Makhanya at the helm. Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says that they will begin their work in October.

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At the press conference, De Lille also said that action would be taken regarding several officials at the Department of Public Works who were appointed without following proper protocols.

The minister said that at the appointment of at least 11 senior department figures would be set aside.

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