Half of the 12 workers at the Department of Public Works who were implicated in the Nkandla scandal received performance bonuses in the past five years‚ according to Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko. Nhleko said 12 employees from the department were implicated in overspending in the R246m upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home. The minister was responding to a parliamentary question from DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Massive price escalations first came to light in 2009. The Special Investigating Unit was tasked with investigating the project in 2013 and former public protector Thuli Madonsela released her Secure in Comfort report into the upgrades in 2014. Nhleko said disciplinary charges had been brought against all 12 of the officials. One of them had pleaded guilty and was found guilty of misconduct. His penalty was suspension without pay and a final written warning. One other of the 12 had since died. Disciplinary procedures against the remaining 10 had commenced‚ Nhleko s...

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