Minenhle Makhanya, an architect who planned Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence, won’t go down without a fight. Makhanya is expected to serve notice in the Pietermaritzburg High Court today to oppose a R155-million civil claim lodged by the Special Investigating Unit.
Makhanya’s lawyer, Barnabas Xulu – a founder of Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust confirmed that he acts on behalf of Mr Minenhle Makhanya and that he has been instructions to defend Makhanya on the matter.
Xulu said he still had to consult with Makhanya in detail and indicated that Makhanya “will not be paying the money.”
The civil claim against Makhanya related to the R246-million security upgrades done at Zuma’s private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. In a report released in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the money spent on the security upgrades.