Civil proceedings to recoup about R155m from the architect of former President Jacob Zuma's KZN homestead may get under way only next year, reports TimesLIVE. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) yesterday said the trial was scheduled to start in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) on Monday, but Minenhle Makhanya was given more time to prepare.

'While the SIU was ready to proceed, the court, on hearing submissions from counsel acting for Mr Makhanya, it was of the view that it was in the interest of justice to afford the defendant more time to prepare his defence,' the unit's spokesperson, Nazreen Pandor, said.

The SIU pursued action against Makhanya in August 2014, where it sought an order to set aside his appointment as principal agent and architect, and for the recovery of R155m in damages relating to the Nkandla security installation project. Pandor said the unit would apply for a new date in 2020 as per the availability of a court.

To address the cause of the delays, President Cyril Ramaphosa has issued a proclamation to re-establish the special tribunal to adjudicate on civil matters emanating from SIU investigations.

Pandor said the setting up of the tribunal by the Justice Department was at an advanced stage and was due to start working in August this year.

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