Two new road networks costing R582-million have been built in President Jacob Zuma's village in KwaNxamalala, Nkandla, the Mercury reported on Wednesday.
The road linking the village to Kranskop, the P15, is a 32.4km stretch and was built for R290-million, while the road from Eshowe linking it with the village and Nkandla is 54.4km long and cost R292-million.
KwaZulu-Natal transport MEC Willies Mchunu also opened two pedestrian bridges across the Nsuze and Mposa rivers in the greater KwaNxamalala area. These would link villages to schools and cost R4.5-million.
According to the Mercury, Mchunu said the projects were considered before Zuma became president.
"In fact, former president Thabo Mbheki identified Nkandla and Msinga as priority areas needing development. This has nothing to do with President Zuma," the Mercury quoted Mchunu as saying.