Jacob Zuma: My wife was raped, Nkandla security is necessary

2014-05-05 12:24

President Jacob Zuma has opened up about why he reckons the R246 million security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead were necessary.

Speaking to journalists at the ANC’s final breakfast briefing before Wednesday’s elections, Zuma said when he was an MEC in KwaZulu-Natal, his homestead was burnt down and criminals broke in and raped his wife. “It is not theoretical this issue about security at Nkandla,” he said.

He did not betray any emotion when speaking about the rape of his wife.

Zuma said neither the inter-ministerial report nor the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla found him guilty of wrongdoing or corruption. He said the Special Investigating Unit was looking at allegations of costs being inflated, and he would respond in full once the report was out.

He emphasised that, as president, he was eligible for certain benefits and for security provided by the state, but maintained that he had paid for the construction of his Nkandla homestead by means of a bond.

“That is why I’m not worried about Nkandla. It isn’t my problem,” he said.

“I am still curious to hear where did I eat the money,” Zuma said.

Read: How the ANC made Nkandla disappear

He added that nobody he spoke to during his campaigning raised the matter of the spending on security upgrades to Nkandla.

“The only people asking about Nkandla have been the opposition and you in the media,” he said, adding that it has been an issue with the “bright people”.

“Those who wanted to use Nkandla for the elections, it won’t work,” he said.

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