Zuma: Nkandla is like PW’s George airport

2014-10-20 10:02

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President Jacob Zuma has compared his Nkandla home with the construction of the airport in George for apartheid head of state PW Botha.

Answering a question during a lunch yesterday to mark media freedom day, he said he lived in a state house without paying rent and travelled on state planes without paying for it, Beeld reported today.

“Is this an unfair advantage?” he asked.

When it was pointed out that his Nkandla dwelling was a personal home, not state property, Zuma said it was the state’s duty to protect the president and deputy president.

Zuma said the airport in George, in the Western Cape, was not built for economic reasons.

“It is because Botha lived there [in Wilderness].”

He wanted to know why there was so much criticism over his home, saying: “Is Nkandla not meant to produce a president?”

The government spent R246 million on upgrades to the KwaZulu-Natal homestead. The Public Protector recommended that he repay that part of the money not spent on security.

Meanwhile, disciplinary hearings for officials who signed off on aspects of the project were under way. Parliament was disrupted by a call by the Economic Freedom Fighters that Zuma “pay back the money”, and the architect who worked on the project is challenging his alleged liability for overspending in court.

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