ANC will stop ‘Nkandla invasion’

2012-11-03 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has warned the DA would reap “the whirlwind” if it goes ahead with its planned inspection of President Jacob Zuma’s private homestead tomorrow.

The DA has planned to go to Nkandla on an oversight visit to look at the infrastructure that has been constructed there.

The local ANC said it viewed the planned inspection as an “an attack” on Zuma’s home and that its members would protect it with their lives.

Thulani Mashaba, chairperson of the Musa Dladla Region in North Coast said ANC members would hold a night vigil tonight at the President’s home to protect it and would remain there to receive the DA.

“We consider what the DA is doing as an attack on the president’s home and will be dealt with as such,” he said. “If you attack a man at his home you should expect that man to retaliate with anything and everything he has,” Mashaba said.

He warned that should violent clashes break out, the DA leader Helen Zille would have no one to blame but herself.

“If the DA is really interested in what is happening with the president’s home, they should go to parliament and ask there, and they should also wait for the report from the Public Protector whom they have complained to.”

Mashaba said those who sow the wind by escorting the DA on this visit, would reap the whirlwind.

In a statement, KwaZulu-Natal ANC secretary Sihle Zikalala said inspecting the home of a sitting president was unheard off.

“We don’t want to see the repeat of what happened at Cosatu House, so we appeal to the DA to consider abandoning their plan.

“The ANC believes that the visit to the president’s home will be a serious direct attack on the president and his family. It goes without saying that people who reside at President Zuma’s home have a right to protect themselves from anyone who invades their home.”

Cosatu said the visit was a desperate act by the DA to “roll back the years”. It warned the media invited by the DA not to be bribed with food and transport.

In reaction, Mmusi Maimane, national spokesperson of the DA, said the DA will be sending a small delegation of DA leaders, consisting of DA Leader Helen Zille, national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane, DA KZN leader Sizwe Mchunu, DA Limpopo leader Jacques Smalle and DA KZN chairperson, Haniff Hoosen.

“We have no intention of entering the president’s property; and we have no intention of protesting or engaging in any kind of provocative action.

“We will respect the privacy of the president and his family. But the ANC must respect the democratic right and duty of an opposition party to conduct oversight and hold powerful politicians accountable.”

Gavin Davis, a senior DA parliamentary staffer tweeted, “The ANC in KZN have warned that the DA’s visit to Nkandla on Sunday will be met with violence. Nice people”.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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