Send an SMS to pay for Nkandla

2014-11-13 00:00

THE group of businessmen who want you to help President Jacob Zuma pay back the money spent on Nkandla, the Public Members Unit Team (PMUT), yesterday announced their fund-raising platforms in Johannesburg.

Spokesperson for the group Sylvester Mathebula said people can start donating money by sending an SMS with the word “AMANDLA” that will cost either R5 or R30.

They also plan to hold golf days and other fund-raising projects.

Mathebula said South Africans must respect the presidency and Zuma, regardless of the sentiments of citizens, the courts and other political parties.

He said South African could not move forward from the Nkandla debacle and it is damaging the reputation of both the president and normal South Africans, which is why it is the responsibility of companies and citizens to contribute to the PMUT fund so that everyone could help settle Zuma’s debt together.

Mathebula said several members of the PMUT had already contributed to the fund, but did not want to identify their names or the amounts.

He said the PMUT does not yet know exactly how much money they will need to collect should Zuma decide to pay back part of the R246 million of tax payers money spent to upgrade his private estate at Nkandla, but a trust fund was in place to receive money.

A Johannesburg legal firm, Symes Attorneys, will monitor the fund raising.

The Witness had earlier reported that PMUT has 30 members and its chair, Vumelani Mchunu, runs a business called Dr VumVum Media, which is involved with music and video production. Another spokesperson, Simphiwe Ngema, is a vernacular rapper. PMUT is officially based in a newly-built block of flats based at 250 Avoca Hills Drive near KwaMashu.

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