Zuma a burden — KZN opposition

2014-03-20 00:00

OPPOSITION parties in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday said the report of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela showed how President Jacob Zuma was a burden and allowed corruption to take place right under his nose.

The parties were responding to the release of the report that found that Zuma materially benefited from the security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.

The DA’s Sizwe Mchunu said the report proved a point — that the biggest human financial burden in the country has been Zuma.

“South Africa is at the receiving end of Zuma’s ludicrous expenditure of taxpayers money … The upcoming elections will be a determining factor to endorse Zuma or restore the government of Nelson Mandela, free of corruption in South Africa,” Mchunu said.

The IFP’s Blessed Gwala said his party had always been saying that corruption in the country was right under the nose of the president.

“We have been vindicated. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a number of projects that have not been put before the Public Protector, which would reveal that top officials of the government and leaders are directly involved in corruption,” Gwala said.

Gwala also said Madonsela’s report showed that the ANC was unfit to govern. He said the IFP, like any political party, would use Madonsela’s report in its elections campaign.

The ANC in KZN could not be reached for comment as its leaders were locked in a meeting late yesterday afternoon.

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