Johannesburg - The DA on Wednesday condemned Higher
Education Minister Blade Nzimande
's comments that articles about Nkandla are
"white people's lies", saying it was a poor attempt to cover up the
"This not only undermines a chapter nine institution
- which is unconstitutional - but it also is a smack in the face of
accountability and good governance," DA spokesperson Wilmot James said in
"This latest attack is part of a multi-pronged
strategy by President [Jacob] Zuma’s inner circle to do everything possible to
prevent him from facing the music for the Nkandla scandal."
According to the SABC, Nzimande said the reports were
"lies perpetuated by white people".
Nzimande, speaking at the University of Zululand,
reportedly praised Zuma and said it was appropriate to honour him for his
contribution to peace in KwaZulu-Natal and education in the country.
In her report, titled "Secure in Comfort",
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family improperly
benefited from the R246m security upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead in
These included a swimming pool, a cattle kraal, and an
Madonsela also found that Zuma breached the Executive
Members' Ethics Act. She recommended that a percentage of the money be repaid.
James said Nzimande needed to spend more time talking
about what needed to be done to provide better higher education if he wanted to
contribute to the public discourse in the country.
"Of course this will not happen because the ANC
under President Jacob Zuma puts Jacob Zuma first and the people second,"
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