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Come clean on Nkandla, Zuma urged

2012-10-17 20:03

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma should answer all the questions surrounding the costs of his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, the DA said on Wednesday.

"President Zuma must come clean with South Africa and answer questions on the amounts being spent on the revamp of his home, including his own contribution," Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said in a statement.

"Nkandlagate risks seriously undermining the integrity of the office of the President... The time has come for President Zuma to realise that keeping quiet will not make this scandal go away."

Mazibuko said she submitted a parliamentary question to Zuma asking him to declare how much of the total expenditure he would be paying.

She had also submitted questions to the defence, military and police ministries to find out when Nkandla was declared a National Key Point.

"Unless they reveal this information, the suspicions will remain that they may be improperly using the National Key Point Act to hide damaging information.

"He must answer questions on Nkandlagate and protect the integrity of the office he holds," Mazibuko said.

City Press reported that R203m of taxpayers' money would be spent on the upgrade, with Zuma paying only five percent of the bill - around R10m.

On 5 October, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said that Zuma's Nkandla home was not unique and was part of the work undertaken at various security sites.

"When President Zuma was elected president, it was a requirement understood by all that the security would have to be beefed up at places of high security risk," Nxesi said at the time.

He said the same upgrades were done in Houghton and Qunu, where former president Nelson Mandela's homes were situated, at the Union Buildings, at the president's office at Tuynhuis, Parliament, and at King's House, in Durban.

Comments
  • SharonE - 2012-10-17 20:12

    South Africans are united on 2 points: Etolls and Nkandla. Even people who have found all sorts of excuses for the ANC greed and corruption are now sitting up and paying attention. They are all wondering how this amount of money can be spent on one person when it could be used to help so many. Finally they are beginning to ask the right questions, questions Jacob and co can not, or will not answer.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-10-17 20:27

      That one person is moving into a position where we won't be able to remove him.......another Mugabe in the making. Good thing he and his party won't be around when Jesus comes.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-17 20:31

      Responding to this call to come clean, Zipper took a shower...

      wize.man.31 - 2012-10-17 20:49

      I agree SharonE, but please don't forget that we also unite on the death penalty and out of control corruption and crime. Unfortunately it's not as important as name changing, BEE, commissions, probes, ANC celebrations, more commissions to investigate commissions, SAA growth, Escom growth etc.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-17 20:57

      This is the same man asking private company execs and owners to freeze their salaries and forgo their bonuses. What an example our President sets!

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-10-17 21:43

      What do you think this shower-head will say. Nothing! Because he is the most corrupted president this continent and RSA has ever seen. They cANCer are only thief's!!!

      richard.t.holman - 2012-10-20 02:16

      You are so right! and that can be seen by browsing through the comments... it takes a real long time before someone disagrees with this article and even then they are trolling. Black or White, India or Colourd all feel the same.

  • michael.deyzel.1 - 2012-10-17 20:15

    Zuma must be Impeached!

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-10-17 20:23

      It's coming as soon as somebody within the anc grows balls.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-17 21:46

      @Margie..I am not sure about Zuma being popular,it he was why the heavy security bullet-proof windows. The security for Madiba and Thabo together did not exceed R100m.

  • bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-17 20:15

    Time will tell.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-10-18 05:55

      We don't have time. South Africa is on a slippery river bank slope heading for the jaws of the crocodiles of corruption (in the true senses), depravity, poverty, in short HELL. The sooner we get this garbage out of power the sooner we can improve our lives. The whole of the ANC should be housed in Ponte building and then a huge razor wire fence put around it. Then we can put a few explosives around the basement pillars to implode it.

  • Johnny - 2012-10-17 20:19

    he just has not stopped his old habits has he ? he should be charged again for corruption together with Minister of Public Works as well as Maharaj. Do they think South Africans are stupid if being told these stupid answers. Hope Zuma does not make it this time again as President.

      marion.wannenberg - 2012-10-21 23:21

      All im gonna say is when this leach finally gets his just deserves I want my money back!

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-17 20:20

    ZUMA must come clean with south africa and unswer the questions mh idoubt thats going to happen soon since hes not good at all you can only ask him how to corrupt"how to deny:how to lie and also how to marry continuasly,

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-17 20:20

    OY VEY!!! you have to be joking, he will ignore all questions, it is his 'right' after all to upgrade his little cottage, to house all his illegitmate children and concubines..... I want to puke when I see his face, his bald shiney head ( a new saffa fashion?)....and I know, if he did speak he would spew lies. We live ins such a magnificent country, please lets try to save it.....

  • sipho.gwabe - 2012-10-17 20:21

    this will be fun

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-17 20:21

    The fact is that everybody knows this is abuse of power that allows them to get away with fraud and corruption. The fact is that they know and we know that they will get away with it because the supporters of the ANC do not hold there leaders accountable. Maybe the opposition parties should take the Goverment to court on this but not only to show that this is procedurally wrong but also criminally, these corrupt leaders should be afraid to go to jail for there acts, but currently they feel invincible.

  • lisbeth.ramokgola.7 - 2012-10-17 20:22

    dat is de full truth,jacob zuma deserve tel de whole,even personal

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-10-17 20:22

    I smell fear from the zuma camp.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-17 20:23

    Keep on the pressure Madam, let the masses be aware that these thieves are plundering the fiscus.Hopefully they will realise that we need a strong opposition to curb this thieving.

  • Jacques - 2012-10-17 20:26

    Zuma must come clean... *turns shower knob

  • wize.man.31 - 2012-10-17 20:34

    Pi$$ing against the wind again. "I am the president and I will do what I like". Ask no questions and hear no lies. He got away with much worse and still he is a "hero" for most. That is the sad part.

  • daniel.f.vanwijk - 2012-10-17 20:36

    And to top it all, this fool has the gall to ask all persons in management positions to refrain from taking an increase in the next twelve months. Where does he come from this incompetent excuse for a president ?

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-17 20:37

    I can't believe that South Africa has become so insecure. No wonder we have to sleep behind security gates, electric fences and alarm systems. My other wonder is that I am wondering when will the ANC government do something to make it safer for the general public, or do we only count at election time?

      bafana.matukana - 2012-10-17 21:09

      They only think about their security 200m worth. But untill we teach those who voted him in power and show them the way we are doomed

  • Paul Smit - 2012-10-17 20:41

    was told that the guy is building a house under the house,complete with bunkers and bomb shelter......what does he know that we don't

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-10-20 08:55

      World war 3 will starts in Africa's over raw materials.

  • marc.schnehage - 2012-10-17 20:45

    But it is not HIS private home!! He does not own the land, it is owned by the Ingonyama Trust. In SA law the owner of the land is also owner of everything built on the land! (Except in a shareblock-scheme). Therefore, Zuma does not privately own any of the land or buildings at Inkandla! The only party benefitting from this transaction is the Trust. The taxpayers money is used to enrich a third party! This is so full of fraud it's just not funny! Are we, the taxpayers, just going to take this lying down?

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-17 21:13

      Absolutely not! We will take it like we take everything else. Bent over, holding out ankles.

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-17 20:46

    Just like marikane masacre, the Nkandla 's Costs will not fade away. Please Mr. President lets talk about these issues and move forward.The problem does not fade by keeping quiet, I said so.

  • khaedu - 2012-10-17 20:47

    I wish I could have at least one of those millions and build my mom a house

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-17 20:51

    Seems to be Zuma is scared so when the S##t hits the fan he is going to run and hide in his compound....something just does not add up is he planning to house exiled African leaders there cause we are known to house exiled Presidents and army chiefs from other African countries!!! Just wondering I suppose my imagination is running away with me but he has a hidden agenda!!!

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-17 20:55

    NXESI said the requirement was understood by all that the security would have to be beefed up at places of high security risk im not sure about that anyway if it is that so what about my dangerous township.OR you only visit us only during election time thanku ONCE BEATEN TWICE SHY

  • clive.brink - 2012-10-17 21:02

    Why this grand scale upgrade and security for a President that is supposed to be the most popular and loved in South Africa. Exactly who must he be protected from? If according to the Parliamentay Handbook he is entitled to a R100 000 security improvement/upgrade, even the dumbest fool on earth can realise that he has not earned the R204mil during his term of office to have paid for it himself, unless its funds originating from somewhere else again.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-17 21:16

      CLIVE exactley thas my question who he must be protected from?

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 21:48

      His sharamuta's have to be protected! It's the thousands of family members that he cant even remember! You are and embarrassment spear/shower head!

  • bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-17 21:04

    I wonder if Nxesi knows what the public think in all this. you want a hint Mr Nxesi this is opulence at our expense you bari! and the ANC is not ASHAMED that they are ruining this country in every chance they get.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-10-17 21:08

    'clean' has he heard of the word

      stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-10-17 21:10

      Only in the shower...

  • Ryan - 2012-10-17 21:15

    Zuma should be impeached for this. A constitutional law expert said his actions are totally illegal on radio last week.

  • Michael - 2012-10-17 21:17

    News24; please find better photo of Lindiwe, this photo is not the best. But comming to the issue on the table, Mazibuko must ask department of public works, they are the ones spending money to develop security features there.

      sam.ntshangase - 2012-10-17 21:29

      Lol, Lindiwe Maffatie

  • sam.ntshangase - 2012-10-17 21:27

    PFMA should be amended for public funds expenditure more than R10m be tabled in the Parl for discusion to avoid such cheap politicking

  • Aslam Farouk - 2012-10-17 21:36

    millions of south africans are starving and without proper housing.How can Zuma justify spending so much of taxpayers money for his own bebefit.This is just selfish.

  • Jack Sithole - 2012-10-17 21:39

    Zuma = thief

  • John - 2012-10-17 21:39

    ARE you nuts? Why should anyone with 100 fraud and corruption charges come clean? The more crimes you commit and get away with the further more you will commit!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-17 21:42

    Just a question out of curiosity: why should he need a bunker? Expecting something?

  • charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-10-17 21:42

    What do you think this shower-head will say. Nothing! Because he is the most corrupted president this continent and RSA has ever seen. They cANCer are only thief's!!!

  • nico.prinsloo.92 - 2012-10-17 21:44

    R203m on security? Look at the before and after foto's, that money was spent rebuilding the place to couple times the original size. The original fence remained. The money was used to build him a palace!! The security part is just the excuse used to motivate the expenditure.......

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-10-17 21:45

    have you noticed something...for the secretive DA to at least occupy media space they have to say something about this president or the ANC..a clever move to remind their tentative followers that they are still there...this party still operates in the 20st century, their motto..look after the interest of 1% rich and the hell with 99% working poor and the poor...privatise..privatize have no say as government the crooked markets will deliver to us...thank you that's DA for you!!!!

      richard.bryant.395 - 2012-10-17 21:49

      Bongani - I feel so sorry for you, defending and believing what is simply theft. When are you people going to wake up? Ever?

      charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-10-17 21:51

      And according to you the anc is looking after the 99 perc of us? If the anc didn't have a scandel a day then the DA wouldt have the amo to say anything and by the way that 1perc rich people were do you think your top leaders are that's their place in the 1 perc rich

      mxeki.maduvula - 2012-10-17 22:37

      Let the people vote 4 zuma, maybe the ANC can lose the elections and give DA a chance, perhaps the can put the people first. Anc under zuma is nothing but a joke. I now see why more blacks joined DA. Putting your hope on Anc is just a waste of time, especially under zuma

      clive.brink - 2012-10-18 04:09

      Dear Bongani, if the DA didnt expose and push issues like this grand scale larcenary, theft, corruption and abuse, who else would. Thats the duty of the opposition. In the greater scheme of things if our nation was happy, fed, housed, had jobs, school books (education), working state hospitals (medical), were safe from crime, it may be less of an issue. But these ogres just keep on raping the state coffers and exploiting us like there's no tomorrow. Perhaps you too should start looking to support the DA, its the only chance for a better life for South Africa.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-18 10:16

      @ mxeki.maduvula - No ways in this lifetime will the DA ever put black people first,they are the for the interesets of the Whites I fear Helen Zille in the same manner I fear Malema, that is the reason why the ANC keeps behaving in this manner they know we dont have much of a choice,we need a strong black leader someone who has the same values as Thuli Madonsela to start a party that will give the NAC a run for it's money,that is what the poor of this ountry need,not to revert back to white supremacy rule.

      marion.wannenberg - 2012-10-21 23:28

      Thats because you dont have the will to even remember that you being skr*wed by your Gov. Yep, day in and day out the DA has to remind lazy louts like you that the pigs are back at the trough.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-17 21:46

    One more question: how his excellency is going to sleep at night in his newly built palace while old-aged people and orphans do not have a roof over their head and at least one decent meal a day, because they are not a priority anymore?

      marion.wannenberg - 2012-10-21 23:32

      Diana, stay with the program girl... The elderly and orphans were never a priority and he sleeps like a baby, thank you very much!

  • ssheshani - 2012-10-17 21:49

    Be for Zuma come clean about iNkandla, let white people come clean about how did they obtain our land and it minerals, DA must tell those white people to tell South Africans as how the country with blacks as majority being controlled by minority who oppressed the majority during apartheid

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-17 21:59

      troll allert

      aldo.dunn1 - 2012-10-17 22:15

      @Ssheshani so you are of San descent then for it to be "YOUR" land & "YOUR" minerals. Stop showing your ignorance & stupidity. It's people like you who made such a mess of this country by voting for the cANCer. DA has as many black supporter as white. Apartheid ended 18 Years ago were you even born then?? Get over it already & open your eyes to what the cANCer is destroying

      JohnnoBfree - 2012-10-17 22:15

      Yawn! You are so frigging boring! We beat you at war numb nuts. Get over it, move on, get a life.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-17 22:30

      Is this babbling for real? Somehow guys like you were sitting on massive gold resources for thousands of years and never had a brain to dig a bit deeper to reach for them. As for the majority being controlled by minority it makes more sense to put it this way: black minority is controlling and oppressing the black majority.

  • ceba.mlandu - 2012-10-17 22:36

    If I had the resources I'd let them finish all these \security upgrades\ then assassinate him in Nkanda, Nkandla, whatever just so I can say \what now bitch?\

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 06:08

    Let the DA use this woman for window dressing, but please use someone dynamic to make press statements

      marion.wannenberg - 2012-10-21 23:37

      Eish John, you have just stooped to ANC level. For your information Lindiwe will run rings around zuma and any other macho twat like yourself. Show some respect!

  • Bontle Mpho Motoma - 2012-10-18 09:49

    @ clive, aldo nd richard yoh thanks for sayin that. it takes a person wth a braai to think,sum dnt hav it.im still shockd hw many people say Zuma my president while nothing has changed in their lives,they dnt knw the meaning of governance. @ bongani yoh dnt have waords for u,stupid fooool!

  • KevvyW - 2012-10-20 06:31

    Sitting outside of my beloved country, reading this makes me want to vomit, and vomit on the presidency. I love the open letter a school principle wrote to Jacob Zuma, to me he's just becoming a leader of a party and not a president. I look in amazement at this amount...R203m or $25.5m. How many low cost houses could have been, how many schools could have been.....I am ashamed to be a South African, where UBUNTU has been thrown out the back door and U-Me has replaced it. Jacob Zuma, you should be ashamed. I also wrote you an open letter a few years ago and is still waiting for a reply on " The Abuse of woman and children". That is if you ever opened your email or read the news....People, please wake Up....

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