DA asking too many questions - Nkandla officials

2015-07-22 13:33
ANC members at Nkandla. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

ANC members at Nkandla. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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2015-07-22 12:29

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Nkandla - An in loco inspection of 21 SA National Defence Force houses at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home on Wednesday degenerated into an argument between a visiting delegation and the opposition Democratic Alliance.

The tour was supposed to be for the media, said officials from the presidency and the police ministry, complaining that DA officials kept interrupting them with questions.

"We are not here for the DA," said lead inspector Zwile Zulu, from the Police Ministry, threatening to halt the inspection of the barracks.

The media was taken on a tour of the 21 SANDF houses, which were said to have cost R135.2m to build.

Journalists were taken along on this inspection on the perimeter of the compound after the SA National Editors' Forum expressed shock that the media would not be allowed to accompany the parliamentary ad hoc committee onto the Nkandla premises.

The committee members had already been allowed in, leaving the media and the opposition party outside the gates in the pouring rain.

"We know the president is unduly benefiting from the huge expense of public money and that's why they don't want to say anything," DA chief whip John Steenhuisen told reporters.

"They are too scared to say anything because the whole apparatus of government has now simply become a need to defend president Zuma at all costs... that is the real tragedy of what has happened in South Africa."

People, dressed in yellow ANC T-shirts with Zuma's face on them, sang songs praising the president and anti-DA songs.

"Lala kahle Maimane, itotolozi iyavela [sit properly Maimane we can see your private parts]," they sang.

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