Nkandla 'just a house' - Zuma

2015-05-27 16:24
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Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday dismissed continuing controversy about his private Nkandla homestead, saying it was “just a house”, and criticised the opposition for turning Parliament into a kindergarten.

“You can’t sit and finish a year discussing the house of one man. Just a house,” he said, raising his index finger, during his reply to the debate on the presidency’s budget vote speech.

“Nor can you take allegations and make them judgements. It’s never done. Democracy takes time, you know,” he said, referring to the R246m spent on security upgrades to his private homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, and the investigations into the matter.

He criticised recent behaviour by MPs in the House, including the ruckus that ensued when Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Mzwandile Masina mouthed the words “I will fuck you up” to a DA MP on Tuesday.

“We did not fight for our freedom to behave like this. We need to be responsible. You can’t just take Parliament as if it is a kindergarten. It’s a serious matter. We are dealing with a country."

He said the opposition was responsible for a “poverty of politics” in the House, not giving him anything substantial to respond to.

“What do you respond to ‘a broken president, a broken country’?” he said, referring to a recent speech by DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane.

“That’s the problem. The poverty of politics. If you listen to our good friends the opposition, hey hey, I’m telling you, you can think they live in another world.”

He mocked the opposition’s concern over Nkandla, growing animated and pulling a face.

“Some people who could not pronounce Nkandla, they’ve now learned. Nkandla, Nkandla,” he exclaimed, imitating a fake English accent, throwing up his hands, and laughing, before adding: “Even if you tell them the Nkandla report is being processed”. 

Speaker Baleka Mbete said after his speech that Masina's use of the expletive was still being investigated and a ruling would be made soon.

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