Nkandla money ‘could have been used to uplift society’

2015-06-03 11:21
Nkandla. Picture: City Press

Nkandla. Picture: City Press

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THE millions spent sprucing up President Jacob Zuma’s home in Nkandla could have been used to safely transport children to school, build schools or provide medicine to patients, says the NFP.

The party has criticised the findings by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko that ­Zuma is not liable for any amount spent on the upgrade.

Nhleko released his findings last week.

An amount of R240 million was spent on the president’s home.

A cattle culvert, an amphitheatre and a swimming pool are some of the items added to the president’s home at the taxpayers’ expense, to the ire of opposition parties.

Nhleko announced in Parliament that taxpayers may have to pay more because there were security features left incomplete.

In a statement, NFP leader Maliyakhe Shelembe said the R240 million could have been used to alleviate many societal challenges.

He said there are pupils being taken to schools in unsafe transport modes and the money could have been used to solve that. “We don’t have a proper pupil transport policy or plans in KZN. R240 million could have made a difference,” said Shelembe.

“We still have children at Colenso Morning Start Primary school and Landulwazi Primary School in the rural region of Msinga being educated under trees. The R240 million could have made a difference in their lives if classrooms were built.

“We have hospitals and clinics running out of basic medicines. The R240 million could have made a difference in the lives of people in pain if medicine was bought rather than spend on luxurious features at the president’s private home,” he said.

Shelembe said the money could have been spent on South Africans if they were a priority for the ruling party.

“The sad truth is that the ANC serves the first citizen first,” he said

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