Petition to impeach Zuma over Nkandla

2013-11-29 14:55
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Cape Town - A petition has been started to impeach President Jacob Zuma over his involvement in the Nkandla scandal.

The petition was put up on website Change.org. It was created by the Committee for the Impeachment of the President.

“The leaked public protector report on Nkandla proves that president Zuma lied to Parliament and personally benefitted from over R200m of public money [without proper tender].

“Further, he personally intervened, unlawfully, by appointing his own architect over those already employed by the department of public works.”

The committee called for the “immediate impeachment” of Zuma and urged that he be prosecuted.

Zuma must be called to account - Madonsela

Social activist Zackie Achmat wrote on the website that he supported the petition and said he would help organise a demonstration on 13 February 2014.

The saga surrounding Zuma’s homestead hit the headlines again on Friday after the Mail & Guardian published parts of Thuli Madonsela’s provisional report into the upgrades.

Government has stated the upgrades were essential for Zuma's security, but Madonsela found a swimming pool, visitors' centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, marquee area, extensive paving, and new houses for relatives included in the upgrade at "enormous cost" to the taxpayer.

Madonsela's report recommended the president be called to account by Parliament for violating the executive ethics code on two counts.

These were for failing to protect state resources, and misleading Parliament for suggesting he and his family had paid for all non-security-related features.

One of the key allegations listed in the report stated that costs escalated from an initial R27m to R215m, with a further R31m in works outstanding. 

Twitter reaction

Twitter users on Friday expressed their dismay at the Mail & Guardian report while others made sarcastic comments about the Zuma homestead.

"How can we be expected to believe anything the President says? He must be called to task #Nkandla #nkandlagate," one Twitter user wrote.

"If the #ANC want my vote next year then hold #Zuma accountable now and prove you the party of old. #Nkandla#2014elections #nothappening," said another.

A Telkom parody profile tweeted: "Hm, just learnt that you can also pay your etolls by depositing money into this account: JZ NKANDLA TRUST, STD BANK, Acc No. #000001."

Another said: "Everyone should go to #Nkandla on 27 April - 1 May and have a commemorative jol there. Amandla awethu."

"Where do we get the number for Zuma's anti-corrpution hotline? Need to report him #Nkandla #nkandlagate," said another.  - News24 and Sapa

- News24
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