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Zuma's upgrade needed - Maharaj

2012-10-02 11:28

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead needs to be upgraded to house both his staff and those of visiting guests, his spokesperson Mac Maharaj has said.

"What do you do when President Obama or an African head of state visits him? You can't send them to a hotel," he was quoted as saying on the UK's The Telegraph online on Tuesday.

"Where do Prime Minister Cameron's security staff stay when he goes to his private house? President Zuma's medical and security staff are inside that complex, but you can't put them in the same house as his family."

The president should, on principle, not be expected to pay for security staff accommodation and guests out of his own pocket.

City Press reported that R203m of taxpayers' money would be spent on the upgrade, with Zuma paying only 5% of the bill - about R10m.

The Democratic Alliance called on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe the allegations, and for Zuma to cancel the upgrade.

Political commentator Karima Brown said the unconfirmed reports were another example of how the media were targeting Zuma.

"Jacob Zuma has never been an easy fit for South Africa's chattering classes," she said.

"His existence challenges the notion of what it means to be black and middle-class in South Africa, and they will take any opportunity to attack him."

Comments
  • IcemanGP - 2012-10-02 11:32

    But it's his private house you tot. Jus give me ONE MILLION and I'll shut up.

      derek.gunter.946 - 2012-10-02 11:37

      That's right... When any of those a**holes come visit they are welcome to stay at any of our hundreds of official guest houses. Come on Mac... You're not even trying! Oh and what does the recent audit have to say about wasteful spending in public works? I kinda skimmed that one on account it was no surprise.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-02 11:40

      We need a Zuma upgrade...

      julian.booyens - 2012-10-02 11:41

      he using our tax money to upgrade for his retirement next year

      jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-10-02 11:48

      That's what I have been saying all along. I need another Wife too.

      Larry - 2012-10-02 11:48

      Kings house in Durban is a sprawling mansion. This is where Obama and Cameron would be staying, not in some Zululand backwater. Obama and Cameron would not even waste their time coming to see our pathetic prez. They have not been here yet in the past 18 years. So when our dear prez is skopped out of the presidency, sooner or after his next innings, he will have a 203 million homestead to retire in.

      Armand - 2012-10-02 11:50

      Zuma isn't even assured of another term. Why do it now if he isn't in the job in a couple of months time???

      anikenvader - 2012-10-02 11:50

      hang on mac - are we saying that we need an "upgrade" for EACH PRESIDENT from now on? or are you saying that zuma will ALWAYS BE THE PRESIDENT???? Which one is it? Because I would say that if we are talking about hosting international personalities, then we ought to do it at a place where we can do it once and never again. If you put it in american context, it's as if every president builds his own white house. EPIC FAIL AT OUR EXPENSE - AGAIN!

      lsfreak - 2012-10-02 11:57

      And what if he's kick-out of office December... Remember TeBo anyone. Here 2day gone 2moro. That ol wheel turns Zipper, it turns :D

      sylvia.shaw.7 - 2012-10-02 11:58

      Well, exactly! He just wants to make sure he can live there in luxury once he loses his present job. Fleece the taxpayers whilst he has the opportunity.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-02 11:59

      Just get rid of a few dozen wives,kids and family members,problem solved!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-02 12:00

      I wonder how many rooms his "inlaws: " take when they visit?

      Eterni80 - 2012-10-02 12:03

      does Zuma sleep in the oval office when he goes to America ? I wouldn't have a problem with this if it WAS FOR FUTURE PRESIDENTS as well, not just the current moron who is warming that chair.

      davy.crockett.5209 - 2012-10-02 12:20

      President Zuma is our State President and should be living in accomodation befitting of his status - hence the upgrade is fully justified.

      JaredVN - 2012-10-02 12:20

      What a pathetic argument - if you visit Obama, you go to the White House, NOT Obama's house in Chicago. But then, what else but lies does one expect from the criminal Maharaj, who received money from Shaik, and was fired from RMB? It is astonishing that ANC voters, especially the poor, can continue to vote for these criminals and thieves, which leads one to think that they deserve to live in their shacks.

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-10-02 12:26

      He can put them the same place Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki used to put their guests

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-02 13:00

      Davy Crocket, I totally agree with you, he should be living somewhere befitting his status, Pollsmoor comes to mind.

      angela.fields.3910 - 2012-10-02 14:01

      I agree, the president should use his personal finances to upgrade his homestead. This is why the US Government and similar governments have permanent accommodation for presidents and visiting dignitary i.e. the White House to accommodate their current and future presidents. Obama has to move out when his term is up. How will Zuma's upgraded homestead benefit the taxpayer in the future when his term terminates? It won't! It will only benefit Zuma and Zuma alone.

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-10-02 14:20

      Mac, how much is your incentive bonus??

      ed.gutsche - 2012-10-02 14:48

      when last did ANY head of state, other than that idiot Zulu King Zweli 'Smallpenis', stay at Nkandla??? that is what all of the other OFFICIAL state accomodation is for. PUT THIS PRESIDENT OUT OF HIS MISERY NOW...

      John - 2012-10-02 15:41

      Other question is, how did he survive all this time without those upgrades? He's coming toward end of his term, surely he can live without this expenditure!!!! Suddenly, his house - private house - needs an urgent upgrade. What an a-hole!! Another thing- Karima Brown can kiss my hairy little .. .. !!!! If zoomer didn't give us material to be a "chattering class" ( read with me giving her the finger ), there wouldn't be any comments. The points raised about him are all valid. No one is complaining about the clothes he wears, we're complaining about lavish lifestyle we're funding as tax payers. Money being thrown away to useless tribal chiefs that run in the millions while people die of hunger, pupils don't have books, miners are striking due to ill-working conditions, cadre-deployment ...lets not bring in frivolous law-suits by the government to sue a painter where it is a personal claim. The list goes on - and ms Karima Brown thinks its just a past time to 'attack' poor little Zuma. Seriously?

      willem.vanrensburg.562 - 2012-10-02 16:13

      He's not middle class...he dident even go to school...

      Robin - 2012-10-02 16:29

      Went to the Tshwane district hospital today to visit a friend. What a disgrace, the hospital can rather do with an upgrade...and zoomer claims he can't sllep at night thinking of all the poor people. Ye right, just keep pissing it away..

      alf.pop - 2012-10-02 17:30

      According to the headline, Zuma needs the upgrade, not the house! And to upgrade Zipper will be a mammoth task! As for honest Mac, does he defend the upgrade in the hope something will come his way?

      bobbi.jantjies - 2012-10-02 18:26

      Just look at that face.... s'gud s'nays ... eish...

      Vince.York - 2012-10-02 19:47

      http://constitutionallyspeaking.co.za/nkandla-upgrade-the-looting-of-public-funds-for-private-enrichment/

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-02 20:03

      Its his private residence and it does not need renovation at the states expense. In Britain or the US the head of state entertains at his/her official residence. The guests stay at their embassy or at a hotel. Mac Maharaj as usual is lying, in the vain hope that the pubilc are too stupid to know. Maharaj is a lying fraudster.

      KennySven - 2012-10-02 20:08

      Obama,Cameron and all the proper heads of state etc.Laugh at clown ZOOOMER,Eeee Shaik that one that's another story and my niece she did told me she had full blown AIDS so I washed it later with sunlight so to be sure I will be OK, at least to Xmas.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-03 09:06

      What impression will it leave for visiting presidents if Zuma is leaving in one of the most beautiful palaces in the world whilst ordinary citizens are leaving in poor condition? This will leave a negative impression on how the president priorities. A problem most leaders are having with Africa.

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-10-03 11:11

      All of us bitching and moaning on an internet forum will make no difference or change. That's the problem with all of us. We moan and moan... online! bwhahaha. The people that vote ANC do not have internet or news and cannot read or write so they never hear of any of this! We as a people need to step out and stop this crap. and not online, but in real life! Like what they did in Egypt recently!

      boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-10-03 13:25

      Travesty - theft of south african taxpayers cash it is !

      michelle.fick.3 - 2012-10-03 16:43

      There are roughly 50 million people in SA. So, if he gave each South African R1 million, he would still have about R150 million to upgrade his mansion. Share please!

      jeremy002 - 2012-10-03 17:11

      @davy crockett, an upgrade is one thing, a R203m upgrade is quite another. Anyway, no foreign head of state is going to visit Nkandla in a hurry, trust me.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-04 12:37

      Maharaj you fool, Mahlamba Ndlopfu is the Official Residence for the President of the Republic of South Africa in Pretoria. you can upgrade those premises with taxpayer money as much as you want. you are all a bunch of thieves defending thieves. so when Zuma is no longer president of SA he will have a private home (Nkandla) he owns that was bought with over 200 million in taxpayer money. you f*cking idiot

  • peter.j.rensburg - 2012-10-02 11:34

    They can visit him in Pretoria, Durban or Cape Town.

      John - 2012-10-02 15:31

      Other question is, how did he survive all this time without those upgrades? He's coming toward end of his term, surely he can live without this expenditure!!!! Suddenly, his house - private house - needs an urgent upgrade. What an a-hole!!

      sedick.gydien - 2012-10-02 16:09

      I have said before.....every time Mac opens his mouth, excrement come out, and he stinks up the place......

      sisa.mtwana - 2012-10-02 17:52

      I can't believe it's you Mr Maharaj defending all this rubbish . I thought you where a freedom fighter, A revolutionary, a visionary, honest and a man of integrity. Leave this scumbag or history is not going to judge you well. He is using you for your stature in the liberation movement. This isn't what we fought for .This is a cesspool of corruption of all the Presidents we had since 1994.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-02 20:05

      Kevin, Mugabe is just waiting for an invite, but Zuma is related by marriage to Welshman Ncube who is one of Mugabe's opponents so Mugabe will just have to keep waiting.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-03 17:53

      South Africa needs a Presidential upgrade ..

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-02 11:35

    Excuse me??? We have state owned residences for this? Since when does he provide his own? And if its already an existing "compound" pray tell how did JZ pay for it? Do these people think we are cretins? O wait they do hey...we voted them in to embezzle our tax money....my bad.

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-02 11:42

      I actually cant believe that these twots get away with this!! They dont even just think they will they know they will. This is totally out of hand. When do they get time to do their real jobs? Seem to spend a lot of time thieving!!

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-10-02 11:35

    Eish, the Emperors new house !

      marc.klynhans - 2012-10-02 14:22

      I wonder if that would work? Convince him (and his guests) that they're unfit for their positions, stupid and incompetent if they can't see it, and spend none of our money on it. When they claim there's nothing there, fire them!

  • tonyzr2tx - 2012-10-02 11:36

    It is his private residence. He has an official residence to entertain visiting guests. Will he give it back to the state when the ANC kick him out??

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-10-02 11:36

    I would rather stay in a hotel where you get service rather than getting servised

  • TaaiD13 - 2012-10-02 11:37

    I wonder how much he got paid to say that !

      sylvia.shaw.7 - 2012-10-02 12:00

      Maharaj will say anything to stay in his job. Would you buy a used car from this man?

      genet.joobs - 2012-10-02 12:17

      He needs to get that brown stain (from brownnosing) off his nose.

      rontheogre - 2012-10-02 12:18

      In my opinion Mac is a political prostitute and will do and say anything, including walking around with a brown ring around his neck, to stay near any great source of power and money, in this case Zuma.

      andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-02 13:25

      Does Mac Maharaj think every South African is as stupid as he is? The utter tripe from his mouth is unbelieveable. To spend +R200m on Zumas private residence is crimminal when so many poor people in KZN live in mud shacks. As so many others have stated here we have official state houses where visitors may reside. If and a big if should Obama visit he would reside at the US Embassy compound,for security reasons.This would more likely also apply to other European presidents to stay in their Embassy compounds. So Mac go tell these stories to your idiot listeners.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-02 20:07

      Maharaj has to support Zuma because he needs protection against prosecution for fraud relating to the Arms Deal, as well as prosecution for perjuring himself.

  • peter.j.rensburg - 2012-10-02 11:38

    Like how many times has Obama or been to see him. Then let that become the states property.

  • peter.j.rensburg - 2012-10-02 11:38

    Or Cameron

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-02 11:39

    so by this logic, when he is no longer in public office we can have his house back for the next head dumb@rse. R200 million every 5 years um that sound fair the house that Jack built

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-10-02 11:39

    The king of the poor should live in a palace that is how it is in africa. bigmac if you havent realised that all those people you mentioned did not promis their voters free houses and education ,Their countrys are not number 6 on genocide list and only 10 % of the population pay tax. But hey these voters dont mind , al they do is blame the whites problem solved , Now who wants a free banana ?

  • mnxulu - 2012-10-02 11:39

    203million just 2 impress sum rich visitors, r u serious?...our country has so many things to worry bwt, unemployement, poor service delivery,education system is bad, etc. Dis iz dictatorship, nw I c wt Malema meant.

      tonyzr2tx - 2012-10-02 11:42

      Even though I struggled to understand what you are saying I get the drift.

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-02 11:41

    Visiting Presidents and Prime Minsiter should stay in shacks in townships and experience your "Selfless struggle for all" You know....what he has done for his Anc followers the last 18 years

  • thomas.paine.946517 - 2012-10-02 11:42

    Come on Mac - do you really think that Obama/Cameron would go all the way to Nkandla to stay? Surely official residencs in Jo'burg,Pretoria and Durbs could be used? How many visiting officials have ever stayed at Nkandla before? If none, then why the need for the upgrade now when they can just stay where they stayed before? Could it be that the Prez is trying to feather his nest as much as possible before he gets kicked out?

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-02 11:50

      "he gets kicked out?" oh, I hope so, the most rubbish president ever anywhere.

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-10-02 11:43

    housing his staff, medical staff, security staff, baby sitters, wives, mistresses and of course his thieving cronies out of the ANC and the public should pay for it. Its a damn private house so its his duty how to pay for it. Otherwise please send me a few million to upgrade my house. Something these thieving idiots forget is that they serve the public... i am the public and i say no to this.

  • Dave - 2012-10-02 11:44

    Having a bad day Mac? Your bull is normally better than this drivel?

  • jan.human - 2012-10-02 11:44

    Zuma version 7.1...... 100 bedroom with showers on suite..... They must not forget to put the red light on the porch.....

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-02 11:45

    what about the last 63mil, or has everyone forgoten about that already, this place is a joke

  • robes.spear - 2012-10-02 11:45

    The precident is that every president from here on in needs a R250m upgrade to their home to accomodate foreign dignatories. What an African mindset! Rather buy shares in a hotel chain and have them build a luxury hotel outside of JZ's place. At least the money can be recovered.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-02 11:46

    is the frog going to give back the tax payers R266mil once hes out of office? STARVE all you anc voters you brought this on us

  • Teuneman - 2012-10-02 11:47

    They are making excuses. I'll eat a toilet paper roll if Obama comes to visit Zuma

      kenny.kwenamore - 2012-10-02 12:43

      Not just ordinary toilet roll one with faeces on it i will swallow it for the duration of Obama's "official" visit

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-10-05 09:16

      Don't worry you won't have to eat the toilet roll. The secret service will never allow any US President to stay outside the US Embassy compound, never in a rain of pi$$pots!

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-02 11:49

    Its so ironic that when ordinary citizens of SA need houses and proper service delivery 'its not urgently NEEDED by them' but when it comes to the shower-head it is!! Maharaj and Zuma must just go eat a d**k!

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-02 11:49

    So what has all our presidents done in the past? book there guests into a bed and breakfast?

  • Peter - 2012-10-02 11:50

    And these thieves will get voted in again. Education- she's broken, health care, she's broken, shabir and selebi she's broken, cable theft and utha nefarious activities, she's broken, our people living in teeen shacks, hai she's broken but ai need anotha beeg house and shower.

  • Michael - 2012-10-02 11:50

    Lindiwe Mazibuko is doing her job as a leader of the opposition party in parliament, if she dont raise some question, Zille can fire her, so she must do what she is being payed to do. But government must also do what they have to do, to make sure that the president house has the necessary security.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-02 13:03

      This president of yours should be in Pollsmoor, should be enough security for him there.

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-02 11:51

    F#*k Maharaj,Zuma and Anc. I hate DA but these are forcing me 2 vote for DA on the next elections.

      trevor.mashilo - 2012-10-02 11:58

      Am thinking of joining u.

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-10-02 12:54

      Count me in..... Whats next?? "Buy all Zuma children ipads and Iphones so that they can chat with Obama's children" ??? Call me a sell out but I am voting for the madam

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-02 13:06

      shakur, vote for the DA you won't be sorry, if they let you down you can always get them out after 4 short years, it's EX ANC supporters like you guys that can really save this country and be part of the future.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-02 20:12

      Democracy is about voting the incompetents out of power at every opportunity. Even if it means changing the Govt every 5 years. Eventually they will get the message that the public wants competent honest government.

  • tc.countee - 2012-10-02 11:51

    So wait.. WE can't make state facilities that each president resides in.. Ahem.. Downing Street../White House.. Obama maybe put in a new pool, bu the isn't going to be using it in 5 years(even with reelection) as its state owned.. I don't want to pay for his house where WHEN i become president I will have to use another R200 million from the public purse..

      nqobile.majola - 2012-10-02 12:21

      xctly,this is wat ive been thinkn all along,they have to do tht,yes it may cost us some couple of billions nw,bt in future it will help us.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-02 11:52

    What a load of rubbish. JZ is just a looting thief. A bit like Ali Baba, the leader of a bunch of thieves.

  • foxiloxi - 2012-10-02 11:53

    I must say I just cannot get over the utter contempt that this man and the ANC in general shows the electorate, I suppose when you have very little chance of being voted out, this is how you would treat them, with complete and utter contempt, this government treats our taxes like their personal bank account and see absolutely nothing wrong with it!!! I hope that all likeminded people on these forums vote for change, if we do not get them out to power, there is going to be nothing left!!

  • konrad.rontgen - 2012-10-02 11:54

    why does zuma need all these alterations etc,seeing is on the way out. is it maybe to house his future 20 wifes,and get the government to pay now,as next year he wont get anything.

  • anton.cloete.71 - 2012-10-02 11:54

    When do you know when Mac Maharaj lies to you? When he opens his mouth!

  • Lesetja Kgabo Malapile - 2012-10-02 11:56

    go to hell mac,i wonder how much did he pay u to talk lyk that cause we working hard for the money u robbing us leaving luvish were's ppl r struggling,u going down Amiggos!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-02 11:57

    That's a lot of c*** and stop trying to bulls*** the public. If he was paying for it out of his own pocket go ahead and do the upgrades but as it seems to be paid for by the taxpayer i would say that herdboy needs nothing more than he has at the moment, oh and the chances of Obama coming to visit him at his homestead is nil to zero.

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-10-03 11:07

      I love your remark Sisie. You hit the nail dead centre.

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-10-02 11:58

    R200m for an "upgrade" to his personal residence? What building materials is he using? Solid gold? Who does this clown think he is? Magube? Gaddafi? I wonder how his visiting guests feel about seeing an impoverished beggar on every street corner on route to Villa Zuma? ...knowing that these people have no shoes, no education and no hope of getting job because of shameful, massive, wasteful government expenditure (collected from hardworking tax payers the ANC despise so much) on private jets and private residences of racist, corrupt and incompetent ANC government officials. Shame on anyone who visits this buffoon in his R200m + mansion! I hope he gets the international exposure he deserves.

      sarecen.smith - 2012-10-02 12:13

      ill bet you not 1km from his palace, is someone living almost in adject poverty

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-02 20:13

      Saracen you must have seen the photographs.

  • godesha - 2012-10-02 11:58

    Shocking is the only word that comes to my mind right now. And people are dying of starvation, have no homes, jobs, education, proper healthcare and this amount of money is going to be spent on renovating a private residence. It is a disgrace to say the least. JZ, you should be ashamed of yourself.

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-10-03 11:30

      When it was so bitterly cold during the winter months, did he snuggle down deeper into his electric blanket and think about the poor people who didn't only not have shacks but had to sleep outside with NO shelter??? I DON'T THINK SO!!!!

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-10-02 11:59

    Thats why he has an official residence, paid for by the tax payer. There is no justification to spending tax payers money on his private home. Besides, R200 million builds you an entire town!!!

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-02 11:59

    So how is the upgrade going to be done if Public Works is experiencing a financial crisis?These idiots are corrupt and they are playing with our minds.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-02 12:00

    what a f'ing load of BS - why can't they use a larny hotel, there are dozens standing empty in Sandton !!! this is just another pathetic excuse from the most pathetic political party in existence. Zuma isn't worth ten zimbabwe dollars, nevermind R200 million. spend the money on the toll road debacle, or feeding the poor or sorting out mal enema for f's sake. if Zuma is so 'great' how come there are no places named after him ? what a disgrace.

  • sipho.mbambesa - 2012-10-02 12:00

    If any of you where the president, you would do exactly the same. So stop complaining about every cent our president spends

      Warren Mudge - 2012-10-02 12:15

      No my friend, this is why this country is stuffed. You and the majority cANCer voting sheeple, who think like you cannot see the wrong in this. The reason being that you firmly believe that it is your turn next. What was a wonderful future under Madiba is finished you twat.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-10-02 12:16

      He's not spending cents you noob, he's spending R 250 000 000!

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-10-02 12:28

      Sorry you are wrong , maybe its african values to rape their own but not mine !

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-02 12:45

      I sincerely hope, Sipho, that you do not become president with that mindset. Mind you, by the time you do become president there will be no money, no jobs, no economy, nothing. - Kathy

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-02 13:10

      sipho, it's very clear that you should be in a high position within the ANC, you have the total lack of scruples and greed that would see you as a very prominent member.

      jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-02 13:20

      It is clear sipho that you either live on handouts from the cANCer government or you are in on the takings with zoom and his cronnies!

      ro.jhb.1 - 2012-10-02 16:30

      Sipho you uneducated crass pr_ck. Its my money f_ckwit

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-10-03 11:40

      You need to catch a wake up my friend. When we end up like Zimbabwe, then maybe you will understand the stupidity of your remarks.

  • siyahluma.jonas - 2012-10-02 12:00

    I tend to disagree....he is trying to adopt a lavish lifestyle at the expense of the taxpayers. What if he doesn't get a second term? Are we also expected to pay for the next president's homestead?True leaders like Mbeki and Mandela never demanded such, can he be modest for once and settle for less so that people in need can be fed and houses can also be built for them. I donot support DA but this time they have a point.I have lost faith also in the ANC ....too many scandals for my liking

  • sean.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-02 12:01

    Beating Drums with animal cladded musicians dancing around a fire with bones through their noses. Bare breasted ladies lining up in front of the chief while he ogles for a new bride. Building a new enclave with tax payers money to accommodate his harem of wives, servants. This picture is just so surreal and we need to just suck it up? This government has become a sick joke, they are completely incapable of ruling or doing anything for the people of this country except self enrich themselves. Quite honestly if I new this was going to happen to our country I would have voted "No" in 1992's referendum. No offence but Africans need to be lead they are incapable of leading. If I,m wrong show me the evidence!

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-10-02 12:20

      If africans cannot lead then pack ur bags and cross the ocean,maybe try greece, and spain, go back home and leave the africans in their continent, u are peregrinis

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-10-02 12:21

      If africans cannot lead then pack ur bags and cross the ocean,maybe try greece, and spain, go back home and leave the africans in their continent, u are peregrinis

  • teleki.maker - 2012-10-02 12:02

    That will never take place as long as I'm alive.Maharaj by is skilm,how much is your share on that.You talk-talk crap most of the time.

  • bullardx - 2012-10-02 12:05

    "Nkandla homestead needs to be upgraded to house both his staff..." So wer has his staff been all these years when he became president?? seroiusly, do you really think majority of S.A is stupid??? Screw you old man:p

  • bill.vanzyl - 2012-10-02 12:05

    This is simply stuff and nonsense! And then Mac tries to blow smoke up our collective anal cavities! We have more than enough government guest houses all over the country to accommodate visiting heads of state. The rest of the world has similar government owned facilities. (Camp David, Chequers et al.) Why must our temporary incumbent be personally enriched at the tax-payers expense? Why must a mere politician benefit to the tune of millions and millions of rands when so many do not even have a roof over their heads? Our political leaders seem to think that they have become demi-gods that are above the law and beyond the norms that rule the rest of the world. This is the gravy train gone mad... Small wonder that the people are in the streets protesting!

  • Warren Mudge - 2012-10-02 12:05

    Aaaargh!!!!! this is so effing frustrating I want to throw a hissy fit, upgrade an already exhorbitant compound. Who the hell does Zuma think he is? This is his private house for f sake. He has two state residences to entertain his effing guests, the chop! Who is going to come here? only his other banana republic comrades. All he is doing is ensuring that his life after public office is nice and cozy. Madiba I do not mind, what a statesman, but this useless load of lard is just pillaging the state coffers. Maharaj, you should be ashamed of yourself for even being associated with the name Zuma, and coming up with these twisted lame excuses but then I suppose you two are as thick as thieves and deserve one another. One positive out of Mangaung is that you, Zuma, and your cronies are going down!

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2012-10-02 12:06

    What about the shelters for the homeless Mr.President? Have all the necassary upgrades been done? Has it? This is nepotism at it's worst, a slap for people that just try to survive from day to day. When last did Mac Maharaj or Zuma go hungry? Yeah right- SCREW the poor disadvantaged masses or any other tax-paying citizen saying anything 'wrong' about this grossly insensitive display of selfish self-centered egotistical enrichment.

  • Billy - 2012-10-02 12:06

    poor excuse for a lie. they can rent out the entire hotel with their dollars. make them spend some money here.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-02 12:08

    vote anc is you happy with a free chicken and happy to live in a tin shack, vote anc if you dont want your kids to live a better life

  • davy.botha - 2012-10-02 12:08

    South Africans are now officially morons

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-10-02 12:19

    If I paid for apartheid presidents as well as apartheid retiree solidiers (whose jobs were to keep a black man at bay), then Zuma deserve 10 times that.\r\nI knw whites everything by a black person. Maybe people need to take their tools n leave us in peace!

      Billy - 2012-10-02 16:18

      and tomorrow you are toy-toy'ing for better wages and basic water and electricity services? that money you are toy-toy'ing about, zuma is taking it

      davy.botha - 2012-10-02 17:50

      I think the thing is that the black man do not leave the whites alone, if things go wrong we blame the white bosses. Even if Blacks are running some of these mines.What did Zuma's nephew and Mandela's grand son do those miners got nothimg and what was our condemnation nothing accept saying these guys are bad. The thing is I will be dragged down with this nonsence even though I know stupidity when I see it!

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-02 20:17

      Idiot, none of the apartheid presidents had their private residences upgraded at the states expense. 10 times 0 is always o idiot. PW Botha's former home is near wher I live and it could have been built for 6 months interest on R203m.