Taxpayers should not pay for Nkandla - survey

2016-02-09 21:45
The swimming pool at Nkandla. (Matthew Middleton, News24)

The swimming pool at Nkandla. (Matthew Middleton, News24)

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Johannesburg – More than 42% of South African adults feel that taxpayers should not pay for President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead, a survey has shown.

In October last year, 3 617 people were asked to agree or disagree with the statement “President Jacob Zuma is entitled to a private home regardless of the cost to taxpayers”, marketing research company Ipsos spokesperson Kate Slade said on Tuesday.

When the survey was done in April/May last year, 37% of respondents said taxpayers should not pay.

People in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga (both 47%) and North West (42%) were the most supportive of taxpayers funding Nkandla.

The provinces with the strongest negative reactions were the Northern Cape (66%), Western Cape (65%) and the Free State (55%).

When broken down by political party allegiance, the results showed 67% of DA supporters and 56% of EFF supporters were against taxpayers funding Nkandla.

Only 34% of ANC supporters felt the same way.

About 41% of ANC supporters believed that Zuma’s private residence should be paid by taxes, the survey showed.

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