ANC crafts election answers

2013-11-24 17:31

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Johanneburg - The controversy surrounding President Jacob Zuma’s sprawling Nkandla homestead looked set to haunt the ANC as it gears up for elections, City Press reported on Sunday.

The party has crafted a dossier for its campaigners, from ministers through to volunteers, which contains the answers to difficult questions voters might pose on the campaign trail.

One of the questions in the dossier, which the ANC calls Speakers’ Notes, is “Why are you spending so much money on the President’s private house?”

The answer shifts the blame to the public works department which was in charge of the R208m project.

ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said Nkandla had been included in the document as it was in the public domain and campaigners needed to have the same message during door-to-door campaigns.

“We must have answers on any given issue,” Mthembu said.

Party sources across the country say Nkandla is becoming a point of contention among prospective voters who are demanding an explanation from ANC volunteers.

Meanwhile, the paper reported, sodial networks have been abuzz with defiant tweets and Facebook posts of Nkandla.

This followed State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele’s statement that “no one, including those in the media, are allowed to take images and publicise images, even pointing where the possible security features are”.

Government has since issued a statement, saying the media had “misconstrued a Cabinet directive over the publication of photographs of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home”.

Read more on:    anc  |  jackson mthembu  |  jacob zuma  |  nkandla upgrade  |  social networks  |  elections 2014

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