FF Plus backs call for Zuma impeachment

2014-03-19 19:43
Jacob Zuma (Picture: Sapa)

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The Freedom Front Plus has lent support to possible impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma.

 

Cape Town - The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) on Wednesday lent support to possible impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma.

Responding to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's finding that Zuma had unduly benefited from upgrades to his Nkandla private residence, FF Plus MP Pieter Groenewald said Zuma should repay taxpayers' money used for the upgrades.

"It should also be considered to impeach Zuma where he, together with the minister of police, Nathi Mthethwa, should account to Parliament how it is possible that an initial R27m for security could eventually amount to R247m," Groenewald said.

The opposition party compared the Nkandla matter to the Waterkloof air base scandal where friends of the president used his name to illegally land an airplane at the base.

"Here it was once again proven that the personal friends of Zuma, in this instance the architect Minenhle Makhanya, had abused Zuma's name to secure transactions and to intimidate officials," Groenewald said.

Madonsela found that Makhanya had made R16.5m from the Nkandla project.

Madonsela said in her report into the matter that Makhanya served as a go-between for government officials and the president.

"What is particularly disturbing in this regard, is that minutes show that Makhanya was often asked to design something more economic and he would come back with something more expensive and even luxurious."

Madonsela said Makhanya was brought in in 2009 without going to tender.

Makhanya was brought in to act as the department of public works' principal agent, while retaining his position as Zuma's private architect.

"This is the period when the scale of work increased exponentially, leading to installations that were not authorised and costs escalated to R215m," Madonsela said.

‘Scathing report’

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said the “scathing report of the public protector... marks one of the darkest moments in the history our country”.

He said: “The findings that President Zuma has once again violated the Executive Members Ethics Code through his failure to act in protection of state resources, that he tacitly accepted the implementation of all measures at his residence and has unduly benefited from the enormous capital investment, must be offensive to any nation that takes pride in the values espoused in its constitution.”

Holomisa said in a statement that the report exposed the conspicuous lack of shame of the ruling party, its ministers and its leaders.

The UDM also pays tribute to the late journalist Mandy Rossouw.

“Her extraordinary work reinforces our belief that a free media remains one of the pillars of our constitutional democracy.”

- SAPA
Read more on:    ff plus  |  jacob zuma  |  pieter groenewald  |  thuli madonsela  |  pretoria  |  gupta wedding  |  nkandla upgrade  |  politics
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