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Mandela, Mbeki got far less than Zuma

2012-10-07 16:54

Johannesburg - The security ­upgrades to the ­private homes of former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki cost significantly less than the upgrades to President Jacob ­Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

As questions mount about the R238m state splurge on Nkandla, it has emerged that the public works department ­budgeted R28.2m for security upgrades to Mandela’s Qunu home in the Eastern Cape.

Mbeki received a R3.5m security upgrade to his private house when he left office.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has confirmed that she is ­investigating the state’s spend on Nkandla.

“Yes, an investigation is under way,” she said yesterday.

Zuma is under fire after City Press revealed last week that the department of public works had spent more than R200m of taxpayers’ money on upgrading his compound in KwaZulu-Natal.

Madonsela’s probe comes at a time when Zuma is campaigning to be re-elected as ANC president in December.

City Press has established that:

» The upgrade of Nkandla was estimated to cost the state R6.4m in August 2010, which means government’s expenditure on Zuma’s private residence increased by 3 600% over two years; and

» Zuma is not alone in benefiting from lavish home upgrades at taxpayers’ expense in a R1bn splurge that will see Cabinet members and other leaders awash in luxury.

Madonsela said her office ­started taking steps to investigate because of a complaint lodged with her office a few months ago. DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko lodged another complaint last week.

“Because of our resource constraints, the investigation hasn’t gone further than contacting the presidency,” Madonsela said.

“We are asking the presidency who makes what decisions and who is accountable. This ­involves more than just public works.”

Former presidents

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi mounted a spirited defence of the Nkandla spending on Friday, saying the state had done the same for its former presidents.

But the security upgrades at the private residences of former presidents FW de Klerk, Mandela and Mbeki have been far more modest.

City Press has obtained a parliamentary answer by former public works minister Geoff Doidge from August 2010, in which he said the Nkandla upgrade would cost R6.4m.

R5.7m was budgeted for professional fees and R700 000 for the “relocation of families, site establishment and construction of bypass roads”.

But a document handed to Parliament in May this year shows that R194m had been paid to contractors on the project and R44m to consultants.

The document was handed to Parliament in a briefing by public works’ acting director general, Mandisa Fatyela-Lindie, and spells out details of much of the spending in the controversial “prestige portfolio” programme.

At Friday’s press conference, Fatyela-Lindie claimed the document didn’t exist.

But it took City Press mere minutes to locate it – and it lifts the lid on details of spending that go further than ­Zuma’s Nkandla compound.

VIP residence

In one project, more than R100m is due to be spent on a single “new VIP residence” in the ministerial complex of Bryntirion in Pretoria. It is not clear who will use it.

The document reveals that ­total upgrades worth R981.2 million are in the works at Bryntirion, which houses most Cabinet members and their deputies’ official residences, as well as Zuma’s official state-owned residence, Mahlamba Ndlopfu.

The expenses on Bryntirion include a new perimeter wall, guard houses, dog kennels, entrance roads, a new storm water and sewage system, and gates.

Other projects include:

» R191m on the third phase of an upgrade to Mahlamba Ndlopfu;

» A R51.9m security ­upgrade on the Bryntirion estate; and

» R50.4m on an “executive health facility”.

At Fernwood in Cape Town, where most ministers reside when in Cape Town, public works planned to spend R403m on 17 new houses – or R23.7m per house.

Upgrades of R13.7m were in the pipeline for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s official Bryntirion residence, Oliver Tambo House.

On Friday, Nxesi claimed that expenditure on Zuma was not limited to the ministerial ­handbook, which caps security upgrades at R100 000.

“There is a clause there that says there must be security measures which are done by state ­security, and those who do the ­assessment instruct us and we comply,” Nxesi said.

Asked about the other projects listed in the presentation to Parliament, Fatyela-Lindie said expenditure on all prestige projects were confidential matters of national security and she wouldn’t divulge or discuss costs involved.

National key point

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Nkandla and nine other residences of current and former presidents had been declared national key points in April 2010.

The prestige portfolio is currently the focus of a Special Investigating Unit probe.

A Public Works insider said the programme was notorious for circumventing procurement rules and not putting work out to tender, by using “urgency” and “emergency” provisions.

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Comments
  • kwena.sekoaila - 2012-10-07 10:14

    Where is the Leadership during this trying times of our Democracy?

      lownabester - 2012-10-07 17:02

      We dont have a honest leader left.

      shannon.moffett.9 - 2012-10-07 17:17

      They are all upgrading their private residences with tax payers monies. No time to look after the ordinary citizen when you are so busy looking after yourselves.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-10-07 18:54

      Busy feeding from the trough. Tens of millions here, 100s of millions there, billions in other areas, but the pigs still say that they have no money for public services, roads, rail transport, schools, sewerage, power, water, hospitals, etc. No matter what the future of our country, this will go down as the darkest period in our history. More so than APARTHEID, and I was a victim of that system....Shame on you ANC Cadres - I would like to call you all kinds of scummy words, but will get censored. You promised so much pre-1994, but alas, you are taking all for yourselves....

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-07 21:22

      We have very good orators who are well-versed in history, doctrine and rhetoric. We do not have leaders. Until the voting public starts to ask the very hard questions of HOW and WHEN, they're going to continue to be bedazzled - and betrayed.

      John - 2012-10-07 23:38

      And that, ladies and gentlemen of all races and walks of life is where your tax money goes to. Do they not realise tax money is not theirs???? OMG!!!, how sick is this?!?! Now you know why they are pushing for the secrecy bill - so non of their misspending (read blatant theft) gets published. How do they stay in power???? Are people that blind?????. Zuma will likely not get re-voted, but he sure as hell gonna spend as much as he can and fill his pockets and take as much with him before he leaves. And his cronies are following suit. 'National security' my lily white *ss!!!! More than a BILLION RAND !!!!! How much good can be done with that money to serve the PUBLIC instead of these idiots helping themselves????

      mlucejko - 2012-10-08 08:55

      It seems to me that the ANC did NOT fight for Freedom and Democracy, fight for the rights of the poor and oppressed of South Africa.. They were fighting to get their 'grubby hands' on tax-payers money so they can 'line-their-own-pockets'. Get rich at the expense of poor South Africans !!!

      amanda.vandenberg.758 - 2012-10-08 09:23

      Let's see what promises are made to the masses before election and then take note how many who are mislead by all these promises,vote for JZ again

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-10-08 12:40

      When you had good leaders in Mandela and Mbeki you where to blind to see it and to ignorent to appreciate it.

      rowan.clark.10 - 2012-10-08 16:10

      The shame is on us.When i see kids not being given opportunities and you have this waste at the top ,shame on us, those who Waste our revenue and all the leeches who inflate their little pieces or parts . You Waste this money because its not worked for, its burning holes in your little heads ,and it should be taken away from them and given to clinics and schools and when they are running properly and crime is a distant echo then you can say you need to look after a modest house ,shame on us for watching this waste, shame .

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-07 11:02

    FW de Klerk, PW Botha et al - NONE of their private homes were upgraded. This anc government reminds me of those thick blue ticks, ready to parasitize everything around them. What is it that the anc doesn't understand under the term "taxpayers" money - NOT anc money. But then again - you just have to look around you to see how EVERYTHING has gone down the drain since 1994.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-08 11:06

      Ja baba zonke zuma.

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-09 10:23

      cANCerize & parasitize!

  • vytjie.besonders - 2012-10-07 11:44

    I am worried about the kind of advice our prez is getting. The more I think about it the more queries I have. For instance who are the people suggested a whole medical clinic? What do they have to benifit from such a suggestion? Who drafted the quoatations? Another tenderpreneur? This quotes are so much over the top, that is should be investigated by quantity surveyors, to confirm the upgrade at reasonable costing. Why must 230 million be spent on a private home or a trust belonging to the king. Should'nt the king himself be responsible for these consting? Who wil own the property after Zuma has left? If it was the goverments asset I could understand, but this sounds more like another education,tender opportunistic scam to me. The people are overtaxed, and yet the leaders of our country thinks our taxmoney is a bottomless pit. I am sure Julius Malema, regrets his contribution to this scandelous spending spree by our leaders. How can we trust our leaders with our taxmoney, if they become cowboy spenders. Even PW Botha looks like small fry againts this outragious projects.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-08 07:25

      Vytjie, clearly Zuma is pushing for most, if not all, the upgrades at his private home. so don't be naive to think its others that are making those decisions for him.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-10-08 09:54

      Sorry vytjie.besonders, but if the prez can't see what he is doing is wrong no matter what he is advised, then he shouldnt be prez in the first place. He is supposedly the most powerful man in SA, he should then open his corrupt mouth and speak up!

  • evans.s.mazi - 2012-10-07 13:00

    Go on vote for them again. This lot things highly of itself. They live in the world of entitlement.They are so very important than the rest of us poor tax payers and voters. What it comes to is that they use us to justify their lavish lifestyles, in a country where people are still living in shacks that they lived in under apartheid and this lot is spending money right and centre for its own benefit and peace of mind. The South African voter will never learn that giving a government so much power means that it can do as it pleases and even go on an write its own ministerial book. Next time you vote, do you want a balance of power or are you going to give the ANC an absolute power to do again as it pleases? What's a shame and a sad thing is that most people who vote the ANC are either uneducated or live in the rural areas where their source of news is SABC, which I can bet anyone who cares that this kind of news is not reported at all.So the rural folks aren't aware, thanks to the control of SABC by the ANC moles and planted board. In a true democracy, the only people that a state would provide housing and security are the President/ Prime Minister, their deputies. The rest of MPs or Ministers go and live in their own homes, no bodyguards and all.It's only in Africa where even a deputy minister has bodyguards.For what? What are they scared of? If they are scared of being robbed, it bloody time they sorted out the crime situation in this country.

      vicki.malatse - 2012-10-07 17:22

      This article brought me 2 tears,to think how much we are strugling day 2 day to just survive.

      kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-10-08 08:40

      @vicki, any chance that the majority will see it and stops voting for the cANCer? Unfortunately I don't think so. Seems the uneducated majority is happy living in shacks, having one meal a day, no medical aid, no job... as long as the fat cats get fatter. It is a disgrace to see what our "would like to be" leaders are doing to this country.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-10-08 10:01

      Ah @vicki your comment brings me to tears... People we all have the ability to tell people in rural and outlying areas that don't have access to the media as we do, what exactly is going on. We need to tell them that the ANC is just using them for the vote count. I want to cry for my fellow South Africans who still believe that the fight for freedom is still going on and believe all the false promises. This is no longer a fight for freedom this is a fight for survival for all South Africans.

  • Kwajo.m - 2012-10-07 13:05

    This is madness.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-07 13:29

    Use your own guess who is more or most important Madiba,T Mbeki

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-07 17:39

      @sihlanggu....I'm not quite sure what you are trying to say here. Nobody is better than the next.....Presidents and Government Officials are employed by the people to do the job of running the country...with one thing in mind, to improve the lives of the people....but it seems this anc government, forget about the peoples needs and concentrate on their own needs. No where else in the world do the citizens allow their government to over spend and ignore their needs....they would rightly never vote for them to come back into power....but in our country, the voters are sucked in by the political promises before elections and will vote for them again....the problem is we all suffer for the majorities lack of for site.

  • mrtinyiko.matsambu - 2012-10-07 13:44

    Isn't this suppposed to be a classified material? CityPress journos must be charged with espionage, otherwise they will influence a start of a coup. Who is their 'reliable source', and what is their motives! Me smell a bad fish here.

      shannon.moffett.9 - 2012-10-07 17:20

      Thank heavens for the media exposing this corruption and self serving spending by government officials. The only thing smelling really bad is the fact that government officials think this kind of spending is fine, in an area which is one of the poorest in the country. And lets remember that this spend is not to upgrade the living standards of the residents of Nkandla - only for one resident and his family.

      sunet.nel.1 - 2012-10-07 20:16

      Why must it be classified if it is our money?!?!?

      stanley.marries - 2012-10-07 22:38

      You are not smelling a bad fish...it's your dead brain that's leaking,because it seems there are lots of holes in it!!

      John - 2012-10-07 23:45

      1billion rand misspent and you're upset the press uncovered it? Have you caught a bad case of 'stupid'???? Is this why you voted them into government for??.?. The press is doing its job in informing the people of what the voted incumbent is doing. It plays a very important function in keeping the government accountable.

      michel.pieterse - 2012-10-08 04:03

      Cmon guys, Matsambu is winding you up, no one can be that stupid

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-08 13:43

      that's it, keep your head in the sand.

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-10-08 15:50

      Jeepers, another blind cANCer sheep. Are you not tired of the rubbish you are fed by the cANCer? You are being lied to by the cANCer led government and blinded to the truth. It is because of people like you that the cANCer can get away with theft on a grand scale while our fellow citizens live in poverty.

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-08 20:37

      @ matsambu: A U SERIOUS! clearly u still rejoice to the fact that öur leaders" are floating on our tax money, so dissapointed!!!

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-08 20:37

      @ matsambu: A U SERIOUS! clearly u still rejoice to the fact that öur leaders" are floating on our tax money, so dissapointed!!!

  • moyahabo.lekolwana - 2012-10-07 13:56

    Ooh! So this is are things my leaders are trying to cover-up by pushing for Secrecy Bill! It must never see the light of day, Sherr!! Bathong, where are the real African Nationalists!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-07 17:48

      @moyahabo.....is this the first time that this has opened your eyes?

      sunet.nel.1 - 2012-10-07 20:19

      @sandy: thank goodness eyes are actually opening!! @moyahabo: they are spending all these money while people are starving. Welcome in SA, hope you vote different next time.

      John - 2012-10-07 23:47

      Yup. Pity not more people see it.

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-10-08 15:54

      The last great African Nationalist is retired in Qunu. There are currently no great African Nationalists in government. We need to get the world class South African intellectuals into government, like Jonathan Jansen, Govan Mbeki etc. Unfortunately with the current cANCer, we are doomed.

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-10-07 17:08

    Zuma is on his way out that's why he wants a mansion for him and all his harem! Disgusting for him to have such luxury when his close neighbours live in huts - how does he live with himself?

      kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-10-08 08:52

      simple... he is such an ignorant idiot that he couldnt be bothered how others live. as long as he has the life of luxury who cares who others have to suffer. sad thing is that the ones suffering in their shacks dont see it. they think its ok that big shot has everything. the only thing big shot has not is a heart and a brain.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-07 17:08

    Leave the poor people that voted for you with no hope for the future. Keep on stealing from them. It is what they deserve for voting for you.

  • pj.egolie - 2012-10-07 17:11

    I say he is going for it but with the amount of wifes and kids and grand kids and ...... I think he deserves IT can you imagine to have all of them having their monthly problem and the moaning and .. Whahoeeeeeee what a joke is this !

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-07 17:12

    Mandela gave 1000% and took nothing JZ took 1000% and gave nothing.

      Thabo - 2012-10-07 17:48

      my godness. Thats why they want to impliment the cecrecy bill, they want to hide things like this.\r\nThis is totaly wrong South Africa. We need a new goverment guys ANC thinks we are stupid.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-07 18:02

      Don't you believe that Mandela took nothing(I admire the man) but he was no saint....yes he was the kind of hero the country needed.... pity he never stayed longer...and if he had....would he have had a better way of running things...but Mandela is a VERY..VERY wealthy man and certainly gained much financially. Zuma, on the other hand, is going over board on using our Tax money...meant for the people...he's taking for himself.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-10-07 17:15

    Speechless, I really don't know WHAT to say. All these upgrades the R20bil unaccounted for expenditure uncovered by the Auditor General could have built THOUSANDS of houses. This is becoming a bottomless black hole of blatant corruption and total assholism!

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-10-08 16:02

      LOL! assholism, the perfect way to define the cANCer! Good one!

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-10-07 17:19

    And the bone head will still blame poverty on apartheid!!!!

  • davy.botha - 2012-10-07 17:20

    All these sums for contracts, I can tell you now there is alot of corruption. Overcharging, palm scratching and money laundering. There will be nothing left in the end

  • ppisciotta - 2012-10-07 17:23

    This man needs to be taken out of office along with his lard-assed wives. I'm tried of paying for this crap of a person and all that "heritage" that sticks out behind him.

  • chris.nel.35 - 2012-10-07 17:26

    Jis, we are 49million. Is there nothing we can do to stop this one man thief. This man is a real "chief". He do as he smaaks and f@ck the people. We can not go on like this.

  • mthokozisi.mbele - 2012-10-07 17:31

    Not a single fatcat in this 'executive' give a damn about d ordinary people...if we were in a normal society...d voters were going to stop this nonsense...

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-10-07 17:31

    Speak volumes that they have to spend so much money on security in a country that where the crime rate is apparently falling.

      Erna - 2012-10-07 17:48

      And didn't zuma say at some stage that we were 'safe' in SA? Then why the underground bunkers? Is he expecting an invasion, tsunami or earthquake any time soon?

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-10-07 17:38

    We are getting screwed bigtime, And I don't imagine what will happen after re- election. King Zwelithini wants more millions than the other kings, Zuma too more millions than other presidenta. We are in for a long ride.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-07 17:40

    These thieving corrupt ANC c*nts hide behind national security and key points(whatever that means)..THIS IS WHY they want POIB so that they can steal with impunity !! F*CK THE ANC !!

      michael.mckinon.1 - 2012-10-07 21:38

      This simply disgusting. The last person who cared at all about the people was Nelson Mandela! On the whole the people of South Africa still live in shacks and still walk to work. You are pinching from your own people and you are fooling no one at all.

  • fshabangu - 2012-10-07 17:41

    So what???

      Wikus Erasmus - 2012-10-07 18:07

      Of course it wont bother an unemployed non-tax payer such as yourself...

      stanley.marries - 2012-10-07 22:28

      Moron!!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-08 07:34

      I think Shabangu is Zuma's teagirl

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-10-08 16:05

      HAHA! Either another blind cANCer sheeple or a troll.....Chop.

      scelo.promise - 2012-10-08 21:28

      shame u all sick !!! someone can say u all girls . ha ha ha !

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-08 22:28

      MORON FULL STOP.

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-08 22:28

      MORON FULL STOP.

  • khell1 - 2012-10-07 17:42

    Well I am planning a holiday at Nkandla. Who's with me? Since we all had to pay, with our taxes, I think its just fair that we all get our share. If the rock drillers at mines can demand wages from the people that gave them employment, we surely can demand our share of the \little piece of heaven\

      Thabo - 2012-10-07 17:56

      Ive already packed my bags Khell. Im going with you. We contributed to that upgrade so we will stay for free.

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-10-08 16:07

      WoooHooo - paid for holiday, I'm in, I am sure that all of the wives can cater very nicely for us SAn taxpayers. I fancy Zulu cuisine, I'm in! When we going? It is probably as luxurious as a 6 star hotel, I'm amped!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-07 17:46

    Jacob Zuma is screwing us left right and centre and thats why we see him often giving us the middle finger, pretending its his badly fitting specs. He is laughing at us all the way to the bank and he knows that he can depend on his corrupt officials to get away with this and all the other sneaky things they have been hiding from us. This is Zuma's world and thats why he is fighting like hell to keep it for a long as he can. He is trying to make a pact with motlanthe who I believe is not much better than Zuma because I dont believe his squeaky clean attitude is clean, he comes with destruction and no respect for other peoples property.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-07 17:47

    Absurdity in its purest form!Are these people aware that ppl are starving and struggling in this country?

      simphiwe.buthelezi.71 - 2012-10-07 17:55

      Fort, I don't think the government has the interest of citizens at heart in this country ,with so many people who live in abject poverty. This is criminal and can never be justified. They have no conscience\r\n all, its inhumane and disgusting. Politics aside, I think we need other types of social formations that we can use to oppose this. Clearly opposition parties have no teeth. The only hope we have is Thully but the sad part is that he is employed by the same greedy bosses.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-07 18:12

      Yes @Simphewe but whos Thully?

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-10-08 16:11

      @fort.horseman.7 - He means Thuli, our public protector.

  • rorisang.m.motaung - 2012-10-07 17:51

    people lets put this people out of power becouse the ANC is no longer about people its about self inrichment

  • kevin.jacobs.1044 - 2012-10-07 17:54

    Jacob Zuma will always be remembered as the WORST PRESIDENT in our history - He was and will never be a leader

  • brandon.wilson.5891 - 2012-10-07 17:54

    What does it help all you people bemoaning government here? Rise up and do something. In the days of apartheid a few of us in PE stood up and burned down houses of the Labour Party "MP's". We must revolt against this piglike behaviour and put these ANC pigs in a pigsty they belong. This is not what we fought for...

  • braamc - 2012-10-07 17:55

    He is a thieve, not only

  • christiaan.vanvuuren.9 - 2012-10-07 18:15

    Why are my comments being removed news24?

  • madelein.delange2 - 2012-10-07 18:30

    I don't care if this is all alligned with what is in any ministerial handbook. Any politician doing the job for the right reasons would not rape the system to this extend. JZ has made a choice, he has chosen himself over 1000's of hungry, dying South Africans. South Africans should not have to suffer at the expense of such a selvish, inconsiderate person. This type of behaviour is common place in the animal kingdom, human beings do not behave like this. I am sorry JZ, you have failed as a human being and you have failed as a president.

      charlietlo - 2012-10-08 03:34

      zuma could learn a lot about being a president from Malawian president Joyce Banda

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-10-08 16:16

      @charlietlo - definately, I heard that she has cut her salary down to $68000 per year, that works out to around R48 166 per month in our money. That compared to our Zooma earning roughly R208 333 per month. She has also cancelled all luxury cars, jets and property for herself and her ministers. Zooma would would rather loose his spear than do any of that.

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-10-07 18:39

    and trust me president's response will be he doesnt make decisions on that. for crying out loud u running the country. this madala has no morals. sort out crime and u dont need that. aaag what am i saying? cut from the same cloth

  • nino.diana.12 - 2012-10-07 18:53

    Unbelievable ...... I cannot understand this lunacy - some school children still don't have decent classrooms (as a matter of fact some children's classrooms are under trees in the veld)..... As for the government hospitals WHAT A JOKE!!! What about the houses you Mr Zuma promised to all your follower's - R238mio could be used for all the above and more yet you use our taxpayers money to your benefit ... I repeat R238 mio... Madness and all working citizens paying tax being screwed again .... When will this nightmare end????????

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-07 19:05

    A true african patriot will never vote for this bunch of crooks, they dont understand the meaning of being in government, their motto ' Me first then the peasants can go to hell' ANC is its own worst enemy, they are doing all the governing themselves and the people are shown the middle finger.

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-10-07 19:06

    we can complain all we want,fact is zuma does'nt care...elderly women get raped monthly,farmers are butchered,citizens are constantly living in fear because of pardoned repentless thieves,hardcore murders and inhuman rapists...so why do we think he'll suddenly do a turn around and care?...if he's not misusing and stealing our taxes he's buzy making deals with chinese resulting in our textile industry being at risk because of cheap chinese immitations...then we got a bunch of hooligans running around calling themselves the youth..cry my beloved South Africa...as for education,what do we expect?...zuma treats us like a storm in a tea cup..

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-07 21:35

      @ sekwati....only broken or dead people, give up....there must be something that can be done.....what it needs is unity among ALL the people to think like one nation and get rid of those who don't have the NATIONS INTERESTS at heart....BE GONE WITH THEM !!!!! Do it for OUR CHILDREN & THEIR FUTURE.

  • jason.marshall.1804 - 2012-10-07 19:37

    Multiply what the "Ministerial" Handbook says by 6. Each wife has their own house, luxary cars, own driver, body gaurds, private schooling for each sibling, etc,etc. Fat cat!!!

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2012-10-07 20:01

    Zuma is once AGAIN involved in some self-enrichment scheme.. Once a fraudster, ALWAYS a fraudster.. We are tired of paying for his luxury living expenses.. Zuma's wives and his million kids are HIS problem.. It's time he's held accountable for his poor presidency.. and it's time that his corrupt government pay back all the money they stole and wasted! Zero Tolerance ou pal, zero tolerance.. They should investigate gladde-bek Mac(Maharaj)as well!

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-07 20:03

    Thuli Madonsela dnt fool us plse u cant find anything against ur Boss... Zuma

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-07 20:18

    Thuli Madonsela we all know the outcome of your Boss corruption...dont fool us you cant find anything against him do u?

      justin.sly.77 - 2012-10-08 16:19

      I hope she does.....what will happen when she does is another story, nothing will happen to Zooma.

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-07 20:29

    'vrybudy on strike # mxm psed... S.A reccession wat a crap!!! nx it doesn't 'xst, we're playin fool. DA waz corct 'vry S.A citizen mst get rumeneration @R1500p/m, tumbs up!!!

      charlietlo - 2012-10-08 03:46

      there are 49m peple in this country and then there are those that never get counted so we round off the number to 50m, here is where im going with this: *if all 50m people receive 1m each over 10yr period with a standart 20% tax. * thats like 100k a year minus 20% tax=80k, which is like 6 600 a month. if that can happen i think poverty will be halved in less than 5 years.... i know it all sound stupid and far fetched but i thingk is better than what our corrupt goverment can come up with

  • thandazab - 2012-10-07 21:30

    With that much money how many ppl living in squatter camps could have houses. Its all going to one person. Security for what, who has ever threatened them. M disgusted really.

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-07 21:40

    And is there an en-suite for Shaik as well?

  • slikhethe33 - 2012-10-07 21:49

    Zuma can't be serious. Typical of a person so called a leader without foresight. This guy is disappointing me everyday.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-07 22:08

    I'm going to laugh when his own supporters raid his mansion demanding their piece of the pie, and don't you think they won't, why do you think he has so much security?

  • stanley.marries - 2012-10-07 22:10

    Is it me,or can anybody else also smell the corruption that's going on here and the bullcrap that's being told to the public?? Damn...and these ANC ''comrades'' doesn't even feel ashamed to suck us, the tax payers, dry with these outrages lies. R44m for consultants????...WTF????...what does it cost for someone to CONSULT these days????...I'm sure that money went into some ''comrade's'' pocket. And yet. . .the ''educated'' masses WILL STILL vote for the ANC, then blame the whites when they are starving!!

  • blumushroom - 2012-10-07 22:38

    Agh don't be like that you all voted for the ANC. So suck it up or will all people wake up when there is civil war

  • raul.curado.1 - 2012-10-07 22:39

    His residence should have been the prison.

      ludwe.kolwapi - 2012-10-08 01:20

      Hahahahahahaha....and his cell mate should be one of those 28 gangsters,get my drift?

  • John - 2012-10-07 23:39

    The worst part is, nothing we say or do, nor what the public 'protector' does will help. They're still going to spend that money and screw anyone that has any objections....

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-08 12:44

      @ 5centsWorth.....don't think like your blog name....you're more than 5cents worth...please don't be a defeatist, while we do realize at present we will have to endure these criminals...the time is coming when the ordinary man in the street, will wake up and when that day comes...these criminals (like Gadafi)will be ousted in maybe a way you &I couldn't imagine...BE PATIENT.....THE TIME IS COMING.

  • thembisa.nozombile - 2012-10-08 03:41

    News24 can delete our comments all they want but if this vampire needs to go it must happen at once. Sad thing is those of us who're financing his paradise and never voted for him and his cronies in the first place will have the loudest cry, and those that are meant to benefit from our tax paying continue to praise the pig. He must go!! Now is the time!! South Africa has been betrayed and now is no time for loyalty. Waiting for the next elections would be torture, Thabo Mbeki's humiliating removal would be more fitting here, if it can be done then let's see it happen now!!!

      wehan.victor - 2012-10-08 15:57

      Funny how N24 censors comments, but defends free speech when government wants to censor them.And yes, time for Zuma to GO GO GO!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-08 06:44

    You all voted for ANC to replace the NP. Did you honestly think that things would change for the better? What made you think the ANC could run a country?

      eric.f.moloi - 2012-10-08 07:49

      Vivian,NP maybe was good for u,tht song(cassete) is no longer on the shelves

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-08 18:19

      Well the NP didn't F*** over their people like the ANC is doing right now.....and I'm a Cape Coloured by the way.

      scelo.promise - 2012-10-08 21:12

      atleast now we don't need id's to go wherever we want to in towns , stupid !