Nkandla: DA wants answers from public works

2012-10-02 17:58
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Cape Town - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi must be called to Parliament to account for the money spent on upgrading President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, the DA said on Tuesday.

Democratic Alliance MP Anchen Dreyer said she also wanted Nxesi to explain why his department was apparently requesting an investigation into how City Press newspaper got hold of documentary evidence of the upgrade.

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

Dreyer said an investigation into how the newspaper "illegally" ended up in possession of information was a "classic case of shooting the messenger".

She had written to the chair of the public works portfolio committee, Manana Catherine Mabuza, to request the presence of Nxesi.

The minister would be asked why the money was being spent when there were a number of existing presidential houses that could be utilised.

The party also wanted to know whether the funds had been properly budgeted for, whether there was a directive from Zuma to allocate funds for the revamp, and whether funds had been diverted from other projects.

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