DA’s Nkandla visit an ‘invasion’

2012-11-03 10:22

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille should abandon her planned inspection of President Jacob Zuma’s home in Nkandla, the ANC said today.

“We view this as unnecessary and unwarranted provocation to violate the privacy of the president, his family and the people of eNkandla,” the party’s spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

“We reiterate our call on the DA not to proceed with the invasion which is the action of provocation.” The DA said on Thursday it was planning to visit Zuma’s private residence, where an upgrade, believed to cost in excess of R200 million, is in progress.

Zille, accompanied by DA officials, will inspect roads around the property tomorrow and attempt to enter the compound.

Yesterday, the Eastern Cape ANC said the inspection was similar to raids conducted by the apartheid government, while the KwaZulu-Natal ANC warned Zille to abandon her inspection or face violation from local residents.

Mthembu said the ANC agrees that there should be no-go areas in the country for all political parties. “It our held view that this applies in relation to election campaigning and we strongly condemn the unceremonious and arrogance of private residence invasion as intended by the DA in this instance,” he said.

“The myopic opportunistic plan of the DA undermines the investigative work that has been undertaken by the Public Protector, the Auditor General and the department of public works that seeks to clarify whether taxpayer’s money was used wrongly.”

According to Mthembu, the move demonstrated that the DA had no faith in institutions that have been created to enhance accountability and transparency. He said: “The ANC welcomes all investigations that have been initiated to ensure the cloud and allegations of mischief created by the opposition parties are fully investigated and all facts confirmed.

“As the ANC, we are fully aware that the president and his family built their residences and all the homestead structures paraded as if they were built with taxpayers’ money, a very unfair accusation.”

Reports have estimated the cost of the work to be between R203 million and R238 million. Zuma will reportedly pay only 5% of the bill, about R10 million.

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