Jacob Zuma slams opposition: ‘Nkandla, Nkandla is all they can say’

2014-04-23 17:42

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President Jacob Zuma has torn into opposition parties for harping on about the more than R200 million upgrade to his Nkandla home, saying they should have waited until the legal processes around the matter were concluded.

Zuma made the comments at Langeloop in the Nkomazi municipality in Mpumalanga’s Ehlanzeni district, which he visited today as part of a two-day drive to consolidate the ruling party’s support in the province ahead of the May 7 poll.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU), he said, was still investigating the escalation of the project costs and would give a final report, which would finally clear up the matter.

It was therefore wrong for the opposition to constantly attack him over the Public Protector’s report into the upgrade when there were still legal processes outstanding.

Zuma told thousands of supporters who had turned out for a rally at Langeloop that opposition parties had turned the Nkandla upgrade into a campaign issue rather than attempting to attract voters via the content of their own manifestos.

“Nkandla, Nkandla is all they can say,’’ Zuma said to rousing applause from the crowds. “They are wasting their campaigning time shouting about this instead of telling voters what their principles and their policies are.’’

Zuma said other parties had chosen to campaign around Nkandla and corruption, knowing full well that the ANC in government had acted against corrupt elements.

“We have charged people. We have fired people. We are dealing with corrupt people. They talk about Nkandla as if this will win them the election,’’ he said.

“They have nothing else. Let’s talk about manifestos. Let’s talk about policies. All they do is point out things they don’t like in the ANC policies while not putting forward their own.’’

Zuma also lashed opposition parties for “running to court’’ at every available opportunity instead of “debating issues politically’’ with the ruling party.

“They are always running to court because they do not have the ability to debate the ANC politically. They are parties of legal technicalities. They go to court because they cannot talk about their policies,’’ Zuma said.

Zuma urged the audience to make sure that the ANC – which had been working to change people’s lives since 1912 – took at least 90% in Mpumalanga, one of its strongest provinces. This, he said, would allow the ANC to speed up the rate of change in South Africa.

Tomorrow, Zuma heads to Kuruman in the Northern Cape before a two-day blitz of Gauteng on Friday and Saturday.

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