Money for poor funded a ‘holiday home’ – Zille

2014-04-01 13:35

DA leader Helen Zille has addressed hundreds of party supporters in Phumlani near East London, an ANC stronghold, where she said Nkandla money had been taken from the poor to give one person a “holiday home”.

Flanked by DA provincial leaders, Athol Trollip, Nosimo Balindlela and Veliswa Mvenya, Zille said it was time that the ANC was voted out of power.

“How do you explain the use of R246 million on one man? Where did that money come from? That money was meant for service delivery, it was taken from you to build one person’s holiday home in Nkandla,” she said.

Zille mesmerised the crowd by speaking in Xhosa and English and often breaking into liberation struggle songs.

Responding to reports that President Jacob Zuma said he would not pay for the upgrades at his Nkandla homestead because he did not ask for them, Zille said this was not how things worked.

“No one in South Africa asked to pay taxes, but we all pay our taxes. And no one asked for e-tolls but government is making South Africans pay for e-tolls – it does not work that way. If you get a benefit, you pay for it.

“President Zuma knew he was getting a benefit. Who did he think was paying for it? And the bottom line is that the Public Protector says he received an undue benefit to his property and he should pay it back. Zuma is not above the law.”

Earlier, DA provincial chairperson Athol Trollip said that on May 7 people should vote for leaders who were trustworthy and were against corruption.

“This elections is simple, it’s either you vote for Zille who governs a corruption-free Western Cape or for Zuma who has an arm’s length of corruption charges against him,” he said.

Trollip said the ANC could no longer be trusted with the country’s future as it had failed to fight corruption in its ranks. He added that the party had candidates who were compromised on its parliamentary list.

“Corruption is our enemy – that’s why we need leaders who can fight it, not benefit from it,” Trollip said.

He said the ANC could be forgiven for electing President Jacob Zuma in Polokwane as they probably did not know what kind of leader he would be. But when they re-elected him in Mangaung, they knew very well who he was.

“The ANC used to have brilliant leaders, but not any more, the leaders who are there now are the ones who elected Zuma even though they knew he had so many faults,” he said.

He said when the country celebrated Human Rights Day on March 21, they were reminded that the same thing had happened under democratic South Africa during the Marikana massacre.

“Zuma and his government are to blame for what happened in Marikana just like the apartheid regime was to blame for the Sharpeville massacre,” he said.

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