No Nkandla report said I squandered money – Zuma

2015-02-08 21:53

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

President Jacob Zuma has hit back at those saying he should pay back the money for upgrades at his Nkandla home.

No findings said he should pay anything, Zuma said.

He also said no questions on Nkandla should be allowed until the parliamentary ad hoc committee, set up to discuss the Public Protector’s report, has made a finding.

“If I was the Speaker, I would not have allowed the question (from the EFF on Nkandla) as there was a committee established,” Zuma told journalists at a lunch he hosted for them at the presidential guest house in Pretoria this afternoon.

“You wait for the committee to conclude and then bring a report, then you have time to ask questions,” he said.

He said an inter-ministerial committee, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the Public Protector have investigated the R246 million upgrades to his home.

“Not a single one has said Zuma squandered money,” he said. “That serious allegation has never been made.”

But he said Public Protector Thuli Madonsela did find that his family unduly benefited.

“It changes the allegation that I squandered government money. It’s not a small matter that you can make that kind of claim. So Zuma never decided that firstly the security upgrade should be built, never. Zuma built his own house,” Zuma said.

He said he had a bond on the house, but journalists were not writing about that.

He also said he couldn’t understand why the EFF raised the matter before the ad hoc committee has made a finding.

“It’s not a small matter that my name was thrown out that I squandered R250 million and then people discover it is not so; nobody says so.”

He said “there was something fishy in the manner in which it was dealt with. No investigative journalists have gone back there. The facts are clear, people don’t want facts because they want to deal with Zuma.”

Zuma said the issue of Nkandla was being used by parties for political gain.

He said an unviable airport was built for a president in George before, referring to apartheid era president PW Botha. He asked whether the matter of security upgrades arose “because now we have a president from Nkandla”.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.