Taxpayers footing the bill for Nkandla’s electricity – DA

2014-01-08 16:25

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Not only have taxpayers had to fork out more than R200 million for the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, but it seems that South Africans are also paying his electricity bill, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says.

The party said on its website that a DA parliamentary question revealed that the Department of Public Works was footing the bill for the electricity at Zuma’s private residence.

According to the DA, the reply stated that this is to “pay for aspects related to security”.

Since no details of exactly how much was spent on security are available, DA parliamentary member Anchen Dreyer said she would resubmit the question in the National Assembly and request further information.

“This latest revelation is a slap in the face for so many South Africans who have yet to receive access to electricity, or who battle each month to pay their bills,” Dreyer said.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to release her report on Nkandla later this month.

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