Nkandla: ‘Govt flouted processes’

2012-12-18 00:00

THE government flouted Parliamentary procedures in its haste to declare President Jacob Zuma’s home in Nkandla a national key point.

This was revealed in a reply to a question asked by Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.

“President Zuma has revealed he did not receive a notification that his Nkandla home had been declared a national key point, as is required by Section 3 of the National Key Point Act of 1980,” said Mazibuko.

She said the president also admitted that he was not asked to make any financial contribution, which was provided for in the section.

“This flouting of the processes … is further evidence that it has been used by the executive to hide details of the more than R250 million upgrade to President Zuma’s private home in Nkandla. This latest development in the ongoing ‘Nkandlagate’ only supports suspicions that the National Key Point Act has been utilised solely to provide a smokescreen behind which the government could use public money to lavishly and inappropriately spend hundreds of millions of rand on the president.

“This must be met with accountability, and I will do everything possible to ensure that this happens,” said Mazibuko.

Public Works spokesperson Sabelo Mali said the minister, Thulas Nxesi, was the only one authorised to speak to the media about Nkandla. “He’s in Mangaung right now, so you won’t be able to get hold of him. Even myself, I can’t get through to him,” said Mali.

Police ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi would neither deny nor confirm whether Zuma had been notified that his home had been declared a national key point.

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