‘Not fair for Zuma to pay for upgrades’

2014-03-21 00:00

THE Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) and the KZN South African Communist Party (SACP) say its not fair for President Jacob Zuma to pay for the kraal, swimming pool, chicken run and amphitheatre built at his house as part of security measures as prescribed in the report on his Nkandla home by the public protector Thuli Madonsela.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event held by the Shembe Church celebrating 20 years of democracy in Inanda yesterday, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said the trade union federation welcomed Madonsela’s report but the focus should be those people who were behind inflating the prices for the work done on Zuma’s home.

“We are happy that finally the report is out after many leaks which were clearly designed to shape its outcomes,” said Dlamini. “There is no evidence that the president gave instructions to anyone to install the security measures and for that reason he cannot be expected to pay for what is found to be irregular.”

He said Cosatu was concerned about the various irregularities identified in tender processes and the collusion between government officials and contractors where tender service prices were inflated.

“We are saying government must work hard to deal with officials who collude with contractors and the ministers implicated in colluding with contractors must be held accountable.”

Dlamini took a swipe on the Democratic Alliance move to open a case against Zuma in Nkandla yesterday. “The DA is exercising politics in the most disgusting manner. There’s a process in place to deal with the public protector’s report and the way they are going about it they are just trying to undermine the president.”

SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu said Madonsela’s report is no different from the one issued by the Department of Public Works but that her report has been “sensationalised”.

“What needs to be done is that government should investigate the price inflation by service providers when they procure state tenders.

The price inflation issue did not start in Nkandla, but has been an ongoing thing country wide, hence the need for an investigation into the matter,” said Mthembu.

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