‘Respect Zuma’s privacy’

2013-12-27 00:00

LOCALS from President Jacob Zuma’s home village of Nkandla yesterday held a march to protest against the calls for him to resign.

Zuma has been severely criticised for the controversial R206 million security upgrade to his homestead and there have been calls in some quarters, especially from Numsa, that Zuma should step down from office.

The march was organised by the ANC’s local Msholozi branch and attracted about 70 members of the community who braved the scorching heat to hand a petition to local traditional leader Inkosi Bhekokwakhe Zuma.

According to march organiser and ANC councillor Sibongiseni Bhengu, they obtained permission to hold the march from Inkosi Zuma and also notified the police.

Bhengu said they were sick and tired of waking up every day to the news that projected Zuma in a negative light.

“There are so many things said about him. He is no longer respected in this country,” he said.

Bhengu also said the president ought to be treated like any citizen and should be accorded the respect he deserved.

“As a citizen of this country, he has a right to privacy with his family. He can’t be exposed in the manner it is done.

“He must be left to live his own life like any other person and be respected as such.”

He added that apart from Zuma being the country’s president, he was the leader of the ANC which elected him at its last conference and could recall him if there was a need.

Bhengu said the villagers saw nothing wrong with the expensive upgrades at Zuma’s home.

“We as the community don’t see the hype that is being created and we just see a homestead which is like any other.

“As for the outcry about large sums of money spent, we don’t care at all. After all, we want the president to have a house that presents the image of a stately homestead that befits his status,” he said.

Inkosi Zuma could not be reached for comment.

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