Cosatu: Nothing new in Nkandla report

2013-01-28 16:50

Johannesburg - A report detailing the costs for President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, in KwaZulu-Natal, has revealed nothing new, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Monday.

"In relation to... the Nkandla saga, there is nothing new that has come up, in our view, from that particular report," Gauteng Cosatu secretary Dumisani Dakile told journalists in Johannesburg.

"In fact, some of these issues are ones we have been raising for some time - the fact that government has no capacity to do anything. Everything is outsourced."

On Sunday, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said the government spent R206m on security upgrades and consultants for the home.

Included in this amount was R135m for the "operational needs" of various government departments, and R71m for consultants and security features such as bullet proof windows, security fencing, evacuation mechanisms and fire-fighting equipment, he told reporters in Pretoria.

Also included in the total was R26m to make changes to the project (variation orders).

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said neither Zuma nor his family had any input on the security upgrade.

"They were not involved with the design and installation of security measures."

Nxesi said Zuma was informed of the security upgrades, but did not know any of the details.

Dakile said it was "not surprising" that corrupt officials benefited unfairly by outsourcing work on the home.

"People in government must choose whether they want to serve the people, or they want to be in business," he said.

"We know for a fact that there are people who are charging the state R200 for a loaf of bread."

He said the national office of Cosatu was studying the report and would release a detailed statement on it at a later stage.

  • DanielDennett - 2013-01-28 17:00

    71 million for consultants sounds like a lot of money or a building project.

      DanielDennett - 2013-01-28 17:00

      for a building project

      lee.brand.73 - 2013-01-28 17:19

      agreed - profoundly describes it well.

      nicholas.graan - 2013-01-28 17:25

      More spin, lies, smoke and mirrors. I do not believe anything that anyone representing Zuma or the government has to say. I will listen to what a representative from an independent investigative organisation has to say.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-01-28 17:26

      Morons, you voted for this thief!

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-01-28 19:57

      Published: A letter that shows Zuma knew of the upgrades done on Nkandla, despite Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi's insistence that he didn't. - The letter, containing a detailed progress report for presentation to President Jacob Zuma, was sent on November 5 2010 by the department's minister at the time, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde. It stipulated the work done on the security installations at Zuma's private residence. •See the letter here

      allan.whitton1 - 2013-01-28 20:35

      71 million sounds about right when you have to fly them in from China, Russia, Cuba and Zimbabwe. With flights, 7* accommodation and all the perks (and the A4 paper and pencils) this should be about right.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-28 17:08

    R200 for a bread? If you got millions and pay R200 per bread then you are just plain dumb.

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-29 08:53

      Not dumb, corrupt rather. OK, dumb as well...

  • neville.watson.94 - 2013-01-28 17:23

    Who is this consultants ? is it comrades or family members or ghost

  • warren.rodel - 2013-01-28 17:36

    nothing new - yes, but definitely still wrong!

  • zimzon.zimzon - 2013-01-28 17:37

    Just check out the ugly Cosatu logo: if Zapiro would have drawn black people like that it would have been said that it is degrading and racist...

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-01-28 17:48

      Nice one Zimzon LOL!

  • Sibusiso - 2013-01-28 17:41

    Mr Dakile ,why are u not calling for Mr Zuma's resignation .You won't because it's your comrade and u don't want to jeopardise your political career and by extension your source of livelihood .While I agree that companies and other individuals involved in corruption in this Nkandla issue should be punished ,there should be political consequences as well .Don't blame everything on junior officials .They never approved of this project and its costs ,politicians did .

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2013-01-28 17:42

    So who is the idiot that's paying these people? How the hell do you not notice that you paying R200 for a loaf of bread? And surely you shop around for the cheapest quote or is this just another scam to steal from the coffers?

  • nhlapop - 2013-01-28 17:42

    Don't know why people shocked and suprise about this issue because we all know that Zuma will walk free regarding the money that he spent to upgrade his home.

  • patterson.graeme - 2013-01-28 17:45

    What has this got to do with COSATU? Since when are they a political party?

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-28 17:54

    What on earth does a Trade Union have to do with the president's 'crib'? Cosatu should be complaining about how many jobs have been forfeited because of the R200m spent on junk!

  • vutisani.masangu - 2013-01-28 18:16

    R206M is lot of Cash, i mean for one person to benefit like this? i bit ANC is History to lead the Country come next election. my Vote now belong to DA. i Luv ANC but for this im real sorry

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-28 18:25

      Voting for the ANC amounts to being an accomplice in the crime of robbery and looting of taxes meant for public services

  • davy.botha - 2013-01-28 18:18

    If you are a member of the tri-party alliance you dare not criticise and accuse Zuma. The SACP and Cosatu have shown that they are not on the moral high ground but are also in the mud with the ANC where they play together with the pigs. What idiot would let a person come build at his home and not know what changes they are going to make. I am not a idiot maybe you guys out there that believe this nonsence but not me!

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-01-28 18:20

    By installing security to the tune of R210m is just proof that jelly fish zuma has no trust in the country's security forces.

  • stephen.king.900 - 2013-01-28 18:24

    They are only doing what zuma has given permission to do. He has stated on national tv that its ok for government employeas to do bussines in a private capacity for the government. ie your family members or connections will get the tender. I was told to my face by a local anc councilor that if you dont have a membership card or dont vote for the anc then you have no chance of doing bussines with them.

  • Mashudu Matamela - 2013-01-28 18:37

    What a barking stray dog! Who are trying to protect? Is it because he is throwing fresh meaty bones to you?

  • Mashudu Matamela - 2013-01-28 18:47

    What a stray barking dog! Who are trying to protect ? Is it because he is throwing fresh meaty bones to you.

  • kusturi.bissondut - 2013-01-28 18:51

    LIEs,LIES,LIES and more LIES!!!!Does this government think we the people are that stupid??? Surely they are getting some kickbacks for telling LIES and shielding JZ...

  • gadley - 2013-01-28 18:55

    I must say that I have begun to quite enjoy watching Cosatu give the gov gears. Please do not under estimate their power, they could bring this country to a stand still if they wanted to. They are a force to be reckoned with, and one to keep always an eye on. It's a crazy time in SA politics, people's perspectives are changing, mind sets are shifting, the opposition is growing. People are tired of all the empty promises, corruption and mismanagement. We all have a role in turning this country around, a credible parliament certainly would help, but it starts with us.

  • Mashudu Matamela - 2013-01-28 19:04

    What a barking stray dog! Who are trying to protect? Is it because he is throwing fresh meaty bones to you. You are a trade unionist not a politician. That is why you are selling the working force you do not know where you are standing.

  • - 2013-01-28 19:17

    COSATU should keep very quiet. Most of the people they are pointing fingers at make up the majority of their membership. And the fact that there's nothing new implies that COSATU has been fully aware of the costs of Nkandla all along.

  • JAJAJA - 2013-01-28 20:04

    my comment removed here again... cosatu don't know their arse from their arshool....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MrGrumpy - 2013-01-28 20:27

    Easy solution! The landlord cancels the lease and moves in - as I understand it, the landlord is the Zulu nation as represented by their king or someone. Alternatively, the people of South Africa launch a lawsuit for unjust enrichment and claim the loot back or ownership of the home (lawyers can comment here, but I'm not paying for the advice!) That way, South Africa will at least own that home and it can be used as an official residence for presidents, rather than as a private home.

  • allan.whitton1 - 2013-01-28 20:30

    When Zuma is no longer President he will not need all that security so since all the building are owned by the state that means they can be used as RDP housing which will be nice as there will be a hospital and many other facilities, they only have to move the wall closer to the house

  • Crracker - 2013-01-28 20:38

    Deep down Cosatu likes the ANC and its leaders. That's what the evidence suggests.

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-01-28 21:06

    Cosatu an Sacp r t fat bridesmaids of t ANC.

  • Hasani P - 2013-01-28 21:23

    It is simply the case of the right hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. The minister of police also was nt aware of the costs of security upgrades on his wall. This type of ignorance is new defence mechanism on the part of government. Is it the government supposes to know? Who is the government. One day we will wake up to find all government money missin.

  • Joe - 2013-01-29 00:27

    Why would a man of the people, loved by all and sunder need bulletproof windows for his house? And that's some expensive bread right there. Must be really, really nice bread.

  • ricky.naicker.9 - 2013-01-29 06:11

    So for every R1m spent on consultant, R1.89m was spent on the project

  • lestine.stevens - 2013-01-30 08:59

    Well not sure why all the fuss, it's a "culture among africans" I can almost hear Jackson sings very soon....running a country as sophissticated as SA requires far more than the combined capacity of the ANC leadership, something they truly will not accept is this,THEY CANNOT GOVERN, they can TOY-TOY with taxpayer's money in the mistaken belief it is their inheritance.

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