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Heavy police presence at Nkandla

2012-11-04 11:36

Durban - About 100 police officers in riot gear were in Nkandla on Sunday ahead of DA leader Helen Zille's planned inspection of President Jacob Zuma's homestead.

About 50 African National Congress supporters were protesting on the road outside Zuma's residence, in the village of KwaNxamalala. Some carried placards reading: "Stop attacking Zuma".

A police helicopter was in the air and officers were stopping vehicles heading in the direction of Zuma's compound, checking licences and identities.

There were several armoured Nyala riot vehicles at various points along the road, as well as a water cannon.

The Democratic Alliance was planning to visit Zuma's private residence, where an upgrade, reportedly costing R200 million, was in progress. Zille and DA officials intended inspecting roads around the property and would try to enter the compound.

Zille was expected to arrive at the residence between 10:00 and 11:00, along with a media contingent.

The African National Congress and its allies have criticised the move.

On Saturday the SA Communist Party said the planned inspection was part of a racist right-wing agenda.

On Friday the African National Congress warned the DA could receive a welcoming similar to the stone-throwing that erupted in May when the opposition party tried to march to the Congress of SA Trade Unions' headquarters in Johannesburg.

Comments
  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-04 11:45

    Not even Queen Elizabeth gets such a reception...it all just adds credence and predominance to Helen Zille,go lady inspect this debacle and bring all the foreign journalists along..time the world sees what the ANC is all about,nothing but thieves and plunderers!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-11-04 13:19

      "100 police officers in riot gear were in Nkandla on Sunday ahead of DA leader Helen Zille's planned inspection" What a joke that is.Because one woman comes to look at some dump that's situated on a hill you ANC gets to rally the police in on high alert.What for?Helen Zille must be laughing her head off at all these pathetic clowns in Government and what they come up with. A Zimbabwean security guard at one of our company entrance gates in North London told me that anyone in that country that even as much as ventured near Robert Mugabe's residence risked being shot dead at one time.It seems that all African leaders follow a similar "don't come near here" precedent of intimidating other people.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-04 14:09

      Best circus in a long time.

  • alisha.abad.7 - 2012-11-04 11:47

    It's a public road, paid for by public tax money. The constitution guarantees freedom of movement. Any attempted hindrance of Zille or her officials visiting the area will be unconstitutional, whether attempted by the ANC or the police alike.

      alisha.abad.7 - 2012-11-04 11:55

      Zille is fact-finding. She walks the talk! She rolls up her sleeves and bravely ventures into the lion's den to see for herself, so that she can speak with authority on the subject, unlike the cowardly hyenas of the ANC who know nothing about the lives of ordinary South Africans and spew garbage press statements from 5 star hotels.

      helio.paulo.7 - 2012-11-04 12:03

      @sganja.....there may be many ways to look at the DA protest at Nkandla, but one thing for sure is Zille is not boring, she has a lot more balls than many a ANC politician and that my friend, no one can deny!

      omge.klits - 2012-11-04 12:07

      Yeah - its a public road paid for with public money on tribal land - which means it now belongs to the community b'cause it attaches to the land - and in terms of the ANC's vision for the future - the jurisprudence in this area vests with the local induna. Helen might just be called to appear before the local tribal council to account for her fact finding sins.

      alisha.abad.7 - 2012-11-04 12:18

      @ omge.klits. You forgot one important fact. The local tribe didn't contribute 1c for this infrastructure. It was paid for by 6% of the population who pay tax. Mainly people of the minority tribes.

      jacques.d.plessis.75 - 2012-11-04 12:37

      @sganja, dont lie, you racist. What does Malema do? Provokes everyone.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-04 11:52

    All that for ONE white woman??????.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-04 12:32

      No, all that for the stone throwing that was threatened onto her.

  • Jakkals Venter - 2012-11-04 11:53

    Go Zille Go for to long the ANC is getting away with every thing. show the world what Africa is all about. They must stop borrowing money to SA because they spend it on luxury goods.

  • kyle.r.lottering - 2012-11-04 11:53

    haha lets see what happens with all the \threats\ from stupid supporters whose only argument is its racist and we will throw stones at you. Bunch of idiots, one of them being the pres.

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-04 11:55

    As much as I abhor the waste of tax payers money, I think Zille is just stirring up trouble again.

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-04 12:07

      And if she does wont you be happy to try and put a stop to this corrupt ANC maaifoedies?

      Peter - 2012-11-04 12:24

      It's called your democratic right. The media by and large here is owned by the ANC,this includes liberal radio talk stations like 702 and hosts protecting their COSATU' owned arses, rather than speaking out. The only way to expose and draw attention to this and other scandals, without censorship, is to publicly exploit it to the international media, so everyone can see what the ANC is doing with our money, supposed to be used to uplift people living in poverty and hopelessness. ANC buddies Communist league are already trying to turn this into a race thing.

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-04 12:31

      OH, OH and mr zuma, ronald and malema and vavi are all just doing so much for the country already right?

      anele.mveku - 2012-11-04 13:12

      We share the same sentiments Derek.

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-04 13:55

      Anza I said tht too

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-11-04 11:56

    Be scared, Godzilla is coming to destroy your palace, be very scared!!! Bring in the army, glad we have the helicopter to evacuate the wives. Is Godzilla's contingent armed??? Maybe de Klerk is with her, maybe Malema??? Worry worry worry. Secrets must be kept secret!!! This new Zulu king must be protected at all cost.

      alisha.abad.7 - 2012-11-04 12:01

      Zuma is probably in his recently built underground bunker shaking in his boots.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-04 12:19

      Agreed. Aunty Zil is going to open up a big can of worms, and they know it.

  • ingwani.sithole - 2012-11-04 11:57

    Don't worry in Mangaung we will get rid of Zuma, he's a liability.He must go

      morrisn2 - 2012-11-04 12:01

      Who`s we?

      alisha.abad.7 - 2012-11-04 12:04

      We, the people!

      deon.grove.1 - 2012-11-04 12:17

      And replace him with who?Malema?

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-04 12:33

      Who's this "we"?

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-04 12:34

      Who is this "Malema" you are talking about? :-P

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-11-04 12:38

      @dean.grove.1 'n Oordentlike persoon soos Helen Zille(DA).

      edward.radingoana.1 - 2012-11-04 14:43

      If Zuma could survive Mangaung, Nkandla will be SA's 10th Province to enjoy all the Provincial Budget benefits

  • SaintBruce - 2012-11-04 11:58

    If Nkandla is a National Keypoint , then it cannot be in private control especially if tax payers money was used to expand the whole compound. This means that any taxpayer [ or their representative] may inspect what their money has purchased and whether value for money was obtained. Helen Zille, as a taxpayer I authorise you to inspect this site and any other aspects you, as my representative, feel are required to establish the fair employment of my tax funds for this project. Should you believe that a fair price was not paid or even justified, I require you to launch a formal inquiry on behalf of myself and all my fellow tax paying citizens. Thanks

      flysouth - 2012-11-04 12:20

      When National Keypoint legislation was introduced in the 1980s many privately owned properties etc were designated, such as fuel depots and refineries of Mobil (now Engen), Sasol etc,etc, and many other 'strategic' industrial sites, most of which were private sector businesses.

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-11-04 17:56

      Sure , I agree however it was up to the private sector to install and maintain security aspects of such keypoints. The point we are all trying to make is the sheer scale of public vs private money in this particular case. People draw an analogy with the White House in the USA which is a public building and the President moves in to live there during their terms of office. The SA President has 3 such residences already so the personal - post presidency - home is not lived in during office. I wonder if the ANC have gauged a level of dislike against Jacob Zuma that predicts a serious backlash against him and his family to warrant such post presidency security measures? Now where would THAT level of threat come from?......

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-11-04 11:59

    You got to love this country, 100 police for H Zille?

      douglas.reid.921 - 2012-11-04 12:08

      The Romans sent a cohort for Jesus (400 soldiers). She has a way to go.

  • sakhile.gamede - 2012-11-04 12:00

    what good is that going to do the country..these people(ANC and DA)should stop fighting politics using us..this is utter useless

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-11-04 12:08

      Sakhile, an opposition party is there to protect everyone from the greed of the ruling party. You voted, did you not? Therefore you must take the consequences if you voted for ANC. - Kathy

  • Johan5417 - 2012-11-04 12:01

    What utter nonsense. I was under the impression that the struggle was about democracy and all that it entails. It appears to me that what the ANC believe in is we will attack you if you do anything that displeases us even if it is your democratic right to do so. Why must violence be resorted to?

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-11-04 12:02

    SACP is ignorant what does racism have 2 do with inspection.Zuma is stealing from poor ppl who trying 2 make it happen in life n dey are defending him..Big up 2 Zille 4 showing concern about how ANC waste our money..To hell wth Zumaville

  • Jakkals Venter - 2012-11-04 12:03

    @sibisi yes something is going to happen soon not because black people are in power it is because of corrupt President and followers. I will support any Government black or white as long as they are there for the people not them for them self.

  • davidrobertlewis - 2012-11-04 12:04

    Justice for Robbie Jansen, No to ANC Labour Court Corruption

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-04 12:05

    What the hell has Zuma got to hide after all it is the taxpayers money which he is stealing. The people who vote for the ANC are living in squalor but Zuma and all the other thieves in the ANC live like kings and will do so for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the people of South Africa should ALL stand up and voice their dissatisfaction at what is happening. Hope Zilla and the Public Protector do not stop with this "investigation"

  • Lungisa Ntulo - 2012-11-04 12:05

    i think to solve this problem we need to have a Presidential house like the white house..fully secured with all the necessary technology instead of upgrading every next President's house..its gonna save on costs

      fanie.essgee - 2012-11-04 12:16

      That seems really a good idea.... you use when in Office, and vacate as you get voted out.... some forward thinking here, well done Longisa....

      derek.paxton.7 - 2012-11-04 12:16

      Great idea

      nandi.speelman - 2012-11-04 12:27

      Lungisa they do have, Presidential houses, Cape Town and Pretoria, Nkandla is supposed to be his personal house.

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-11-04 12:08

    To hell with ANC,SACP and Zumaville we had enough.People are starving..Big up to Zille 4 showing concern bwt how our hard earned tax go into waste..Zuma must go

      qaba.scott - 2012-11-04 12:13

      I hope must a nice stone your zille

      yandisaj - 2012-11-04 12:23

      Yini yena ayenzayo for abantu baseCPT ngesikhathi azophaphela uzuma wish ukuthi bangamshisa

      maokeng.mankge - 2012-11-04 12:26

      Whatever dawg fact is I work 4 dis tax,its my constitutional right to comment here..

  • danien1 - 2012-11-04 12:09

    If Zuma has nothing to hide he should invite Zille for a cup of tea.

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-11-04 12:15

      I think Zuma is not even there. He went away for the weekend. He's the one who is running scared.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-04 12:29

      She just needs to make sure tea cups are clean.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-11-04 12:13

    Only people with something to hide act like this, but then again everything the ANC and those clowns in charge of the ANC does seems not to be on the up and up.... Wow i never expected it to happen so quickly after such a noble person as former President Nelson Mandela retired, but is has only taken to ANC 14 years after that day to destroy this once proud country and reduce it to a utter unmanageable mess. You have become what you once fought against, how utterly sad for this country and its people... I am so tired of reading this mess, it is time you all just get the F#$ck out of my country, so we can once again build it to something to be proud of, and a place of safety for all.... all of you just get out and go and destroy something else, that is all you idiots can do... Vomit......

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-04 12:25

      Right with you man..we all are getting more and more tired with all this bickering...this complaining and whining from the ANC..a little more push and people will start to get serious about doing something about this country once and for all..perhaps what you propose is the only solution am becoming more and more sure of it every day..so this is good we need to know where we stand time for talking is getting shorter and shorter by the day!!

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-04 12:35

      Exactly! EXACTLY!! It's a shame the ANC supporters cant think like that.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-11-04 12:14

    why doesn't Zuma just invite and welcome her and take her for a tour- is there anything to hide really- the whole place is standing there for anyone to see...(by doing this the whole palava can be immediately solved- all the police "presence" can go home or fight real crime- does he have the country's or his own selfish interests at heart?) politicians make me sick

      Mbuyazi Dube - 2012-11-04 12:20

      dats true louis he shud really jst invyt her in at da end of da day she cant do nicks abt it its there its there nd it will be build to da standard dat thy want to build it nd no 1 can stop them

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-11-04 12:14

    Where is the democraacy that the ANC is suppose to stand for? Helen Zille has my permission as a tax payer to see how my tax money is being spent. What are they hiding that they don't want us to know?

  • madise.paul - 2012-11-04 12:16

    i think pres Zuma must wife Zille, finish and klaar!

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-04 12:16

    What is it with these ANC members acting as if they are above the law, if the DA goes there and do not enter the private property of the President then they are not breaking any laws. Why do they act like they have something to hide. Why are educated,supposedly reasonable members of the ANC not questioning this expenditure of Nkandla. Are the ANC already corrupt to the core? I think so

  • morrisn2 - 2012-11-04 12:20

    If ANC is corrupt wht DA is,y not winning the election,i`ve never heard DA coming up wth an alternative nd new policies rather they attack ANC and individuals within it, where was DA whn south africans were terrorised, killed n tortured by their brothers?

      christiaan.vanvuuren.9 - 2012-11-04 12:29

      If youve never.heard any policies proposed by DA youre living under a rock. You dont care if they give alternative policies because like you, most ANC supporters are voting with their blinded faith. I read.a comment where the person said he would rather starve under ANC than live under DA. This would be a good statement if the morality of the parties were switched but it is not and thus it is a fools comment... ANC had their chance but people like you will keep voting for them rather than give another party a chance to show their metal.

  • louis.frederick2 - 2012-11-04 12:21

    It shows you there is something unlawful going on in Zuma's resitence if the DA is forced to stayaway.We have the right to know,its our hard working money that he is playing with.

  • k.maclachlan - 2012-11-04 12:24

    What does wrongfully spending taxpayers money have to do with race? Why must the ANC ALWAYS turn it into a racial issue?

  • nandi.speelman - 2012-11-04 12:25

    I dont think Zille's inspections is wrong, if public money is going to be used to it, is no longer a private place, it is a public place, if it was R100 000.00 I don't think people would be moaning but if it runs to hundreds of million Oh! yes.

  • calliedj - 2012-11-04 12:27

    The DA contingent consists of SEVEN people, obviously unarmed. ANC clearly very scared of them!

  • Kerry Harwin - 2012-11-04 12:27

    Zuma obviously has plenty to hide if there is such an uproar with Zille visiting Nkandla. Why are taxpayers paying for the improvements to his private home in the first place. That money should have gone to building houses and improving service delivery for the poor surely. The supporters of the ANC have only themselves to blame for their leaders. They voted this corrupt, uneducated thief into power so they must reap what they sow. Zille is going out their to investigate what every taxpayer has the right to know.

  • jeandre.welgemoed - 2012-11-04 12:30

    Its amazing how every single topic whether its sport,entertainment or political issues must cause users on this site to lash out at each other with racism and threats! Its like news24 likes the racial vibes or the remarks users through at each other! This has nothing to do with RACE some of you morons should really stop living in the past and start seeing the bigger picture that for the past 18 years the ANC has NOT changed a singe thing in this country, and whether is DA,IFP or cope that wins the next elections i don't care about the race of the leader just as long as he can run this country the way it should be! But some idiots can't see the bigger picture all its about is the BLACK man in charge and that's a fact

  • jenny.nel.92 - 2012-11-04 12:30

    Zille's intentions are pure, but she is up against thugs that Zuma surrounds himself with, who are killers, and who are expendable. Zille leads by example : you won't see her swanning around in a blue light brigade or splashing taxpayers' money around on vulgar opulence while her people are uneducated, homeless and unemployed. She is brave for doing this, and I hope that many international journalist spread the word of Zuma's obscene greed, but I sincerely hope they don't hurt her or any of the people who will be accompanying her. She is too precious to us to be wasted on the likes of Zuma and his gaggle of intellectually bankrupt women and hangers-on. The masses need to realize that, as long as the ANC cadres (and their are thousands of the rubbish) take taxpayers' money as their own, there will never be racial harmony or prosperity in this country. I believe we all deserve better - all of us, no matter what colour.

  • No.You're a handbag - 2012-11-04 12:31

    As long as there are morons who will defend spending R 200 million on a personal residence in SA, the country is doomed. How many HIV meds us he stealing? How many text books? How many rdp houses? Banana anyone?

  • nkosi.khumalo.33 - 2012-11-04 12:32

    Why are the police interfering?? We want the people of Nkandla to show the racist empress what they think of her! She needs to see how we feel about her!!

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-11-04 13:01

      Wow weee, you are such a tough guy, oooooooo we so scared of such a big man! I bet you sleep in Superman pyjamas to make you feel even more manly! Go big man, GO!

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-04 14:00

      Its funny, it doesn't seem that you know anything of Helen Zille, she stood for black people in the apartheid times and yet you demise her!? How is that, is it because she it white? Racist!!!

  • Zahir - 2012-11-04 12:32

    The anc and zuma is sinking this country to new lows abuse of state power and resources

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-04 12:32

    What Zille should have done is to request the world known media to come along and highlight every little move in live time mode. Let the rest of the world especially the great democrates who have pushed South Africa into corner see what are the consequences of their interference and what kind of ruthless monster was let out of his cage with their help.

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-11-04 12:35

    There is a 560 million rands boarding school project in my area i am still waiting for zinhle and her da entourage to come over here to 'look' how public money is being spent by the govt.

  • dimitri.tsafendas - 2012-11-04 12:37

    Heheheheheheh, this is exactly what Zille wanted and the ANC fell for the bait!!!!

  • tswaledi.hlakudi - 2012-11-04 12:38

    Nowhere to run!

  • DC Gabara - 2012-11-04 12:38

    If the DA really wants to run this country they must earn black people's trust, this is another move that will only spark hate. The DA running this country would be some positives, for example, there wont be negatives images painted on news all the time, corruption will have a new name and they will convince the entire country that we are living in a perfect world. They show us stats of improvement the ANC shows us but only this time PEOPLE will actually believe it because white people actually CARE about each other and other people at the same time. Unlike most white business leaders/owners they will not be invading tax, fraud, corruption, etc. How dare I even mention the word corruption in the same sentence with white people.

  • di.hingley - 2012-11-04 12:38

    I wonder what Zuma has to hide?

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-04 12:46

      a spear.

  • sphala - 2012-11-04 12:45

    ANC is dilapidated by Showerman...what goes around comes back around, where's Malema, I would like to see him associate with DA only on this one, work of opposition part....

  • anthony.richardson.961 - 2012-11-04 12:48

    50 ANC protesters with placards? Hardly the resistance I would have expected from the ANC/SACP hype over the past couple of days.\r\n\r\nBot the question has to be asked, is the police presence (armed cops, choppers, Nyalas) there to maintain law and order or to repel the \DA invasion\? \r\n\r\nIf I, as a private citizen (as is Heken Zille), want to take a Sunday drive through rural KZN to check out whats going on can I expect to be met with an unruly mob an heavy police presence? All at taxpayers expense a la Nkandla!

  • nkosi.khumalo.33 - 2012-11-04 12:55

    This is racism of the worst order. I'm so saddened by this act of the DA. There will never be reconciliation in SA as long as the DA is still around, they are hell bent on keeping SA divided! Shame on them

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-11-04 12:57

      Shame on you for being so naïve and not seeing the truth of your ANC big wigs stealing the country dry!!! The AnC is deviding this country all by themselves!

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-04 13:05

      Of course it was Zille and her rented crowd who was jumping around and singing "Kill the ...r". As well she came out in parliament proposing to ban all the black members of staff from work at SA Airlines and she lives ridiculously lavish life in her freshly built underground palace.

      nkosi.khumalo.33 - 2012-11-04 13:12

      Diana you are a hoe.. Shut up

      lee.brand.73 - 2012-11-04 13:33

      you are the hoe of your thieving masters - and a racist who accuses others of being racist with no basis of fact or common sense.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-04 13:35

      and you are a piece of it. Go back to work and clean madam's toilet.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-04 14:03

      Its funny, it doesn't seem that you know anything of Helen Zille, she stood for black people in the apartheid times and yet you demise her!? How is that, is it because she it white? You are the Racist!!!

  • anthony.richardson.961 - 2012-11-04 13:09

    50 ANC protesters with placards? Hardly the resistance I would have expected from the ANC/SACP hype over the past couple of days.\r\n\r\nBot the question has to be asked, is the police presence (armed cops, choppers, Nyalas) there to maintain law and order or to repel the \DA invasion\? \r\n\r\nIf I, as a private citizen (as is Heken Zille), want to take a Sunday drive through rural KZN to check out whats going on can I expect to be met with an unruly mob an heavy police presence? All at taxpayers expense a la Nkandla!

  • Stacey Fulufhelo Williams - 2012-11-04 13:13

    why is this an act of racism? wrong is being done to the nation as a whole! R200million could put your family and mine out of debt to live better lives.

      nhlanhlaz1 - 2012-11-04 14:15

      It is the act of racism, how can you just budge in the house you don't own, and expect everyone to welcome you, can't this be done professional in order to find out how's this R200million came about in to renovating Zuma's homestead. Helen was creating a drama to gain publicity, she seems like she was brought up like a spoiled brat.

  • Lungisa Ntulo - 2012-11-04 13:13

    There's nothing wrong with questioning the spending of R200million on the President's house..i think Helen Zille's approach is wrong..there are channels to be followed..she is making this a personal matter by going to Zuma's house..she was not invited,this is a personal property..She must be Professional

      edward.radingoana.1 - 2012-11-04 14:52

      You need to be taught that you cannot say you have complete information of something unless you have visited the scene. Can't blame you, you can't understand investigations. By visiting the scene you are closing all the loopholes so that you cannot be hit with surprises. I wonder if you know who is a Taxpayer.

  • Jacques - 2012-11-04 13:13

    Go da! Show these criminals they're being scrutinised by the oposition!

      Lungisa Ntulo - 2012-11-04 13:47

      Who is the criminal here?The man who wants to spend R200m of tax on his house or the lady who is trying to trespass into the President's house?i think both!

      nhlanhlaz1 - 2012-11-04 14:33

      DA is dividing south africans into two,how silly of us to think racism has ended but it stays as a clear proof that white will always be white and black will always be black, just that people like helen don't respect mans privacy if she wants to know the truth or investigate I suggest she looks at her perfect life and her municipality before budging in to be seen as a fighter against crime but all she can be a criminal herself, cause if ANC is to do what she does, she will rot in jail.

  • deon.booysen - 2012-11-04 13:45

    How is visiting the site racist but stealing R200 million rand from the poor okay?

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-11-04 13:51

    Ek dink nie die president moet vir zille vermy om na sy huis toe te gaan nie of het hy iets om weg te steek?