Nkandla road claims rubbished

2012-10-10 22:21

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal has rejected claims that roads in the Nkandla area were made a priority because President Jacob Zuma's home village is located in the area.

"When the construction of all these roads started, President Zuma was not the president of the country," Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said on Wednesday.

"In fact, the former president Thabo Mbeki announced Nkandla and other struggling municipalities as priorities."

The plan to develop these roads and bridges was then put together.

The Mercury newspaper reported on Wednesday that a 32.4km stretch of road, the P15, linking Zuma's village in KwaNxamalala to Kranskop, was built for R290m, and a 54.4km road, the P50, linking Eshowe with the village and the town of Nkandla cost R292m.

The Democratic Alliance said it would ask the public protector to investigate the two new road networks.

"Public funds should not be spent to service the home and the hometown of the president to the detriment of other projects that are meant to improve the lives of ordinary South Africans," said DA transport spokesperson Ian Ollis.

He said he would also ask the protector to investigate whether there had been any political directive to build roads in Nkandla, instead of in other rural areas in the province.

Two pedestrian bridges, across the Nsuze and Mposa rivers in the greater KwaNxamalala area, link villages to schools and cost R4.5m.

Mchunu said work on the P15 began in August 2006. The P50 had been earmarked for upgrading as early as 2003. Work on the two roads provided more than 11 000 jobs.

The roads were not the only major road building projects in the country.

Other examples were the John Ross highway in Richard's Bay and the Sani pass, linking South Africa and Lesotho, the MEC said.

He said R1.92bn had been allocated to roads in other areas in the 2012/13 financial year.

"Surely this should illustrate to everyone that our limited budget covers a wide range of places in the province," said Mchunu.

"Clearly, the spread of this expenditure and areas identified illustrate that our work has nothing to do with politics or the alleged and imagined perceptions that the Nkandla projects were meant for the president."

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-10 23:04

    Looks like the road projects are above aboard - only the amounts quoted are staggering. If the cost of building roads are this high(probably because of labour), there is no way we will replace our aged road infrastructure.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-11 06:54

      Denial is a river that runs from zimpopo all the way to eastern cape and now it spilled it's banks through to inkandla. People we are having another deluge - the denial deluge

      daleinn - 2012-10-11 07:37

      its just politics... tell the people rubbish.. and expect it to all go away.

      phillip.cwazibe - 2012-10-11 07:43

      Cost could reach over R250,00 per square meter and more for bridges. Price varies with construction standards and supply of materials.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-10 23:17

    Yawn. Same old script. Denial, caveats, much burying of evidence in the background. ANC is very good at creating an array of issues to distract our attention whilst telling us how "this cannot be". Just because they said so

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-10-10 23:54

    Nothing wrong with building road in iNkandla. The problem is tax payers money spent on Zuma's private proparty.

      Annette Jacobs - 2012-10-11 07:17

      atlast somebody make sense, we drove on that road in 2006 with an opel even 4x4 find it terrible. roads works was in progress then, that road had nothing to do with Zuma's town. worry about the money spent in his town. we who lives here all benefit by the road and say thankyou. I vote DA please come and live here travel that road and try to imagine all the work that has to be done to build it properly. Why has everything to be politics.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-11 01:27

    I hope and trust this amount includes the fixing of potholes.

      toni.leferinksiljeur - 2012-10-11 10:16

      If they construct a new road they don't have to fill putholes (I hope)

  • adriaan.delange.94 - 2012-10-11 01:38

    He needs to fix it! The problem is he can not drive in nice vehicles to all his wifes on dirt roads. Not forgetting that he could marry more, because he does not pay for the wifes. Not even his culture pays for it"LABOLA".The poor South Africans pay for it. CORRUPTION AT ITS BEST.

  • victor.windsor - 2012-10-11 06:09

    Fix our own roads first !!!!!!

      Annette Jacobs - 2012-10-11 07:39

      It depends on what you call your own roads. This happens to be our roads, seems that kzn dont qualify for anything just because zuma lives here.

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-10-11 06:11

    Is this how much it costs to build roads in South Africa!?? R290m for a 32,4km stretch of tar road!!? That's a staggering R8,9m/kilometre!!! No wonder this country is broke can't even afford to fix potholes!!!

      toni.leferinksiljeur - 2012-10-11 10:18

      It's prbably "ON-POINT" that won the contract. R8.9 milioen per km is redicules. And just to mention they pay the workers not even R500 a week!! Hoppa... an other R2 miojoen to retanga trust

  • brionyl.french - 2012-10-11 07:13


  • Hugh Lawrence - 2012-10-11 07:14

    dont know y u all complaining the NATS govt put an airport in george wen it was not needed..!

      michael.barnard.771 - 2012-10-11 07:22

      That's right, try and distract attention from the problem at hand! What the hell has the George airport and the previous government got to do with what the current idiocy, sorry, democracy, is doing??!! The airport serves a purpose and I would love to know how many people are actually going to use this golden highway??

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-11 07:21

    Has anyone done the maths on theses roads - works out to be almost R7 mil per km, to me that seems excessive, but then i am not a tenderpreneur who needs to line my pockets overnight to show that i have arrived. This is for two road less than 100 kms. There is so much more than could have been done with that sort of money. It might not have happened on Zumas watch, but Zuma could have said "Stop enough, no more" did anyone hear that. Didn't think so. And please don't someone say this is in line with 1st world rates - we are a 3rd world country.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-10-11 07:42

    I guess Madonselas office is inundated with only DA complaints. No other opposition party moans more than the DA.

      ro.jhb.1 - 2012-10-11 08:09

      Cause the DA doesnt steal as much as the other parties dimwit

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-11 07:46

    @Annette Jacob i dnt care m no using Nkandla road...cancelled the project

      jacobs.annette1 - 2012-10-11 08:51

      Can you read, the newspaper says it cost, means it is done there is even an picture of the road. Everybody traveling from everywhere to Northern Natal up to Mozambique using the Northcoast road through Ladysmith,Greytown will use that road and versa visa, it took you to Eshowe. Point is where do you draw the line between healthy reasoning.

      buzzardfrey - 2012-10-11 11:00

      Annette has a point Bafana, and I agree. My only worry is the cost per km - there again the road could be passing through sloping landscapes, rivers and mountains.

  • denton.estment - 2012-10-11 07:49

    Mbeki was looking after his mate Zuma who ultimately stabbed him in the back and had him fired!!!

      Ntombí Siwela - 2012-10-11 09:23

      Mbeki has got a good heart

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-10-11 08:08

    I suggest they toll it!

      jacobs.annette1 - 2012-10-11 08:56

      You also dont make any sense.We are all against your etag roads and oppose it. Now you want to bargain for more toll roads so that you yourself can pay more on your holidays.

  • sealan.lingham - 2012-10-11 08:36

    Well at R10mil/Km +/- but the etolls roads cost R20bill for about 120km thats like R150mil/km ???

  • Ntombí Siwela - 2012-10-11 09:19

    what is wrong if they create jobs...they make our road better for us ...please we all need a better life...that roads are not only for Zuma they for many peoples

  • nadineelvina.francis - 2012-10-11 10:04

    Mm - I wonder if these roads would be E Tolled as well.

  • mzondistanley - 2012-10-11 10:31

    So if you are producing/Managing a certain product for the citizens of the Country then your Home Village or area should not be a beneficiary, DA Helen Zille is coming from one area of South Africa what kind of Roads do they have and when were they built? Hellen Zille and other Boer Collegues benefited a lot from Aparthead policies can we know if PW de klerk and other aparthead Presidents/Leaders did not have roads or Libraries/ and retirement homes built for them? These are retirement benefits for an Exiting President!! And classified as they may be!! But this is mudslinging Politics from Opposition parties and Malema, who are full of Hatred of the Truth, and any Government they are not part of!! DA , You are Hypocrits as a political party and have not changed for the Better under democratic South Africa!! You are drunk about Aparthead hatred that you are poisonous even to your own Youths!! I mean white Youths. There is no new lesson they can learn from you!! You are empty Vessels and spent forces!!

  • jacobs.annette1 - 2012-10-11 10:43

    Rather than breaking you heads over the cost of an road needed thats running through mountains and over rivers, go and read this link It will give you much more to think about, much more reason for your hair to raise and clarity for you next cross on your ballotpaper.

  • Gerrit Coetzee - 2013-12-17 08:02

    It's funny how the government always try to justify corruption by stating: it created 11000 jobs...yeah and? what happens after everything is finished? 11000 sitting without a job? it goes to shows how dumb these people are, and not just any dumb, a special kind of dumb, I think we should start a huge bet, on how many years till SA end's up like Zimbabwe, only a few with houses 200 Million worth while the other 98% of the country are left to poverty and famine. I would love to see this happen before I die, and the only people to be blamed are the people voting for these clowns...good luck on digging SA grave.

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