Nkandla tuck shock

2013-02-03 11:08

Durban - Included in the government’s R206m splurge on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla compound is a tuck shop built for First Lady Sizakele Khumalo’s use.

City Press can reveal that the department of public works paid a contractor to build a brand-new tuck shop for MaKhumalo.

This challenges Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi’s contention that government only spent money on security upgrades and operational measures at Nkandla.

MaKhumalo is Zuma’s first wife and has been running a tuck shop and vegetable garden at Nkandla for years.

The website of her Mashobane Foundation states that she “presides over the homestead in Nkandla, where she is often seen among ordinary rural South Africans”.

“She is active in the community, and her interest is agriculture and food security. She runs a vegetable garden and a tuck shop in Nkandla.”

Open secret

A high-level source with knowledge of the Nkandlagate splurge told City Press it was an open secret that the new tuck shop built at the president’s homestead was for the private use of his first wife.

At last week’s press conference on the scandal, Nxesi was at pains to defend Zuma’s hands-off role in the process and said there was “no evidence” that public money was spent to build the “private residence” of the president. But Nxesi said nothing about the new tuck shop.

In an official public works progress report, dated 5 November 2010, the cost for the construction of a “guard house, bin and tuck shop” was estimated to be R586?467.

Neither of Zuma’s spokespersons responded to questions this week.

Nxesi’s legal adviser, Phillip Masilo, said disclosing information about a National Key Point was “outside the normal standard”.

He didn’t respond to specific questions on why the state was paying for a building upgrade that clearly benefits Zuma’s family.

Masilo said: “After the security assessments and threat analysis by the security agents, the department of public works was required to implement the recommendations in line with the assessment.

No comment

“We cannot comment on the allegations as we do not have knowledge of the documents to which you are referring.”

Nxesi has refused to release his full report.

Companies contracted on the project this week denied any wrongdoing. Nxesi announced his task team discovered irregularities in the appointment of service providers and in procurement processes.

These were referred to the Special Investigating Unit, Auditor-General and the police to investigate


  • altusvanzyl - 2013-02-03 11:12

    Die tief

      richard.turner.7792052 - 2013-02-03 12:03

      Can I build a wall round my farm with money from the country?

      wesley.nel.5 - 2013-02-03 12:10

      The tuck shop is part of the economical development of the rural area. They said mos they develop the rural areas. They are such a joke

      jannie.kotze.7 - 2013-02-03 12:51

      Are you sure you spell that shop with a "T" and not with an "F"?

      colin.dovey - 2013-02-03 13:28

      is it a (t)uckshop?

      mfaniseni.thusi - 2013-02-04 21:23

      The biggest thieves are the who not only stole the country but also stole human rights, who is the worst thief?

      5centsWorth - 2013-02-04 23:06

      Lucky there's a 't' and not a 'f' in 'tuck shop' , else millions would be spent on showers too (aids security and all that)..

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-05 06:53

      Cannot wait for the day when this compound is confiscated and given to the local community while the head occupant and his wives spend time in jail for theft and corruption..........

      preshen.govender.3910 - 2013-02-05 12:11

      Hope they sell beetroot in the tuck shop

      annette.christensen.315 - 2013-02-05 12:56

      You guys think I can get a job at the tuck shop?

      gideon.walt - 2013-02-05 13:02

      Vet gat

      yolanda.r.haripersad - 2013-02-05 14:22

      Praying for the day that SA will have a first lady of the calibre of Michelle Obama

  • ndokweni - 2013-02-03 11:15

    Viva anc viva i wish i was zuma for one day

      john.dough.5836711 - 2013-02-03 11:20

      So you could also steal something?

      percyferrao - 2013-02-03 11:28

      Of course you do... it's easy to steal other peoples money when you are the president!

      Mewik - 2013-02-03 11:33

      Keep're never going to get sh*t

      Eterni80 - 2013-02-03 11:36

      what, you also wanna burn in hell ?

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-03 14:30

      You feel the need to steal and corrupt

      leijn.tissink - 2013-02-03 21:01

      another ANC troll/popol on grants or getting tenders and not paying taxes

      ezelna.jones - 2013-02-05 15:23

      Viva to your failed education! Only a fool will be pleased with money being taken from your brothers and sisters. The townships stand high, full of crime, rape and abuse with desperate people praying for a better life. And instead of helping the "voters" your president enforces their suffering. And people like you ndokweni turn your back on your own people! TIA!!

  • Vortexess - 2013-02-03 11:18

    OMG! The First Lady running a spaza shop in the back yard.

      Fiellies - 2013-02-03 11:28

      And a shibeen...........

      Frank - 2013-02-03 11:29

      Yeah, I can just see Michelle Obama following suit in the White House that probably cost less than Nkandla!!

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2013-02-03 13:49

      It's the African way.........Their words not mine.

      saamprater.saampraat - 2013-02-04 06:47

      So elegant from our esteemed "First Lady". NOT!!

      aubrey.christie - 2013-02-04 12:54

      I wonder if her workers are registered with the labour department?

      susanna.williams.731 - 2013-02-04 17:35

      Is the tuc shop built inside the compound, where clients could cause a breach in the "R206m security upgrade", or is it built outside the compound with state money?

  • jean.tredoux.31 - 2013-02-03 11:24

    “We cannot comment on the allegations as we do not have knowledge of the documents to which you are referring.” So in other words they are just blatantly admitting how incompetent they are and have no fricken idea we're our money is being spent.

      Eterni80 - 2013-02-03 11:37

      standard cANCer procedure, if we did not write it, it's not da trooth

      Vortexess - 2013-02-03 12:18

      They don't know where the money is, nor the invoices, receipts, quotes etc etc. Yeah, right!

      moses.m.masilela - 2013-02-03 12:21

      @Eterni, DAndruff are pure liars...ask the tea lady she would know.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2013-02-03 12:29

      jean... "We can't comment now". In other words: We never in a million years thought you would uncover this blatant wasteage & we don't have a ridiculously stupid lie prepared for you.

      zondra.hoffmann - 2013-02-03 13:19

      When they need to explain they keep mum. Then they run around like scalded cats to find someone to deny, hide behind non-sensical explanations. This is all just to give them time to make us believe that the media is running a campaign to discredit our President, who in fact by a judgement of the court, had a fraudulent relationship with Shabir Sheik. Shame on the media (tongue in cheek)!!! LOL!!!!!

  • mare.plessis - 2013-02-03 11:25

    Disgusting is all I can say. Why is our tax money being stolen for this rubbish! it should be going to the poor, education, health care. What a mess... I don't know how any person could vote for this corrupt thief to be our president for another 5 years!

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-03 15:47

      The amazing things is that in any civilised country Zuma would have been behind bars already

  • teeze.mazola - 2013-02-03 11:26

    Oh plz @citypress, this is old news or a known fact,plz dig more dirt...dont recycle n present as new...

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2013-02-03 11:26

    When is SARS going to do an audit on Nkandlagate? And WHY does Makhumalo NEED a tuck shop? With all the corruption going on there one would think they at least have food there, even if it gets there via yet another corrupt tender? Sure, anyone can have a vegetable garden, that's normal...but a tuck shop? It's like that tunnel and the bunker, which I also completely fail to understand.

      Frank - 2013-02-03 11:31

      So she can fleece the poor in the area for her own pocket!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2013-02-03 11:27

    I thought the word compound was banned from being used by the media. Arrogancy.

      Erna - 2013-02-03 11:52

      And so is corruption frowned upon. Don't see the anc banning that in a hurry. The only arrogancy displayed is by government (read anc)!

      anakin.skyvader.9 - 2013-02-03 12:10

      Are you referring to Nkandlagate's compound?

      chris.whittaker.9047 - 2013-02-03 12:15

      The government cannot ban the word COMPOUND. Chemicals form COMPOUNDs,many buildings grouped together is a COMPOUND. You anc supporters are just COMPOUNDing the problem.

      bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-03 12:21

      What other words would you like them to 'ban'?? Freedom maybe? You need to catch a wake up buddy. The house is on fire and you my friend are fast asleep!!

      Don.Tandy - 2013-02-03 14:10

      Disgraceland, kraal, kya, compound, harem, shi#house - whatever anyone chooses to call showerhead's house of crime, it has to go down in history as one of the most obscenely corrupt exercises ever. Get a life jali.

      mbulelu.diba - 2013-02-03 16:30

      If you look closely to the old articles, only SABC was banned from referring to a compound. News24 is independent and doesn't give a sh*t for what the ANC think.

      maredi.mello.75 - 2013-02-03 21:39

      That an attempt to divert the attention broer? It won't work.

      nick.tarr.39 - 2013-02-04 10:07

      "Arrogancy". Enjoy inventing new words?

  • obadia.segwape - 2013-02-03 11:31

    big mama tuck shop selling magwinya

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-03 11:54


      bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-03 12:22

      And polony ;)

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-03 13:26

      It's called food security.

      moses.m.masilela - 2013-02-03 16:08

      She's also selling spahlo

      christopher.douglas.12914 - 2013-02-04 10:38


  • herman.brummer - 2013-02-03 11:36

    ANC is corrupt to the core, people are dying because the ANC uses money for tuck shops instead of proper hospitals and security.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-03 11:54

      hand over half your fortune to aid the cause....

      mike.down.5492 - 2013-02-03 16:21

      Why should he that's the goverments job and that's why we pay tax

      clive.kihn - 2013-02-03 21:11

      Who must we give it to, Zapadela - the govt, so that they can waste/misspend/steal it? Or perhaps they would just give it to the greedy JZ along with all the other millions?

      franky.mark.5 - 2013-02-04 00:09

      There is money in loose cigarettes !.... or maybe a little vitamin

      suash - 2013-02-04 11:48

      @zapadela.tistarocha - We hand over a small fortune every month, it's called TAX. If you've paid some you'll know about it. F*cking dumb as$

      riette.nothling - 2013-02-04 12:40

      zapadela, that is exactly where you are missing the plot - you think we have "fortunes"... All our money is taken by taxes and petrol hikes etc to pay for the corruptness of the government!

  • herman.brummer - 2013-02-03 11:37

    These ANC thugs have blood on their hands

  • jacques.debruyn.522 - 2013-02-03 11:38

    Wow, you would have thought that the president's wife would have had a better job than running a tuck shop! I guess that's where they get taught how to be currupt!! Or should I say... "Steal from their own kind!". And she is a farmer by the looks of it.. Does she get protected by the police?

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2013-02-05 11:18

      she also works in my mothers kitchen on tuesdays

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-02-03 11:48

    Corruption is the only way the current regime will remain in power!!!

  • Erna - 2013-02-03 11:49

    The anc cadres protecting zuma are either extremely arrogant or extremely stupid to think that media will stop digging just because they said it is all above board. The also treat the people of SA as complete idiots. Something has got to give people of SA!! And soon!!

      Marie - 2013-02-03 12:24

      To Erna' Thabo Mbeki was oust'd with one single person suggestion!!! Pardon me if i am ignorant! Hie did thee same horrific looting of state coffers??? I am not informed!! I think not !! How much more trews sty is need it by this president that people say !!!- enough Is enough!!!

  • PieterWolf Lombard - 2013-02-03 11:51

    Gravy train TUCKSHOP STOP Station....No scales on that station....

      xoli.mbambo - 2013-02-03 15:13

      lt has been taken by Lindiwe Mazibuko

      clive.kihn - 2013-02-03 21:13

      What a childish comment, Xoli; typical of the ANC supporters' level of maturity.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-04 08:12

      Xoli.mbambo. Sometimes the ignorance display here astound me. You left me astounded.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2013-02-03 11:54

    Of course...children do need a Tuck Shop!

      JanGrimbeek - 2013-02-03 12:06

      Especially the obese ones (like their parents) on the government gravy train.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2013-02-03 11:55

    in the US the president and his wife work to enrich the lives of others. in africa the president and his 10 wives work to enrich themselves!!

  • Marie - 2013-02-03 12:00

    I think 206 000 000 or 248 000 000 this is jost the tip of the iseberg!!! Jost think all hies reletives sudden millioners??? Shere's in all Mines and state entities all hies wifes personal hauses The all sudden wealth??? And spending more and more! Him and All the so called kings liev ön the Loote!!! Was menth To uplift the people the Underpreweladged

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2013-02-03 12:01

    They don't have knowledge of the documents? Nxesi must explain how he signed cheques without invoices job report and site inspection. We want the names of all the contractors who built Nkandla. We can't win the fight against corruption while zuma is in power. Let's vote them out in 2014

      Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-02-03 12:29

      As many will realize the current regime's arrogance will be their own downfall, this is proof worldwide!!!

      riette.nothling - 2013-02-04 12:41

      exactly, they were paying for things they didn't know about? Is that not the very definition of corruption?

  • Denise J Ludick - 2013-02-03 12:05

    this will only be old news when we know that the entire Zuma home will be owned by the state when he is no longer President. Then we can turn it into a home for the orphans and the old & frail from that area

  • waynerobinfourie - 2013-02-03 12:06

    Maybe she was hoping to turn a profit and pay the taxpayers back over the next 283 years.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-02-03 12:09

    so one of our first ladies runs a spaza shop. lol. Dynamic with such class.

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-02-03 12:10

    if its a national key point who are the customers at the tuck shop , only for staff at nkandla or open to the general public , if general public then what is the point of the national key point status ?

      genet.joobs - 2013-02-04 14:33

      Exactly my question as well. I would like to know.

  • mark.barker.370 - 2013-02-03 12:12

    I really need to cut back on my taxes , don't think I get value for my money

      zondra.hoffmann - 2013-02-03 13:35

      If only there was a way we could all stop paying tax!!! Government has us by the proverbial "balls". Once you are paid by someone that entity is forced by law to deduct your tax and pay over to the State Coffer, for politicians to use at will!!!

  • Mike - 2013-02-03 12:13

    News just in: After building the prototype tuck shop for the First Lady, the department for public works will be rolling this out for all South African tuck shop owners. Each new tuck shop built will have state-of-the-art security systems, a helipad and a small village attached. Tuck shops have been identified as the new growth industry for the country and the government is confident that this will solve the difficulty of sharing the cake equitably with all citizens.

      colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-03 12:23

      What are they going to sell, cabbages,. Beetroot, potatoes and tomatoes?

  • philip.horwood - 2013-02-03 12:14

    Is there absolutely nothing that the minority taxpayer can do to actually put an end to this blatant theft of public resources? Im talking very short term, not long winded processes that eventually just fizzle out.

  • louis.hager.12 - 2013-02-03 12:17

    Surprised? NO. Food security? Well we saw her at the inauguration. I think she succesfully secures food for herself.

  • Dennis - 2013-02-03 12:18

    Australia is calling. This basket case of a country is imploding.

      philip.horwood - 2013-02-03 12:27

      The problem is that to emigrate, one needs tons of money, skills that are in demand in the country to which you want to emigrate, ideally you need to be younger than 45 and the process can take up to 2 years. There are millions of saffas who would love to go this route but do not qualify. They become economic prisoners in their own country at the mercy of the trough feeders.

  • basil.jacobs1 - 2013-02-03 12:22

    It is our democratic right to challenge the Government on their absurd spending habits. In the Western Democracies those involved in scandals would step down, and in China they would normally receive a death sentence. All that our ANC led Government has done was to line their pockets at the expense of the poor. We now seem to have a scandal surfacing every week!!!

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2013-02-05 11:23

      this country is so far from a democracy, as a koala bear from a bengul tiger ( a white one with pink stripes, and a pony tail)

  • allison.thomson - 2013-02-03 12:24

    Hope she is registered with SARS and paying tax on her tuck shop income.

  • Jacques - 2013-02-03 12:25

    Who exactly is the 1st lady? Aren't there something like 6 of them? Tuck shop for 6 women... Job creation, eish!

  • Colleen - 2013-02-03 12:26

    You working in the tuck shop Mbongeni? Or getting rich helping to build it and earning money from the taxpayers of SA? There must be a good reason why you think what he is doing, is ok. So I guess somehow, somewhere down the Nkandlagate theft, you are benefiting.

  • davy.botha - 2013-02-03 12:33

    I am a coloured of Cape Town, post 1994 I voted ANC and wanted to vote like this in the following elections, but I move on quickly and I look at current performance of the party I vote for. ANC supporters forget about coulour and look at what is happening. Do we believe in corruption, fraud and people with no morals. That is what you are currently doing believing in people that takes bread out of your mouth and why because you are scared of going back to apartheid. The thing is it is not tha easy. Grow a pair of balls and demand more. Your representatives are thieves and they are stealing from you!

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-03 13:35

      Hear, hear, Davy.

  • KCorsar - 2013-02-03 12:40

    a free shopping centre into the bargain, how secure is that amongst bunkers, bullet proof glass and other 'hi-tech' installations..........

  • RoyNexusSix - 2013-02-03 12:48

    Holy cow! We taxpayers sure have a lot of money to 'donate'!! What else will we be paying for? I have an idea: how about a cinema complex (big screen), casino and small hotel too!!! What's another few hundred million between 'friends'?

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2013-02-03 12:53

    Pay taxes...they freakin steal it..!!!

  • daniel.rossouw1 - 2013-02-03 12:57

    So let's see. Built with taxpayers money, probably stocked with taxpayers money. Do taxpayers then still have to pay again for what they want from the shop? O you voters must wake up.

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2013-02-03 13:01

    One day people are gonna march in to nkandla compound and invade it.

      Erna - 2013-02-03 15:54

      Khetu - better be careful,cops shoot to kill these days!

      kent.paulsen.79 - 2013-02-04 16:29

      That is why he is building a underground bunker he knows he will be invaded

  • zondra.hoffmann - 2013-02-03 13:02

    I suppose the next thing we will hear, is that there is a special creche, primary and high school required to be built for all the children he still hopes to be fathering in the near future. That will give them access to special education, which is denied ordinary South African children as a whole!

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2013-02-05 11:25

      their education would have to be special, if you consider their genes.

  • werner.bezuidenhout - 2013-02-03 13:04

    Treasury should reposes this estate and sell it to recover the costs.

      mandla.dlamini.524 - 2013-02-04 12:42

      national key point, may be it will take 5 years to understand that because of your poor background, which despise afracan man, may god give you wisedom to think, the truth shall set you free, remember botha funding of 3billion to flackplass,bisssonism deeds, but you will one day face and allow truism through your body, indeed you know nothing,execept indocrination racism foundation rocks and blocks , this is a national key point, only sell out and oppressors can make noise as they hate zuma, but god will show his upper hands.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-04 18:07

      What on earth are you going on about, mandla?

      The_Don_@_Nkandla - 2013-02-04 19:39

      Mandla...Eish man! Perhaps you must stop your incoherent ramblings. Nobody understands you ...

  • Y.yollie - 2013-02-03 13:07

    Did they honestly believe we believe their BS on what the money was spend on? That Zuma was not up to date what was going on? That the compound was build on their own money? REALLY? Do they really think we that naieve. They play guilt trip in order to manipulate the majority. Pulling thick wool socks over their eyes. Making them believe they cared for...yeah right!

  • RoyNexusSix - 2013-02-03 13:09

    The SA taxpayer must surely rate as the MOST caring, loving and compassionate taxpayer in all of the world. The IMF should give us some kind of award for all our efforts! Or maybe the Nobel Prize Committee. We have earned it!

  • arthur.mabentsela - 2013-02-03 13:12

    Listen here stop publishing this crap news if nothing is going to be done about it. I alone am tired of getting hopes up, thinking that finally Zuma will be investigated and put to jail. What is being said in this article is no different from what read last year. If the dude is chowing the money, rather give me story telling me he is behind bars, not another one telling he is continuing to chow cash. Do not need an update on how my money is being wasted.

      phae.rayden - 2013-02-03 13:37

      Best you leave the news for grown ups to deal with and go and read fairy stories instead.

      mooshi.thirtytwo - 2013-02-03 14:27

      I am agreeing with you to a certain extent. I it is damn de-moralizing to see the current Government waist not millions but billions of rands on themselves. One can just look at almost any Government institution, apart from SARS, and they at very close to collapse in most cases. There are only so many times tax money can be used to be bail them out. The problem however is, if this type of news does not make it to front pages each day, the youth (new leaders of tomorrow) will believe they to a great job and change will never come.

  • richard.whittingdale - 2013-02-03 13:12


  • joe.dicks.56 - 2013-02-03 13:15

    Nxesi come clean or are U also one of the service providers

  • slenda.slenda.5 - 2013-02-03 13:22

    we had enough of this sh@#$t indeed.

  • Curiousm AllStar Mutjokoti Mathelemusa - 2013-02-03 13:22

    cn this zuma thing stop coz no action wil b taken against him how many times we hear abt this n that which is tru bt no action so bullsh**t

  • Thabo Pilusa LikesUche'Okezié - 2013-02-03 13:24

    That is called ITT - International Thief Thief.

  • RoyNexusSix - 2013-02-03 13:26

    In any decent country, the whole lot would have been impeached or arrested!

      Erna - 2013-02-03 15:49

      But definitely not voted for again and again!

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2013-02-05 11:29

      they trample and mislead south africans, but when the polls open they shower their uninformed followers with chicken and apple juice

  • terence.wessels - 2013-02-03 13:29

    If you still vote for this rubbish you are an idiot, and deserve every little bit of the hardships about to befall you. Wake up people.