Nkandla upgrade costs soar to R247m

2012-10-17 08:40

Cape Town - Significant amounts have been paid to an elevator company and for bulletproof glass for President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla compound.

New information in documents, in the possession of Die Burger, shows that improvements to the estate have already cost the taxpayer almost R250m.

According to the documents, the department of public works has since 2009 spent R188m on building work, and paid R54m to consultants.

This brings the costs of the project to R247m. The original budget calculated in 2009 was R23m.

Bulletproof glass, elevator

A breakdown of spending on the Nkandla compound, which forms part of the public works department's prestige portfolio, includes R23m for “emergency work”.

Other payments include R121m to builders, R2.4m for bulletproof glass, R9.2m for a fence and a payment of R1.9m to a leading international elevator company.

Millions have already been paid to consultants, including architects, surveyors, engineers and project managers.

The presidency said in an earlier statement that the improvements to the compound were a family decision, paid for by the Zuma family.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj on Tuesday referred queries to the department of public works.

In turn, Sabelo Mali, spokesperson for minister Thulas Nxesi, referred Die Burger to a statement issued by the minister on October 1, in which he said all expenditure at Nkandla complies with guidelines in the ministerial handbook. He said the Nkandla compound is a national keypoint, which prohibits the release of any details of security arrangements.

Security assessment

In terms of an instruction approved by Cabinet in June 2003 and included in the ministerial handbook, the department can spend R100 000 on security improvements at the private houses of public officials.

Any costs above that must be covered by the official.

Approval of the full R100 000 is dependent on a security assessment by the South African Police Service at the request of the public official.

The handbook added that the official must make a formal application to the department of public works to contribute to security costs, after the assessment is complete.

Standard security improvements could include a bulletproof guardhouse, fences with vehicle and pedestrian gates, burglar guards on windows and doors, security lights, an intercom and alarm system and fire extinguishers.

  • george.pistorius - 2012-10-17 08:43

    How about use that money to feed the ''POOR''

      david.w.bakker - 2012-10-17 08:48

      Zuma - Liar liar pants on fire.

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-17 08:49

      This is absolutely outrageous! Why aren't the masses demonstrating and rallying outside the compound? Why isn't Juju addressing crowds of enraged poor people that should be benefitting from that money instead of "our" president?

      Juan - 2012-10-17 08:55

      How about a debate between HZ to give JZ the opportunity to try and justify his lack of leadership and extravagant expenditure? Bet he doesn't have the balls. He can only use liar Mac to feed us BULL

      lownabester - 2012-10-17 08:57

      How much more must we pay, and this money going to a corrupt idiot.

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 09:00

      The "POOR" must now decide on who they want in power. If they carry on voting for these rotten thieves, they must no longer complain and live the way they are! Harsh I know, but its up to them, to have a better life, because cANCer, will NEVER give it to them!

      gail.rieck.9 - 2012-10-17 09:01

      Who cares about the poor?? There'll be food parcels in time for the next voting time.

      lsfreak - 2012-10-17 09:03

      Why Frank, this is a rural community where education is well lacking. Also out there the tribal head has all the say and since that leader is a well paid King, I very much doubt the local will protest. Simple see, you protest I take your house since it's on my land and I'm King. What a wonderful country we live in :D

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-10-17 09:07

      This is the guy who spends sleepless nights thinking about the poor. It is sad that poor voters are either ignorant or do not have access to this kinda information.

      Klaus - 2012-10-17 09:08

      F@ck the poor, we did not join the struggle to be poor

      mable.jacobs.90 - 2012-10-17 09:20

      And the 'POOR' will vote IT back to power again.

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-10-17 09:22

      Speechless. This is the true ANC, supposed champions of the poor! Yeah right. They hounded the NP for years about how the blacks were treated and then turn around, destroy the country, ignore their own people, all the while lining their pockets and eating caviar. Reminds me of bad tenants trashing the house before being kicked out.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-10-17 09:25

      Does anyone no who actually owns this property ? If it is a 'National Key Point' then surely it is owned by the state?

      heathway.master - 2012-10-17 09:28

      The Government heads eat cake and drink Jonny Walker Blue Label and drive top of the range Mercedes Benz’s and CUV’s, while the unemployed and desperate go hungry. If this is not absolutely typical of an African Government, what else can be. Now these completely corrupt, and less than incompetent criminals expect the debt ridden tax payer to be brought to the fringe of bankruptcy by 35% Electricity Tariff increases per year ( inflation 5.5 % salary increases 4%, not 22% as our illiterate & uneducated miners demand ), rates and taxes trebled by Municipal Councils, and now R 800 - R 1200 per month e-toll fees ) A financial news report stated that Civil Service workers are 55% less productive and efficient than the private sector, yet are paid 45% more than equivalent jobs in the private sector. With the country awash with endemic strikes, the persecuted public should revolt, and as the strikers withhold their labour, so taxpayer should withhold taxes, until the Government governs for the good of the electorate that put them in power in the first place, and not just for their own greed and self enrichment and more than opulent and extravagant lifestyles.

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-17 09:29

      @Adrian according to previous reports Public Works owns the property not Zuma!!!

      daleinn - 2012-10-17 09:41

      maybe that is why etolls are necesary... to fund lifestyles of an ANC budget!

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-17 09:54

      No man guys, you got it all wrong, Zuma is SO burdened by worrying about the poor that he needs a laarnie retreat to recharge him.... Idiot. So many millions which can be spent on water infrstructure.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-10-17 09:54

      @terry-lee. Thanks for that, but then I am confused .... what has the ministerial handbook got to do with the security arrangements? The handbook applies to Ministers private homes.... or am I still confused?

      david.streicher - 2012-10-17 10:22

      Why all the fuss? - His family will contribute R1,500.00 towards the upgrade in 240 equal installments.

      michal.mierzwa - 2012-10-17 10:31

      This is all about the new INFO BILL... How can this go on under our noses when poor suffer!

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 10:33

      News Flash: Two of Zuma’s wives have filed for divorce, they claim: Msholozi’s not doing to us what his doing to the country”

      Zahir - 2012-10-17 20:50

      There are no poor people in SA

      lsfreak - 2012-10-17 21:19

      The property in question belongs to ,you and me, the taxpayer as it is State land. It is managed by a Private Trust (along with 80% of KZN) headed by the King (Goodwill Zwelithini) who is paid annually by us with small budget for King's Family upkeep. So the land is the States, sweet the Gov gets a new house, but wait the Trust gets the house when Zumas done. See the King got his R18mil new house for the Queen, but it's only now R250mil... Sweet deal I guess. And Zuma get a few votes and steals the cANCer Pres again.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-10-18 10:04

      To complete your laugh a minute comedy series, add the following to your list: the bumbling SABC, the miseducation of the Department of Public Works, failure to launch SAA, a blind Department of Justice, the Julius Malema circus, the brand-new republic of Nkandla etc. Take your pick and laugh your lungs out!

  • SharonE - 2012-10-17 08:43

    Yup when he announced massive infrastructure development, I never thought for one minute he would spend it all on himself!! I really hoped the money would be spent to uplift the people and make their lives a little more bearable...

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-17 08:57

      You have to give it to JZ, he is smarter than we all give him credit for. He realised that he can never build his dream house for himself and all his wives on the meagre presidential salary and with all his corruption allegations he can't tap that avenue either, so he gets the taxpayer to fund it for him! After 4 years the place is taking shape nicely, but with another four years in office he'll be able to finish it off completely!

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-17 09:27

      here is the cANCer logo

      brianmacza - 2012-10-17 09:52

      Thats not the point Clifford... you're endorsing corruption.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-10-17 09:57

      @ Frank. R2,5m is not a meagre salary. It is almost as much as what the President of the US and the PM of the UK earn. This man has no boundaries when it comes to lack of human decency and caring for his people - the ordinary South African. R1,9m for lifts? Since when does that affect his security? The current ANC Cadres should shame themselves for allowing this. But they are probably raping the state coffers as well!!!

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-17 09:57

      @clifford What a retarded statement. According to your logic it is okay to waste money now because it happened in the past. I guess you are also happy with the ANC's current racist policies because the previous regime also had racist policies? Stupid.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-10-17 10:00

      Clifford Sh.thole, I have yet to hear of ONE person in the previous regime even remotely (taking inflation into account) steal as much as what is the norm today. For that matter, despite all the sweeping claims Sh.tholes like you make, I have yet to hear of one person stealing anything at all for self enrichment in his official capacity back then. No, what we saw since 1994 is just the African way - steal, steal, and steal even more. That's how they roll in the true African way.

      kaven.huang.50 - 2012-10-17 10:13

      now all we need to ask ourselves is, "WHERE ARE ALL THESE ANC SUPPORTERS NOW???" when they were b!tching and moaning about how useless Zille's debate is. I dare all of them to join our conversation and have a real debate on how the country should be run!

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-17 11:19

      Clifford, can you say unequivocally that all this ostentatious wastage is acceptable? And I thought we got rid of the Nats to get something better - silly me. As one newspaper columnist said: Nkandlagate is our monument to corruption.

      snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-10-17 11:28

      Well Clifford, if that is your stance, I will ensure not to give any money to the poor soul at the traffic Light that hasn't had a meal in days. I will simply refer him/her or the Kiddie to Pres. Zumer! The law abiding Tax Payer cannot afford any more!! Something you and your ANC Butt F@cking cronnies don't understand. F@ck YOU

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-17 11:34

      @ Snoopsie - Very well said!

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 11:45

      @Smoopsy - I actually do! I tell them, go and ask your government you voted in!

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 11:49

      @Clifford - How many people have died at Baragwanath while youre on duty, commenting on News24, talking utter excrement?!!!!! Wipe that brown stuff of your lips and go and WEK!

  • Giyangethambo - 2012-10-17 08:44

    Lets wait for Thuli Madonsela to tell the truth, i don't trust Die Burger.

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-17 08:48

      What truth are you in a vacuum mate ?

      dennis.craig.7 - 2012-10-17 08:49

      No matter which newspaper lies. The fact is that he is using hard earned taxpayers money to make his life more comfortable rather than improving education, improving policing and the list goes on. Black, White, Indian, Coloured - everybody is getting screwed by the ANC machine!!

      nicolaas.vanschalkwyk.5 - 2012-10-17 08:55

      Please tell us why you dont trust the burger?Is it maybe because they tell the truth and you dont like to know the truth about your beloved ANC

      peter.ndamase - 2012-10-17 09:03


      Giyangethambo - 2012-10-17 09:11

      i just think Thuli Madonsela will provide clear facts with evidance on this matter, no some newspaper speculation.

      noeline.ubsdell - 2012-10-17 09:11

      Do you honestly believe they're lying?

      Giyangethambo - 2012-10-17 09:22

      @noeline i am not saying their are lying but they are just speculating without evidence, i really do not believe R247m can be used just for "upgrading security" that's a lot of money and i am sure most of it went to some peoples pockets, the Public Protector must unearth this.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-17 09:33

      Giangethambo. You trust others like you trust yourself. You don't trust the Burger because it is a white newspaper, yet at the next election you will vote for the same people again who steal from everyone because they have the same colour as you. What kind of trust do you have?.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 09:39

      I agree with Giya. While i think that the figure is accurate, we don't know for sure without evidence. Even if the figure is R50 million, that is still money that could be used on better projects, instead of making Zumba's living conditions more comfy. We all know that newspapers exaggerate sometimes....

      sedick.gydien - 2012-10-17 09:59

      And when she she confirms all this stealing of the tax-payers money? NOTHING will happen!!!!

      Debbie - 2012-10-18 05:40

      You don't have to trust Die Burger...most newspapers indulge in propaganda. But, this has been on the news as well! I think it has been well researched. Zuma won't be voted in again and he will live in the lap of luxury, he and his family and extended family. He doesn't care for the people, only his people. I have never spotted an ounce of sincerity in the man.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-17 08:44

    why? this is not even the presidential residence, its not like the next president will go stay there like the white house. this dude might not even be ANC presidential candidate after Magaung !!!

  • dennis.craig.7 - 2012-10-17 08:45

    Stop paying taxes!!!!!!

      liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-10-17 22:24

      certainly no more personal income tax filing from me.......f@ck em....

  • gaius.longinus.9 - 2012-10-17 08:46

    It will double from that as well. The poor must not complain anymore, they voted for this.

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-17 08:47

    I dare SARS to claim their 2012 - 2013 tax monies from me, I will take them to court. No more payments to a failed government.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-17 10:09

      I refuse to pay tax. i have not paid in 4 years.There is very easy ways to get around it. Only when this government works for the people, will I work for it.

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-10-17 08:48

    this is day light robbery...

      handy.andy.3990 - 2012-10-17 09:42

      @Mpotsiseng - the stealing is one thing, but how blatantly its being done is what really makes my blood boil!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-17 08:48

    Brilliant! Viva ANC! Viva

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-17 08:50

    Watch this space, it will probably still exceed R300 million soon!

  • shaun.knoesen.9 - 2012-10-17 08:51

    If memory serves an RDP home costs around R75000. That means this money could build approximately 3293 homes - which on average would house at least 4 people..... I.e. over 13000 people would not need to live in shacks anymore...... Any ANC supporters want to comment here? Anyone? Anyone? Maybe blame this on apartheid? Anyone? Anyone?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 09:42

      Ha! As if dude, you know that they never take responsibility. They think they are entitled to anything they desire.

  • chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-10-17 08:52

    This is disgusting. While your people are starving and dying and killing each other because of their dire situations, you spend 247 Million to build your house! Disgrace! All we can do is pray that God has mercy on this country!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 09:42

      Hmm ja i don't think your god will do anything

  • barry.savage.33 - 2012-10-17 08:53

    .....keep voting for him!! Then go back to your shack. Back to your hungry children and poor community. This is the quality person YOU are keeping in government. The clock is ticking.....

      barry.savage.33 - 2012-10-17 08:55 many houses could have been built and infrastructure upgraded with this money???? How many lives could have been upgraded? Lives of the very people struggeling even more because of this nonsence? Go look at the rest of Africa where leaders are doing the same.... Tik, tok, tik, tok...

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-17 09:58

      And the sheep will again happily place their 'X' where they've been told to place it and go merrily on their way to the slaughterhouse, singing and dancing and whingeing all the while about service delivery. Baaa, baaaa!

  • aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-17 08:53

    I call for ways to be found legally to stop paying taxes and rather channel these funds to a body of governance that would be set which will manage these funds towards infrastructure and well-being of the ordinary citizen. SURELY there must be a way out there in the legal world?

      rontheogre - 2012-10-17 09:30

      Contact a tax attorney, have him set up a trust fund into which your taxes are paid, have him notify SARS to that effect, make sure that your personal funds are put through an account that does not belong to you(eg any trustworthy family member). Have been doing this with my business for the past 8 months. This way you are not evading tax, only withholding it which is your right under the constitution.

  • nicolaas.vanschalkwyk.5 - 2012-10-17 08:57

    Seriously?????When is this sh*t going to stop? The average south african is struggling just to get through the month and our public officials are just giving money away left right and centre. Some one has to put a stop to this.

  • osmaseko - 2012-10-17 08:57

    on the land owned by King Zwelilthini ...who requested a grant as well...eish Zulus

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 09:44

      Who gets R60 million+ every year from us tax payers too...

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-17 08:58

    Im very, very disappointed at zuma. How can he spend so much at the expense of the poor.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-17 09:05

      He does not give a F about the poor. No cadre does!

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-10-17 08:58

    I don't see any solar panels and/or wind turbines. I hope they are energy efficient. Lead by example

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 09:31

      Lead by example?All those in favour of a brothel @ Nkandla. say 'aye'

  • shaun.cousins1 - 2012-10-17 08:58

    I wouldnt mind sending in as couple drones.....while he is there.

  • ruanpretorius1980 - 2012-10-17 09:01

    Get a South African elevator company to install the elevator. Hopefully the gravy train will drop and bottom out

  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-10-17 09:01

    F*ck the poor.

      bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-10-17 09:40

      love you 2 simple south african

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 09:48

      WTF are you 2 on? FFS

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-17 11:31

      Zuma is doing that to the poor, Bart.

  • Rafels1 - 2012-10-17 09:02

    Please, can someone explain this huge threat to JZ's life to me? It seems he is preparing form an assault by some huge military force against his life. Why? Is there a worldwide conspiracy to 'get' him? Well, I don't get it at all. Bullet proof glass, elevators to bunkers or to launch pads or escape modules...? MAybe that explains why we have Dripen fighter jets and frigates and submarines... Why didn't he just hire Chuck? He is way cheaper, coz he decides what's gonna happen, anyway.

      Gogs Lombard - 2012-10-17 09:06

      He is planning a fortress to keep the bailiffs away when he eventually has to answer to the people of South Africa. Wishful thinking......

      rontheogre - 2012-10-17 09:49

      Gogs, you are wrong, he is building a fortress to protect him and his family and friends from his own people when they wake up and want to put a burning tire around his neck. I can picture a movie scene where the zombies slowly congregate around the fence protecting people that have not caught the "poor" virus. Inside the compound he will have the best team of Sangomas to help keep the forefathers at bay that might want to haunt Zuma for selling his own people out.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-17 12:33

      He's just making himself look more important than he is, Idi Amin did the same. Look at me, I'm verrrry impotaaaant. What a waste of money.

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-10-17 09:02

    And this is the man who said not long ago, that he lies awake at night worrying about the poor. Now I know why. You're stealing from them. But then again Showerhhead you have no conscience.....

  • zmvulane - 2012-10-17 09:03

    What is new about the information contained in this article from what was raised by Sunday Times, City Press and Mail and Guardian last month!

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-17 11:41

      Costs are escalating exponentially, zmvulane, as they always do when this govt is involved. Clearly there were a few more tenderpreneurs' pockets to line which they'd previously overlooked.

  • sgamildien - 2012-10-17 09:06

    This is the kind of 'leadership' JZ expounds that 'inspires' others like Department of Defence, Police and Justice to spend R5 billion in one financial year of our tax money on luxuries and travel. Wow what a party they having at the expense of the poor and exploited masses. This is exactly the kind of behaviour that led to the French Revolution. I dont see any change in the near future in their behaviour happening unless a dramatic change comes about - like a revolution!!

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 09:35

      The leadership is revolting?

  • Adeeb Saban - 2012-10-17 09:07

    This is AFRICA..... Not surprised

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-17 12:38

      Yes unfortunately it is no surprise, none whatsoever. A continent being raped by it's 'leaders' and their supporters just fail to see it.

  • yvonne.joseph.1612 - 2012-10-17 09:08

    Zuma is refusing to go head to head with Helen Zille because obviously he is too dumb and there will not be a script written for him. He is an absolute disgrace... a rapist, and, and, and.....

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 09:51

      Coz he knows he will have to answer all these questions. Clearly he is too dumb to dodge them, or he simply doesn't want to be put in that situation. Zumba = coward

  • Thato Moola Mollo - 2012-10-17 09:09

    REALITY CHECK!!! No-one cares about the poor! even if Zuma never spent so much on this compound, the poor will get nothing! We should build a White House to prevent things like this because we can't have low cost housing for our head of state/commander in chief! GET REAL S.A

      Gogs Lombard - 2012-10-17 09:15

      We already have 3 official residences for our head of state. You need to get real and realise that he becomes an ordinary citizen when his term in office comes to an end.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-17 09:41

      Thato Moola Mollo. You get real, we already have official dwellings for these people. Where have you been?.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 09:52

      He is voted in to SERVE THE PEOPLE, not use out money to make his retirement home luxurious.

      rontheogre - 2012-10-17 09:56

      Thato, you have missed the point. The USA prez does not get to keep the White House when he leaves the presidency. Zoomer will keep his fairytale palace when he gets kicked out, and the taxpayer would have paid for it. Zoomer is just perpetuating the impression that the world has of African "leaders". Pigs feeding at a trough look positively elegant compared to the excesses of the ANC. And their supporters are allowing it to continue, so happy days and enjoy what you asked for in the previous elections and most probably the next elections to come.

      Watkykj - 2012-10-17 10:10

      I thought that this is Africa not were all shouting that Zuma does not need to debate, because its an American you want a white house.....eish

  • victor.windsor - 2012-10-17 09:11

    Public protector needs to look into this matter urgently !!!!!!

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 09:36

      If she doesnt get 'a sideways promotion' first....

  • mpho.pink1 - 2012-10-17 09:11

    How many people wanna punch this man in the face right now!

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 09:36

      That would not improve it...

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 11:31

      ^ Does he even have balls? Seems like his cowardice has caused them to shrink. Maybe THAT was the reason they were so upset about The Spear... it showed Zumba without a decent pair, like those a president/leader should have...

  • craig.drysdale.96 - 2012-10-17 09:11

    So much for the poor> when will the voters learn.

  • rlong1952 - 2012-10-17 09:13

    Cry, the beloved country.

  • johan.pieters - 2012-10-17 09:14

    I have to go to work everyday, try to make a living and stay positive about this country. How do one do that with news like this everyday of your Fking life...I've lost all hope for this country, if leaders like these remain in power...

  • heini.botes - 2012-10-17 09:14

    Ah you gotta love the cANCer, their cadres and the imbecile supporter base they have! I want to laugh at this....but inside I'm boiling. 2014 is the last chance i give the poor or masses or whatever they call themselves to vote sensibly. If the cANCer have a landslide victory again then i have given my last R5 to someone at a robot, a car watch, bought my last bread and milk for someone outside the supermarket! Then i have had it up to here, if they want to suffer, then so be it!

      winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-17 11:21

      I agree with you I am fast losing sympathy now. No matter where you go, one is apprehended by a beggar. When I think they are trying their luck I tell them to go and ask Zuma. But many times you have to feel for those who are really struggling. Many of these people will give their eye teeth for a job and yet they are denied a means of earning a decent living. The more I see this pathetic government waste money the more my heart is starting to harden. It is coming to the stage that it will be every man for himself.

  • cayowin.vanderbadt.1 - 2012-10-17 09:15

    Does JZ think that the movie 2012 was a documentary? Is he preparing for the end of the world? Can I buy him some Kool Aid?

  • justin.mettew - 2012-10-17 09:16

    And I guess his is true because ...? Yeah right, what's next? R500 million renovation: lol

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-17 09:19

    What can we say, absolutely nothing, its going ahead with or without our approval. We can withold our tax to try and make our voices heard but I dont believe there is enough support to take this on. Zuma does'nt care about anything but himself and his wealth. I am of the opinion that the reason he is building all these bunkers etc is that he knows they are going to want to lynch him soon. The way I see it, Cosatu is in cohorts with Malema, they are making the country ungovernable and this way it is playing right into the hands of Malema. The ANC is too bling to see past their greed. Julius is going to eat them for breakfast, whilst zuma runs and hides in his bunker. They will chase him out like a rat, when the time comes. Its time to the ANC to start to govern now unless the reason they are keeping quiet is because when nationalisation is forced, it wont look as though it came from them. This is a very very sneaky bunch of cowards who get other people to do their dirty work.

  • Ðavid - 2012-10-17 09:20

    Bullet proof glass elevator? Hmmm... I wonder why?!?

  • valerie.adams.750 - 2012-10-17 09:21

    what can I say, a bunch of locusts, munch munch munch, till there's nothing left.

  • Bokrichard - 2012-10-17 09:22

    It would appear that the zuma cow is a nice fat cow to milk. Probably R23 m would have been more than enough inany case. The balance of the estimated R247 m is the cream of the crop which goes to those standing ready with their buckets to collect the spoils of the presidential favours.

  • israel.makgotla - 2012-10-17 09:22

    african presidents r greeds thats y africa wil 4eva developin. Africa is rich bt is led by selfish fools al the care bwt is their pocket n their kids brag bwt our parents tax moneys

      heini.botes - 2012-10-17 09:28

      And have an even bigger foolish supporter base. You get what you vote for in a democratic country

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-17 09:52

      you voted for him

  • luyolo.mgodi - 2012-10-17 09:23

    Zuma is determine to F**k us tax payers very hard! He's not even using a condom he f**ks us!!

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-17 09:52

      you voted for him

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 09:58

      Fender, how do you know? Just because Luyolo is black, that doesn't automatically mean he voted ANC.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-17 09:23

    How the F*ck does Zuma's family have the right to decide what to do with our tax money, because one things for sure they can't afford 250 mill for sh*t?? Somebody put rat poison on that family's food!!!

      heini.botes - 2012-10-17 09:34

      No, rather vote cANCer again in 2014. There is nothing but nothing as thick headed as the cANCer supporter base (P.S. Not saying you (sminx) are an ANC Supporter)

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-17 09:51

      you voted for him

      dalai.rama.9 - 2012-10-17 09:55

      Serves you right! Fill (sick) the pain!

      sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-17 10:59

      @fenderbender Who voted for him u f*ckhead, get your facts straight before u come talk sh*t here!!!

  • werner.nothnagel.37 - 2012-10-17 09:25

    It is still a culture where the chief of the tribe gets and demands anything he wants and the rest of the tribe must and is happy with the leftovers. It is still a culture where power is everything and the “sons” of the chief will kill their own father for that position. What is next JZ? A slave to wipe your backside?

  • KyleAssassin - 2012-10-17 09:25

    Mmmm, now we know why he refused the debate!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-17 09:27

    Didn't Zuma tell us his family were paying for this farce?. They are all bloody liars and a bunch of incompetent thieves. No wonder he wants bullet proof glass. Probably scared of all those coming after him once he is out of office.

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-10-17 09:29

    Where did die burger got the classified information from? Why are they compromising the security of a black president? They must first release the information about the security and amount spent de Klerk's and Botha's residents.

      Paul Mphap - 2012-10-17 09:40

      stop blaming apartheid or whites for our own failure...zuma is failing this country...

      dalai.rama.9 - 2012-10-17 09:56

      Comrade. Fill (feel) the pain!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 10:01

      Uh, it's not classified dummy. If, like they say, the land is owned by the state, and tax payers money is used, then government are constitutionally compelled to be transparent regarding treasury expenditure.

      mashilopm - 2012-10-17 10:01

      Come on brother, have you ever seen this word P.A.Y.E? It's not classified at all, its what we pay for this man's compound renovations and there must be transparency about the figures.

      humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-10-17 10:30

      It is clear people are missing the point. They must first release the information about de Klerk's and Botha's residents and tell us how much of the tax payers money was used upgrade their residence and what was installed in those residences.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-17 11:38

      De Klerk has a normal house in Cape Town and Pretoria. All that was done is build a wall and a security hut & toilets for the guards. Maybe R50,000 at most. Nothing compared to Zumba's R243 million. F*k, do your own research Source:

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-17 11:49

      Why must it be classified, Humphrey - it's taxpayers' money? And in what way is the president's security compromised? The only war going on now is within the ANC. I wish someone would tell us what was spent on security for the white presidens' residences; you might then realise what a waste this is. In any case, I don't believe that security has much to do with it; more a case of screwing whatever he can out of the fiscus, and b*gger the poor. It's not as if he's served the country with distinction either.

      Zahir - 2012-10-17 20:26

      Nothing justfies spending R250 million using tax money while people live like rats in shacks

      andre.cohn.7 - 2012-10-17 22:36

      Stupid little boy. If every one was the same race I can promise you your mind will change. In other words. You are a racist. Easy.

  • bmkranz - 2012-10-17 09:32

    So disgusting!

  • jay.reede - 2012-10-17 09:33

    Don't give them money for safety and security ... if they experience the crime first hand maybe this will motivate them to do something against crime.

  • khaedu - 2012-10-17 09:40

    Well you voted for him, stop complaining, now you know which party not to vote for, be quiet and pay tax