Nxesi: Nkandla upgrade not unique

2012-10-05 15:00

Pretoria - The development of President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla compound is by no means unique, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said at a special media conference on Friday.

The minister listed several government-owned properties that were built according to the same standards.

Nxesi said that because the compound needed to meet international standards, security plans were drawn up.

He made no mention of the costs of the compound during his statement.

He noted poor road quality, unstable electricity and water supply as all needing attention.

The region was also a “high risk” area with inaccessible roads and a high threat of fire.

  • azande.futhi - 2012-10-05 15:06

    Nxesi is a puppet.

      matshobana.siziba - 2012-10-05 15:09

      Zuma's private house is not gvt property. How conventiently dumb.

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-05 15:20

      So with government money being used to build/upgrade this complex, Zuma should leave when he is no longer president to make room for the new president... It's not your property then Mr Zuma if we are paying for it. You need to make your personal way through life like all of us do!

      Willie - 2012-10-05 15:22

      What international standard?

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-05 15:25

      And you dont think that the rest of sa need this aswell.

      daleinn - 2012-10-05 15:27

      who asked the president to go stay in the bush.. and then develop it like Sandton ???

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-05 15:31

      @ siyabonga.sithetwa - No one was stealing anything you twat! The white people worked hard for what they have today! It's blacks like you that don't want to work and that just wants everything for free! Go and get a job please!!!

      jannie.koekemoer.58 - 2012-10-05 15:35

      On the list mugabe's compound as well!!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-05 15:36

      What a joke this Thulas Nxesi clown is!! OMG and this is what is put into senior positions in this country!!!! He has so obviously got a huge chip on his shoulder because he's black and obviously hasn't been around for the past 18 years if he thinks it's only "whites that live in urban areas". WHAT A DISGRACEFUL MAN!!!! TIME FOR A TAX BOYCOTT!!!!! I REFUSE TO CONTINUE FUNDING THIS BUNCH OF THIEVING, CORRUPT CRIMINALS RUNNING THE COUNTRY!!!!

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-05 15:41

      @ Irene - AMEN!!!! I just wish all the ANC supporters' eyes will open like so many black South Africans have already done. This country has hope after all!

      elgh.elgh - 2012-10-05 15:42

      O, so how many other non-government houses have the tax man renovated????

      zoe.mandlana - 2012-10-05 16:39

      There's nothing as sickening as seeing an old adult opening his mouth and boom came rotten egg. There's no way that this can be justified.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-05 17:19

      What's also hilarious is that this Public Works dude says the decision was made based on 'international standards' but when it was pointed out to him that this is Zooomer's property and not the state's and this type of corruption doesn't happen anywhere else in the world, he just about choked to say 'compare apples with apples'. If apples were being compared with apples, none of this BS would be going on. Ignorant fool!

      Vince.York - 2012-10-05 20:35

      South Africans - THAT IS ALL SOUTH AFRICANS are soooooooo slowly waking up to the reality of what is going on in what is MEANT TO BE SECRET, and this is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. even zuma's arms deals were a pin prick on the tip it too! AND THERE IS LOTS MORE TO STILL BE EXPOSED - policy wise as well as monetary wise. It won't be long before many youth let their frustration run wild when they do see it all in the open and plain and simple how they have and are being abused. No amount of anc jigga jig hoopalong goodtime on the bed mats will appease them then and Marikana will be like a quiet summer breeze afternoon

      lsfreak - 2012-10-05 21:48 Another good read, enjoy and also check Google earth (-28.844185,31.099398) ;)

      nombuso.n.mtshali.1 - 2012-10-05 22:06

      no Bloulig or whoever, I can see you're fuming and now you're generalizing ALL black people, saying that they want everything for free. My family and people I know and have seen work really hard and expect nothing from the government.They pay taxes too. I intend to be like that too. Tjo!! Yoh!! Anyway people need to start voting for the right reasons, not beacause of fear of political instability.\r\nThanks Bye

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-05 15:08

    Thinking back to the groot krokedil and George airport not sure it cost as much!!

      lsfreak - 2012-10-05 15:16

      But me sinks the George Airport isn't a private airport now is it :/

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-05 19:12

      Isfreak makes a valid point. You are as confused as the oxygen thief Nxesi.

      lsfreak - 2012-10-05 22:39

      Up there somewhere in the article it says something about "international standards"... What about the poor RDO houses :/ Double standards F@#$ international :D

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-10-05 15:08

    Agg another excuse

  • mongwadi - 2012-10-05 15:09

    @Nxesi, you and your dumb president make me puke!

  • mncedisi.budaza - 2012-10-05 15:10

    Nxesi u are so arrogant don't forget its our hard earn money that u guys are mis using, there are goverment residents what is so unique with Zuma using nkandla? Come on guys don't f#ck us

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-10-05 15:12

    okay, i get it! high risk area, poor roads area inaccessible!! don't you think it would have made sense as public works minister to propose a safer area for the president!? Why wasn't the president been built a house in umhlanga area for an example it would have been much cheaper!!! Its a completely wrong move to develop the entire village of eNkandla to international standards just because the president lives there!!!! This is not the president of Nkandla he's the president of the country, it would have been cheaper to build him a house in Durban then in the bundus!!!!! bad move!!

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-05 15:14

    Just thinking Old Pres Blackie Swart, Verwoerd, even Old Botha none had Estates of more than Modest value on passing on from this world, Guess they did not have the intelligence of today leaders of the country or is it rather lack of integrity?? just wondering

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-05 19:13

      No they just didn't have the vision of the ANC leaders!

  • pietopper - 2012-10-05 15:14

    Nkandla is not a Government owned building. That is an enormous difference. Does this minister think we are stupid? Sorry. Obviously he does.

  • lloyd.venske - 2012-10-05 15:15

    Please come and develop my property ANC

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-05 15:16

    Try justify it any way you want. I say stop wasting our money!!!

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-10-05 15:16

    The man requires certifying - this is not about enhancing state property but private property. We, the people of South Africa, are being defrauded and pushed into poverty by the reckless and arrogant spending of our government

      mark.haupt.31 - 2012-10-05 15:30

      The most damaging part of his whole statement is that he's the minister in charge of public works. If his budget can cater for such unnecessary expenditure then why are roads filled with potholes and why the need to recoup the funds spent on the e-tolls? Something smells here.

      shaun.shrosbree - 2012-10-05 15:33

      Well said Judith, we the people of all races and the country are being defrauded by the cANCer. Is it possible for the poor masses to grasp what is going on?

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-10-05 15:16

    You must have one increadible set of b a l l s for you to petronize a 50 million strong population....

  • magomarele - 2012-10-05 15:19

    This Nxesi guy thinks South Africans have small brains like him. He should just shut-up.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-05 15:39

      And you're only now waking up to how cANCer is stealing taxpayers money??

  • magau.thomas - 2012-10-05 15:20

    Ithink this money should go for the poor children the who don't have parent. Than just to use in this wasteful expenditure because it is our tax that being used

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-05 15:38

      Zuma doesnt care....

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-05 15:40

      cANCer doesn't care!

  • magau.thomas - 2012-10-05 15:20

    Ithink this money should go for the poor children the who don't have parent. Than just to use in this wasteful expenditure because it is our tax that being used

  • hugh.olphart - 2012-10-05 15:20

    So then this is the place you want to take world leaders to go spend their visits? Tossers

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-05 15:21

    Nkandla upgrade not unique! Also please note that the cANCer continues thieving, corruption, mismanagement, bribery etc. etc. is also not unique. Obviously this upgrading is illegal unethical and unjustifiable, as all other Zoompie and cANCer projects are. Please DA take them to court and let them repay tax payers money!

  • hawthorne1955 - 2012-10-05 15:23

    This guy is talking out of the wrong hole

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-10-05 15:24

    We're not questioning whether the upgrade is unique, or even necessary, Mr Talking Head. We're asking why R 203 MILLION is needed when tens of thousands of children are not being properly educated, when many are dying of diseases and millions are unemployed. We're talking priorities.

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-05 15:50

      Mark... You cant talk sense to a rock..... I regret my vote.

  • Barend.Jacobus.Engelbrecht - 2012-10-05 15:28

    Nice - They manage to spend money on private properties, but when it comes to spending a budget on essentials like building schools and roads, they'd rather sit back and eat KFC.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-05 15:30

    The SA cookie jar belongs to JZ and his ANC. He will do what he likes with the cookies. Just that damn interfering DA that cause all the trouble like blocking the purchase of his new planes. And if he wants another 10 wives and 100 children that's his business.

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-05 15:34

    Eintlek what r u saying

  • smaelane - 2012-10-05 15:35

    Kwaaaahhh... Are these people serious??

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-05 15:36

    "Upgrade" is the ANC's new meaning for corruption, thieving, stealing, fraud.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-10-05 15:36

    The level of corruption, nepotism and bad governance is definitely unique

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-05 15:38

    no its not unique, us south africans are quite used to being screwed our government

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-05 15:41

    I bet Mbeki is so sorry he didn't force JZ into court. Probably was also involved so couldn't . Wonder if we will ever get a government that will take the corrupt to court???

  • mlungisi.fynn - 2012-10-05 15:41

    Unique level of failure.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-05 15:55

      Not unique. cANCer has been failing for the past 18 years.

  • jacques.vandermerwe.140 - 2012-10-05 15:51

    This is how the Zuma's scam South Africa. Houses, mines, cars and unlimited expense accounts...........our president is the No 1 Corruptor in the country. A shining light to follow for all aspiring politicians.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-05 15:56

    Minister Nxesi, how about an upgrade of the day to day living standards of your voters??? Do you or the failure of a president even realise the people don't have houses, water or even food? Bloody agent!!! How about an upgrade of security for the citizens who pay for the president and his thousands of wives lavish lifestyle???

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-05 15:56

    Of course it's unique - the only other compounds that have been extravagantly built for a so called president, happen to be dictators in Africa - Gaddaffi and Mugabe just to name two, but i am sure you can name the others. Yes and while the public think of Zuma as a dictator he is really a clumsy idiot. This area is "high risk" from what.......cows!!!! This mouth piece should just try shutting up for awhile - the more he tries to justify the expense the more he is swallowing his own two feet.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-05 15:56

    Then the president should not stay there. There are already 3 official residences where he can stay.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-10-05 15:58

    What ever.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-05 17:42

      Obviously you're not a taxpayer.

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-05 15:59

    Guys,it's not gonna help crying about the money being wasted in Nkandla,I think we should just thank the fact that we know where it is going to be spent.What about billions wasted unaccounted for?The only thing we need to do one day is to organize a full scale strike action and ask the current administration to vacate the public offices.

  • thabo.mkokeli - 2012-10-05 16:00

    Are the ppl who live in shackes,live a \international starndad\ come on nw.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-05 16:03

    Greed knows no boundaries.

  • koketso.senabe - 2012-10-05 16:13

    One thing I like about what he said is in the second paragraph, where he mentioned \Government Owned\ properties. Is this particular compound state owned? it's time ANC does us all the favour of not making themselves available for re-election for 2014.

  • AmosMoledi - 2012-10-05 16:13

    Cool - "poor road quality, unstable electricity and water supply as all needing attention" There are a lot of things which need attention in South Africa. Food, clean water and books for the people.

  • jola.jose.7 - 2012-10-05 16:14

    South africans welcome to animal farm

      Mbango Ngomane - 2012-10-05 16:29

      There is nothing more annoying than being intellectually undermined by a fool! Mr Nxesi thinks the citizens of this country are fools like him. If you consider all the luxuries mentioned in the schedule of Nkandla upgrade (a helipad, air-conditioned rooms, underground bunker, a multi-sport field, etc) against what he says, you will vividly see that he is taking us for granted.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-05 17:43

      Mbango ~ It's not just Nxesi that's doing it. It's the whole of cANCer and it's only this one instance that you've opened your eyes to what is actually going on.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-05 20:56

      I am saddened by everything the anc is doing in this country, what on earth were we thinking about installing this uneducated tribalist dancer/fraudster @ the helm of government, malema, never blamed you for anything, but i blame you for this. We are now stuck with this zulu mini king, and by the look of things he going to rig the elections.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-06 09:57

      Irene.buthelezi. Every time you write cANCer, you remind me of the disease I had. Everytime you write cANCer, you may be drawing something to you, you don't want. Please consider the effect your words can have on others and your own subconscious.

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-10-05 16:16

    Why didn't they build him a house in Houghton or Durban it would have been cheaper than now having to upgrade the entire village to international standards becuase its not accessible or safe for the president!!! Mandela chose a house in JHB and so did Mbeki!! This herds man wants a house in the bundus at our expense!!!?

  • lazarus.masilela - 2012-10-05 16:22

    This Thulase must be smoking gas.

  • Sya Mwelly - 2012-10-05 16:23

    its about time we all wakeup n stop being fooled arwnd by these thiefs,

  • Khofu - 2012-10-05 16:28

    This merely confirms my suspicions that \the leadership of today has now taken the former apartheid rulers as their role models.\ Watch everytime JZ giggles in parliament - he's thinking: \heh heh .... The are asking these vexing questions because they still think that they are citizens. Heh heh heh, they don't realise that they are SUBJECTS!

      wim.kotze.9 - 2012-10-05 18:18

      Can you name any white president who stole tax payers money, or are you just suffering from verbal diarrhea?

  • Michael - 2012-10-05 16:32

    We welcome this innitiative to improve the residence of his excellency, honourable, proffesor, president of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Zuma. his security well being is more important than any amount of money.

      nombuso.n.mtshali.1 - 2012-10-05 20:22

      Are you serious?

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-05 16:39

    Not where else are they blowing money hand over fist?

  • michele.bosman.5 - 2012-10-05 16:40

    What about my house, I only want about R10 million and I am much more honest than Dear Jacob Zuma and co ;)

  • pierre.walt - 2012-10-05 16:54

    F%%k off and I lost my home, belongings and cars because I am unemployed for 3 years now because off AA and BEE. F%%k SA. Please government send me to anyplace oversea.

      George - 2012-10-05 17:20

      Pierre, your pain and sacrifice will not be in vain. Mother Nature is setting these jokers up for a mighty fall. Remember, you are never unemployed. You either work for someone else or you work for yourself. All the best.

  • brendanbmeyer - 2012-10-05 16:55

    Is it not a fact that millions of South Africans deal with poor road quality, poor water delivery and unstable electricity on a daily basis which gets no attention?! Taxpayers are shielding the president from the reality that most have to live through on a daily basis. It's a sad day when those elected and empowered to act as 'Public Servants' have this idea that they above the rest, entitled to more and generally ignore, steal from and suppress those who they have been sworn in to serve!

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-05 17:08

    While development of rural areas is always welcome, leaders should be wary of a mentality syndrome prevalent on the continent where first world infrastructure is taken at a huge cost to the sitting president's village of birth. Mandela and Mbeki shied away from that! Nxesi must provide compelling reasons why such upgrade is not necessary in Pampierstad but Nkandla.

  • George - 2012-10-05 17:16

    Of course its not unique. There are many prior examples from this con artist. Currently, he and his coterie are still colluding with Scamral to financially rape and pillage the hardworking victims of this joke of a democracy through the gargantuan con called e-toll. Do NOT register for e-toll. Don't pay for what is already yours. The Tokoloshe will soon wreak justice..