Scopa to question dept over Nkandla

2012-10-31 07:09

Johannesburg - Parliament's public accounts watchdog committee Scopa will question the public works department on the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma's private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, according to a report on Wednesday.

Standing Committee on Public Accounts chairperson Themba Godi reportedly told the Citizen newspaper that the Democratic Alliance requested that Scopa investigate the Nkandla expenditure.

"We are not going to launch a separate investigation," he told the newspaper.

"We will inquire about the Nkandla project when the department of public works present its financial report to the committee."

Godi added that a date for the briefing would be confirmed on Wednesday.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said the party would closely monitor the preliminary investigation and ensure that all the details related to the upgrade of the compound are brought before the committee by the department.

"The DA will ensure that Scopa does not abdicate its responsibilities to investigate fully the Nkandla upgrade," Mazibuko told the Citizen.

"[As] the first step towards doing so, we cannot allow the preliminary investigation to be used as a mechanism by the African National Congress to block or delay a full investigation by Parliament."

Reports have estimated the cost of the work to be between R203m and R238m. Zuma would reportedly pay only 5% of the bill - around R10m.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-31 07:31

    And if the ept hides behind the key points rubbish argument or another favourite one been "you can see it answer but sign a confidentiality clause" Then what??

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-31 07:51

    No deal. It's outright abuse of tax payers money. It is NOT his to do as he pleases. He must account for every cent misspent ( read stolen) and give it back. This app,IRS to all other thieving officials, ministers and tenderpreneurs. Enough is enough. Equality my arse!

  • arlene.daly.3 - 2012-10-31 07:54

    lets see when he is no longer president where tax payers are covering the cost of all his woman - if he can actually afford all those woman himself...

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-31 14:36

      If you marry two people, you are called a bigamist; if you marry more than two, you are a pigamist, morons are allowed to do this.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-10-31 07:57

    The money would be better spent on RDP housing. It's criminal that so much money be spent on a President that has done nothing but shame our country!

  • marlene.eckard - 2012-10-31 07:58

    The headline of this article is incorrect ! It should read "depth" , I had to read the article to see what its about . The dept could have been debt too , but that wouldn't have made sense !

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-10-31 08:05

    Please correct me if I'm wrong but from what I understand zuma is justifying upgrading nkandla so expensively because of important people that could come visit him (kind of like the white house) but didn't the tax payers just fork out to renovate and fix up all his presidential residents all over the country? Why would important people not stay at the presidential properties?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-31 14:48

      Robynne.els1 All important people stay in official residents, they don't stay in privately owned houses. It is just another blatant lie like all the other blatant lies Zuma and his cronies are telling the people. I am still sure that if he is re-elected he will want plane and a helicopter. After all that helicopter pad isn't build for nothing is it?.

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-31 08:08

    ITS A STATE SECRET ----Guaranteed Answer .

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-10-31 08:09

    I don't think Mr T.Godi is still fit to hold on as Chairperson of the SCOPA.He's too soft.

  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-31 08:35

    Where did Zuma get R10m to pay for his share? When he became President he was broke owing criminals such as Schabir Shaik for money borrowed to sustain his lifestyle. Since then his family and expenses have grown, much of which is paid by the state, but his after tax earnings have been about R9m. This is a clear case of tax fraud that requires investigation!

      winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-31 15:41

      The chinese are bank rolling them, most of the chinese shops only take cash, dont give you a receipt, so how can they pay any guess where their money is going. On all big corporations etc, you will find their families listed as a shareholder or some type of director, all there for a coin the bucks. I also believe they are getting away without having to pay come they only jumped on Malema when he defied them otherwise they would'nt have touched them. I guess we have to believe that SARS is corrupt as well. If there is 5c on the table, just watch a zuma pop up.

      alan.colquhoun1 - 2012-11-01 08:14

      As you say he has earned R9m since he was broke. Now he gets a R240m perk, he has to pay tax on that, which is R100m. It is impossible that he has paid that given his earnings. Where will he get that I wonder. Other people pay tax on perks or they go to jail. His government is always on about catching people who evade tax. They do not need to look very far. Why is the law always so nice and friendly to Mr Zuma. Mugabeland here we come.

  • milly.leshagejabana - 2012-10-31 08:43

    Nkandla's neibourhood are suffering,pupils go to school with a scrab boat crossing a river that have hungry crocodiles!!!

      ant.duke - 2012-10-31 14:21

      I have to wonder if they cheer and worship him when he comes to town...maybe the securtiy is there to keep them away from him...

  • peter.l.morris.3 - 2012-10-31 08:48

    That is blatant theft. Is Zuma's house registered in his name or is it registered in the name of public works which is government?

  • Pete7930 - 2012-10-31 09:01

    Hey miners, theres a new property for u to go and trash and burn!

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-31 09:01

    These guys really don't get it. JZ doesn't give 2 flying fks about them, tax payers or the law of this country as it applies to him and his family operations.

      ant.duke - 2012-10-31 14:17

      He's like a James Bond villain...or Dr Evil from Austin Powers...with an exotic home base filled with all sorts of mind blowing gadgets, lifts, rayguns, satellites and security features as he clasps his hands, giggles, puts his pinky to his mouth and contemplates taking over the world...

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-31 09:07

    SCOPA is infested by cANCer members with even GODI in their (cANCer) pocket in EXCHANGE for him retaining as CHAIRPERSON when actually that seat should have gone to either DA,COPE or even IFP.Hence I've got NO CONFIDENCE in that committees so-called INVESTIGATION.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-10-31 09:19

    It is CRIMINAL that tax payers funds from a DEMOCRATIC SOUTH AFRICA have to be paid over to "dictators of royal traditional standing" and to all those related tribal lands that were meant by now to have been registered in each individuals name - thereby affording them capital base to negotiate and trade with boosting the nations economy. Traditionalists and royals have their subjects to extract funds from - not the democratic bourse of every citizen of the country - THIS is sheer criminal theft by deployed stooges under the guise of a political party but in actual fact tribal thieves. Why has this not been done and why has all the funding for land transition & claims also been stolen, along with most other social budgets too? The ANC government has been led astray and pulled the wool over even Justice AGAIN. IMPEACH & INDICT ZUMA - he has exacerbated this theft!

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-10-31 09:45

    Its totally wrong,it doenst mean that been a number one resident one must spend so carelessly.Miners wont stop striking as long as this top guys waste tax monies and get away with it,Another Mobutu Sesesoku has emerged go check his swiss accounts,This aged presidents of africa are a disgrace they care less about the masses, instead they only think of living a never ending wealth for their entire families.or is it a new monarch in the making?

  • matshane.seleko - 2012-10-31 09:56

    Such an astronomical amount of tax payers' money spent on only one person's private property,while service delivery is gerally lacking,and we are told not to be angry,but rather cry or mourn.

      jacque.raymer - 2012-10-31 10:50

      18 years now, 18 years.... 18 years this has been going on ... 18 years and still people vote ANC. if you cant open your eyes and see and just continue to vote blindly for the same party then you must suffer the consequences. the worse things get the better i reckon...

      ant.duke - 2012-10-31 14:10

      They must add the word "SUCKER" written onto our Tax returns just as they deduct it...

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-31 10:35

    Some people are really really stupid make themselves out to be a god and others support this notion. How sick!

  • mbulelo.pikoli - 2012-10-31 10:48

    the state mst support the 1st wife bcz he is cheating the tax payers money 4his lavish life style

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2012-10-31 11:53

    I want to declare my house a national key point. Where do I sign up?

      ant.duke - 2012-10-31 14:12

      Nearest ANC branch bro... ;-)

  • davidson.mendy - 2012-10-31 12:14

    wen poor people get a chance to a better live they became uncontrollably greedy.... never think of others. i ve' only respect fo two African leaders former president Nelson Mandela and the Malawian President Joyce Banda

  • paul.korb.9 - 2012-10-31 14:04

    Mr Godi u could have been held in high esteem by the general public just like the Public Protector but instead you need to be led along like an ass to water, what has SCOPA achieved over past 4 years except words! Hamba Godi Hamba!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-31 14:43

    Why ask more questions when all the proof is there to see?. Just another waste of time and money.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-08 15:34

    At his point Mr Zuma has put himself above the law so if you are looking for retribution or accountability, you are not going to get it. The only way for any justification is to ensure he is NOT voted in again.

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