Youth want better use of Nkandla money

2012-10-08 13:14

Johannesburg - About four in five young South Africans feel the money spent on President Jacob Zuma's private home can be put to better use, according to a survey released on Monday.

"The vast majority [84%] thought the money should rather be put towards solving major problems in South Africa," said consumer insights company Pondering Panda, which did the study.

"Six percent felt that as the president, Zuma knew best what to do with taxpayers' money," researchers said.

Another 5% felt that as president, Zuma deserved a better home and a further 5% could not decide.

Pondering Panda questioned 3 477 young South Africans between the ages of 15 and 34.

Similar upgrade

On Friday, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said the upgrades at Zuma's residences were similar to those of former presidents.

He declined to disclose how much money had been spent on the security and other constructions at Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

So far, high security fences had been erected, roads in the area had been upgraded and local fire fighting services had been developed for the helipads.

Reports have estimated the cost of the work to be between R203m and R238m.

According to the survey, a higher proportion of women (88%) felt the money should be spent on solving problems in the country compared to 80% of men.
About 53% of the respondents were aware of the cost to taxpayers for the Nkandla improvements.

Diminishing support

Fifty-nine percent of 25-34 year olds were aware of Zuma's plans, compared to 49% of 18 to 24 year olds and 46% of 15-17 year olds.

Based on the results, Butch Rice of Pondering Panda said: "An overwhelming majority of young South Africans feel that the expenditure of taxpayer's money on Zuma's house is wrong."

"This is the worst possible time for unwarranted expenses to be incurred. Coming at a time of widespread labour unrest, it will magnify the negative perception that many young South Africans have of our country, and the way it is governed," he said.

Rice said Zuma had little support amongst the youth and the Nkandla upgrades were likely to further diminish the support that remained.
"It can only have negative consequences for the ANC," he said.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-08 13:23

    Yet four in five of the youth will vote for the ANC. That makes a lot of sense...

      wo0two0t - 2012-10-08 13:29

      It just shows you what they find important - colour over ability to lead.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-08 13:51

      rydal, time will tell ne!

      peterpeter.pumkineater.5 - 2012-10-08 14:23

      "It can only have negative consequences for the ANC," he said." HA! show me one good thing first...otherwise... negativity will still be the order of the day

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-08 14:28

      Henk... thats the sad truth. And that youth will be wondering why are they so unemployable.

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-08 14:34

      rydalj ... Last time Zuma said that in a democratic state majority have more rights than minority, I am not a political expect or a university professor but i dont think thats how democracy works.

      Michael - 2012-10-08 16:00

      @wo0two0t - yip, but only whites are racists. Go figure.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-08 13:24

    Zuma and his government ministers have absolutely no intention of putting it to better use. Their only interest is in satisfying their own eternal greed

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-08 14:22

      Yaah - but now the Gravy Boat (HMS Nkandla) has sprung a leak. All hands on deck to prevent the truth from emerging!

      Vince.York - 2012-10-08 19:04

      As far as SA sees it, ALL this rifled monies is meant to be a SECRET from the youth, who by now shouldn't be able to read much either let alone use The New Age for other purposes! This matter of taking public tax payers funds away from the Democratic dispensation to SUPPORT 'THE Dictatorial Tribal Kings, warlords and minions and flood those royally owned lands with wealth from democracy into feudal fiefdom" IS ALL MEANT TO BE A SECRET and certainly not acknowledged as OUTRIGHT ILLEGAL THEFT. Lets just wait for how the ConCourt can carry on conning SA over this one. First round will be somehow to BLACKEN the matter. Second must be race and apartheid and too many whites are still flocking to the beaches in Miami, Bahamas or skiing in Switzerland, forgetting whether they are fellow citizens or just normal people around the international world of hard work and good endeavour. Thirdly the really vindictive all prima donna's jigga jiggling the puppet strings must call for more retribution because the SA Feeding Frenzy guidebook will have been updated by the Mugabe lot by then. Not sure where the unions will be alerted to come rumbling down the pavements with all sorts of traditional weapons funded by the taxman or even if Pravin will lead them seeing as he is being prosecuted for aiding and abetting corruption and theft for so long. And finally the TRUMP CARD will always be the little rabbit that runs foul of the witch matter Marikana or Nkandla breed.

  • bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-08 13:25

    The ANC and Zuma are just spending our tax money relentlessly... They could not give a rats @ss what you think! Time to vote in a new party!!! I personally think that he should leave this complex once he is no longer president. State money being used so owned by the state!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-10-08 13:34

    Seriously though, what is R203m in comparison to R5bn lost in transaction by the entire government? Rather complain about that and our current leading party?

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-08 14:51

      R203m (aka R240m) to one man via corruption is massive! Every single deed of corruption should be brought to book in a democracy. How can people every change their mindsets for the better about our leadership, if the leadership keeps on getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar? We need honest and accountable leadership.

  • SteVmphO - 2012-10-08 13:35

    how bout we bring Thabo mbeki back into the presidency?, nt sayin motlanthe is not gud enough. Zuma has done more harm than good in how he sets himself as an example

      sizwemabena87 - 2012-10-08 14:34

      its not just a new president that we need man...ANC is gonna run this country to the ground..we need to vote in a party thats got less drama...I think its time we gave DA a chance nd see what its got to offer...

      Erna - 2012-10-08 14:47

      We need more than a new president to get the country out of this hole. We need a very strong opposition so that the anc has a couple of more sleepless nights than what they are having currently. I don't think zuma loses a second's sleep at night worrying about the state of the nation - he's future is made!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-08 13:39

    We all feel the money could be better spend on other things.

  • justin.mettew - 2012-10-08 13:41

    This sensationalised and ill-informed report was brought to you by News24: Promoting racism, bigotry and hatred. Please make sure you do not apply your mind when comment on this report, otherwise any comment viewed to be objective and making sense will be deleted. Pleasure.

      Erna - 2012-10-08 14:48

      And I suppose you agree with everything!?

      gail.rieck.9 - 2012-10-08 16:38

      I take it you're not a taxpayer, or you're just some fool happy to have your hard earned cash splurged on luxuries for some greedy man.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-08 13:42

    Well Zuma is the new Zulu king, of corse he must get the money to build his palace, where else is he going to put all his wives? Come on man, all that lovely gravy for all his contractor friends with their over-inflated prices, not to mention his advisors and their buddies that are all arranging the last gasp swinging party, at tax payers expense. Come on man.....I want it all and I want it now!!!!!!!

      balan.morgen - 2012-10-08 14:19

      zuma the double head king.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-08 13:43

    the ANC's priority list has one item on it: me first.

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-08 14:36

      And that piece of cake they are after, is getting smaller and smaller.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-10-08 13:47

    Of course they do. They have brains.

  • mpho.galane1 - 2012-10-08 13:53

    A village next to Zuma's place is suffering n they don't have running water n proper road. While a state of the art roads n bunker building r being build with tunnels connecting his compounds. Zuma o fulela age ka nnete...

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-08 14:09

      But rats prefer tunnels. That's why they are building them for Zuma.

  • mmangaliso - 2012-10-08 13:54

    the better thing is to nt vote ANC again thats whats best of the youth

  • mandla.thwala.10 - 2012-10-08 13:54

    What is interesting is that these so called surveys comes at times where peaple tempers are high, I believe they are part of the opposition to discredit certein individuals

      ben.spreeth - 2012-10-08 14:14

      Certain individuals do not need anybody to discredit them. They managed fine all by themselves.

      balan.morgen - 2012-10-08 14:16

      @mandla.thwala, zuma has mabili kanda lapha nkandla.

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-10-08 14:43

      Mandla, But why are people's tempers high? Don't you think people are getting fed up when they hear about the waste of money and they are struggling to make a living?

      darryn.lahner - 2012-10-08 16:29

      Mandla.... oh why waste my time... sigh.

  • Lindsay Lloyd - 2012-10-08 13:55

    6% says he knows what to do best with the tax payers Money- seriously WTF - id say use 6% of the money to educate the youth who say this cos clearly they dont realize what damage this is doing to the taxpayer or is that because there parents don't fall in that category of paying taxes - it worries me that 16% of the Youth don't know how Selfish there government is - i am glad i am one of the youth to say WAKE UP we need that money for the ANC's damage to south africa

  • mmangaliso - 2012-10-08 13:56

    The youth dont know nothing about money give them education. Then they will know better

      Brian Dorning - 2012-10-08 14:17

      200million can help with education don't you think?

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-08 14:37

      For sure Brian..

  • m0760 - 2012-10-08 14:02

    zuma nkandlha boring boring

      balan.morgen - 2012-10-08 14:18

      makhulu kanda lapha nkandhla

  • chris.flack.750 - 2012-10-08 14:09

    That complete house is not even worth 2 million.

      Brian Dorning - 2012-10-08 14:16

      you don't see the fence, and plans for an airstrip

      Erna - 2012-10-08 14:49

      .....and the underground bunkers!

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-08 14:09

    Point is our useless president and his corrupt friends don't give a rats @ss how the people feel or what they need or think. Youth....hahaha yet they will vote for this corrupt government again.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-08 14:09

    Why are we discussing this, it's obvious its wrong and those who says that Zuma knows best are the reason why corruption thrive, Tata Zuma can do no wrong. No fraud , no rape , no embazzlement. I forgot till GoD comes we are stuck with the ANC and looks like by hook or by crook a second term with Zuma. But it is not like there are a better alternative in the ANC. Dark future is assured for us.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-08 14:14

    Kings live in palaces, pigs in sties, youth in expectation. Youth is wise. H Belloc

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-08 14:19

    All this moaning and complaining. We know how little the cANCer feels for it's sheeple. So what can be done about this? Vote these idiots out and soon!

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-10-08 14:26

    you write your sensational stories about this president helping himself on the nation's coffers as if this government is run from his household in order to please your gullible rightwingers and some crazy racists...actually all this facade is laughable...this country has laws and a proper government....news24 this president cannot order the minister of finance to make state finances available for his private enjoyment....please report sensible.....

      Erna - 2012-10-08 14:51

      No, he can't but he can the minister of public works - its coming out of their budget!

      talana.malherbe - 2012-10-08 14:52

      @bongani, what country are you living in??? Sure as hell isn't SA...

      Paul Mphap - 2012-10-08 14:57

      @bongani...u r out of ur mind & please stop thinking like an idiot.

      Tim Elliott - 2012-10-08 16:41

      bongani u clearly haven't got a clue as to what's going on around u.WAKE UP...Zuma is currently having R200m of taxpayer's money spent on his rural home.This is just plain wrong!What exactly don't u understand??

      Justin Mettew - 2012-10-08 19:27

      @ to some extent true. But honestly, who has ever seen R200m renovations? Do you know how much is R200m? News24 deserves the best Sensationalist Award!

  • Ntarts - 2012-10-08 14:32

    JZ must know he's on his way out so this is a last minute cash in on taxpayers. Screwing us one last time before he's out!

  • Paul Mphap - 2012-10-08 14:43

    who is zuma? im asking cos the last i checked, i had no president! i just want to know who the f@ck this person is cos my tax money is abused like hell.

  • Erna - 2012-10-08 14:45

    They will just do what they usually do, shrug their shoulders and carry on looting, till someone takes them on and opens a case against them. And they wonder why the DA, Freedom Front, Agriforum, etc. runs to the courts or public protector every time! If they didn't, this corrupt government would get away with even more than they are.

  • Ridwan Ahmed - 2012-10-08 15:34

    who is listening

  • Michael - 2012-10-08 15:42

    No amount of money can solve SA problems, even if you take the whole budget from treasury, problems will remain unsolved, therefore Zuma's security is important and we can not say because there is poverty, the president security is not important, are we saying so because he is not a white president and therefore his life does not worth such security?

      Justin Mettew - 2012-10-08 19:29

      True. this issue has dimensions that envisaged.

  • denny.cray - 2012-10-08 15:43

    He totally needs the security to protect himself from irate taxpayers.

  • sehlabane.marxist - 2012-10-08 16:14

    90% of south Africans will never live to have a fraction 0f that money. This is so rediculous...

  • Luyanda Qoyi - 2012-10-08 17:57

    if Zuma wins in Mangaung, ANC will automatically lose my vote...i can't vote for THUGS!!!

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-08 18:55

    How in the world can anyone with an IQ above an egg plant believe that the spear needs a better home? Ironically enough it is most likely the same idiots that will be asking for charity,food, toilets, school books and basic medical care. If that's the case, I rest my case and feel no sorrow. You must remain in the pit you are, suffer what you bring upon yourselves and do not ask for pity for you deserve none.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-10 05:31

    The report is in past tense which means the R234m has already been used for the upgrade. What a terribe waste

  • m0760 - 2012-10-11 15:21


  • mzondistanley - 2012-10-16 09:47

    By whose Standards? Start giving us Examples from John Voster"s days!!

  • tshidi.shikoane - 2012-10-21 19:27

    The sooner zuma steps down from that chair the better for South Africa, he has done more harm than good by us. This is nonsense maan. We have millions of graduates, jobless....I myself I'm from a village in limpopo n there no roads, if it rains no car can get to the house n yena he wants to spend our hard earned money ko nkandla? So much money, ya sure wa tella zuma, bloody agent.

  • Thobeka Nkosingiphile - 2013-10-05 12:13

    am thobeka zuma from 17 years old and doing grade 11 at matholamnyama high school.i would like to open an acting place for nkandla youth.any one who can help me to help nkandla youth?

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