Zuma doesn't own Nkandla compound

2012-10-05 08:01

Durban - President Jacob Zuma does not own the land on which his Nkandla compound is built - and the department of public works is in the midst of a deal to take up the lease, potentially for as little as R1 000 a year.

This means that not only will the Zuma compound be bankrolled by the taxpayer to the tune of R203m, but so will the land on which it stands. City Press revealed the multi-million rand upgrade on Sunday.

The compound is situated on communal land owned by the Ingonyama Trust and is about 24km south of Nkandla town centre in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The trust is headed by King Goodwill Zwelithini and manages about 32% of all land in the province on behalf of the state for the benefit of its occupants.

Public outcry

The disclosure also challenges the justification of spending on the property by public works in the face of a public outcry over the splurge.

The department cited the ministerial handbook’s rules allowing spending on the president’s “private” residence.

The handbook defines a private residence as a “privately owned house” and says only R100 000 worth of security-related upgrades may be made to office bearers’ private residences; the rest should be for the politician’s account.

The National Key Points Act - also cited to justify the spending - also requires the owner of the property to pay for security out of his own pocket, unless the minister of police orders otherwise.

Judge Jerome Ngwenya, the chairperson of the trust, confirmed that the Ingonyama Trust held title to the land on which Zuma’s residences stand, and that it had given permission for the development to take place.

Ngwenya could not reveal the specific conditions of the lease for Zuma’s compound, but he said the department of public works usually paid the trust R1 000 per year in rental for similar premises of schools, clinics and other public buildings under its custodianship. The leases were usually valid for 40 or 99 years.

He said prior to the arrangement currently being finalised with the department of public works, that Zuma had held tenure rights to the Nkandla homestead in his personal capacity.

But Zuma has never declared owning the tenure in his legally required public declaration of interests, despite occupying the property from at least 2000.

Public works already maintains three state-owned official presidential residences in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban.

'Big problem'

Several legal experts told Media24 Investigations that if Zuma does not hold title to the land, the beneficiary of the massive upgrades to the Nkandla compound would ultimately be the Ingonyama Trust, as land held by the trust cannot be sold.

Professor Themba Msimang, an IFP MP with similar occupational rights to land in the Nkandla area, described the situation as “a big problem”.

“He hasn’t got title to the land; it’s communally owned, and that means that if you are no longer needed for staying there, [the land] reverts back to Ingonyama Trust and is given to the next occupant. It’s a big question mark, especially for someone approaching the end of his term,” Msimang said.

Mario Oriano-Ambrosini, an IFP MP who was involved in drafting the legislation that set up the trust, said the situation ought to have been remedied by the Communal Land Rights Act, which provided for traditional land to be transferred to occupants, but the act was declared unconstitutional in 2010 and the process has been placed on hold.

He said because leases with the Ingonyama Trust could be registered with the deeds office, they could be sold on and Zuma could be regarded as the owner.

There is no record of a deed registered in the president’s name in KwaZulu-Natal, according to online deeds office records.

Requests for comment from the presidency, department of public works and police ministry went unanswered.

- Media24 Investigations

  • lownabester - 2012-10-05 08:05

    FFS, How much more must we pay!!!

      elgh.elgh - 2012-10-05 08:34

      The king will probably sell the land to zuma for R5000 for all the favours given over the years. That means if the upgrades go forward, zuma will pick up a nice property bargain. Another way to roll money. This should not be allowed, the whole thing is criminal.

      espanyol.mpumi - 2012-10-05 08:46

      Zuma can see that his second term is slowly slipping away. He is surely gona make use of the taxpayers money to cover up for his future expenses. I mean who the F*ck upgrades a house for +R200m. . . All that money is going to his bank account.

      george.outremer - 2012-10-05 08:47

      Seems to be a classic case of conflict of interest with the Zulu king benefiting from state coffers.

      rontheogre - 2012-10-05 08:51

      It also explains why the King has been having a ball with state funds.You rub my back and I will rub yours.

      max.reynecke - 2012-10-05 08:54

      32% of all land in KZN belongs to Goodwill Zwelithini, so where does land redistribution come into this picture? We are being bombarded by lies about landownership in this country.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-05 09:04

      It looks like the well used "Ministerial Handbook" overrides all common sense and morality. Zuma and his thieving hacks are a disgrace to this country and the poor.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-05 09:05

      I would be so pissed off to pay taxes for these crooks to live in luxury. How do you people in South-Africa handle this blatant in your face thievery. Hell man start a god damn riot. If all of you just stop paying your taxes that lot in the ANC will fold. Besides they cant jail the whole country. Chaos.

      celtis.africana - 2012-10-05 09:21

      Malema phoned Zuma and asked him “Do you trust me” to which he said “use you own trust, mine is full of property and hot money”.

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-05 10:54

      I sleep well at night, knowing I have not voted for the ANC and will never vote for them, wonder how the rest sleeps at night. The disarray caused by this corrupt criminal government is un measured anywhere in the world, and the people responsible are hiding behind excuses of dead dictators (verwoerd - died 60 years ago) and apartheid (abolished 18 years ago) , why dont they blame Noah !

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-05 12:05


      lsfreak - 2012-10-05 12:13

      @espanyol You got it all wrong, this "UPGRADE" is a R200mil voter buying deal ;) I build you a new R200 mil palace for your Queen tell Joe public it costs R18mil and you get your peeps to vote for me in DECEMBER.. "See that how our democracy works" - JZ

  • greig.saunders - 2012-10-05 08:09

    Yet it is still ok to justify the 200mil + expenditure from taxpayers' pockets??????

      lsfreak - 2012-10-05 11:02

      Now, Now... R200mil to build a house for someone else. A KING of all people... WTF Thought there was a bit more to the story than was let out :?

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-05 08:11

    word play!! we paying either way, they are are bunch of corrupt ous either way

      p.borchard - 2012-10-05 12:21

      And the sad truth is that all of these corrupt role players are going to get away with it AGAIN.

  • gaius.longinus.9 - 2012-10-05 08:11


      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-10-05 09:44

      So right, most of the ANC leadership don't give a damn about the bulk of their voters who are living in poverty. Just like BBEEE and AA, only a few benefit and the rest of the population is worse off because they are hampering economic development and job creation. I hope more voters will realize this before the next election.

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-05 10:45

      South Africa's only problem: our worst criminals are in government.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-05 08:12

    That is even more reason why the tax payer must not foot the bill. It's not state property. So why must we pay for the upgrades.

  • merven.halo - 2012-10-05 08:15

    Make me think of the Department of Basic Education in the Pretoria CBD. The story goes around that it cost R10million a year for the taxpayer.

      KingPun - 2012-10-05 08:32

      And that compound is leased at R1000, he could pay that from his piggy bank i tell you...

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-05 08:17

    I couldn't give a flying f**k who's land it is, R203mil is a heck of a lot of money that can be put to good use in building this nation not in some shower-head's bank account along with family of cretins!!!

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-05 08:30

      I'm sure that the lease will contain a clause that will allow Jacob and his brood to live there indefinitely after he leaves office. I can see them sitting in an office mulling over how to get around this little problem, and one snaps his finger and says: "I've got it! Why doesn't the state LEASE the property, and then we can spend as much as we want on it!! Why stop at 203 million? The purse is thrown wide open, the sky is the limit!

      croix.mactee - 2012-10-05 13:07

      M & G has revealed that the latest figure is already R 238,000,000 FFS!

  • gerry.gee.39 - 2012-10-05 08:18

    King Goodwill president of the trust? Did he not recently ask for or get Millions for his own place?? Was that in payment for giving or arranging this place for slimy Zoomie? This STINKS!

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-05 08:24

      Thick as thieves

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-05 08:37

      The Government pays for the upkeep of the "Royals" and then they charge us rent. There is no place for "royalty" in today's modern societies.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-05 09:29

      I agree Kala... Goodwill gets over R60 million a year from treasury. I wonder how much of that he actually spends on the community.

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-10-05 08:22

    WTF how much more lies can these people come up with just to get their grubby little hands on our money everyday the story gets worse

  • profLebza - 2012-10-05 08:22

    Zuma is full of crap. considering the amount deducted on my salary, he fills me up with hatred towards ANC. Time for the opposition to take over, DA.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-10-05 08:45

      Viva DA... Viva !!

  • mavivi.ntshongwana - 2012-10-05 08:22

    These two F.....ers are thieves.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-05 09:30

      I like the way you put that lol... f**kers

  • osmaseko - 2012-10-05 08:22

    Tjo I am speechless

  • lekkeperd.chevyss - 2012-10-05 08:23

    Zuma you don't need this. Build houses for poeple that stay in shacks without water , toilets and electricity. Stop feeding your self and the fat cats. Come on man!! You are selfish! Think like a man if you are one. You have more than enough to eat and drink!

      sonia.bloem - 2012-10-05 09:09

      I agree LekkePerd!!! There are so many homeless people, so many people who is starving!!! Help those people!!

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-10-05 08:24

    A R200million public project concealed from the public,who is fooling who?

  • breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-10-05 08:24

    That is why I am not prepared to pay toll fees!

  • paul.vermeulen3 - 2012-10-05 08:25

    Interesting that one Trust owns 32% of ALL the land in KZN, are we being hoodwinked about the amount of land that white farmers own???

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-10-05 09:22

      Indeed, for years AGRI SA has been calling for a land audit, which has never come off the ground, to determine who owns what. There are also fancy wordplay taking place: "90% of agricultural land belongs to white people", but what about all the land that belongs to so-called trusts and communal land that could be farmed successfully were it not for the greed of some? They only want white farmers' land to strip it of all assets and then replace it with a few mangy cows. That is NOT farming!

      sven.gohre - 2012-10-05 11:38

      @Paul, they say that over 80% of arable land is in the hands of the White community. That leaves about 80% of South Africa's fertile land in the hands of the Black population, through Tribal Trusts and other means. The problem is that South Africa is not blessed with a lot of surface water, so to make the land arable, boreholes have to be drilled to bring the water to the surface so as to irrigate the crops that are planted. Historically communities settled near rivers and used the available water to wash, cook and irrigate their crops. Bearing in mind that the Nguni tribes were not pastoral people, but Nomadic, following their cattle when the grazing ran out. That is how they migrated from Central Africa down the Rift Valley. The Whites dug wells and made land that was far from rivers arable, and that is what is now being claimed as stolen from the Blacks of SA. It would be funny if it did not have such a destructive influence on SA's ability to feed itself. Much land has been claimed as once belonging to Black ancestors, where the only means of irrigation comes from boreholes, something the White Settlers brought to SA. So the land could not have been used for crops before they came. But the CancER is hell-bent on making Whites the Bogey man to be killed and chased out of SA, so that the Blacks will all be rich. Sad really.

  • KingPun - 2012-10-05 08:25

    A presidencial compound for R1000 a year? WTF? thats 4/5 times less that a standard unit per month in a block of flets here in Joburg or anywhere in the country for that matter... we are seriously being raped and theres nothing we can do about it.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-05 08:26

    So now we must pay for land and village owned by the dipsh** king - wow this just gets better and better every single day.....what a con. No wonder they are saying that thanks to KZN Zuma will get his second term - they are all bought and paid for but the taxpayer (now if Zuma had paid for out of his own pocket who the f*** cares) but this is my money and yours and i really take umbrage to this blatant looting of the taxpayer's money - it is not your God given right to steal from the nation.

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-05 08:27

    And yet some people want him to get a second term as president of our country with all his blunders. I rest my case.

      VikashNowath - 2012-10-05 09:53

      not some people most people< rural SA is still illiterate so one food drive will sway the vote trust me i've seen it

      merven.halo - 2012-10-05 14:06

      Wait until Malema comes into power, then R200 mil will be pocket money.

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-05 08:28

    Zuma nd his people disgusting

  • foxiloxi - 2012-10-05 08:33

    How convenient, they will put in the 200mil, it will be leased to the government until such time as he retires, then it will revert back to him with 200 mill refurbishments, oh my god, how stupid do they think the general public are?!?!!?

      rontheogre - 2012-10-05 09:02

      Do you NOW understand the reason for the terrible level of education in SA and the reason why it has been progressively sliding for the past 18 years?

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-05 08:35

    THIS IS A LOAD OF CRAP,im sick of this blady president! here the country is in huge trouble fighting and filled with corruption and this guy sits back on his ass and does nothing! you wanna vote for idiots like this and this is what you get! how can we as the public stand for this, we are all working our ass's off and tryna make a living, we get taxed for this crap, to keep him and his family wealth so he doesnt have to pay for what he wants! stuff this president and if people are still stupid enough to vote for this man then they deserve to suffer more! we as the people need to have a day where we protest against this man, the whole country infact! i will not pay for this crap and with now they wanna bring back the e-tolling, i promise you now,i will not pay for that crap if im seeing our money been used for someones own personal benifits! rather arrest me cause i wont pay anymore, im sick of this crap!

      lums.zindela - 2012-10-05 08:50

      @Andrew I think you're right but the catch is the law won't protect us, instead we will be convicted for tax evasion and a list of charges amounting to criminality. I will stop paying my taxes as long as this crap is in charge. This country will perish in the hands of zooma and his allies. How about a vote of no confidence?

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-05 09:03

      @Lums i couldnt agree with you more, the only way we can protect ourselves against this is to stand together and try have a day where the whole country go against Zuma! i must say Lums, you have my vote!

      rontheogre - 2012-10-05 09:16

      Lums, if you approach a lawyer to create a separate fund into which the taxes are paid, SARS cannot prove that you are avoiding your taxes. Quite a few have done it and notified SARS through their lawyers with silence from SARS thereafter. We all need to do this and pressure the companies you work for to do the same. SARS is reluctant to take people doing this to court as it could be a landmark case that bursts their bubble.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-05 09:43

      We should stand together against corrupt officials who only have interest in themselves, instead of fighting against each other based on race.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-05 08:36

    The AFU (under a new DIRECTOR) will repo this clown's palace within the next ten years.

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-05 08:38

    Yerrrrrr! This man does not have his own place. Of all the money that stole, and continues to, from the taxpayer he could remember to buy his own place? Damnit! What a fool.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-10-05 09:37

      Lol I couldn't have word it better!!! Excellent!

      croix.mactee - 2012-10-05 13:22

      You are so right - he does not own the place so if he is caught up in asset forfeiture for his crooked deals, they cannot take his house? Cleva Zoombie!

  • rice.safari - 2012-10-05 08:40

    This Trust owns 32% of all the land in the province? Somebody has got to be doing some new sums about which race groups own what ratio of land in South Africa. And the new laws mooted about booting land owners off of unproductive land has got to be a joke when you have Trusts owning such vast tracks of (unproductive) land. How much "communal land" is actually governed by such trusts in South Africa. Goodness gracious me!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-05 09:46

      Now why doesn't government distribute that fertile land? Imagine all the possibilities that that much land could create. Of course they would have to teach the people how to farm sustainably.. hemp would be the perfect crop. But nooooo.... empowering the people scares them.

  • stanley.lefleur - 2012-10-05 08:40

    We, the sheeple (bamboozled people) are once more being taken for a (long) ride to freedom! I publicly voice my disgust and opposition to this atrocity. Let it be put in the annals of history...I will have nothing to do with it.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-10-05 08:45

    Zuma is now a de facto KING OF SA,at such a turbulent time,with no CHECKLISTS.

  • jen.bader - 2012-10-05 08:47

    To quote a friend, this is my tax money therefore I want timeshare!

  • ernest.robbertse - 2012-10-05 08:47

    Pres Zuma does not need to pay R1000 pm as rental for the land his residence occupies. The Ingonyama Trust owns the land (communal land) on behalf of and for the indigenous people of KZN who do not need to pay rental for residential purposes. Rental is paid for commercial and other purposes.If non of the other residential occupiers of Ingonyama Trust land in KZN pay rental why should Pres Zuma. The funding of the structures on his residence are different matter and should not be confused with his right to construct a dwelling and use KZN communal land for himself, his family and friends.

  • chiepner - 2012-10-05 08:48

    Dear Taxpayer - please learn. This massive spending on this land is just another way how millions of tax payers money get diverted into the pockets of those politicians we entrusted in representing us. Thats All.......

      claire.wrightkunene - 2012-10-05 10:29

      U so damn right Clint!

  • handy.andy.3990 - 2012-10-05 08:54

    It does not matter how you spin it JZ, you are stealing from us and the poor people of this country. And we know its not your money, since we also know that you had no money before you became president. So either you got the money from illicit dealings while president, or we the tax payers are paying outright for this. You are a disgrace.

  • frank.zippa.1 - 2012-10-05 08:58

    Bags of scum. Dollops of scum. Buckets of scum. Zuma Super-scum. ANC scum collection point. Mangaung scum convention. Inkandla Scumville. OK class, following the above example, describe our government using the following words: Rape, sex-fiend, slime, excreta, vermin, disease etc.

  • hawthorne1955 - 2012-10-05 08:59

    The one thing that Zuma is good at is promoting promiscuity

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-05 08:59

    Nkandla might be Mr Zuma's Waterloo, hopefully without the return of the youth leader.

      claire.wrightkunene - 2012-10-05 10:30

      Yeah Deon but on the other hand we don't need Zuma and that Racist So-called Youth Leader!

  • sthembiso.jali.58 - 2012-10-05 09:00

    I will be behind anyone who runs for presidency come december as long its not that clown zuma. He has a lot dodgy dealings with corrupt intentions.

  • desmond.joshua2 - 2012-10-05 09:02

    where the hell do they come on kings and what not?I only have 1 King.LORD JESUS,not cheap slime imitations.why do we as citizens of this country have to support them?have'nt he stole enough already?The BIBLE says you can't take your riches to hell,as you can see i don't mention Heaven,cause you won't ever enter there.

      phindani.zethi - 2012-10-05 13:28

      And who are you to pass judgement who goes to hell and who goes to heaven???

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-10-05 09:04

    Folks its us in the DOGGY BAG!!

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-10-05 09:05

    So in KZN blacks own 32% of ALL land in the province, even before land claims, private private properties, government own land etc.. So this useless deplorable government HAS been lying to us (as suspected).

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-05 09:05

    Guys please put me up for Presidential Nominations. I promise you I will do nothing for 4 years collect My 9 million plus salary then retire in my two hundred Million Rand compound will collect my pension keep my security team ,just a small expense to you. Oh by the way asked my wife if i could have a couple of more women in my stable but she hit me on the head with the frying pan and stated the next shot would be a 38 special to the head so i can say you would be saving a few million just on that i will only have one wife for you to look after and pay for.

      lums.zindela - 2012-10-05 09:30

      @squatter please make me your deputy, I can make sure to convince the messes. I learned a lot on how to make empty promises.

      imoukangwe - 2012-10-05 12:21

      @DurbanSquatter please make your spoke person , so you share your wealth you accumulated from tax payers with me ... if anyone wanna to expose us use we silence them with court and arrests

  • cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-10-05 09:08

    Zuma is a wad of stinking green phlegm that the 'government' hawked out - all of us are holding our noses and sliding around trying to anticipate from which corner the next one is coming.

  • sonia.bloem - 2012-10-05 09:10


  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-10-05 09:10

    The same difference

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-05 09:13

    Hey, showerhead did say that the majority (zulu tribes) has more rights than the minority (other African tribes). If they want to "blow" our tax money, let them rather split the R203Mil amongst all the provinces and construct some much needed houses for the poor (all races)

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-05 09:17

    When he is voted out and a new President is elected is he kicked out of the residence and the New President and his family move in?????

      phindani.zethi - 2012-10-05 13:19

      I wish so much for that to happen. But I'm afraid that will ever happen.

      phindani.zethi - 2012-10-05 13:19

      I wish so much for that to happen. But I'm afraid that will ever happen.

      phindani.zethi - 2012-10-05 13:19

      I wish so much for that to happen. But I'm afraid that will ever happen.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-05 09:18

    That's nice. We pay to have a trust's property developed with a cool 200 million. This nothing but theft!

      croix.mactee - 2012-10-05 13:37

      Yes, the trust administrator(King Greedy Zwelithini) must be arrested, as it is in the trust's name the theft is taking place. It is not hard to figure out for a good legal team. AFRIFORUM!!!!!???????? ANYONE???

  • mlungisi.crush - 2012-10-05 09:18

    Ngangezwe izwe ngelakho lize liyovinjwa wulwandle,Silo samabandla,onenkinga akehlele ngezansi!

      frank.zippa.1 - 2012-10-05 21:06

      Hamba eehla bosh slima

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-10-05 09:20

    I am so tired of these corrupt people I would stand by any one that really wants to make a change and not just grap as much as possible before moving on

  • tobydt - 2012-10-05 09:26

    So, this is how Zwelithini will get his new palace, even if we dont pay him the money.

  • sagren.padayachie - 2012-10-05 09:27

    What happens after Zuma's Presidency? Will Zuma vacate the property? Will future Presidents use it? Will the R200 million be refunded to the state? We the taxpayers need answers.

      steveroodt - 2012-10-05 09:34

      It is his to keep and yours to pay for that's the way it works.

      Twolips - 2012-10-05 09:37

      To answer you questions (in order) Squat;no;no;no.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-05 09:51

      If you think that is going to happen, then you should look out of your window to see if you can see any flying pigs.

  • m0760 - 2012-10-05 09:29

    if that is true R203M for renovation then u should be ashame of ur self zuma many homeless jobless sleeping empty stomach get the grib be the man

      sven.gohre - 2012-10-05 11:49

      @m0760, they have already spent R65 million on the compound, the R203 million is on top of that, so in fact it is 268 million of taxpayer's money that he has appropriated, illegally. In any other country, he would be removed from office and charged with corruption and self-enrichment from public office. He would then spend many years behind bars, reflecting the error of his ways.