Zuma plays Santa in Nkandla

2013-12-29 08:11
Zuma's Nkandla homestead. (Picture: City Press)

Zuma's Nkandla homestead. (Picture: City Press)

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Durban - President Jacob Zuma has played Santa Claus to a large group of people at his KwaZulu-Natal homestead in Nkandla, where he handed out food, toiletries and blankets - emblazoned with his face.

According to the Sunday Times, Zuma, who spent Christmas at his home, dispensed alms to a large group of old people on Friday before urging them to ignore criticism of the spending of about R206m of taxpayers’ money on security upgrades at Nkandla.

It was however, a week’s worth of festivities, which began on Monday. The fun will end with a party for children on Sunday.

Although most people from the surrounding area came out in support of Zuma regarding the money spent on upgrading security at Nkandla, there were those who voiced displeasure over the issue, the Sunday Times reported.

Many of them live in mud huts and there are few basic services such as running water and electricity.

Zuma will pay nothing

Meanwhile it was reported that President Jacob Zuma is set to walk away without paying a cent for the R208 million security upgrades to his Nkandla home.

Even though the department of public works initially tallied Zuma’s part of the bill at R10m, its minister, Thulas Nxesi, told City Press that Zuma would not pay for any part of it.

“The department will not be asking the president to pay because the president did not ask for the security upgrade,” he said.

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