Zuma explains Nkandla bond, denies knowledge of Gupta dealings

2016-05-17 18:40


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


'I have a bond I am paying' — Zuma answers Nkandla question in Parliament

2016-05-17 16:27

Posing questions to the president, DA leader Mmusi Maimane asked President Jacob Zuma about his Nkandla homestead. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday denied knowing anything about the Gupta family’s dealings, lying about paying a bond for his Nkandla homestead, and not respecting the judiciary.

“Lalelani la [listen], let me explain so that it’s clear," he said during a question-and-answer session in the National Assembly.

"You must keep quiet and listen, so I don’t have to repeat myself," he told MPs, before talking them through the history of the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

He vehemently denied lying about having a bond for his Nkandla home.

"So I'm telling you, and the people of SA, I never lied," he said in response to a question from DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

He mentioned the amphitheatre, cattle kraal, chicken run, visitor’s centre, and the swimming pool, which the public protector had ordered him to pay for out of his own pocket.

At his mention of the word "swimming pool", opposition MPs laughed and shouted "firepool". This was the official name Police Minister Nathi Nhleko gave to the feature when arguing that it was one of the security features installed at Nkandla and that Zuma did not have to pay for it.

"Yebo! Firepool. Yes! Firepool!” said Zuma, with a slight chuckle.

When asked about the Gupta family, and their alleged irregular business dealings, he replied: "I know nothing about the business dealings of the Guptas and whoever. Why should I have a view? Why should I have a view about if it must be investigated or not?"

He was asked to explain his statement earlier in the year that judges convicted people even if they told the truth.

"I trust the judiciary. The ANC trusts the judiciary. I have full confidence in the judicial system of the country," he insisted.

DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach asked Zuma whether he would apologise to the judiciary and if he would stop making such statements. She said he continued to undermine the judiciary.

"I don't understand the question. I've just answered it. I don't know what it is I must apologise to the chief justice about," Zuma replied.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  gupta family  |  cape town  |  nkandla upgrade  |  parliament 2016  |  poltics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.