ANC condemns DA Nkandla 'invasion'

2012-11-03 10:07

Johannesburg - DA leader Helen Zille should abandon her planned inspection of President Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla, the African National Congress said on Saturday.

"We view this as unnecessary and unwarranted provocation with an intent to violate the privacy of the President, his family and the people of eNkandla," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

"We reiterate our call on the DA not to proceed with the invasion which is the action of provocation."

The Democratic Alliance said on Thursday it was planning to visit Zuma's private residence, where a R200m upgrade was in progress.

Zille, accompanied by DA officials, would inspect roads around the property on Sunday and attempt to enter the compound.

On Friday, the Eastern Cape ANC said the inspection was similar to raids conducted by the apartheid government and while the KwaZulu-Natal ANC warned Zille to abandon her inspection or face violation from local residents.

No faith in institutions

Mthembu said the ANC agree with the fact that there should be no-go areas in the country for all political parties.

"It our held view that this applies in relation to elections campaigning and we strongly condemn unceremonious and arrogance of private residence invasion as intended by the DA in this instance," he said.

"The myopic opportunistic plan of the DA undermines the investigative work that has been undertaken by the Public Protector, the Auditor General and the department of public works that seeks to clarify whether tax payer's money was used wrongly..."

He said this demonstrated that the DA had no faith in institutions that have been created to enhance accountability and transparency.

"The ANC welcomes all investigations that have been initiated to ensure the cloud and allegations of mischief created by the opposition parties are fully investigated and all facts confirmed," said Mthembu.

"As the ANC we are fully aware that the President and his family built their residences and all the homestead structures paraded as if they were built by tax payers' money, a very unfair accusation on our President."

The president's private home will reportedly feature underground bunkers, a clinic, a fire station, special quarters for police, and a helipad. Reports have estimated the cost of the work to be between R203m and R238m. Zuma will reportedly pay only 5% of the bill - around R10m.

  • Jason - 2012-11-03 10:16

    Some of that house belongs to me as a tax payer. And as a DA voter I say "go check it out Helen. You have my permission to enter my property"

      andres.dewet - 2012-11-03 10:21

      Exactly: Regardless if you're DA or not: We the South African people have paid for your house, so irrespective of political affiliation, we are allowed to check out OUR project. We pay we say!

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-03 10:39

      See what the "Presidential Suite" looks like Helen. May like to take the wife there for a weekend!

      gareth.wall.5 - 2012-11-03 14:38

      well as an Educated person I agree but then again does the taxpayers in America go visit Obama at the white-house when they feel like it?

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-11-03 14:59

      Gareth.wall Zille is the leader of the opposition party and is not just any ordinary citizen, therefore you damn idiot she has every right to visit that idiot residence to see how our tax money is wated. DO you understand you educated idiot.

  • storm.chambers.5 - 2012-11-03 10:18

    What are you hiding Zuma?? There are people that can't afford to feed themselves in your country, yet you spend the money on yourself?????

  • herman.kramer.988 - 2012-11-03 10:23

    Goes to show that they have something to hide....

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-03 10:23

    \As the ANC we are fully aware that the President and his family built their residences and all the homestead structures paraded as if they were built by tax payers' money, a very unfair you see STUPID written on my forehead so then where is the money coming from?? From the King I seriously doubt that he is forever asking for money or wait a minute maybe Mugabe is helping!!!! Mmmmmm the plot thickens!!!

  • neilpretorius83 - 2012-11-03 10:24

    You condemn the DA 'invasion'? Well, in return we condemn the ANC's invasion of our pockets via their e-tolling scheme and Eskom price hikes. We condemn the ANC invading our Constitutional right to info and a free press via their Secrecy Bill. We condemn ANC officials invading state funds. We condemn the ANC invading the rights of rural women via the Traditional Customs Bill. We condemn your police force invading our homes. WE CONDEMN THE ANC IN ITS ENTIRETY FOR NOT KNOWING HOW TO GOVERN A COUNTRY. We pray for a day when the words 'African National Congress' have forever vanished from the lips and minds of the people.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-11-03 10:24

    The President has violated every taxpayers rights with this unnecesary and opluant upgrade of his home. The DA has every right, as the official opposition, to question the spending of the current ANC regime.But then this is the same presidnet who, in another speech maintained that the "ANC is not corrupt"! I can live with an ANC Government but as a citizen and taxpayer, I expect it to be accountable to all South Africans irrespective of who they are and who they voted for.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-11-03 10:49

      PS: It's not like they are going there armed with machine guns and tanks (That's what the thought of an "invasion" conjures up!) The current ANC are just so paranoid, they are as bad as the previous Nationalist lot!

  • majwarha.balakisi - 2012-11-03 10:25

    As an ANC card curing member I don't support the invasion of private homes, but if the government declared President Zuma's home a National Key Point its no longer a private property. Everyone have a right to visit our Key Points.

      ian.flack2 - 2012-11-03 10:49

      A very good point my friend.......changing the goal posts to suit the situation!!!!!!!!!

      judith.taylor.56 - 2012-11-03 12:02

      Sage did you read what Maj said? Your comment makes no sense

      carel.scholtz.16 - 2012-11-03 12:35

      What sage is dying to know is: Clearly majwarha is unhappy about what the ANC is busy doing! So why on earth will he still be a member of them?? Beets me! But sadly, this is and will always be the way how the majority will vote for them: “We will give you a house! We will give you peace! We will give you JOB!!!” 18years down the line????? Corruption my friend, THAT’S ALL!!!

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-11-03 10:26

    Every tax payer should have the right to see how their money is been spent. Zuma silent as usual. Speak up for yourself , yellow belly rat. Invite Helen for some tea and scones in your bunker.

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-03 10:28

    does Helen actually believe she has a chance of inspecting anything? They will unfortunately never let her in!

  • sbusiso.dlamini.79 - 2012-11-03 10:30

    Are these people so stupid that they fail to understand that taxpayers money cannot be used to build zumas private residence,

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-11-03 13:16


      Tibeland - 2012-11-03 20:31

      People just comment for the sake of commenting

  • clivegoss - 2012-11-03 10:32

    "National KEY POINT" ou china. I think we all want to see where OUR MONEY is being pissed into the wind.

  • acm.munro - 2012-11-03 10:33

    It would only have been an 'invasion' if Zuma had paid for everything himself. Seeing however that our hard-earned money paid for all the new cottages which were erected, elevator, etc etc ...., Nkandla no longer such a 'private' property and as leader of the opposition Zille has a duty to monitor the way the ANC is spending 'our' money.

  • zeepolar - 2012-11-03 10:36

    the DA is taking chances. as much as i dont condone what's happening at nkandla, they should wait for the public protector to complete her investigation, dont they trust her anymore??? zille is politicking with her party members' lives. they mustnt think those people are bluffing. zille, please really reconsider. you may have valid reasons for wanting to go there, but dont provoke those people at the expense of your members.

      MallyGold - 2012-11-03 10:55

      The public protector is purposefully being hamstrung and systematically criticised by the current rotten government, because she is unravelling all their despicable dishonesty. For this reason the ANC will not let Adv Thuli Madonsela anywhere near their beloved leader of dishonesty. Consequently, the DA is forced to do their own in loco inspection of the whereabouts of taxpayer’s money. They are the official opposition and as such their rights, on behalf of all concerned citizens, are entrenched in the constitution of our country (thank goodness).

      zeepolar - 2012-11-03 11:16

      at what cost??? when people say "stay away, or else".... trust me, stay away. that's all i'm saying. but if she wants to be stubborn, they will do what they did when they marched to cosatu house.

      abram.spamers - 2012-11-03 12:02

      If they get attacked doesn't that itself demonstrate something? That might even be what they are going for.

      DrFeelBetter - 2012-11-04 10:05

      You fan the flames of FEAR, and imply that people in Nkadla are Blood-thirsty! Come on!

  • MallyGold - 2012-11-03 10:36

    When you make use of taxpayer’s money for personal consumption, you give up all your rights to privacy; that is transparency in action. Jackson Mthembu is expecting us citizens to stomach the misuse of over R200 mil by this disgraceful president and then to be kept away from the application of our hard earned money ... I don’t think so. DA, go in with confidence; boots ‘n all!

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-11-03 10:38

    We, the public sre surely entitled to know how our hard earned Tax money is being spent on JZ's private home.

  • rudi.botha.376 - 2012-11-03 10:41

    I suppose they are warning her because they are already planning a violent action of some sort to get the publicity they so deparately want. She shoul go and prove her point. If the ANC want to march they march and dont care about any consequences. These ANC pigs should sut up - we are going to beat you at the voting station. Imagine Zuma's home in the middle of a DA controlled municipality. I hope the people around that house enjoy their poverty while they watch his luxury....ANC = pigs.

  • zamani.myende - 2012-11-03 10:41

    bulldust, how can the anc be scared of the public??? this no private, its private frooëd!

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-11-03 10:41

    I love the ostentatious language used in every ANC press release. I can just picture their writers frantically flipping through a Thesaurus, blindly shoehorning the biggest words they can find into every sentence.

      KReddy - 2012-11-03 11:02

      U mean right clicking-thesaurus-replace word

  • KyleVDMerwe7 - 2012-11-03 10:41

    Obviously something to hide, using tax payer money for their recreation, and yet there are still people that vote for ANC, obviously brain washed

  • catie.door - 2012-11-03 10:44

    Anyone with the IQ of a Coke can (or higher) knows it's public money! So STOP feeding us $hit Mthembu! All you are doing is making yourself look like a BIGGER fool!

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-11-03 10:44

    DRAMA QUEENS! FREAKS! GET OVER IT! How long do you want to hide this, while you commit horrendous crimes yourself?

  • Tony-Lapson - 2012-11-03 10:45

    I think all these "apartheid raid" warnings and condemnations from the ANC is a blatant attempt to use the media in sending a message to people that they want Helen Zille to be met with violence.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-03 10:46

    What about this land issues of all the land belonging to white farmers. Now they say that the house was build on part of the 32% of KZN that belongs to the state. The king is looking after it and I guess everybody is staying for free???

  • thapelo.maleka.94 - 2012-11-03 10:46

    chinese,russian & Japanese are competing against the west economically whilst we are busy competing racially in south africa.chinese are busy stealing the bread whilst black & white are fight for the same bread.

      shaunpatrickdaly - 2012-11-03 10:50

      The Chinese \stealing\ is strictly metaphorical, just ask any cadre who's gotten fat checks from visitng Chinese deligates.

      acm.munro - 2012-11-03 10:59

      I don't think this matter has anything to do with competing racially - even if it was a 'white' president who used tax-payer's hard-earned money the public reaction would have been the same.

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-11-03 10:49

    The ANC can go and FxxK itself...Its a tax funded project.

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-11-03 10:50

    Open the impeachment case against Zoompie!! The African Way, go and get the tapes from him and let him have his day in court!! Please give him what he deserves 20 years free boarding and logging in a high security jail - in a bunker, better in the dungeons. Then he will be safe in the African Way, and we will be spared from this moron.

  • ramaholi.edmund - 2012-11-03 10:54

    I tink de bestt would b 2 allow state organs 2 deal wit de whole supposed mischief.

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-03 11:09

    Dube stop that y u insult her?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-03 11:45

      A person who insults another, to make his/her point, do not have the capacity to argue his/her own point and mostly the point is not arguable/valid.

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-03 11:11

    What are they hiding ? Besides any threat to Zuma and is family, is likely to come from within his ínner circle anyway. The ANC is chock full of 'impimpi' that would sell you the plans to the place, a weapon to do the job, and an alibi to prove you were never there. If screwing the povo and the tax payer were a sport, the ANC would be World Champions.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-11-03 11:12

    This is what we call CANCER Democracy at is best.

  • lekkeperd.chevyss - 2012-11-03 11:13

    Jackson- S T F U!

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-03 11:19

    They have something to hide forsure.Seeing that the taxpayer is involved,we want to know where every cent goes.Jackson,keep your co-lying speeches for yourself.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-11-03 11:20

    two words - banana republic

  • muhammed.bhyat.12 - 2012-11-03 11:22

    A sign of a retrogressive society is when the basis of a legitimate claim is silenced in the name of racism.

  • John.Yossarian22 - 2012-11-03 11:28

    You go DA! At least someone's got some balls.

  • meltinsoldier - 2012-11-03 11:30

    I think a bigger question needs to be asked-Why on earth is Zuma building his own firestation, policestation and clinic-Does he think he is going to be in power for the next 20 years? Certainly seems like it if you have provided under ground bunkers??? Is this going to eventually be another dictatorship??? It seems so??

  • nompithizelo.mapingana - 2012-11-03 11:35

    Public minister, Nxesi, this is totally unfair. So many places are underdeveloped & you are pumping to one family, why? Ubuhlafuna amanzi by the time ubuphendula at the parliameny. You cannot justify this. What a disgrace! Sis nxa!

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-11-03 11:36


  • Jakkals Venter - 2012-11-03 11:36

    @Maleka.94 nice statement it is so thru

  • alan.yates.18007 - 2012-11-03 11:39

    It may be her home after the next election so let her have a look, plan for the curtains, carpets, etc.

      Brad - 2012-11-03 12:02

      I admire your optimism, but sadly that ain't ever gonna happen. 2019 will be the first time the DA can challenge for the presidency...and they will be forced to do it with a black face.

      brendaanne.anderson - 2012-11-03 13:12

      I know that was tongue in cheek - but there is no way Helen Zille would be caught in something as ostentatious as Nkandla - no way !

  • Nandi Tibe - 2012-11-03 11:41

    what does the DA want Enkandla?

      pws69 - 2012-11-03 11:50

      They want to see for themselves where PUBLIC money is being illegally spent. Question: Do you think Obama, Merkel, Sarkozy, or Cameron would get away with this wholesale theft of PUBLIC funds? Another question, if this is indeed a National Key Point, and development was authorised on that basis, WHY IS THE MINISTER REFUSING TO DIVULGE WHEN IT WAS DECLARED A NKP?

      clive.brink - 2012-11-03 12:23

      Only the truth and to prove this further theft of our taxpayers money!

  • steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-03 11:45

    I did not hear the same argument when Malema who was still an ANC member put up posters in front of Zille's house in Cape Town. Now Zille must respect a property paid for by SA Tax Payers. What are they hiding???????

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-03 11:46

    Stop commenting on grounds of race guys. I'm opposed to this wastage of tax payer's money but madam Zille is playing a political card here. Heads of states homes are high security zones. I would suggest tht the opposition

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-03 12:15

      Yes, but they going to see if the access roads were built to benefit Zuma or the people and than they going to knock on Zuma's door to hear if they can also see "the kingdom". Entering can be refused and then they will leave. This is not Cosato or ANC. It is the DA. Political gain or not. This is the job of the opposition!!!!

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-03 11:48

    I give up. My comments are cut short news24 kwenzekani good people?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-03 12:17

      They are having some "jinx" in their system from yesterday.

      clive.brink - 2012-11-03 12:24

      Then stop dealing her political cards!

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-03 12:27

      Thanks DuToitCoetzee for the explanation, it shows there are still good Afrikaaners out there lol *joking*

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-11-03 11:51

    I think every south african has the right to go see where the R200 million stolen from us is going.

  • Jean-Pierre Wolf - 2012-11-03 11:54

    Got something to hide ?????

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-03 11:56

    Move on with this story now News24 or close comments!!

  • Brad - 2012-11-03 11:56

    F**k you, Jack Danielson! You're going down to 58% in 2014. Just shut up and take it like the bitches you are.

  • Jean-Pierre Wolf - 2012-11-03 11:57

    and who is contracted to do the work???? another dodgy Tender??

  • thulanit3 - 2012-11-03 11:59

    Really silly, what a political opposition party we have in the country, lol, 'they want 2 inspect the president private home, despite the matter on public protector', give that opposition a Bell's.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-03 12:21

      They going to inspect the access roads and area and if permitted the "palace" You cant get it, can you?

      clive.brink - 2012-11-03 12:26

      Thulani, who appoints the Public Protector. Trust her as far as you can throw her. If she goes against "The King" she wont be Public Protector for much longer.

      acm.munro - 2012-11-03 13:02

      The president's home not so private if all of us have to fork out to build same ... and you cannot refer to Nklanda as a 'home' ... it consists of so many houses which had to be built at 8 million rand each amongst others,,(a house for each of his wives and many others for family members and visitors!!) a soccer field so that his 'guards' can relax, underground bunker, elevator, etc etc ... how on earth can you call this a private home?