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Nkandla: DA wants answers from public works

2012-10-02 17:58

Cape Town - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi must be called to Parliament to account for the money spent on upgrading President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, the DA said on Tuesday.

Democratic Alliance MP Anchen Dreyer said she also wanted Nxesi to explain why his department was apparently requesting an investigation into how City Press newspaper got hold of documentary evidence of the upgrade.

City Press reported that R203m of taxpayers' money would be spent on the upgrade, with Zuma paying only 5% of the bill - around R10m.

Dreyer said an investigation into how the newspaper "illegally" ended up in possession of information was a "classic case of shooting the messenger".

She had written to the chair of the public works portfolio committee, Manana Catherine Mabuza, to request the presence of Nxesi.

The minister would be asked why the money was being spent when there were a number of existing presidential houses that could be utilised.

The party also wanted to know whether the funds had been properly budgeted for, whether there was a directive from Zuma to allocate funds for the revamp, and whether funds had been diverted from other projects.

Comments
  • thulanit3 - 2012-10-02 18:04

    Boring DA.

      jason.children - 2012-10-02 18:14

      Boring DA you say! Criminal ANC i say!

      ian.flack2 - 2012-10-02 18:15

      At this rate SA will be bankrupt by 2025, and then where will the money come from..............????????

      dumsani.khanyile - 2012-10-02 18:15

      Not even boring they re irritating big time

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-02 19:23

      @thulanit3 ~ Keep suffering pal - it gives me great delight.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-02 20:07

      Oh dear, when will they ever learn!

      craig.bennetts.9 - 2012-10-02 20:32

      That's why people like you vote ANC!

      Vince.York - 2012-10-02 20:38

      THEFT boring? http://constitutionallyspeaking.co.za/nkandla-upgrade-the-looting-of-public-funds-for-private-enrichment/

      tshepo.ally - 2012-10-03 17:31

      Another unintelligent soul.

      paul.bester.50 - 2012-10-05 08:29

      To all, nothing we say will change the mind set of c ANC er supporters. They will rather see this country driven into the ground than have a white woman rule over them.

  • Michael - 2012-10-02 18:18

    This concern mean that if Zuma is in Durban and there are visitors from international community and other African countries, he must first drive to Pretoria to meet then there due to lack of accomodation in his house. This is the most rediculous complain by DA.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-10-02 18:40

      How in their right mind would want to stay in some back water near Durban.

      pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-10-02 18:55

      But he has an official residence in Durban ffs!Nkandla is NOT an official presidential residence - it's a private residence for him and all his numerous wifes and kids and who knows. Why should the tax payers pay for his private and personal estate? Think you silly idi#t, think if you can activate you 1 brain cell.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-02 20:08

      Dude, you do not accommodate the international community in your home. They stay in HOTELS.

      Vanman1979 - 2012-10-03 07:16

      Michael, Zuma ghas a Presidential house in Durban. It was upgrade last year to the tune of R100 million. This is his private residence he now wants to upgrade. Most Overseas visitors will touch down in JHB in any case so PTA not a bad idea. And Zuma wont drive up he will fly up.

      galmzala - 2012-10-05 15:35

      michael what are you smoking nyaope, 200 million please get over yourself,

  • Maphome Lethabo Mokomane - 2012-10-02 18:21

    this is nonsense . SA is 99.9 % next to zim

      galmzala - 2012-10-05 15:40

      Maphome itS scare me to know that we will be Zim no 2, where we will go atleast Zim came to SA, but I have hope that we as south africans we will do something and get rid of rotten apples all together,

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 18:25

    I dont know if, as an african i should agree with da or stand with whatever shortcoming the anc is showing, on the marikana case i have sadly noticed that whites are defending their whites whatever happend, zuma is just abusing our tax, 34 miners were murdered and whites still find words to defend the system becouse not a single white was murdered, if it were whites who were shot anywhere and for whatever reason in south africa, i am sure their comments would have been different, so where does that leave us? Blacks support your govt no matter what they do, whites just shows that should da come to power they support it no matter what? Coming to think of it, whites got more than 40 years to rule this country and what did the do? Pushed us back to the mountains killed or imprisoned anyone who questioned their authority, and now i cant see any change of heart from them, still the same old evil attitude of apartheid.

      Erna - 2012-10-02 18:55

      I cannot defend apartheid and I can't take away the harm it did to millions of people. What I can say is that the apartheid government looked after its own - whites. We whites all benefitted, and there's no getting away from that. However, unfortunately the same cannot be said for the anc - they only look after a select few - themselves, family and friends! Don't let them fool you - they have managed to waste billions by corruption, fraud, money laundering and plain mismamagement!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-02 18:55

      Khethu Please get away from your white / black thinking stop writing and thinking crap

      Erna - 2012-10-02 18:55

      I cannot defend apartheid and I can't take away the harm it did to millions of people. What I can say is that the apartheid government looked after its own - whites. We whites all benefitted, and there's no getting away from that. However, unfortunately the same cannot be said for the anc - they only look after a select few - themselves, family and friends! Don't let them fool you - they have managed to waste billions by being corrup, fraudulent, money laundering and plain mismamagement!

      nico.loubser.9 - 2012-10-02 18:57

      'Pushed you back to the mountains'?.............

      pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-10-02 19:00

      You must have read the SACP's newsletter because in all the newspapers I have been reading both whites and black people have expressed their utter dismay at what has happened at Marikana. So, where you from? Cloud cuckoo land, must be!

      Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-02 19:20

      @Khethu... WOW more than 40 years ha !?!?! is that how long your history knowledge goes back ??? maybe you need to check it out and you'll actaully see what THEY'VE done, you'll find it quite impressive... the 'struggle' is not the only history we have, though you might feel that way.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-02 19:25

      Wow Keith, you're capable of writing and spelling. Next time, try thinking about what you're saying. Always the victim and always will be. Siestog!

      hilda.macarthur - 2012-10-02 19:25

      Khethu, first of all I don't think a white government is ever going to rule this country again, but that's just my humble opinion. We us voters are stuck between the ANC and the DA, both representing more than just politics. Right now there are no other viable choices, and I have no idea how we as ordinary citizens are going to overcome that. For the immediate future I just tell myself that we need a stronger opposition party, so there can be checks and balances. I personally don't think the ANC is going anywhere anytime soon, but we seriously need another strong party to keep the balance.

      christoffel.nel - 2012-10-02 19:35

      I would like to take you out as a parasite of my tax. I am a white, and a tax payer. You dont mean anything. You dont add value. You are not a producer you are a consumer parasite.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 19:43

      @nel, uve been shielded from parasites for a long time now, go ask your granny what a parasite is and i tell u, ull be soooo shocked.

      antjie.vanstraaten - 2012-10-02 19:51

      Sorry to say this khethu.ndlovu.3, but miners at Marikana started the murdering and violence and therefore should bear the consequences. The police it seems also turned to mob behaviour and for that they will allso hopefully bear the consequences. To say whites will just follow a movement blindly is really a joke, you see my friend, the white culture is based on justice. Unfortunately that can't be said of all the cultures in this country.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 19:58

      @vanstraaten... White culture... My toes!!! You blindly voted tha np over and over again, what did u call that?

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 19:59

      @ dclangley, dont just harp about it just do it, then it will be one less fart.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 20:08

      @gomtor, you shut your blerry mouth, you dont know what snivelling about, you used to tell me what not to do in the apartheid era, that is over, i do what i like and when i like.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 20:13

      @zooms, i should be asking you that question, only it is soooo stupid, i cant ask u, i know where are u from.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-02 20:45

      @Khethu ~ Quick, go buy a big box of tissues instead of using your sleeve.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-10-02 22:09

      You only have a brain to keep your ears apart because it doesn't seem to serve any another purpose if based on what you write.

      dave.hardman - 2012-10-02 23:09

      I can understand that as an African (I am also South African), you might have a problem voting for the DA. But because the ANC are not doing what they said, but instead are taking ALL your money, just don't vote for them, you can see they are being cruel to the poor. How can you vote for fools that treat their own people like dirt? Just DON'T VOTE! And those or you that are concerned about what is happening with your tax, DON'T PAY IT! Its called civil disobedience (pay them their tax when they get their act together)

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-02 18:29

    Yes go and explain to the DA also called "Da Analysts" as they know that the ANC also called " All Not Concerned" has not got a cooken clue as to what a good , clean and prepared balance sheet must look like.sis

  • braamc - 2012-10-02 18:30

    Thieving cANCer criminals. ANC = f the poor.

  • osmaseko - 2012-10-02 19:04

    Zuma is not guaranteed a second term but his building a 203mil house? There was some 43mil not so long ago that was spent for the presidential house upgrade. Why upgrade his personal house and not the presidential house which will be used by other presidents? This is ridiculars. Again Thulas wants an investigation as to how the citypress got hold of this information. Is this what the secrecy bill is going to hide? We have the worst leadership to date. He wants a 2bil jet as well? Come on is this what our fallen heroes sacrified their lives for? Shame on the ANC for keeping mum on this as well....come next elections i will vote for Azapo. Anc will never smell my vote again

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-02 19:34

      I adore City Press, they have caused the corrupt government some discomfort in recent times! WTG City Press, keep up the good work, we want to know all about the corruption and greed of the ANC, including the dishonourable president!

      osmaseko - 2012-10-02 19:46

      My friends are either not voting or voting for Azapo......f**k the majority seats that the ANC has

  • David Holz - 2012-10-02 19:21

    Fair play please.

  • David Holz - 2012-10-02 19:22

    Fair play please!

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-10-02 19:28

    I have so much hatred for this Zuma and his fellow mambo jambos.Damn the dark ages are here.

  • Sydney Hakeem Thabo Dipela - 2012-10-02 19:38

    This Minister I've never heard of him until now who appointed him nje hei!hei!hei! our Government.

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-10-02 21:38

      This thing sydney was the satdu president and obviously gave so much support in jz being president. So after gwen left he got the position.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-02 19:40

    DA please save us from this hell the ANC is putting us through!!!

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 20:15

      Mandla mfethu, please dont be fooled by these whites in here, you will be in a worse hell if you vote da into power.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-02 20:46

      @khethu ~ Grow a brain.

      tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-02 21:06

      Khethu, its either you are stupid or you are benefitting from this circus. Udom

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 21:54

      Tsietsi i wasnt talking to you, and i wouldnt like calling you smthng im not sure you are.

  • David Holz - 2012-10-02 19:42

    A republic, is a, republic. Politicians, only, tell, what, the people of the Republic of South Africa, want to hear!!!

  • nompithizelo.mapingana - 2012-10-02 20:10

    As for minister he is defending a disgrace about this Nkandla issue, no wonder there is a push for "secret" bill.

  • rapitsi - 2012-10-02 20:14

    That's a legitimate call from the DA

  • lmphelasr.1 - 2012-10-02 20:28

    Come on Thulani, please!

  • King Prince Moretsele - 2012-10-02 20:31

    this government is failing us big time since 1994 its scandal after the other from presidents ,director generals,ministers,m.e.c's ,municipal managers ,mayors u name ,how many have defrauded the government and how many have served or tried like any other ordinary SA citizen???none look at the Selebi's,the Yengeni's the Shaiks they all walk free and we should keep voting for them???i means SA lets wake up and smell the coffee cause this government is taking us for a ride 18 years down the line we still battling with corruption???

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-02 20:47

      At last! Someone has woken up and is smelling the roses. Just as good you're black, because if you were white, you'd be called a 'racist' and not wanting to be governed by blacks. Sad or what?!

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-02 20:38

    Kheta.Ndlovu Use your brain.You know that thing between your ears that we all have!It's not a race issue but simply the inability of people like you and the people u idolise in your dysfunctional ANC Govt to THINK!!!!!!

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-02 20:45

    Is there a precedent to refer to here? Is the President entitled to this priveleges? What would happen to the residence after he had served his term in office. If he scraps the development will he be charged of an attempt to loot? Just curious, I mean if his conduct is found to be unlawful as Advocate De Vos alluded to? What about the people who authorized the expenditure and those who defend same like the ministers and spokes people in presidency? If it unlwaful who has the powers to commission the equiry or investigation? how much will the investigation costs if it would be independent? I doubt the matter will get thus far, he is the President.

  • jeremy.marshall.56808 - 2012-10-02 21:17

    Can someone tell me where JZ got the 5% to to pay, three years ago he was broke!

  • jeremy.marshall.56808 - 2012-10-02 21:17

    Can someone tell me where JZ got the 5% to to pay, three years ago he was broke!

  • Zahir - 2012-10-02 21:25

    4000 RDP houses or a Zuma upgrade? the poor but loyal voters will just have to live in shacks for a few more years now

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-10-02 22:15

    DA u can get my vote if an only u can stop making noise after nonsense that make by ANC and tell people of South Africa what? Do u have, what? Plans u have Zille in hands. Because now DA u don't have nothing I just here noise after people start campaigning for yourself Zille not for ANC. Let me advice u that noise u make ANC popular than before.

  • njdejager - 2012-10-02 22:26

    As far as I am concerned SA does not have a president. I refuse to call JZ a president, he is and never be worthy of the title. SA has been made a big joke by ANC

      patrickmpanyana.mogwaneng - 2012-10-05 08:29

      I also refuse to call DJ Zuma my president.He is not worth it.

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