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Nkandla pay shock

2012-10-21 17:49

Johannesburg - Five days before President Jacob Zuma called on executives to tighten their belts, the public works department approved payments of millions of rands to contractors developing Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla.

City Press is in possession of internal public works documentation showing that multimillion-rand payments to at least nine companies were authorised last Friday.

This comes two weeks after City Press revealed the extent of government’s more then R200m splurge on Zuma’s private property.

Zuma last week called on executives in the public and private sectors to “tighten their belts as part of building a shared commitment to prosperity and growth”.

The documents further reveal:

» Thirty-one costly new buildings were constructed in the compound, with one contractor (who built six of them) charging public works R8m per building;

» The state will pay R2.3m for lifts to carry Zuma and his visitors between an underground bunker and the main houses;

» The installation of air conditioning systems in Zuma’s houses at a cost of R1.5m to taxpayers will be paid for as part of security renovations; and

» A total of R3m was spent on bulletproof glass for the compound.

This comes after Afrikaans daily Die Burger revealed that total costs for renovations to the Nkandla homestead had risen to R248m.

In August 2010, public works told Parliament the project would cost R6.4m.


Security of dignitaries

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi defended the spending two weeks ago by saying a “frank assessment” of security at Zuma’s compound showed a “deep rural area in which there was basically none of the services we all take for granted in an urban area”.

The upgrades had to be done, Nxesi said, to accommodate the “security of dignitaries” when they visit Nkandla.

This happened despite massive upgrades to Zuma’s official residences in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town that have been undertaken since 2009.

The documents reveal R54m has been spent at Nkandla just on consultants, including architects, a project manager, a quantity surveyor and engineers.

Payments to contractors started in December 2009 – seven months after Zuma was sworn in as president.
The final delivery date of the project is August 2013.

The biggest beneficiary of the Nkandla upgrade by far has been Thandeka Nene’s Bonelena Construction Enterprise and Projects, which scored two building contracts worth R33.4m and R66m, respectively.

Tender


The R33.4m contract was for “emergency work”, indicating the work did not go out on public tender.

A public works insider said it was common for projects in the department’s “prestige portfolio”, of which Nkandla is one, not to go out on tender.

The department had a list of approved service providers from which it chose companies to do the work.

Bonelena’s second contract, the cost of which increased from R55m to R66m, was for the construction of “25 new buildings” at R2.6m each.

It’s unclear if the buildings are houses, but the weekly Mail & Guardian previously reported that the project included 20 houses for bodyguards.

Payments to Bonelena started in April last year, but the total spend was signed off last Friday by a public works official.

Nene told the Sunday Times last week her business was liquidated after public works failed to pay her R8m for work done at Nkandla.

When City Press put it to her that her company in fact scored almost R100m from the project, Nene, who has a penchant for German sedans and luxury holidays, said the figures were “not correct” and that she could not speak to us “because [she] signed confidentiality agreements”.

The Mail & Guardian reported last year that Bonelena employed Zuma’s niece, Khulubuse Zuma’s sister, as a manager on the project.

Nene said there was no Zuma in her company, but that she was “too far” from the work at Nkandla to know which people the company employed on-site.

Asked if she investigated whether Zuma’s niece worked for Bonelena after the report was published, Nene said she “didn’t have time for that”.

Gymnasium


Moneymine 310, a company owned by Pamela Mfeka, was contracted to construct six new buildings at the compound at a cost of R47.6m, meaning each building cost R7.9m.

It is unclear exactly which buildings the firm constructed.

A visitors centre, gymnasium and guest rooms were part of the project.

Mfeka runs Igugu Consulting, a company that provides human resources services and hosts corporate functions.

According to Zuma at a press briefing two weeks ago, his family paid for part of the construction.

He said: “When people see my house on the TV, they must be thinking that government has built this for me.

No. A large part of that ... has been done by the family. How then this was done, I would not want to judge.”

It is still unclear exactly what expenses Zuma and his family will carry, but an earlier public works document put the figure at R10.6m.

Despite numerous requests for comment, public works didn’t respond and referred City Press to Nxesi’s two-week-old statement.

Most of the 15 contractors who worked on the project also declined to comment, citing confidentiality clauses.

»Additional reporting by Paddy Harper


Comments
  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-21 10:09

    Do as say, not as I do. Isn't?

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-21 17:55

      Ai, siphom... makes me sick! Can he honestly be stupid enough to think we don't see right through him? Grrr.

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-21 17:55

      The greedy pigs at the trough always make sure they get fed first. They will take seconds too and to hell with the poor masses. Austerity measures are for other people, not Zuma and his cronies.

      lownabester - 2012-10-21 18:10

      "A visitors centre, gymnasium and guest rooms were part of the project" Hope the fat one will use it, sure can do with a bit of weight loss. Fatcat.

      richard.t.holman - 2012-10-21 18:14

      I wonder if he'll move out when his term is over for the next one to move in? A bit like the US white house. Kinda stinks that he's going for something like that.

      renny.meere - 2012-10-21 18:24

      Mr.Zuma you should be leading your people by example, what are you doing?

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-21 18:28

      Roll on Mangaung, roll on, STOP this "me first" cattle-boy.

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-21 18:28

      Zuma should either pay market related rent or be taxed on the value of the improvements. That is what every other person in this country would have to do.

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-10-21 18:35

      If you don't like the office (and accommodation) then don't take the job. Someone else who is happy with what the office provides should rather take the job.

      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-10-21 18:38

      Typical dictator-type tricks learnt from his buddies Ghaddafi and Mugabe

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-21 18:52

      We must stop these criminal leaders, they rob everything Now we see there is plenty money for jobs and houses, but that money you take for yourself when we give you the vote

      geronimo.feather - 2012-10-21 19:01

      PIGS AT THE TROUGH

      laings.corner - 2012-10-21 21:43

      Have a look at this http://www.economist.com/node/16525240 Jacob Zuma is the 11th highest paid political leader in the world. I can't help to think how good we as a country would be doing if he was the 11th best performing one instead. Anyone voting for this man should have their head examined. Please open your eyes. Please . . . !!!!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-10-21 22:05

      Yip tighten the belts the zulu god has spoken

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-10-22 06:41

      Yes Shipom, They are nothing but a bunch of greedy lying thieves raping the coffers and they care nothing about the people who vote for them. Sadly the masses will continuevboting them into power because they are being constantly brainwashed to believe that the DA (or any party other than the cANCer) will bring back apartheid.

      ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-10-22 06:45

      We should all bombard the presidency with mails and demand to know why he needs all of this!!! http://www.info.gov.za/aboutgovt/contacts/presidency.htm

      alf.pop - 2012-10-22 08:39

      Zipper proves once again that he is only in it ofr the money! How much is his paycut goingto be? Will the approx. 20 million we fork out every year for his wives and children also be cut? Maybe if he gets rid of three of his wives we can get a refund on the money he steals from the tax payers for his grand ideas! He always was very good at spending somebody else's money! Semi-literate and arrogant - a lethal mixture.

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-10-22 09:42

      So far one thumbs-down for each post. I think it's Zuma himself.

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-10-22 09:55

      Apparently Kgalema Mothlante does not take a government salary. How can you spend R250mil on yourself "trying" to reduce poverty and inequality? I hope he ends up in prison when his term ends and become an example. But then again, this is SA.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-22 10:36

      Apart from this , the best thing about Zuma being defeated at Mangaung is that we'll finally be rid of that idiot Mac Maharaj.

      ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-10-22 11:42

      @Ivy. This is not about race or Apartheid. This is about a project that was meant to cost R6.4mil that now costs more then R200Mil. JZs upgrade costs more then the total cost of previous presidential home upgrades. Are you really happy with this?

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-10-22 17:51

      I firmly believe that the current system of democracy is badly flawed. Uninformed and uneducated people has a big say in a big decision by virtue of their voting power. Unemployed people get to decide how tax payers' money get spent. I don't agree with this. The entire economy is run by the working class tax payers. What would happen if only tax payers were surveyed about how they would want government to spend their money? What if they could decide if Zuma should be allowed to spend money on his residence or on job creation? Government survives on tax money, NOT votes. We live in the world of social media where we have a platform to unite and hold them accountable. Rather we look on helplessly while our tax money is being taken for a ride. Zuma shows no respect to those that pays the bills and keeps the economy going. He just ignores us, no explanation. That's how little he thinks of us.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-10-21 10:25

    SOUTH AFRICA UNDER ZUMA HAS BECOME A CRIMINAL COUNTRY. WE NEED GOD'S INTERVENTION.

      SharonE - 2012-10-21 18:09

      The ANC and Jacob are completely out of control. Look at them gloat and thumb their noses at us. They think so little of us, they don't even care anymore that we know how absolutely corrupt they are. They are despicable and their blatant theft and lies deplorable.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-21 18:33

      The sooner we realise that it is just politicking and rhetoric every time the Chief opens his mouth, the sooner no one will be shocked or surprised when we read stories like this

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-21 18:56

      I trust in god Jehovah Jireh

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-21 21:47

      pieter.rademan.9 you cannot understand god while your head is in this world, god is not a human with human plans and thoughts

      shaun.hillary - 2012-10-22 01:47

      Gods intervention? No my good man, we need the intervention of the people of the country to get of their buts, stand together and intervene. God is not going to do a think about it. Its up to all of US.

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-22 08:31

      God works via humans, so humans need to act and do what is right and that is to get rid of Zoomer and the ANC.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 08:44

      Oh jeez that's the last thing we need.

      rowan.clark.10 - 2012-10-23 01:10

      pokerface is detached from reality and the poor communities need to be asking questions like. Why only spend R243m on security what about the bathrooms and the shower upgrades and some etoll gantries at the entrance gate.

  • mo.haarhoff - 2012-10-21 10:29

    This entire matter is outrageous. Presidential residences come with the job, for hosting overseas dignitaries. They are not meant to be funneled off to any private homes. Zuma needs to pay the entire cost back to Treasury. This is as much criminal behavior as is that of people who rob and steal, whether they rape and kill along the way, or not. In this instance, Zuma is definitely guilty of rape: of the country.

      SharonE - 2012-10-21 18:42

      I want them to explain slowly how this atrocity can be legal, and if not, what is going to be done about it. i think Jacob and co need to be brought to book about this. This is not just about misappropriating money, it is about stealing people's hope and trust as well. http://dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2012-10-10-the-national-key-points-act-not-just-unconstitutional-but-totally-invalid

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-10-21 22:41

      Zoomer is a common, garden variety thief.....no more, no less!

  • masiagwala.a.mukololo - 2012-10-21 10:47

    sigh

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-21 17:55

      Yup.. lost for words here too.

      ec.van.niekerk - 2012-10-22 19:45

      Why Sigh .... you elected you should unelect the corruption etc etc

  • ralph.kgobane - 2012-10-21 10:47

    i dont c myself ever voting for the anc ever again so long as the shower man is in charge and i dont think any normal thinking person would vote 4 j zuma he is an embarassment sies

      elewies - 2012-10-21 18:31

      I respect what you're saying and I hear a lot of people saying the same thing. But here's my question to you: what if Zuma is ousted as leader and they run someone else for office. Would you then consider voting for the ANC next year? It is not the leader/president who is the sole problem. It's the leadership of the ANC. The ANC has become an entitled organisation- they feed off the poor. Serving 18 years in government has given them the confidence that they can do as they please. Wouldn't you say kicking them out of government for a term or two would force them to contemplate what they have become and help them reaffirm the values they once used to believe in?

      malcolm.williams.144 - 2012-10-21 19:47

      If he is reelected at Mangaung we must all take to the streets throughout South Africa in protest. Mass action is the answer!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 08:49

      The whole process of deciding who leads the ANC is flawed and is not democratic. The president is chosen by the party members, not by the people of the country.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 08:50

      http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21564846-south-africa-sliding-downhill-while-much-rest-continent-clawing-its-way-up?fb_action_ids=10152222130320188&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=scn%2Ffb_ec%2Fcry_the_beloved_country&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

      elewies - 2012-10-22 10:44

      Maleana why only if he is re-elected? The next ANC leader will only be worse. The only effective protest is a protest at the polling station. Vote the ANC out and force them to contemplate what they have become

  • pedrosa.matjeni - 2012-10-21 11:11

    Come on mr President!Are you still refusing to accept that your hand is in the cookie-jar?Some of the money has been paid by your family,how much is some exactly?This is corruption in its totality.History has shown that when a president has acted improperly,his conduct can results to an impeachment by the nation.You want a second term but your house is not in order.You reminds me of Mabuto se Seseko.

      christiaan.dupreez.9 - 2012-10-21 18:04

      Seems like he's house is going to be in order! LOL

      idille.borchers - 2012-10-21 18:34

      Sounds as if impeachment is a good idea! Bullet proof glass around the compound and 8 houses for security staff' - more like quarters for a company of soldiers. Maybe this man is expecting the trouble he is looking for>

  • jeremy.acton - 2012-10-21 11:32

    The entire Nkandla project is a rip off and gravy train for the contractors, too. Independent quantity surveyors and costing experts should be called in to assess all expenditure and determine the level of profiteering. I want Zuma to be charged with corruption on this.

  • sam.madisha - 2012-10-21 11:57

    Doing as they please with our money. JZ is just increasing his problems. He is gonna be busy with courts after retirement. This things cannot be swept easily under the carpet. Where is a sense of responsibility from the minister. Get second term but history will judge you.

      sylvia.shaw.7 - 2012-10-21 17:57

      Zuma and his cronies seem to have a blank cheque, and the number of noughts on the end of the amount, is increasing daily. Time to stop this wanton waste of taxpayers' money!

      malcolm.williams.144 - 2012-10-21 19:47

      If he is reelected at Mangaung we must all take to the streets throughout South Africa in protest. Mass action is the answer!

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-22 08:32

      Bugger history, we who he stole from demand he be judges right here, right now....and we want our stolen goods returned.

  • RudiErnst - 2012-10-21 12:09

    Nobody has advanced the cause of white supremacy or done the ANC more harm, than Zuma. AWB and those of limited intellectual capacity, hail your king!

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-22 08:33

      You make it sound like being supreme is a sin..it is not.

  • moyahabo.lekolwana - 2012-10-21 12:12

    Yaah neh! Nkandla's Developing very fast neh! I'm sure their gonna get Airport with a underground tunnel to the president's homestead.\r\nWhen I voted for Zuma, I really never thought he would b THIS corrupt.

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-21 17:58

      You never voted for ZUMA --The ANC elect their President . You voted ANC ----The mistake you and 30 other Million made . And Guess what --you will voe ANC again no doubt ? You get what you vote for . The power to change is in yr hands --Try DA --even only once !

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-10-22 00:48

      It takes a real man to realize his mistake and publicly declare that. I salute you.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 09:06

      Why the F**K does he need a bunker? Is he afraid that someone will bomb him or what?

      handy.andy.3990 - 2012-10-22 10:36

      you voted ANC...stop voting with your heart, start using your mind and think with your wallet. you are paying for Nkandla!

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-21 12:14

    Its a shock in the true sense of the word, after this, how will the idiot stand and talk about poverty in south africa?

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-21 18:27

      same as he always has .

  • john.c.mohale - 2012-10-21 12:36

    This is what happens when a man is supposed to go to court or maybe jail but instead he go to the highest office of the country. Until then expect these from his incompetent cadres motivated by him.

      malcolm.williams.144 - 2012-10-21 19:46

      If he is reelected at Mangaung we must all take to the streets throughout South Africa in protest. Mass action is the answer!

  • walter.theo.3 - 2012-10-21 12:37

    But Zuma is doing what Zuma can do best- corruption. South Africa will be like any African states soon. A friend of mine, a traffic official, asked one chap recently:'why are you guys hard on us for taking R50 bribes to buy bread for our kids when people take millions of rands to buy rolex, rovers and take their girlfriends out on overseas trips and you still support them as leaders?' I was dumbfounded but vowed never to be obsess with small fishes when the big fishes legitimize the stealing of national assets. I know I'm wrong bt what can u do wen COSATU whose members receive poor service at Far East Hospital and many other hospital say they are happy? My only small attempt to change the situation with be my ONE ballot

  • dolphus.seadira - 2012-10-21 13:07

    He must be taken to court again,this time for stealing tax payers' money. he wanna run the country as if he is running his "spaza shop".

      malcolm.williams.144 - 2012-10-21 19:45

      If he is reelected at Mangaung we must all take to the streets throughout South Africa in protest. Mass action is the answer!

  • Kwajo.m - 2012-10-21 13:12

    I also want to be a president. Who do I talk to? I have matric and can articulate affordable to sign any document. Am patriotism to this country and its cultural differences. Can someone give me this job? I will plough back to you for the favor.

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-21 18:00

      You are too qualified .

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-10-22 00:52

      Nice try. You're the weakest link though. NEXT!!

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-22 08:35

      Have you bee involved in torture of your comrades? Have you been a terrorist before? Have you been to jail before? Are you black? Do you have less than std5 education? If you answer yes to all these, you have a chance.

  • mboy.shah - 2012-10-21 13:12

    Bonang Zuma wa lona na o etsang hee ma- africa. Kgale ho thwe hehe zuma wa sebetsa, hehe o tlo tlisa change. Bonang o etsang. Naha ya rona e ya kgoshelletsaneng. Tsohang ma-africa pele zuma le ANC-nyana ya hae ba re geta.

  • mboy.shah - 2012-10-21 13:13

    Bonang Zuma wa lona na o etsang hee ma- africa. Kgale ho thwe hehe zuma wa sebetsa, hehe o tlo tlisa change. Bonang o etsang. Naha ya rona e ya kgoshelletsaneng. Tsohang ma-africa pele zuma le ANC-nyana ya hae ba re geta.

      frank.hall.7509 - 2012-10-22 15:52

      Mboy. This is an English forum. grow up

      vracaza - 2012-10-22 17:12

      funny part is that every1 would be liking your statement if it was written in English. :)

  • Kwajo.m - 2012-10-21 13:26

    I think IEC, SHOULD CHANGE THE VOTING PROCEDURE, all political parties, country presidential hopefuls should participate on presidential debate on live TV. It's time people vote for what the president promise. Wrong deadwood might lead this country and grave it. What do voters have to do to force this process. We need all future presidents from all parties to debate to win votes since the parties memberships is not giving the president automatic position but sympathizers to the party do. Let all parties presidential candidate debates to us voters live on TV.

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-21 18:02

      Kwajo -good Idea : You are aware that Zuma is too scared to have a TV debate with H.Zille .

      charisse.dirr - 2012-10-21 18:38

      Start a petition, hand it to governement. This is supposed to be a democracy is it not?

      malcolm.williams.144 - 2012-10-21 19:45

      If he is reelected at Mangaung we must all take to the streets throughout South Africa in protest. Mass action is the answer!

  • anchukana - 2012-10-21 13:58

    1000's of families are knee deep in flood waters, there are no temporary structures for them. Children sleep on wet blankets because their homes are leaking. How does our president sleep at night knowing all of this and yet still have the luxury of building a house that costs this much. Maybe it is bcoz your children, wife and family are safe and warm. Maybe it is bcoz your children have not experienced the sheer desperation of having a. Home that does not leak when it rains. I am praying on behalf of you Mr. Zuma and your government, that God forgives each and everyone of you for allowing such cruelty to continue against the very same people who trusted you enough to vote for you in promise of a better tomorrow...

      malcolm.williams.144 - 2012-10-21 19:45

      If he is reelected at Mangaung we must all take to the streets throughout South Africa in protest. Mass action is the answer!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 09:10

      Do you really think he cares? Lol please, he just cares about himself and his family... ie. Aurora mine = Zuma's family = R32 million salary

  • emil.vanmoorsel - 2012-10-21 13:58

    Bayete Nkhosi.Ha Ha Ha you bunch of suckers.

  • pronape - 2012-10-21 14:01

    Yaa this Is worse man Zumanyana o o a ikhumisha moes,he must go out

  • nhlanhlamoses.mhlanga.9 - 2012-10-21 14:09

    The underground apartment is of-course a serious concern, all the previous presidents has never gone to that extreme, that's including the apartheid rulers, Botha and De Klerk were the most hated enemies and yet did not see the reason to hide themselves under ground during the most difficult times, has the inteligence informed the president of a war coming soon?

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-21 18:03

      No the President has informed the nation.

      luan.c.volschenk - 2012-10-21 18:04

      The end of the world?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 09:11

      They think it will be black against white, civil war... but it won't... us citizens will stand together and fight the real bastards

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-22 10:39

      Him and Mac Maharaj get together in the bunker

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-10-22 13:11

      LOLs, that's funny Thando!! Whenever Mac Maharaj is interviewed he is on the defensive. He's amazingly touchy and easily offended. I guess its understandable - he's trying to explain away the most uproarious, outlandish stupidity and excesses half the time. So, you're right. Its the bunker for him.

      alex.richards.94064 - 2012-10-22 17:54

      waiting for the da to attack?

  • evans.s.mazi - 2012-10-21 14:27

    American tax payer would not approve such profligacy. It's time Zuma came clean and told us 'which family is paying'.It's obvious not his own family.If he can't explain all these expenses, he should resign and the building(s) taken by the state.There's nothing that spell corruption that this Nkandla debacle.If voters are going to overlook it, there would more such corrupt misuse of taxpayers money.The public works whole budget and the some of all the work that they seem to have been doing since Zuma came to power is build and build Zuma's homestead. What a disgrace, hospitals are falling apart.Rate of unemployment is rising and many kids go to school under tree shades and yet millions are spent on ONE person who's actually doing nothing for the country.Zuma, just like anyone does not deserve to have his home built by the taxpayer when he actually gets paid. If I were a DA campaign manager, I would use this and other corrupt tendencies of the ANC as an election issue.We need a government that cares for the people, not just for one person.Zuma seems and still cost us more than Mandela and Mbeki combined.And what have we got in return, nothing but embarrassment, corruption and profligacy of a larger scale.If only we had a parliament this would need thorough investigation.

      malcolm.williams.144 - 2012-10-21 19:44

      If he is reelected at Mangaung we must all take to the streets throughout South Africa in protest. Mass action is the answer!

      ben.spreeth - 2012-10-22 02:27

      Maleana, you are beginning to sound like a Blue Bull supporter, but we've got the message.

      arthur.salvado - 2012-10-22 10:15

      The government and Zuma must NOT be allowed to get away with this theft . People, children are going to bed hungry, can not get proper medication a d health care, our children ate not being educated and this so called president elects to steal and abuse our tax money in oh , just let me switch off, I e still got a days work ahead of me and all this is to negative.

  • gmmotong - 2012-10-21 14:54

    Money making scheme, that is how politics are all about while we normal citizens are suffering to make ends meet. SA Politics are only politics of the stomach and are no politics of Madiba era where they were really peoples politics.

  • xolani.ndimba - 2012-10-21 15:01

    Sies man. Nxa!!! Makahambe uZuma bantu bakuthi. The majority of the electorate in this country is black, and Afircan in particular. When such people as Zuma are voted into power, it means this majority had a mojor role in this mistake. We (yes, we) vote without thinking; we vote based on hostory; we vote based on dance skill etc; yet we get surprised when we are called stupid and morons. We cry foul and call everyone else racist. Mzo ntsundu wake up!! Phu mani...

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 09:13

      Lol dance skill.... i know it isn't a joking matter but that one cracked me up. I just imagined him doing his Zumba

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-10-21 15:55

    Zuma and king mswati are the same.va fana

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 09:14

      Goodwill as well... R60 million a year for what?

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-10-21 17:57

    I want my f’ing tax money back so that I can fix the potholes in my area. I would also like the blueprints of the entire air conditioning system at that place.

      Earl O Tool - 2012-10-21 18:06

      hahahaha classic

  • paul.g.hughes.52 - 2012-10-21 18:00

    OMF - this is just a serious joke if people keep voting for them. A lift to an underground bunker ?! This shower head president is a sincere embarrassment.

      phillip.andy.7 - 2012-10-21 19:35

      at provincial level all those who voted for zuma in polokwane have retained their positions , this is an indication zuma will be back for what would be the 2nd term from hell

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-22 08:28

      Phillip... it gets worse. the provincial delegates for the ANC has been changed - apparently to 'reflect' the changed support base for the ANC. All of a sudden KZN(where the ANC supports JZ) has more delegates than the Eastern Cape. We do not live in a democracy when the leader of the country is determined by delegates from his party, and he can decide who comes to the vote... as long as the masses vote for the ANC we are at the mercy of this flawed system. and as long as the ANC is in power, they will ensure the masses stay uneducated and poor so they can use the bogey-man of apartheid to frighten them into votin for them. Catch 22...

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-21 18:02

    Zuma needs to go. Period !

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 09:16

      ^ Broken record

  • kappaj - 2012-10-21 18:02

    Steal while you can get away with it. Blame apartheid when caught....

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-21 18:05

    Sick. A pathetic excuse for a "leader". A criminal himself. Mugabe II.

  • SALife - 2012-10-21 18:06

    1. Zuma should be made to pay this back with interest. 2. He should be investigated by the Public Protector. 3. He is the best mis-leader I have yet to see in this country. 4. I am sure he is related to Mugabe and would like to be President for life. They are cut from the same cloth. 5. I definitely don't want him as the president again. He is dangerous.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 09:17

      Zuma ain't the problem (well not all of it)... the problem is the ANC ANC is responsible for this country's woes... Zumba is just a puppet-boy for them and the Tripartite Alliance.

  • Psy4genic.Mgcwaba - 2012-10-21 18:07

    Hahahaha! Our President yisikhothane, 25 buildings with an underground bunker with lifts to the main house! Ukhafula icastard 4 sho!

  • Psy4genic.Mgcwaba - 2012-10-21 18:07

    Hahahaha! Our President yisikhothane, 25 buildings with an underground bunker with lifts to the main house! Ukhafula icastard 4 sho!

  • Hasani P - 2012-10-21 18:07

    Complacent is the worst form of Crime committed by way omission to act. A failure to take a collective action by SA citizen in the face of looting perpetuated by the governing party, is indicative of the fact that we are (citizens) living in fear and we not living in a constitutional democracy which we purport to be living in. This government will exploit that fear to the extent that we will end up being scared to mention the name of our r president unless we are singing phrases. That fear is already showing as ANC leaders unanimously endorse the incumbent president of the ANC without reasonable justification for him to serve a second term. In a reign of terror perpetuated through the organs of state a freedom of speech will be suppressed and people will be selectively targeted to face prosecution under any law preferred by the state. Complacent is accordingly the worst form of crime under the circumstances

      malcolm.williams.144 - 2012-10-21 19:43

      If he is reelected at Mangaung we must all take to the streets throughout South Africa in protest. Mass action is the answer!

  • catherine.l.vanzyl - 2012-10-21 18:10

    WE don’t have a reliable government we only have a reliable PUBLIC PROTECTOR our new FUTURE government SUPPORT now our new government the PUBLIC PROTECTOR THULI MANDOSELA FOR PRESIDENT…VOTE HER IN AT MANGUANG!!!

  • catherine.l.vanzyl - 2012-10-21 18:11

    WE don’t have a reliable government we only have a reliable PUBLIC PROTECTOR our new FUTURE government SUPPORT now our new government the PUBLIC PROTECTOR THULI MANDOSELA FOR PRESIDENT…VOTE HER IN AT MANGUANG!!!

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-10-22 14:07

      Brilliant. I have aid all along, Thuli Madonsela should be President.

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-21 18:12

    F...ing shameless coward !!!!!! Take on Zille for that debate so we can see you choke in your words...

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 11:01

      He can barely read... how is he going to debate..?

  • peter.norma - 2012-10-21 18:13

    I just pray that I can get my family out of here before this pampoen and his brethren destroy what is left of this beautiful land.

  • lums.zindela - 2012-10-21 18:17

    Thulas nxesi, you've caused enough damage already. You really think we are a bunch of idiots. You better resign your duties with immediate effect. Damn

      malcolm.williams.144 - 2012-10-21 19:42

      If he is reelected at Mangaung we must all take to the streets throughout South Africa in protest. Mass action is the answer!

      esther.wiltshire - 2012-11-05 18:44

      The thug may be suffering from a serious lead deficiency. People like that never resign / admit / own up / give up. They need much more convincing.in

  • derrick.chong.39 - 2012-10-21 18:19

    That is what people voted for a President who was accused of corruption and rape and many more before he became President. Regret ?

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-21 18:20

    We have a frigging madman at the helm...!

  • craig.s.pepper - 2012-10-21 18:22

    Further proof that this scumbag and all his cronies at cANCer don't give a CR@p about anything but raping this land. Once again.... Too all the rocket scientists who voted cANCer. These are your rewards!

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-10-21 18:25

    It wud seems Nxesi was going to clean up the department when he took over, least did we know that he was rotten to the core. Zuma's Ministers are definitely puppets,is he that powerful?

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-22 10:41

      Kgalema is also planning a big house with "bunker"

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-21 18:26

    Bring me my Machine Gun , Sings the Prez. Please next time will the nearest Cadre do so !

  • israel.makgotla - 2012-10-21 18:26

    In tym lyk dis i mic my grandpa. He hated anc with passion and his was black. Now those who voted 4 Anc stop making noise. 4 voted 4 them jst 2 gt stupid grants lazy pple

  • charisse.dirr - 2012-10-21 18:27

    If Zuma and his family did in fact pay 10.6mil for this, where did they get this money from, if, according to Zuma himself, he only earns 200,000 a month? (Don't worry Zuma, I know you won't answer because, eish, it's too higher grade!)

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-21 18:28

    The moment scorpion was disbanded national robbery was to follow,voters should have seen it comming.now we think we vote anc and later they betray u be voting themself into positions

  • lskosana3 - 2012-10-21 18:29

    This is geting ridiculous!! This man knows very well that he's not coming back for a second term, he's just blatantly disregarding taxpayers!

  • thabo.mkokeli - 2012-10-21 18:29

    with this hunger 4 unity am seeing in News24;I must say come 2014 cANCer might not return to office__keep the fire burning we close.

      hope.floats.9212 - 2012-10-21 18:44

      yes, there is a hunger 4 unity. this current government is not what the anc stood for or fought for. they are trying to divide races to detract from their own failures. i don't care what colour the government or president is. i care about a competent government that can care about their people and unite a nation. we all want the same thing, being able to buy food and care for our families and have a future for our children. how is that different for anybody ?

      malcolm.williams.144 - 2012-10-21 19:41

      If he is reelected at Mangaung we must all take to the streets throughout South Africa in protest. Mass action is the answer!