President defends 'Zumaville'

2012-09-13 19:17

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma denied on Thursday that his home town had been unfairly advantaged with R1bn in taxpayers' funds for the Nkandla Mlalazi Smart Growth Centre.

Responding to question in the National Assembly, Zuma said he saw no reason why Nkandla should be "punished" because he happened to come from there.

"Should they be punished because they are neighbours to Zuma? I don't think that is the correct approach," he said.

"Developing that area does not trouble me, it makes me very proud."

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko asked how the president could justify spending money in an area "just 3.2km from your homestead" when other impoverished parts of KwaZulu-Natal were left without basic services.

She said within a 100km radius, villages like Ebizimali and Eqhudeni lacked water and electricity.

Zuma responded by naming 23 poor districts nationwide which had been identified by government as recipients of upliftment programmes.

"Development goes where it goes at a given time," he said.

He denied he had instructed government to give priority to the development project, which would give rise to a new town, dubbed "Zumaville" in media reports.

The project is expected to cost R2bn, with half of the funding coming from the state.

It will reportedly include a school, libraries, a sport centre with tennis courts, housing, and communal gardens and is linked to a rural development organisation Zuma chairs.

The rapid state-sponsored development has resulted in the president being accused of putting his interests, and those of his family, above those of other poor communities.

The ANC Youth League has called it "a case of selective development".

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-13 19:30

    This line of reasoning clearly shows that an illiterate person is not supposed to be the president of a country.

      chuck.farley.104418 - 2012-09-14 08:35

      "illeterate" is a bit kind, I would say he is the thickest person to ever speak into a microphone.... ever.....

      demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-14 09:13

      Some twit removed my pevious post. why do the people of SA accept the crap thats being dished out to them. zuma and his cronie's way of life is based on their need for self-gratification regardless of how its achieved or how it affects others. Thjey have absolutely no concept of 'soul-cousciousness'. Accountability for their actions is alien to them.

      michangel.justice - 2012-09-14 10:31

      "money disappear because people can't count", or "you ask a friend to count that is illiterate". corruption by government officials and big corporates justified?

  • isaac.therose - 2012-09-13 19:31

    StupId zuma u still tlking about zumavile while people are Dying u don't now your Job Idiot

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-09-14 10:04

      Especially with the mine unrest and Malema's spouting bull feces from every orifice his priorities should be elsewhere. Perhaps he plans to retire there when he is no longer president, so he needs development sped up so he can continue living in the lap of luxury. I have no problem with the development and concept of spending tax money developing schools and hospitals and services, creating new towns and uplifting people though. That is what we pay tax for. But surely after 18 years, there should have been hundreds of communities like this that had this sort of attention and development. If they spent less tax money on hosting world cups, building multi-billion rand white elephant stadiums, or building toll gates, or changing street names like Church street, or buying themselves new cars or chartering private jets because they do not want to have to be searched by customs in other countries, or spending millions in parties, and celebrations, or flying all over the world on expensive holidays, etc etc etc etc etc (this can go on forever), there would have been MANY new uplifted towns, much less squatter camps, many more people with jobs, and proper houses and services. Just think how the countries health services would have improved if we spent the billions we spent on a few weeks world cup on our hospitals, and medical equipment and training. The ANC has failed their people BIG TIME, and anyone who cannot see that needs their eyes checked.

  • roux.deboy - 2012-09-13 19:31

    well no duh he denies it... that's what they always do - DENY and then the rest of us accept.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-09-13 19:33

    Lindewe for heaven sake pls stp wasting ur energy its zuma u speaking to he cares about nothing else bt his wife's and zumavil

  • david.makola.3 - 2012-09-13 19:36

    jz is having the best time of his life. His records may not be selling like hot cakes but he keeps producing them everyday and we have no choice but to dance to his shrilling music. I do not know why we, south africans, should let him see his term through...Zumaville is in the pipeline and we have kids starving and living in appalling conditions. Democracy is a joke...for the poor

      georgi.mcguire - 2012-09-14 08:36

      No David, this government is a joke!

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-09-13 19:37

    A billion of our money to be spent on a white elephant,how much of that money will go missing.what a disgrace

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-13 19:37

    And of course he was also not in the slightest bit embarrassed at the fact that he knows of 23 poor districts. Although there are no doubt many more. We all know your "delivery" tricks, JZ. Great tap opening ceremonies and a week later, nothing comes out of them. But in your mind, that was a success. You can spend a gazillion billion on Nkandla but "smart growth" is guaranteed not to be the outcome.

      lionel.karsen - 2012-09-14 16:40

      do not forget the financial contribution made by his "get out of jail free"friend, Shabby Shaik, who also tossed some shekels into the pot

  • isaac.therose - 2012-09-13 19:49

    Zuma want shares to support his Family at Zumaville after he will be fired at Mangaung that is why he don't see way forward he afraid that Malema will take all his Wife!!

  • olebogeng.jele - 2012-09-13 19:56

    Guys I cant see why we making a fuss about a development. Be it zumaville or any other village. In the ends it's going to happen. Everybody is concerned about the development, doesnt the saying go like "charity begins at home".....I don't see anything wrong, call me stupid or illiterate but home is where the heart is!

      pierre.walt - 2012-09-13 20:05

      Why R2B near his home when more needy people exist. Please explain.

      andy.zondi - 2012-09-13 20:13

      Pleas!! Did mbeki suddenly wake up and realise his hometwn needed mbekiville? Did madiba do a mandelaville in Qunu?

      Gerda Malherbe - 2012-09-13 20:13

      Ok, mr Jele. you are stupid and illiterate. Zuma is doing it for himself, for when he is kicked out as president, so he and his 5 wives and 20 kids can go live in the lap of luxury provided by us, the taxpayer. Then he can marry a few more idiotic women

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-13 20:19

      Yeah, charity begins at home. He uses taxpayers` money to provide a good life for his children who are now millionaires in the short time that he has been the President! Now he is using the same tax to modernise his rural hometown. He should not prioritise the poor who elected him. He should not be building more schools first. You said Jele: you are stupid and illiterate.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-13 20:23

      Sies Gerda don't call Zuma's women idiods. They are very clever. Know how to butter their bread with butter and jam. When he is not at home they have a ball with all their lovers. Lol

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-09-13 20:52

      @Olebogeng, he can build bloomerville with all his stolen corrupt money, id o not give a toss, but never ever will this stupid, fat, overweight, dumb and idiotic govament see a cent of my hard earned tax money, whether they like it or not! - 2012-09-13 20:55

      Agreed, but one needs to apply the concept of prioritization. That concept is not in the equation at present.

      Erna - 2012-09-13 21:04

      It's easy to be charitable using other people's money! I think you miss the real meaning behind 'charity begins at home'.

      janet.pretorius1 - 2012-09-14 08:15

      Yep - and while he is spending R2B on one development - his housing minister can't even build RDP houses and provide service delivery. Where exactly do you think the R1B from gov funding is going to go to? Tendrepreneurs whose work is often shoddy and has to be redone at another R1B?!

      demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-14 08:56

      It will only happen if people ALLOW it to. Look at the strikers at Lonmin. Why are the people of SA so APATHETIC about everything else that has imploded in this country. THE WHOLE COUNTRY SHOULD BE OUT THERE DEMONSTRATING AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.

  • seun.mogotji - 2012-09-13 19:58

    Every word out of Zuma's mouth is either a lie, or is written for him to read of a prepared speech. He is an embarrassme!

  • kevin.kramer111 - 2012-09-13 20:01

    Has there ever been a more useless munkey than this bufoon..? - 2012-09-13 20:53

      Hell yes, there is always Juliarse !

  • gracemoremi - 2012-09-13 20:08

    its official - south africa is led by idiots!

  • bnkonyana - 2012-09-13 20:08

    What about Thembisile Hani in Mpumalanga, what about Moutse in Limpopo, what about all de other rural poor villages across Mzansi??? Next time we'll be told of Zuma TV, Zuma wat and wat.. \r\n\r\nVia Asijiki futhi Asidlali, no retreat no surrender!!!

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-09-14 10:17

      Exactly. After 18 years and year on year breaking the records for tax collection ALL these places you mentioned as well as the 23 he "knows of" should have been uplifted, modernized and given priority. Then "Zumaville" would have been an absolute non issue. That is why we pay tax, is it not?

  • bnkonyana - 2012-09-13 20:08

    What about Thembisile Hani in Mpumalanga, what about Moutse in Limpopo, what about all de other rural poor villages across Mzansi??? Next time we'll be told of Zuma TV, Zuma wat and wat.. \r\n\r\nVia Asijiki futhi Asidlali, no retreat no surrender!!!

  • andy.zondi - 2012-09-13 20:19

    he knows he'll probably not get another term as pres so he's cashing out b4 he's locked out of the state bank account#smh

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-13 20:26

    And yet in Taxpayers suburbs existing infrastructure goes to the dogs!

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-13 20:37 other word...STEALING the tax payers money

  • jamie.chennells - 2012-09-13 20:45

    What are they gonna do with a library?

      FeebleGastro - 2012-09-13 21:36

      Burn it?

  • Tiyani - 2012-09-13 20:48

    So should the other areas be punished because they don't know Zuma?

  • - 2012-09-13 20:51

    If I knew I was going to have to retire from my position, I would also want my nest and surroundings to look great. This guy is such a liar.

      Erna - 2012-09-13 22:10

      Retire from his position? Surely you mean 'fired' from his position?

  • andrew.mokoto - 2012-09-13 20:53

    I personally think this whole issue is being looked at the wrong way, In view of the infrastructure to be created by this project it would be very beneficial to those who are disadvantaged in that area, and mayb set a tone of what development to spread to other impoverished areas...Zuma's connection to the development organisation is irrelevant and immaterial to the results to be derived from this project.

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-09-14 10:22

      Don't bet on it andrew. The past 18 years should have been proof enough for you that the priority of this government is NOT the poor (only their votes are). It is clear as day that the only reason this community are at least getting something is because it is showerhead's hometown. I am happy for the people there that they at least will also get some benefit from it, but do not let this fool you that government will actually do something about other communities. They have not in 18 years, why would they start now?

  • andrew.mokoto - 2012-09-13 20:53

    I personally think this whole issue is being looked at the wrong way, In view of the infrastructure to be created by this project it would be very beneficial to those who are disadvantaged in that area, and mayb set a tone of what development to spread to other impoverished areas...Zuma's connection to the development organisation is irrelevant and immaterial to the results to be derived from this project.

  • Erna - 2012-09-13 20:56

    What the president forgets to add is that much less is being spent in other rural areas!

  • koketso.senabe - 2012-09-13 21:00

    anyone seen this

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-09-13 21:07

    Even by African leader standards he is dumb, which means he is very, very dumb. When it comes to corruption, however, he is amongst the most corrupt Africa can produce. Which means he is very, very corrupt. A thieve in a leopardskin who wants his machinegun. A recipe for disaster...

  • Sharmay - 2012-09-13 21:09

    He's milking the government coffers before he gets the boot at the next elections. That's why he is so quiet on corruption, he's the biggest culprit of them all!

  • MasterG.AbramLegodi - 2012-09-13 21:22

    but what did we expect from our president.when the judged ruled dat had corrupt relation with shaik most of us together with his now nemesis(juju) we sang \abuse of state resources by mbeki\ forgeting the independence of judiciary.Zuma is corrupt rotten.and now who is using state resources to enrich himself and members of his family.we wont forget about aurora.eastern cape no proper school,police are murderers,limpopo no books and the list is endless.

      Gerda Malherbe - 2012-09-14 05:39

      PLEASE, remember this when next you draw your cross on a ballot paper

  • Caiphus Molatelo Mahlaka - 2012-09-13 21:25

    Shame on you Zuma,you think you are smart all you said is plagiarised! Watch out the real President is coming,his name is Julius Sello Malema,did you hear that?

  • yangmanfrom.sawthafriqa - 2012-09-13 21:27

    What happened to offering, bible says bless is the man who offer his sacrifices joyfuly to those in need, look beyond Zuma,as a person who spent half of my 26years in that area, with nobody working in the area,everbody depended on elderly pensions,it was only time when one will eat meat,atleast 2days a month, place has no schools, no shops, no water, no electricity, I use to walk 2hours to and fro school for 12long years on a hot day, my grandma use to earn 460rand pension, and use most of that money to take the only bus to a nearest town (Eshowe) which is 57km away, which now its about 70rands to go there, I realy don't see why people are so worked up by this,I left the area when I finish school because of lacking service delivery which don't exist at all. Toilets are the bushes,water is tugela river, whay is a tv? We knew fm radio, one out 90 houses will have tv,if there is soccer match we should all get together and pay 50cent each to watch a match. Thumbs down?????

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-13 21:55

    Where are they going to get the money to build ZumaVille, between the amount already been stolen, the gift of billions to Cuba, the billions the ANC is 'lending' to Mugabe, (which will be paid back by Grace's shoe collection,if we are lucky) the billions loaned to the world bank (that is a hard one to believe, because they are also lending money to Zimbabwe) the millions given to the Zulu King, who want's another 18million for his sixth wife. What money are they going to use, the money stolen from Aurora, or are they going to take the money set aside for the youth wage subsidy. Who is going to live in this Zumaville, Zuma's new wife's?

  • nax.masarwa - 2012-09-13 22:06

    Zuma is not a Leader, he is a Joke!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-14 07:22

    There is no shame to this man - and here is Mbeki's mother who lives in a mud hut, oh well Zuma is just too white for his own skin (yes that is an insult). He only goes the culture & traditional route when it suits him. If he believed in his culture and tradition then he wouldn't be building himself a Western style mansion and don't forget the village and villagers who will be there to bow and curtsy, and praise sing to him. Has an overstuffed ego and no substance. An empty vessel!

  • sandile.s.dladla - 2012-09-14 07:30

    zuma is nothing but a disgrace, mindless n useless

      phiwe.mbuyazi - 2012-09-14 07:43

      I think Mgabadeli you're stooping into a very low level noma ngabe you disagree with a person you cannot say a person is mindless since he a God's creature

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-14 07:54

      Wayibeka lendaba wena `Magalel` agoqe!` What is even more frightening about this idiot is that he never sees anything wrong with any wrong thing he has done. In his little goatherder mind, he is a flawless genius. He lies with a straight face in Parliament and in front of televisions, and giggle. He caanot distinguish between right and wrong and act accordingly! Mbuyazi, Zuma is God`s mindless creature. I hope that makes you feel better :)

      Nobayeni Nobby Malindi - 2012-09-14 07:57

      i agree with sandile.... our president is useless what about other poor villages?

  • long.tom.509 - 2012-09-14 07:43

    Tennis courts! I just wet myself,what a hoot,very important for uplifting the poor communities!

  • long.tom.509 - 2012-09-14 07:56

    Imagine Sunday afternoons,champagne and strawberry's around the tennis court!with ama village all attending would give a couple of rands to see that,only if Africa

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-09-14 08:39

    Luxuries - Dubai style in his own backyard with HIS name is greed and egotism in overflow.

  • snmpofana - 2012-09-14 08:46

    I was very disappointed in the manner in which JZ spoke to Lindiwe. He has no voice whatsoever where Malema is concerned and yet he wants to pull the rank and muscle mentality to a woman? I personally feel that JZ has no back bone whatsoever when it comes to dealing with matters with other men and has no respect whatsoever for a woman who stands up for what she believes in.

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-09-14 09:32

    You have got to admire the man - he is reportedly very charming in person, immensely ambitious, relentlessly self-serving and impervious to criticism: great qualities in an 18th century leader. No wonder he finds all this democracy, rule of law, gender equality, respect for gay rights troubling.

  • loyiso.mdingwa - 2012-09-14 11:34

    He denied he had instructed government to give priority to the development project, which would give rise to a new town, dubbed "Zumaville" in media reports.Good to be a president of the country!!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-14 12:00

    "Developement goes where it goes at a given time". Bad Presidents, past their sell by date,also go where they go at a given time. Zuma you have not much time left.

  • phillipmongatane - 2012-09-14 12:13

    The president is putting his interests, and those of his family,\r\nabove those of other poor can you justify spending R2bn in a rural village, while many small towns across the country are struggling to stay afloat

  • - 2012-09-14 12:13

    i do believe its a developmental project fo this community. community benefits its al wat matters lol.

  • jessica.main.501 - 2012-09-14 14:21

    What he is doing, it for his future investment. he will be able to use it and enjoy the smart growth centre. it all for himself and his wives. we have selfish leader.

  • gideon.joubert.9 - 2012-09-14 17:44

    I presume Zuma would have done a better job remaining a herd boy. It would have saved South Africa sliding into anarchy, corruption and lack of service delivery and the continued genocide of whites.

  • Dave - 2012-09-21 06:10

    Focus on education, housing and service delivery.That is what we need as a developing country. We have to put in infrastructure to facilitate growth. Be it Zumaville or anywhere else.The sooner the better.

  • oscar.manamela - 2012-10-05 10:59

    Why not Madidi, or Ventersdorp

  • hjkavdkah - 2012-10-09 17:07

    When are you people going to wake up - THE SHIP HAS ALREADY SUNK, the life boats with it. ITS TIME TO SWIM TO SHORE - Let's see how many is going to make it!!!!!! You IGNORENT WHITE NATION

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-09 17:08

    the shower man is absolutely shameless!! How can he look the poor in the eye?

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-10-09 17:10

    While his people are starving & living in poverty sis on you zuma you disgust me!

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