Scrap Nkandla upgrade, Mazibuko urges

2012-10-01 22:20

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma must cancel the upgrade to his Nkandla homestead and spend the money on neighbouring communities, DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Monday.

"Today I have called on President Zuma to do what is right, and what his high office demands of him. He does not have to wait for the public protector inquiry, which I will be calling for, to correct this wrongdoing," she said in a speech prepared for delivery at the University of the Western Cape.

"He can cancel his upgrade, and instead spend the money on the neighbouring communities which so desperately need jobs, infrastructure, and services."

On Sunday, the Democratic Alliance called for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe allegations that R203m of taxpayers' money would be spent on the project.

The DA's outrage came after City Press reported Zuma would only be footing 5% of the bill, around R10m.

Mazibuko said it was a social injustice to pay R203m when the region, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, needed clinics, hospitals, and "decent" classrooms.

She said the money could instead be used to build 3 692 RDP houses worth R55 000 each, pay 846 school teachers a monthly salary of R20 000 for a year, or hire almost 2 000 trucks for a week to deliver textbooks in Limpopo.

"It is not too late for President Zuma to apologise and cancel this lavish personal enrichment."

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-01 22:34

    Lets wait and see if sanity prevails over this man's greed.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-01 23:29

      She's absolutely right. What is he planning to build - a Palace ? Where are the proper built RDP houses for the poor, not to mention the non existence schools. This is ONE Very Greedy Man. - 2012-10-01 23:39

      How sad, grown men, the leaders of this country cannot make good decisions, why must outsiders always show them the right ways. Government is like a bunch of kids, they must constantly be policed and guided else they cause trouble, what a disgrace.

      John - 2012-10-02 00:09

      No chance they will listen. Ms Mazibuko will be ridiculed, called Zille's tea-lady and puppet-window-dressing ( they're too stupid to come up with original insults), and nothing will happen. Same as King Goodwill's leeching of the tax coffers. Between Goodwill's and Zuma, around R260 million out of the tax payer's money for luxuries this year alone. Worst part is, those suffering from hunger and unemployment will vote them back in while the rest of us will have to keep bank-rolling their lavish lifestyles. Dare point all this out and you will invariably be labelled a 'racist'.

      Erna - 2012-10-02 00:37

      Don't hold your breath Khetu - this man has no conscious or shame!

      raath - 2012-10-02 06:54

      Zuma, the sangoma said "rub in the muti", not smoke it *smh*

      mike.mike.7140497 - 2012-10-02 07:13

      What law allows this man to fix his PRIVATE residence. It is not a state residence. How can he use our money. I will also call on the public protector to look at this. I think the more people who call her office we shall succeed. He is stealing from us

  • davidquestioner - 2012-10-01 22:37

    This chick cleary understands nothing. If the um, elite can sip bubbly on behalf of the poor, why ever not live in opulence on their behalf as well? I'm sure the chaps fleeing to higher ground every time it rains will be only too pleased.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-01 22:38

    I can understand that taxmoney should be used for the official presidential residence, as it is owned by government. Is this his personal home, and if so, why must we pay for renovating it? He just received a massive salary increase, enough is enough already! The bloody nerve, treating money belonging to the citizens as if it were his own! Shame on you, Jacob Zuma! Do you even care that babies die because of hospitals not having equipment, or that people are going to bed with no dinner? I didn't think so..

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-01 23:28

      I often think, stupidly so I might add, that if government officials, and municipal ones, were paid only a basic wages, with maybe ordinadry housing etc, what the quality of country/service etc would be like. You know, like, the positions were genine ones of honour? ha ha..... One thing is for sure, when the municipal positions, mayor, blah blah, were of honour, service were great. I mean how can a mayor get R1 million a year with massive perks? Town manager the same? eish, the system is milked, abused and raped.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-01 23:48

      Kensong ~ The only reason it's a reality is because cANCer voters are too thick to think.

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-10-03 11:07

      @ kensong.ben.7 You are right man. and besides, none of these top dogs ever reads any of tehse comments on News24, so all of us bitching and moaning here does nothing either. We as a people must stand up against these people, in groups, and outside of these blady internet forums! In real life!! Otherwise nothing will change. Half of the people that vote for these fools do not even have internet and never read the news or cannot read. So, they wont know or understand that they are being robbed by the very people they vote for! It's up to us to bring it to light!

  • phillipmongatane - 2012-10-01 22:47

    Yes the president must do the honourable thing and scrap the upgrade to his home. The abuse of power by Zuma is appauling, spending tax payers money to support one's lavish lifestyle is inaporprate.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-10-02 03:31

      He knows he's about to see his arse, so he's grabbing every last cent from the taxpayer while he can. This upgrade is it for extra bedrooms to accommodate the sows he is to marry in the future? Got to keep feeding that "thing" Lindiwe, you're wasting your breath, he doesn't give a flying ^*ck for the poor, and he certainly wants to keep the uneducated stupid! Who else will support him?

  • marius.coetzee.77 - 2012-10-01 22:50

    Cant agree more DA

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-10-01 23:01

    There is hope for this country when an African lady can stand up and tell it like it should be. I would say she has, figurtively speaking, a big set of balls that put the man with many wives to shame. You tell him madam

      ssegaetsho - 2012-10-01 23:38

      So it's shocking to you that an African lady can make sense?

      John - 2012-10-02 00:15

      @ssegaetsho: you lost me, what exactly did you read into this dude's comment?

      cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-10-02 01:35

      Eish marra. No sse... Its shocking we still find one track minds like yours. But I know its not your fault common sense is not taught sadly. Will say a prayer for you

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-10-01 23:01

    There is hope for this country when an African lady can stand up and tell it like it should be. I would say she has, figurtively speaking, a big set of balls that put the man with many wives to shame. You tell him madam

  • fdalana - 2012-10-01 23:03

    less than a week ago a king from KZN demanded 18m from the government to build a mansion and when asked about the poverty in the province, he said it was none of his business. The sad part is that,those who are affected the most can not see whats going on .come 2014, the looters will still remain in power.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-10-01 23:03

    I think he's giving himself a going away present...

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-01 23:32

      A very expensive one at that ! If he's going, good riddance to bad rubbish ! What a stupid fool !

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-02 09:44

      bless, he can have it with my blessing as a going away present as long as he takes his whole darn corrupt ANC party with him, unfortunately that is not going to happen, we will have to drive these parasites out of power.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-01 23:06

    They say if you've never worked hard to get something you'll never know its true worth once u have it, hence the ANC elite will never appreciate the hard work and hardships taxpayers go through to earn that money for greedy mongrels to spend it like it grows from trees!!

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-10-01 23:10

    seems like these guys just because they fought for freedom want to pay themselves.NOT WORKING GUYS U ARE STARTING TO PISS US OFF U GREEDY JERKS

  • Prince Bird - 2012-10-01 23:48

    Rotation of Parties to our government won't do harm. this illiterate comrades play with our money. DA for government.

  • Erna - 2012-10-02 00:26

    Lindiwe you are calling on deaf ears - zuma has no shame or conscience. The only thing that keeps him awake at night is his next wedding. Its the same defunct public works department that is paying for this. With what I wonder?

  • Tf Freeze - 2012-10-02 01:19

    only if politicians could open their eyes for once.

      raath - 2012-10-02 06:56

      The voters need to open their eyes. The politicians already know.

  • cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-10-02 01:28

    To all hardworking good and honest south africans... Keep the anc in power for another term and we could all die and take our babies with us or ..... Give DA a chance if we not happy after there term is up we vote them out. That's is the one thing that's great about our country we have a choice

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-10-02 02:08

    Impeach him now for being the greediest president of a new South Africa. In our African culture even the kingship can be taken from one king and given to another family if that king is not serving his people well.That means you JZ and Goodwill.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-02 05:33

    What the hell does the spear care about neighboring comunities. He probably doesn't know they are there. The spear sais (because he can't think); if they cant eat bread, let them eat cake. Last person wit that line of thought lost the knob.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-02 06:10

    What the voter didn't understand is .... A better life for all really means A BETTER LIFE FOR SOME. If the voters are blind to whats going on here then sadly they are just going to get more of the same. Never did the old regime waste money on the grand scale that the anc does.

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-10-02 06:22

    I never thought a day would come where I agree with the DA on anything, but I agree fully with Lindiwe on this one. It must also be noted that the R200 million won't be spent on the Nkandla village but on Msholozi's home, that's a disgrace! How can the president want to use our money to make such lavish upgrades to his home in the face of such poverty? Was it not the same president who told us that the poverty in this country gives him 'sleepless nights'. Clearly he was lying to the nation! Would I be off track if I said this must be the most expensive president South Africa has seen since 1994? Zuma has let us down and his time is up!

  • vince.moraswi - 2012-10-02 06:36

    this is not kingship zuma... u're an impartial president, develop other rural places, not just yours.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-02 06:38

    Obscene. The Sultan is on his way out.

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-10-02 07:16

      Yeah but what are we going to get in his place, something worse?

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-10-02 06:39

    Zumaville caused the sudden jump in ANC membership in kwazulu natal, for once I agree with the tea lady he must drop the nkandla develpm and look @ places that need urgent attention

  • Jacob Zooma - 2012-10-02 06:48


      maokeng.mankge - 2012-10-02 08:33

      To hell with Zooma,Mswati n Zwelithini u need 2 get a job bustard..

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-02 06:48

    She is right. Somebody must talk some sense into the heads of the ANC.

  • markus.esterhuyse - 2012-10-02 06:54

    Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless

  • mrtinyiko.matsambu - 2012-10-02 07:07

    when will it end? If we are not 'giving' money to King Mswati, we are building Palaces for King Zwelithini. If we are not hosting Aristide, we are\r\nhosting Ravalomanana. All invoices are sent to taxpayers. DA, please, deliver us from this evil.

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-10-02 07:15

      Well said, how long can the country survive while we supporting all these unnecessary expenses. why can't the money be used for houses for poor people

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-10-02 07:19

    Why do we as tax payers HAVE to fund his lifestyle? His private home is just that NOTHING to do with me why must I cough up again?????

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-02 07:25

    Ucan call hér teagirl or anything that suit her but hère she maid a fundermental point. being a politician is to stress out issues that affect those who doesnt have voices . How many service delivery strikes do we have per day or week but their voices r not heard by our president.people from nkandla village r getting freebees n first preference to the others, no this is not how the way that things suppose tb in betta lifes 4 all slogan.:::::ONE::::.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-02 07:26

    What? South Africa has to pay for the rise of the New Zulu King, what is this.....? no more money for the President? BWAAHHHAaaaa! be careful he might go on strike.

  • louiseroger.higham - 2012-10-02 07:34

    Those who run down Mazibuko just can't and won't see what's happening in this country. Its an egg being hollowed out eventually collapsing, vote for the ANC again then stop complaining when u don't have jobs, no houses and your money is worth nothing, just look at that A Hole up north, that's your future.

  • matodzine - 2012-10-02 07:36

    LOL...the so called president.....this guy is a joke, serious........welcome to banana republic

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-02 07:42

    Mazibuko- Also remind him of the teachers who are about to loose their jobs due to his greedy in E. Cape.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-02 07:51

    You know what the worst thing is - is that this total waste of skin sees nothing wrong in this, and does nothing to stop it. Thinks it is his due and his right. And this from the "Public Works" department that is so screwed, this money should be spent on a community where it is needed, maybe the Eastern Cape, rather than Zuma's back yard. What is wrong with this "Public Works" department that they keep wanting to give Zuma stuff - an airplane, a new mansion (after the previous one was just finished being built) and new village - what the hell for? Why?

  • mlungisi.fynn - 2012-10-02 08:22

    I hear that the new Malawian president has decided to cut her own salary by 30% due to concerns about the state of the economy in that country.I don't expect such a noble gesture from Zuma but I do expect him to use my hard earned tax contribution with wisdom.It is not like I've got no use for it.

      stephen.twine - 2012-10-02 09:18

      I dare you to write to the presidents office and suggest that to him hahahahaa I personally think we should start a petition countrywide ... someone start a webpage pls so we can sign our names on the page

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-10-02 08:26

    I'm calling on all business ppl to stop funding the government,bcoz now our tax is been used for personal interest..Zuma does not deserve 2nd term w must these ANC come December..

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-10-02 08:27

    Loose DA mule

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-02 09:50

      What are you trying to say half wit.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-02 11:36

      Busisiwe.kubeka1. Said one mule to another.

  • nhlapop - 2012-10-02 08:41

    Malema once Zuma is busy making sure that Inkandla is well developed and soon is going to look like New York. Hes going down after Mangaung and he want to make sure he misused every cent before he goes down. Motlanthe for President.

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 08:50

    Let us all stop voting for this fuken anc, let the anc give him a second term @ mangaung and c over who will he preside. Bloated leech, who can help us with a needle?

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-02 09:04

    Charity begins at home Mazibuko is sick.

      Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-02 09:12

      you probably feel sick with such a low IQ....

  • kamuhelo.molefe - 2012-10-02 09:41

    Ppl must leave mr Zuma do wat he thnk is right 4 he n ppl of Nkandla. So wat nearest town to nkandla Nqutu is developed too he extend road n Robot n electricity where were nt hv it.siyabonga Msholozi 4rm kamuhele eNQUTU

  • kamuhelo.molefe - 2012-10-02 09:41

    Ppl must leave mr Zuma do wat he thnk is right 4 he n ppl of Nkandla. So wat nearest town to nkandla Nqutu is developed too he extend road n Robot n electricity where were nt hv it.siyabonga Msholozi 4rm kamuhele eNQUTU

  • jack.schnitzer.1 - 2012-10-02 11:03

    Never expect the unwise to make wise decisions, that's Zuma for you.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-02 11:27

    You must be joking. The Zoomer doesn't care about neighbourhing communities, he doesn't even care about the state of the place his brother lives in.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-10-02 11:47

    lindiwe mazibuko is a president zuma watcher...i mean whenever she pops up on newsreel it is always about this president...if she casts her eyes further with this energy who knows what she might find

  • edgar.mooi - 2012-10-02 12:49

    Mr presdent it is unfortunate to u bcs u bcm president of a free country wen people hv rights to be inform ,de likes of piet, de klerk hv were apartheid fortunate bcs ds mazibuko girl will hv never open her mouth never. Thanks for u guys who go all de miles to go to exile training to fight apartheid so dats kids like us including malema will hv rights to critizes u. The president. All the best for u....

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-10-02 13:16

    I think he deserves to have a place for every wife for when he gets all these important visitors

  • randlove21 - 2012-10-02 13:32

    Foreign guests should stay at their own Embassy and not expect to stay with Zuma.It is ridiculous in our current economy scenario to spend R203m on an upgrade of a private residence.

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-04 11:32

    Well said, Mazibuko! He's a greedy egomaniac with no thought for the poor and needy. He must go on trial for his previous misdeeds and go to prison - without any hope of a medical parole

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