Zille lays charge after Nkandla stand-off

2012-11-04 15:38

Nkandla - DA leader Helen Zille has laid a charge under the Gatherings Act against the ANC for blocking a public road during her failed attempt to visit President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

A large group of ANC supporters sang as they waited for her to leave the Nkandla police station on Sunday.

When the convoy transporting the Democratic Alliance and a media contingent left the satellite police station, African National Congress supporters shouted "hamba" (leave).

An ANC supporter was arrested for drunk and disorderly outside the police station.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said another man was arrested earlier, during a demonstration by ANC supporters, for having an unlicensed firearm.

"The man was in possession of a rifle. He will be charged for discharging a firearm in public and possession of a firearm."

Zille said Zuma had lost the right to call his home a private residence.

"Nkandla belongs to each and every South African who has to sacrifice the basic services they need, so that the President could turn his home into a five-star fortressed palace.

"One day we will look at it as a monument to the fight against corruption."


She questioned how the government could spend R248m on Zuma's home, when it would not pay to transport the relatives of the victims of the Marikana shooting to the Farlam commission of inquiry.

Earlier police stopped her and her entourage from approaching Zuma's homestead, in the village of KwaNxamalala, saying they wanted to prevent violence.

Zille was told she could not pass the police roadblock as there were ANC supporters on the road to Zuma's home. She said the party had permission to gather on a public road outside a school opposite Zuma's home.

Several cars carrying ANC supporters passed the police roadblock on a side road. They carried sticks and sang Dubhula iBhunu (Shoot the Boer).

Buses full of ANC supporters were allowed to pass on the main road.

Riot police

When Zille asked officers why they were allowed to pass, she was told they would open a case against the organisers of the ANC march.

"We never intended to go inside Zuma's home, we only wanted to gather opposite his compound on a public road," Zille said.

About 700m from where the Democratic Alliance was stopped, police in riot gear prevented ANC supporters from advancing. Officers formed a human chain across the road.

Police had several armoured Nyala personnel carriers, two trucks with water canon, and a helicopter in the area.

  • willem.leroux.75 - 2012-11-04 15:48

    This sounds like a full on riot - the ANC is out of control, no question about it. Well done DA for highlighting the issues.

  • chris.nel.35 - 2012-11-04 15:49

    You have courage but i think it's all in vain. The "monarch" will do as they please and the slaves will follow blindly. It's called Africa.

      alex.tarr.52 - 2012-11-04 16:42

      It's also called feudal Europe and Japan as recently as WW2. Don't make it seem like certain people are more predisposed to corruption or hierarchy on the basis of their race or their geographical location. And before you throw around slavery just remember that not so long ago Africa was the source of slaves, but not of slavemasters.

  • punungwe - 2012-11-04 15:50

    She has courage.

  • lazarus.masilela - 2012-11-04 15:51

    Well done Helen.Thank you for trying.Goodluck with the case.

  • lazarus.masilela - 2012-11-04 15:51

    Well done Helen.Thank you for trying.Goodluck with the case.

  • chris.re2 - 2012-11-04 15:51

    Cause if there's one thing the DA know, its that the courts still have power over the ANC!!! haha. What a joke!

  • geronimo.feather - 2012-11-04 15:51

    One law for the ANC and their unquestioning, blind, sheeple and another law for the rest. Well done Zille and the DA - mission very much accomplished! A huge amount of public scrutiny has now been brought to bear on Nkandlagate. Just a pity the sheeple are willing to accept the blatant corruption, fraud, lies, and slide towards an "African democracy" (i.e. dictatorship)...

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-04 18:08

      Just a pity the sheeple dont have access to this Forum.

  • john.cryink - 2012-11-04 15:52

    cANCer seems to be evil

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-04 17:46

      Replace the current word "seems" with a current word: "IS" Your welcome.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-04 15:52

    They may have prevented her from going in. But she made her point. And that's what counts.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-04 16:24

      She prolly ddint expect to get very far anyway. In nmy book, she did a marvellous job.....WELL DONE LADY HELEN

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-04 16:31

      @nhlanhlaz1. Have you seen all the post's today. In my eye's she made quite a large point. Thank you very much. Nuff said

      rcgreeff - 2012-11-04 17:09

      You must be joking to believe what you are saying. Can't wait to hear what they have to say in parliament.

      julio.sanfona - 2012-11-04 18:10

      I agree, she indeed made her point and brought th issue to the fore. The violent, blood thirsty and dumb ANC rent-a-crowd played right into her hand by adding to the comotion and making her march a lot more news worthy. Thank you ANC rent-a-crowd for your devoted support, you dumb asses.

      Erna - 2012-11-04 18:19

      She made her point and I don't mind if my tax money is spent on exposing the corrupt anc. At last someone with clout who is making a point on my behalf. The anc is far too complacent and arrogant by far.

  • lerato.mnizi - 2012-11-04 15:52

    Everyday the anc and what it stand for is exposed just a little bit more to the outside world. Soon there will be no more lies and crying foul over the past to hide behind...

  • frederik.vanas - 2012-11-04 15:53

    something to hide you corrupt lot? African native criminals!!!

      frederik.vanas - 2012-11-04 19:20

      sakhile.gamede. spelling mate spelling.......take my advice and invest in some good education...unlike your herd boy president.....

      mary.hinge.9066 - 2012-11-04 20:10

      Gamede, you seem to be a product of the current education system. Why don't you try to get a real education before commenting ?

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-11-05 10:28

      Frederik - love your comment about the spelling!!! We definitely have something in common there. Do not educate people then they will not give you any problems and they will do exactly what they are told. That seems to be the general point which is being prolonged by the National Education Department which, if my mind serves me correctly, is ANC governed. That is why we have uneducated people in high powered positions and that's why the SAA, TELKOM, ESCOM and SABC need to be bailed out continuously because of financial incompetence and fraud committed at the highest levels. Sms's have enabled the uneducated because they do not need to know how to spell a word.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-11-04 15:54


      jerrod.moodley - 2012-11-04 16:22

      Sorry Hermann, maybe you didnt read the article, the Police did the right thing, and prevented an ugly situation.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-11-04 17:04

      @jerrod. moodley ... you have lost the plot - the SAPS sided with the evil, they should have removed the the ugly but they allowed the ugly to supercede the constitution. The difference between puppies and liberals like you is when puppies grow up they stop whining and become watch dogs.

      christi.roestorff - 2012-11-04 17:05

      So true Jerrod, so this is democracy?

      pws69 - 2012-11-04 17:10

      Jerrod, maybe you need to read more. The Police blocked the DA, but let through busloads of ANC supporters. They had watercannon on site, which they could and SHOULD, have used on the ANC thugs.

      indianajohn - 2012-11-04 18:20

      jerrod: preventing ugly situations surely involves removing the ugly element. The ANC supporters were once again waving sticks (I will never comprehend this) and there were firearms present. Helen Zille arrived armed with letters from children. So in what fantasy world is it right for HER to be refused entry, but the violent masses can go through? I'm sorry but you've got this completely wrong.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-04 18:22

      ..And the SAP belonged the Nationalist govt . At least they rocked up when we were burgled..

      mary.hinge.9066 - 2012-11-04 20:14

      Jerrod, the primary ugly thing here is Zuma's attitude.

  • gary.sim.374 - 2012-11-04 15:54

    Start counting down Sheep!!!!

  • SharonE - 2012-11-04 15:54

    If these ANC supporters blocking Helen were told that they too pay tax, as they pay VAT same as everyone else, they may come to see the wastage in a different light! Funny thing is, after they gathered to defend Jacob's palace, what do they go home to? A shack with no water and no electricity? It defies all logic...

      pieter.pretorius.5059 - 2012-11-04 16:42

      SharonE, the logic lies in the culture and religion. They venerate their ANCestors. The ANC has a very long list of ANCestors in its ranks.

      christi.roestorff - 2012-11-04 17:06

      They don't though...

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-11-05 10:30

      Nobody is as blind those who will not see, and no-one is as deaf as one who will not hear!!!

  • gary.sim.374 - 2012-11-04 15:55

    @ Jackie .. Wake up

  • itse.nnete.1 - 2012-11-04 15:56

    ANC is a party of hooligans by hooligans,probably promised the socalled supporters food to go protest.

  • terry.brauckmann - 2012-11-04 15:57

    Bet you the costs to hire transport to commute the protesting supporters came out of the pocket of the ANC goverment!

      ingrid.webbe - 2012-11-04 16:13

      I doubt it - came out of our pockets, the taxpayer.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-04 18:17

      After a bit of commission is siphoned off first.

  • clive.beckett - 2012-11-04 15:58

    The end is near.

  • smallies - 2012-11-04 16:00

    The more i see of our new and improved regime the more they remind me of the pigs in animal farm

      smallies - 2012-11-04 16:18

      and the poor are the sheep

      ross.purdon.5 - 2012-11-04 16:44

      Being saying this for ages - they acting out the book page by page.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-04 16:01

    Zille should hv known better. The stunt she was trying 2 pull was absolute bravery stupid. She must thank god nobody got hurt.

      mark.wilkinson.37604 - 2012-11-04 16:49

      Why should anybody get hurt in the first place? Why should they fear doing what they're legally allowed to do?

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-04 17:05

      She is not stupid. This thing went according to plan. The real fools dont know who they are but we do .....

      sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-04 17:35

      @ mark try 2 justify the marikana tradegy.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-04 18:06

      i will justify that for you, Jali! These mines killed officers and some of their own comrads and fired first out of the crowd at the police. The police retaliated in self defense - plain and simple!

  • Neil Alberts - 2012-11-04 16:02

    bloody cowards the anc supporters!!! by preventing the DA to go in they now support corruption and confirm what the anc stands for!!!

  • dewaldmarais - 2012-11-04 16:06

    What a dog show... I can't believe this is happening in a democratic society in 2012. Next week te same people riot because of service delivery - idiots.

  • guruswiz - 2012-11-04 16:09

    Dear Mr President\r\n\r\nI've hurt a lot u, Zuma! I've heard DA said that u're very serious corruption, but why? We love u Zuma but u're very bad now as our president our country but I'm so very full disappointed of u. They said u stole our taxpayers but u should answer us about ur homestead in Nkandla. Let's us honest from ur respond, please! #Very disappointed#

  • Maxzino - 2012-11-04 16:10

    mxm... Zille

  • bcluley - 2012-11-04 16:12

    Just goes to show how the cANCer suppoerters are all a bunch of uncivilised animals.

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-04 16:43

      Please don't insult animals - animals are generally well behaved and friendly .......!

  • anele.mveku - 2012-11-04 16:13

    This whole thing is just ridiculous.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-11-04 16:19

    Lol malema must be the happiest man on earth. He's point about zuma being a dictator was just proven. I can't wait for all the names he'll be calling zuma now.

  • pule.mogale1 - 2012-11-04 16:23

    ANC, they are so blind and disappointng. Zille went there knowing that they(ANC) are so predictable and will expose themselves. She is playing them like a game of chess. Believe it or not, she is the only thing standing between ANC and corruption.

      Brad - 2012-11-04 16:24

      Agree. Vote DA.

      jenny.webbe - 2012-11-04 17:18

      Right on pule.mogale - that's why Zuma recently made the remark about the law should be changed to the African way, as white people's laws don't suit the African way. He wants to continue to plunder South Africa without inconvenient interruption by the likes of Mrs Zille.

      Erna - 2012-11-04 17:30

      Well said. Zille doesn't spend an uncomfortable Sunday like this for nothing. She was there to prove a point - the anc is intolerant and undemocratic.

  • Brad - 2012-11-04 16:24

    Helen is the smartest cookie in politics.

  • reine.marais - 2012-11-04 16:35

    I sincerely hope that everyone sharing these comments will know that Helen Zille walks the talk. She basically endangered her life for fellow South Africans. I truly do support a leader of that calibre.

      esrom.sandy - 2012-11-04 17:03

      Where she was during apartheid regime

      jonivdw - 2012-11-04 17:15

      Before Zille began her career in politics she worked as a political correspondent for the Rand Daily Mail, where she covered key political stories, such as the death, in police custody, of black consciousness activist Steve Biko. In 1977 she was able to prove that Biko had been tortured to death and that the official version of the story, which claimed he had died of natural causes, was false. From the 1980s onward she became involved in NGOs and activist organisations, including the Open Society Foundation, the Independent Media Diversity Trust, and the Black Sash. She also campaigned against vigilantism and repression in the Cape Town townships, and was part of the peace movement that worked to bring warring factions in Crossroads together.

      duduzile.nkosi - 2012-11-04 18:18

      Lol she endangered her life as a media exercise

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-04 16:37

    The world knows that Zuma is a bastard, they not blind. The sh*t is really hitting the fan under his presidency and yet he remains ignorant and hell bent on his own enrichment while many suffer. This f*cknut of a man has the priorities of a fat useless greedy pig!!! GFY ZUMA!!

      julio.sanfona - 2012-11-04 18:31

      I couldn't have said better!

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-04 18:39

      morrisn2, sure champ im the real bastard if you think so. Im the one bleeding the country dry for my own benefit oblivious to the fact that many are suffering. I place myself above the law and don't respect the very constitution that I should be upholding as an example to the country and its citizens that I should be leading. You need to do some serious thinking morrisn2. It might be painful for you at first but could turn out to be an enlightening an eye opening experience as to what exactly is really happening here.

  • steve.young.988373 - 2012-11-04 16:37

    why build a bunker , what does he know that we dont ? Why lay charges arent the cops already stretched to the limit with huge case loads , surely the lawyers of the DA could take the matter before the court .

  • paul.chick.501 - 2012-11-04 16:43

    All the bloody Zuma suppoters...get over it ! Zilla had every right to be there and she wasent planning on entering the compond and invading Zumas privacy. You ANC can march where ever and when ever you want but as soon as enyone else does its hugh uproar. This thing Zilla is doing is in everyone"s intrest

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-04 18:30

      I work Sundays to keep my roof over my head and lights on and Nkandla going too.

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-04 16:47

    \One day we will look at Zuma's five star home as a monument to the fight against corruption.\ --Helen Zille\r\n\r\nI dnt usually agree with u Helen but I also can't wait 4 that glorious day when tht compound is a Corruption Museum.

  • tertius.kritzinger - 2012-11-04 16:48

    Zuma you should be sacked like Mbeki; you are a disgrace for the nation and your party. The DA should opened a case on the unlawful spending on Nkandla!

      tertius.kritzinger - 2012-11-04 17:21

      Esrom.sandy thank you for wasting your time!!!

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-11-04 17:25

      @esrom sandy, get your head out of the sand!

      Onke.Dali - 2012-11-05 06:53

      Please, Zuma

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-04 16:52

    Zuma has a chronic curse that is spreading to the whole of sa n to its citizens .pls ANC n DA members togather save our country n its citizens by perfoming a cleansing ceremony on him to removed this curse B4 WE EXPERIENCE ANOTHER BLOODSHED LIKE MARIKANA

  • pws69 - 2012-11-04 16:56

    I don't blame Zuma in this fiasco, we all knew what he was before he was elected. I blame the morons who voted for him.

      idille.borchers - 2012-11-04 17:53

      Yes. Malema and Vavi wanted to die for him. Idiots.

  • Jakkals Venter - 2012-11-04 16:58

    @victor lol ha ha ha jy het seker net std 6 geslaag hou op k=k praat en kry vir jouself iets om besig te hou.Shuuuut los die groot mense dat ons kan gesels

      wehan.victor - 2012-11-04 17:34

      Jy redeneer defnitief nie soos 'n grootmens nie grootseun.

      jenny.webbe - 2012-11-04 18:48

      You embarrass yourself Jakkals. Grow up, you troll.

  • pws69 - 2012-11-04 16:58

    The anti democratic, violent rhetoric and behaviour of the ANC was not unexpected, and the totally partian and biased reaction of the police was not unexpected. If it is cANCer, it is a lying thieving thug. I would hang my head in shame if I had ever voted cANCer. Only stupid people vote for their own hardship = only stupid people vote ANC.

  • daniel.rossouw1 - 2012-11-04 17:08

    ANC supporters at Nkhandla today is the biggest morons there is. Tomorrow they protest again against what they aren't getting for free from government. Stew in your own fat you fat asses.

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-11-04 17:09


  • ba.kgasapane - 2012-11-04 17:11

    Shower head will never comment but his days are numbered

  • badladballie - 2012-11-04 17:13

    Helen is not perfect but she is honest, accountable, logical, reasonable, intelligent, respectful and all her policies are non racial and for the good of our country. I am proud of her. Imagine being able to say that about our government.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-11-04 17:16


  • pws69 - 2012-11-04 17:19

    I cannot wait for a DA government in 2014.

      duduzile.nkosi - 2012-11-04 18:09

      Dream on

      travis.young.58555941 - 2012-11-04 18:27

      Duduzile stop taking so many photos of yourself

      duduzile.nkosi - 2012-11-04 19:26

      Do u do that often james?

      yvanstaden - 2012-11-04 22:32

      I cannot wait, I am so sick and tired of the corruption and lawlessness in this country. The DA will have their work cut out for them though..the state this country is in now, and it is getting worse and worse

  • kitty2wp - 2012-11-04 17:21

    This lady stands for what is right. She is making a point in a big way that there are LAWS to be abided by and adhered to and if we cannot win this fight against crime and corruption by voting DA or making a noise - we will do it through the Law that protects us. ANC should be grateful that she is doing the intelligent thing and not making herself a martyr by dying in her struggle for justice by arriving there with a group of gun-wielding supporters. And i say that easily because a panga and machete is as dangerous as a gun.

      issy.monar - 2012-11-04 17:30

      She needs our support,this mafias are ruining our country and they know illiterates and foreigners will vote for them.GOD bless the DA.

  • desmond.s.leaner - 2012-11-04 17:26

    I would like to see Helen Zille come to Mitchells Plain, Elsies River, Eerste River, Atlantis, Bonteheuwel and Delft - just to mention a few places in her own constituency where the drug problems, violence and unemployment has only increased according to the 2011 Census. Its much more immediate than the cANCer spending. But then I assume that the respondents above don't even know where these places are...If I mention Durbanville, Bloubergstrand, Constantia or Green Point then the DA is great!! I am not defending spending an alleged R200 million on a homestead.

      desmond.s.leaner - 2012-11-04 17:28

      Also, the people in those areas are actually very eager to see her!

      samoras - 2012-11-04 17:49

      Ek bly in Elsies well said thanks

      jonivdw - 2012-11-04 18:01

      please note that Zuma refused her request to bring in the Army to assist in those areas and get rid of the drugs and gangs! Nathi Mthethwa refuses to investigate SAPS (controlled by the ANC) as the ANC has committed to make the WC ungovernable.... And you're suffering for it not Zuma....

      idille.borchers - 2012-11-04 18:10

      I do believe that Helen is aware of the problem. Hasn't she asked for the army to come and help the useless police in the WC to fight the drug lords? Parliament declined her request on some technicality. It is not in their interest to give any assistance to the WC, regardless of the problem. I really feel for you guys.

      jean.bhembe - 2012-11-04 18:22

      what people lyk u are missing is the point of this whole thing, let me help break it down for u a bit, d visit is not there to inspect how Zuma governs Inkandla as u so nicely mantioned the ungoverned townships of CPT. Its about how our money and when i day \our\ i mean us Tax Payers not sure about u. If u read the article to begin with u wld understand that Zuma is only pay'n 10% of a R248M UPGRADE OF HIS HOME, NOW IF U DONT GET THAT....WEL REMIND ME ASK UR EMPLOYER WHY HE PAYS CAUSE CLEARLY NOT ....

      desmond.s.leaner - 2012-11-04 19:06

      I'm not defending the spending of tax payers(mine included) money on lavish lifestyles. The townships don't need the army to "remove drug-lords" - they need intervention from the DA to get involved and solve the underlying issues. Just like the plans of the DA to have a voucher system and the plan for small businesses, there needs to be proper plans - I have not heard any constructive solutions from the DA. Plus, I thought that the Public Protector was already doing the investigation?

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-11-04 20:50

      @Dezlee...people in those areas know very well who the gangsters and drug dealers are and they do nothing. If Zille sends in the army and they start arresting and killing these thugs then the people will start bitching again that the army must get out of the areas. Zuma didn't want to help you cause you not black.

      desmond.s.leaner - 2012-11-04 21:40

      "people like you", "you voted ANC" All wrong

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-11-05 14:19

      I see you are talking about ANCYl hotbeds in the Cape. Helen can hardly be held responsible for lax morals and drug problems in places like Mitchells Plain , Elsies River et al. If I remember correctly she did march through those suburbs to draw attention to their problems and was greeted by the same attitude. What are you doing as a concerned citizen to rehabilitate gangs and stop drug addiction? Or are you a member of the ANCYL and destroying public property that needs to be repaired also at taxpayers expense? Or are you creating jobs for the unemployed. There is nothing alleged about Nkandla it is there for all to see and we know what it cost and who has paid for it, it is a matter of public record. Trying to blow smoke? Trying hard to deflect interest.Stop being so mealy mouthed or are you just another wolf in sheep's clothing Dezlee?

  • rmattnertours - 2012-11-04 17:28

    The ANC is just a gang of thugs, No longer a political party.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-04 17:31

    If the ruling party do not repsect the law why are they amazed at what happened at Marikana?. We are ruled by a party that does not uphold the law thus all this fraud and corruption are happening and standing at the summit are our president. Lawlessness are allowed to happen!

  • samoras - 2012-11-04 17:34

    Never, never and never again\r\nshall it be that this beautiful\r\nland will again experience the\r\noppression of one by another.

      phae.rayden - 2012-11-04 17:52

      Are you reading the same article as the rest of us? Who said anything about oppressing one another? Polly want a cracker response.

      jonivdw - 2012-11-04 18:27

      Quote by Nelson Mandela!