Zille slams '5-star Nkandla palace'

2012-11-04 22:18

Nkandla - DA leader Helen Zille, forced to abort a planned inspection of President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead on Sunday, says he has lost the right to call Nkandla a private residence. 

A crowd of ANC supporters that eventually numbered between 800 and 1 000, blocked the road to the residence and police refused permission for Zille to proceed  out of fear for her safety.

After holding an impromptu press conference, Zille laid a charge under the Gatherings Act against the ANC for blocking a public road.

The Democratic Alliance had wanted to visit Zuma's private residence, where an upgrade, reportedly costing over R200m and funded with taxpayers' money, was in progress.

An ANC supporter was arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour outside the police station as Zille laid the charges.

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

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

5-star palace

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.

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.

Human chain

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

Eight buses had transported ANC supporters to Zuma's residence.

Thulani Mushaba, the ANC's chair for the Musa Dldla region, said the ANC was not happy at Zille's visit because "she has done a lot of damage to his name".

He said Zille had already complained and had all the figures for his residence and, therefore, there was no reason for her inspection.

"How can we hide something she has already got?" Mushaba asked.

He accused Zille of being a member of the former apartheid regime. He also accused her of failing to obtain permission from the local chief to visit the area.

He said that the local chief Muzi Zuma would open a case against Zille for not obtaining permission to enter tribal land.

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

72 hour deadline

Zille earlier gave Zuma and the government 72 hours to respond to a request for “the truth” about Nkandla.

“We asked them for details on how much was spent, on what, by whom, and under what provision of law.” 

Zille said there was no response other than an acknowledgement that they’d received the DA’s letters, sent on 16 October.

She said if there was no substantive response by close of business on Wednesday 7 November, “we will instruct our lawyers to make preparations to take him and the government to court over what is now known as Nkandlagate".

  • - 2012-11-04 22:23

    Sheep. Just confirms what is written in the book "Outliers".

      vandross.ntshegi - 2012-11-04 23:04

      Not that any of what she says will count to the shower head. Zuma is just making sure that he is providing anything comfortable for himself before he steps down. I think he is quite aware that the time is near

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-04 23:39

      What is wrong with the ANC? This party is going to explode!! They talk about democracy only when it suits them... Whatever happened to freedom? It is very sad that the opposition are not allowed to go and investigate what my taxes are wasted on... The ANC are reminding me of the Nats more and more. Let's slam them in the 2014 elections

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-04 23:40

      PS I used to vote for them! I doubt I will again...

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-05 00:49

      "Zille slams '5-star Nkandla palace'" I pictured her head butting a mud hut. With her forehead. A very expensive hut paid for by tax payers, but still, a very hard headed woman is what it takes.

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-11-05 01:41

      Thandiwe, Totally agree with you!! But Michael has a point too. The masses keep complaining of how corrupt the ANC is and how nothing is being done. They complain of the rising crime and the lack of education. But come election time they still vote for the ANC. So it should be no surprise to you if people like Michael are a bit cynical!! - 2012-11-05 02:06

      @Thandiwe83, IT'S BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT I'M STILL IN SA.!! Love you!!

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-05 02:49

      I totally accept that there are racist black people out there and legislation that is throttling many potentially mass-employing white-run businesses - this is one of the reasons why we need a change of government Michael. There will be people who vote ANC till they die but I hope you begin to realise there are many people who are now changing there views. How can we accelerate this change? Go to a local ANC ward and befriend and talk to people there, hand out fliers - no need to push one particular party. Just get the message out there that we need a change of some description.. I have converted about 2000 ANC voters to the DA in Gauteng - I have their names and addresses and will re-visit them next year and again just before the election to follow-up. I have converted a further 200 people to vote COPE, and 150 who say they will abstain. We need to reach out more and more. Go into the poorer communities with a fellow young DA or COPE voter of a different race so that the poor can see that the truly non-racial future of SA in the spirit of Madiba is within the DA.

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-05 02:55

      @Michael - I am also sad to hear that you are working with some intolerant people. In my experience there are many black people talking about switching their vote but this doesn't seem to be the case in your experience. The ANC will also help accelerate us towards a more balanced political state. If Zuma stays after Mangaung then many of the grassroots who supported Motlanthe will vote for other parties or more likely not vote at all. If Zuma loses then the Zulus will vote for IFP or NFP or more likely nobody at all. The turnout at the next election will be the lowest ever so opposition parties must make sure they get their voters out in droves to effect change.

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-05 03:04

      @Michael - sure it is your right to be independent, but the Cape independence party doesn't exactly have democratic support regionally and therefore there is no democratic mandate at the moment. The DA are the party in the Cape and they don't want a separate Cape, so I guess your job will be to depose them and replace them with the Independent Cape party. If that happens a referendum on independence would be constitutionally possible a la Scotland (potentially leaving the UK). I for one think we are stronger together and want to get rid of the ANC (as they are doing a terrible job) and unite South Africa.

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-05 03:07

      @Michael - as far as I am aware this is the only party that supports what you want.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-05 04:42

      Michael.bushes -- it's NOT your "right" to have independence for a tiny fraction of the nation. Whites or coloureds are not a separate nation, and nor are verkrampte racist Afrikaners one. It's a democracy. You have a right to compete to gain votes to gain political power. If you win, you can change what you like because you now have a popular mandate. If you can't win, you have no choice but to swallow hard, accept defeat and come back next time and try again. Any attempt at secession -- just as how the Confederate South tried to split from the USA -- is an act of high treason.

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-05 04:54

      @blip.noodlum Treason? You sound pretty much like an adherent of the New World Order's definition of nationhood. Coloureds and Whites are not part of the Black South African nation, it was forced onto us over a hundred years ago. If we obtain a majority after an election, its our right to have a referendum and to declare independence. This new world order high treason rhetoric from you doesnt make me shake in my boots, and many Capetonians are catching onto the fact that our future must be determined by us and not by South Africans.

      toofaan.monsoon - 2012-11-05 05:34

      @Michael. This puzzles me. Surely if you set up another party to compete with the DA in the WC, you will take votes away from the DA and then leave the province open for ANC takeover. In these times, you should stand together, not divide yourselves up. BTW - Thandiswa's points are perfectly valid. Personally prefer to open as many people's eyes as possible and let them vote when they know the facts.

      juannepierre - 2012-11-05 06:21

      @thandiwe I care what you have to say and what you're thinking... So thank you. @Michael, seriously bra? Don't make comments trying to reflect all white people in the country... You don't represent everyone, and she is right, stop generalizing. Just admit you are racist, it's ok and your attitude is no different from those supporters threatening violence.

      johan.wilsnach - 2012-11-05 06:48

      it is a pity that the black history is not recorded like the rest of the world. This is done for a reason as we all now see. History is retold and twisted every day.Thandiwe83, I don't know how old you are but the previous government was using the rent monies collected to build houses in the townships. The anc then, knowing this during the 70's mobilized the rent boucot. In return the gov. said that it would not build any more houses lest the boycott is lifted. This boycott and the electricity boycott remained. The anc sacrificed their own people for their own selfish gains. Speak to the older folks and ask them to be truthful and tell you what happened. That is why many people are saying that things were better during apartheid. Just imagine what it would have been like without the system.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-11-05 06:51

      @thandiwe - well said I agree there are many great black leaders that I would be happy to lead this country, that I believe would uplift the plight of the poor and tackle corruption. Unfortunately Zuma has damaged this country to a point of loosing generations through lack of education. As for Michaels comments geez man its not to late to emigrate your generalizations about blacks belongs in the Verwoed era..............wake up man this country can only succeed by all races standing together.

      kirchnerv - 2012-11-05 06:56

      Thandiwe - I truly wish and hope we will have more people like you in government one day. You are a true South African and you make me proud to be one!

      herman.kramer.988 - 2012-11-05 07:20

      Glad someone is taking a stand and fighting for the rights of South Africans! and @ Thandiwe83, Thank you for see past the lies the ANC has told it's followers! We all need to vote for a Government to Lead this Country, and not one that will take it down. It's NOT about being 'Black or White' It's about ALL South Africans! The Current Government must go!

      rohan.bierman - 2012-11-05 07:28

      @Michael, the intolerance by which you declare to have been treated is clear to see in your own retoric - Thandiwe argues by fact and logical solutions, whereas you could not do more than hurl insults and irrational views. @Thandiwe, you are an amazing person. Please carry on being so.

      keith.swelm - 2012-11-05 07:29

      This is just another reminder that SA is a Democracy in name only. Democracy is not about majority rule, but about minority rights, and truly minority rights were violated at Nkandla yesterday

      Nigel - 2012-11-05 07:32

      There will always be division, but please let it not be along racial lines. Rather let the division be between people who want a truly democratic country so as to unlock the massive potential of SA, and those who are corrupt and simply want one race dominating another. If we're going to make camps and draw a line in the sand, let it be between these two ideologies rather than race.

      acm.munro - 2012-11-05 07:47

      I wish someone will take an arial photo of the WHOLE of Nklanda so that everybody can see what is actually happening there, instead of the usual photo we see, showing just what seems to be the main building. It seems some people think Nklanda consists of just one dwelling, ie. Zuma's house.

      amandla.whereto - 2012-11-05 07:49

      @Michael - were are all on the ship buddy, black, white, coloured, asian etc, if you are unhappy then jump ship! We live in a democracy and the white are in the minority and hence it is unreasonable to think that we should go back to a minority rule, sure life was better for you, as a white person, pre 94, but it was not better for everybody, get real! By the way you bullheaded intolerance sounds just the same as the ANCYL, you are exactly like a white version of Malema, your proposed solutions are not realistic.

      joe.bat.52 - 2012-11-05 07:55

      @Thandiwe..I appauld you and thank you...its because of you I am still in SA and believe there is hope for the future generations. For Michael.bushes..I disagree with you and feel you have deep seated hatred, you need some healing and anger to subside and think rationally. Thandiwe could have said "stuff the whites" for what they did oppressing her parents and blocking their children's future. They have managed to educate themselves and they have reaped rewards for the lives. She is trying hard to show people to put their thinking caps to the best of her ability. I believe thats the only way one change the mindest of people to accept change can help improve their livesand she is doing it through non violence. Kudus for you Thandiwe xx. We need the born frees to change the mindset and she is one of them.

      jam3son.walk3r - 2012-11-05 08:02

      @Thandiwe83 Thank you for standing up for yourself and others like you, you are a true South African. The number of likes received by your comments says it all. Everyone wants their land back, black and white, and in order to get it back, people must stop voting anc, and start voting for a fair and equal party looking out for the best interests in this country (DA).

      allhaleto.theale - 2012-11-05 08:08

      @Thandiwe83 - Thank you for the bit of hope you've given me today! This country needs a LOT more people like you!

      Ritz40 - 2012-11-05 08:21

      @ Michael Jy het geen clue waar van jy praat nie, dis mense soos jy wat ons land rasisties hou. Kom van die site af asb, jy saai haat en rasisme. Ek stem enige dag eeder vir Thandiwe as vir jou. Thandiwe like many others are thinking and deciding to not trow their vote behind the ANC next election, but I am sure your racist remarks swing them back to the ANC.

      matshobana.siziba - 2012-11-05 08:34

      I have so MUCH respect for your rational points Thandiwe. Sad part is that you are debating with a moron goldmedalist. Thandiwe is also an adminstrator of

      francois.rauch - 2012-11-05 08:38

      I SENSE something of a IDI AMIN ... in this passage! Typical of bad African leadership again .... ! SIES ZUMA! ANC supporters ..... use those brain cells ... please! Think and question friends.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-05 08:55

      Jissi Michael, you have issues.

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-11-05 09:25

      @Thandiwe83 you should join the DA, I would vote for you any day. High 5 and a pat on the back.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-05 09:44

      @ Michael, You have lost your credibility with me as we are continualy asking right minded people to think the issues through before they vote again. I am apologise to Thandiwe and vandross and any other right thinking person regarding these absolutely uncalled for racist remarks

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-05 09:55

      Thandiwe for President with a few cases of Bells included!!!!!

      darryn.lahner - 2012-11-05 10:19

      Thandiwe83 FOR PRESIDENT!!!!

  • mmangaliso - 2012-11-04 22:34

    how many\r\nteachers police could be trained,\r\nand how many text books\r\ncould have been bought\r\nwith zumaville \r\nnkandlagate money?

      ben.spreeth - 2012-11-04 22:41

      And to think of how many people are unemployed and homeless. Maybe this man has no heart and only thinks of himself.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-05 09:04

      Yeah, he said he aims to create 500,000 jobs, yet uses R240mil on himself, instead of programmes to actually do what he promised. He is just one huge stinky hot air balloon.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-05 10:02

      Did you see the contrast in one of the tv shots showing a rural home where a family was washing in a bicket , The house lopsided and generally bleak against the backdrop of the mansion. Probably his domestic servant.

  • SharonE - 2012-11-04 22:35

    What does Jacob think? Does he think that the citizens love him enough that they would gladly sacrifice a little 2 bedroomed RDP house and continue living in squallor so that he can live in a palace? Does he think that the citizens love him so much that they would happily sacrifice their modest meal of pap so that he can eat caviar? Will they taste the caviar through his lips? What a selfish man he is!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-05 09:09

      They think they are impervious, because they can always use the race card or apartheid as an excuse.

  • yolanda.haripersad.1 - 2012-11-04 22:40

    Nkandla is South Africa's Bastille.....

      art5SA - 2012-11-04 23:10

      And we all know what happened to the "BASTILE"???

      kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-11-05 06:01

      I think it's Calcutta

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-04 22:43

    DEATH OF DEMOCRACY IN SA isn't it you 'elders' of the conning ConCourt? YOU have allowed this monstrosity to rear it's snakes heads with poisonous tongues under the showerhead.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-05 10:32

      Helicopter dear lady helicopter, low flying taking the thatch off the homes exposing the expensive furniture and fitting. Remember there's only one Helen Zille and we don't want you to be shot.

  • kesigan.padayachee - 2012-11-04 22:49

    250 million can build schools, hospitals, feed the poor, give free TEXT BOOKS, improve infrastructure. Zuma is not a private person or his place of birth private. The day he became president he became a public person and give us this right.

      art5SA - 2012-11-04 23:11

      The word you looking for is PUBLIC SERVANT.... Zuma thinks he is ROYALTY!!! And he is ruining SA like a FAMILY BUSINESS!!!

  • Shane Prins - 2012-11-04 22:49

    this is a constitutional democracy, why must we ask permission from some illiterate fool of a chief to go anywhere in our own country?

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-11-04 23:01

    Big up Zille take dis dumb ass 2 court for stealing frm public have my vote m not gonna vote 4 bunch of criminals who compare every situation wth apartheid..To hell wth Zuma

      dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-04 23:23

      Maokeng.Mankge I have so much respect for you. Hope everyone agrees with what you are saying because you sound very open minded. 100 thumbs up for you my fellow South African

  • bafana.malaza.5 - 2012-11-04 23:22

    insults and name calling will never help, lest we all stoop to the same level as those whose conduct we abhor. in our anger let us not sin.let no foul words come out of our mouths. condemn yes we should, angry yes we should be. but in our anger let us show how dignified we can be.

  • elsie.palmer.90 - 2012-11-04 23:29

    The R200m could have been spent on the homeless,,,, education,,,,job creation and much more and clean up the dirty cities in the country, the cities are a pig sty and all you see is rats and more rats

      michael.smit.73997 - 2012-11-04 23:41

      Atleast things WORKED back then. Wait until china buys you people

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-05 11:12

      Thulani3 Since you don't mind your government stealing from you what do you care about a white governement of long ago?. Where are the houses white politicians build with tax money?. Idiot.

  • hugues.panassie - 2012-11-04 23:29

    So now you need a permission to enter specific regions in South Africa??!!

      sachasea - 2012-11-05 03:05

      Apartheid 2.0

  • Rudi - 2012-11-04 23:30

    anc = apartheid regime. the and should be referred to as the regime - the regime against poor black people. We will do what the and taught us to do during their so called struggle - go underground......

  • bafana.malaza.5 - 2012-11-04 23:39

    i wish south africans can begin to talk to each other instead of screaming and hurling insults. there's a common enemy that we all need to defeat i.e poverty, hunger and unemployment.when do we start to engage as a human race and find solutions to better our species. how do we help those who are less fortunate than we are.

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-04 23:48

      Very true words bafana but I'm afraid their are the power hungry politicians and then there are the politicians who really care about all the things you mention but can't get thru to the power hungry its really a sad state of affairs!!! - 2012-11-04 23:52

      I think corruption is a big obstacle as well. It takes us a couple of steps back everytime we move forward. We are the worst country in the world educationwise...our economy is in trouble with strikes...businesses are folding faster than they start up. The TAX base in the country is also the goverment need to be more conservative on its spend. Corruption is also rife. We need to make changes and we need good leadership to enforce those changes. Our credit rating has been downgraded 3 times in a row. The world's outlook on our country is negative. If it remains like this or worse...then we risk loosing foreign investment. Our currecy depreciates and we all suffer trying to pay for anything this country petrol. Its all a very vicious cycle. Hope we wake up before its to late.

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-05 00:09

      Absolutely Ian I couldn't have said it better!!! Something needs to be done and quick for the sake of our children how do we fix things when clearly there is too much in-fighting and animosity amongst our leaders we not getting anywhere!!! Change needs to happen soon....oh and why would there be a thumbs down??!!!

      paul.chick.501 - 2012-11-05 04:56

      That thumbs down has to be an accident or someone who dosent understand Inglish

      kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-11-05 05:29

      Politicians are the same, both in government and opposition, if we need change and kill corruption we must approach it as citizens of South Africa not as black or white nd not as ANC or DA

  • Carlton - 2012-11-04 23:40

    Guys ignore the insults we all know Zuma has thousands biological children, so its only expected that they'll defend their father on this pressing issue so please concerned citizens leave the muppets alone. Zuma is a disgrace notice how only people from his tribe praise him as god of fools whilst others want him gone. Notice how the Nkandla people didn't even strike they had to bus in a few hundred muppets from all corners of SA to act like wild animals in the Nkandla bush. Viva anyone but the ANC viva

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-11-04 23:45

    The 'iron lady' for justice and liberty, nogals guts as well.Good exposure even for the poor to follow how 'their' money gets wasted. Let the games begin.

  • bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-11-05 00:32

    Black people here use poor as if all they relatives are not poor senseless minds.

  • zwelakhegeorge.myeza - 2012-11-05 00:39

    I don't really understand this democracy we were all looking for and voted for. So many millions on one person's residence, ridiculous. I don't support any political party but anyone can see that this 200 plus millions is wasted. There are a lot of people that are still starving after 20 years we got this democracy. People are unemployed with good qualifications yet there so much money spent on one person instead of creating jobs. I like this country but I don't know which direction it's going. WE ARE GOING NOWHERE VERY FAST.

  • Lourens Setlako - 2012-11-05 01:50

    no bassaries sum unemployed sum no electricity sum under paid sum dont hv medication on hospitals sum no houses people ar sufering bt th whole president spend 248m tax payers money 2 build a house this president is wicked serious

  • daniel.machet - 2012-11-05 02:17

    It'll be more interesting to read the comments in 2 weeks time when Malema tries the same ploy... can't blame apartheid... must stand up for right wing ANC cadres... how to choose

  • Njabulo Mbedu - 2012-11-05 02:36

    I'm 100% agaisnt spending of R200m on Zuma's home as it is simple a waste of tax payers' money but as foe Zille to go there it was senseless and it brings back apartheid memories to us, what is it that she wants to see because it's clear the govt wants to waste money, she better take them to court not what she's doing

      sarecen.smith - 2012-11-05 08:53

      you guys need to pull your heads out the sand, and actually understand how your anc is wasting your cash....

  • jan.ramoshaba.5 - 2012-11-05 02:42

    After all its a political race as who is who who is best to lead the country to a better SA.As for ziLle not good to lead the country I can just say tanks for the wakeup call on what I call self inrichment mr president just accept it now you have lost the battle the poor gettin poorer the rich getting richer now we taxs payers we are ript off daylight robbery

  • richard.turner.7792052 - 2012-11-05 02:43

    Not only is the ANC corrupt but also now racist.

  • gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-11-05 05:16

    Firstly, I really think news24 commentators should really stop with the racial commentary. It's mostly irrelevant, draws attention away from the topic at hand and simply adds fuel to the fire. Secondly, I don't know why Zille had to go to Nkandla in the first place. If it's this massive compound and her intentions were only to gather on a public road opposite a school...I don't know what she was hoping to accomplish, other than what she already has. It was a senseless stirring of the pot, because she was bored and had nothing better to do with her day. Thirdly, ANC supporters arrived in buses and sang \shoot the boer\ - who organised these buses. Most likely the ANC if you ask me...and their supporters singing of that song only reflects badly on the ANC who reportedly recently discouraged its members not to sing it. So both ANC and the DA were up to nonsense and guilty of stirring the pot! Lastly, but most importantly, 200 MILLION freaking rands of tax payers money on a compound which will benefit a tiny handful?! This isn't about racial prejudices at all!! This is about a government elected to bring the previously disadvantaged out of the hole they were in and give them equal opportunities!! If they instead, gave 200 people a million rand each, or 400 people 500 thousand each (say to aid them with their businesses or education, or house, clothe and feed them) then we could say that our government is selflessly working towards empowering its people and its country! This is an exorbitant waste!! The ANC is not the only black political party, don't support the DA if their white leader worries you, but please people...start looking at the facts...the current ANC members are riding on the coat tails of an old regime, the ANC of today is a power hungry, money hungry bunch...give someone else a chance to prove themselves, because the ANC is repeatedly failing miserably!!

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-11-05 05:18

    The current administration is a disgrace . Zille has got every right to inspect a publicly-funded building . These clowns must just give her access to the five star palace.

  • barry.pointeer - 2012-11-05 05:19

    Helen you should have taken a bus load of KFC!!!!

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-11-05 05:19

    Zuma is corrupt and his supporters acted like animals!!!

  • walter.o.latham - 2012-11-05 05:31

    I'm sure that many of us have read the comment by a Polish citizen about Zuma and the people who have voted him into office! How true. So, every time we drive through a tribal area on a public road, we have to have the permission of the local Chief! How petty and absurd.

      entreprenuerist - 2012-11-05 05:35

      That's rubbish in my Community there's no such thing as Chief approval , everyone Has Right to there if they want.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-11-05 05:32

    That's it! I demand a room be given to me in that palace paid with my tax money. Where do l put in the claim? Haha. Vat hom madam Zille!

  • kooskanmar - 2012-11-05 05:39

    As a tax payer and voter, I want Zuma stopped. Anyone with an IQ higher than room temperature knows this is wrong. Even worst is the mad scramble and attempts to cover this up. To the ANC: One should have thought that you learned some lessons on how a government shouldn't be run, knowing this country’s history, but your obsession with money is starting to far exceed that of an Apartheids governments obsession with race. You are a disgrace to this country, this continent and this world.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-11-05 06:06

    I agree Helen.This is a national monument not a house

  • richard.madhopershad - 2012-11-05 06:08

    if theres nothing to hide, why prevent inspection...corruption... and the idiots traveling by bus... they dont even have their own vehicles but are happy with this abuse of taxpayers hard earned money!!

      entreprenuerist - 2012-11-05 06:11

      Agree same idiots Are not even educated but they Want to stop My Dearest Mrs Zille

      entreprenuerist - 2012-11-05 06:27

      Oh Please Bianco stop Being Hard Headed Human , AnC is Ruining The Country and Yet You will Be the One Moaning about not Having Job .

  • Mobeena Hoosen - 2012-11-05 06:10

    Dear Mr Zuma, I would really like to believe that you are innocent. BUT you need to prove to US that you are innocent not to Zille but to the people of this country. if you cannot disclose a full financial statement. Please Do not ask Me or the Other Tax paying citizens to contribute to NHI, Etolling and reduce our taxes. I think I am being fair.

  • carllo.swanepoel - 2012-11-05 06:14

    The whole ruling party is idiots, buffoons in suits. Eendag sal die land se mense sien hoe hulle vir 'n gat gevat word!

  • archie.mooki - 2012-11-05 06:16

    My fellow Country Men, Let's DECLARE the DECEMBER a month of RACIAL TOLERANCE. All comments must not be racially motivated. LET US BE COLOUR BLIND AND SEE PEOPLE....

      audrey.sabag - 2012-11-05 07:51

      @ratsaka.eugene.... what a pity you will never see through your hatred that you are so very wrong. I think the general consesus here is one of all south africans actually wanting to stand together and unite and stand together against a common evil... unfortunately what you "think" that other people think about a situation, is failing to let you see what most people want.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-11-05 06:17

    how much of existing nkandla was built with honestly earned money ?

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-11-05 06:18

    I am starting to love hellen,bye znc(zulu national congress)

  • sthembiso.nyoka - 2012-11-05 06:39

    at least there were no casualties reported.

  • piet.snot.77964 - 2012-11-05 06:47

    If my employer - at their expense revamped my home would I be taxed on the benefit? Can the tax experts please comment.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-05 06:54

    Madam zille u give us hope on south aafrican politics .ur the voice for those who doesnt have voices, ur the woman of honour amongs thoze who r hypocracy, ur the ground braker for those who r corrupting our tax money, ur the one n only madam zille

  • Bishop Simon Ntlemo - 2012-11-05 06:55

    Why is our government allowing these to happen...or are we going back to the ançient times where the King takes all. Thanks God am not brain washed to see the truth. May the Lord God Almighty have mercy upon our land...Amen

  • kimard - 2012-11-05 06:57

    Nkandla - monument of corruption! you go miss zille - show the world the truth! and no - zuma is building a bunker because the plan is to pull a robert mugabe on south africans

      thulanit3 - 2012-11-05 07:12

      Kwaak, where did u get dat?

  • terrence.schwartz.1 - 2012-11-05 07:02

    Distribution of wealth it is a case of 1. for the family. 2. for the tribe. 3. What is left over (if anything) for the povo. But, the povo will still support him.

  • johan.wilsnach - 2012-11-05 07:02

    Mr. Zuma, you are saying that the christian folk of this land must pray for the leadership as it is their christian moral duty to do so. This is true however you need to see a minister of Christ let him explain Rom. 13 to you. You have a more serious obligation concerning GODS' people. I would not like to be in your shoes for any amount of money right now. Tell you what I will do for you,,,,, As my GOD is a covenant GOD I will not pray for you as you claim to have this understanding. 16 December is coming up and that day we will have a covenant day service. If the need arise we will not pray but make another covenant with GOD.. You know about HIS WORK. You have been warned but has chosen to ignore all advice you were given. It is done.

  • rayno.grever - 2012-11-05 07:04

    Mr President: did all of South Africa's children get their textbooks yet or are you too busy with renovations? What will happen to these children when they grow up uneducated? What are their prospects for the future? Do you care about the children at all? YOU ARE A DISGRACE. Just another corrupt african 'leader'

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-05 07:04

    Free and democratic SA? Hahahahaha!

  • morrisn2 - 2012-11-05 07:07

    Zille is a plutocrat who`s beneficiary of apartheid, and disdains the poor by using them 2 achieve her political scores, she poisons ppl into believing her rhetoric and pretence to be caring 4 the masses, stuff off u midget!

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-11-05 07:14

      You misspelt zuma.

      sphala - 2012-11-05 07:42

      No Raymond,if Morriso2 said Zima I would understand...Yes Zille is trying to score as if she cares,once she become a Presie\if she would ever be\ blacks will be blacks,there will never be equality here

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-11-05 07:52

      Are you equal under the current ANC regime? If we are then where is your 200 million compound? As a matter of fact where is my 200 million rand compound? Yep the ANC sure is all about that equality.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-05 11:17

      Morrisn2 yes and you need an education.

  • matshane.seleko - 2012-11-05 07:08

    Blaming apartheid is sometimes used as a meal ticket by those who.....well,blame apartheid even when the blame lies squarely on their shoulders.So,Ms Zille,race and all the other boring excuses aside,push ahead.Don't give up.

  • mapetsula - 2012-11-05 07:16

    South African as from nw don't look @ who is talking just focus on facts only by doing tht we will hv a peaceful country.

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-11-05 07:20

    Welcome home dictatorship. So when the DA wants to march its ok to be violent, as long as you stop the DA. Bunch of hypocrites.

  • DAZZLEHEAD - 2012-11-05 07:20

    I can only say there is NO JUSTICE and MY HAT to our DA for putting themselves in a DEATH situation for the rights of of each and all of us WHITE .. BBLACK .. Coloured SOUTH AFRICANS.. when i was born i could not choose the colour of my skin....