Zuma: Family paid for Nkandla

2012-11-15 17:14

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday he felt aggrieved by reports around his house in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, telling MPs: "It has not been built by government."

"All the buildings and every room we use in that residence was built by ourselves as family, and not by government," he said, responding to a question in the National Assembly.

A clearly upset Zuma said he was "aggrieved" by media reports that government had paid more than R200m for his home.

"On TV, they showed the house that I paid for. And they lie that it has been built by government. It has not been built by government.

"I have an opportunity today to explain this. Because my name is being used wrongly. My family is being undermined. Even by Honourable Members, who don't ask... what actually happened. And I feel very aggrieved, I must tell you for the first time."

Referring to a Democratic Alliance march on his Nkandla home earlier this month, led by party leader Helen Zille, the president said he took exception to this.

"You... have leaders of political parties - who don't know whether they're provincial or national - making trips to come and photograph my house.

"And making a laughing stock of my family. I take exception to this."

Zuma said the only money spent by government on his home were for security features, including fencing, bullet-proof windows and a bunker.

"I was advised that the security upgrades were... necessary in terms of the National Key Points Act," he said.

Zuma said he had hired contractors to build extensions to his Nkandla residence. The work had started, but on his becoming president he was told certain security features needed to be incorporated.

He also drew a distinction between work he had authorised, and construction work outside the perimeter of his residence.

"Any other construction undertaken by government outside the perimeter of my home, such as the accommodation for government security personnel, are not part of my residence," he said.

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-11-15 17:18

    I guess you paid for the R1.5 billion road to your little "residence" too then? Bollocks.

      liana.loots - 2012-11-15 17:46

      a family of thieves

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-11-15 17:52

      Zuma is lying. Why is Public Works so secretive. If he was really honest he would disclose how the funding was raised. If he wants to restore any confidence then he needs to be transparent. Failing that then he must accept that people will continue to conclude that it has all been funded by the government. Besides, where does he get that kind of money so quickly?

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-15 18:09

      It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled. -Mark Twain.

      marius.a.visser - 2012-11-15 18:33

      No, his children paid for it!!!

      ernest.matiye - 2012-11-15 19:53

      And zuma wouldn't mind if peop will kill ea other for him to be anc pres,why is he not saying anyth abt the threats by mk veterans,I am scared of this he is gonna make this country to b like zimba,what a joke we have put in power

      mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-15 20:29

      Ja, all the Zuma's helped pay, except for Khulubuse, who ate all the profits.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-15 20:48

      What we are all missing is that Zuma said his family built the Homestead, kraal. I believe him, that he may have paid for it when it was originally built. What he did not say was that the family has paid for the massive upgrade now evident??????

      SaintBruce - 2012-11-15 23:17

      Show us receipts please. You are so sure all is above board, then be transparent with us. Why so long to answer questions asked weeks ago? Busy covering up???

      frederik.vanas - 2012-11-15 23:29

      thumbs up who think herd boy is a dictator?

      uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-11-16 08:31

      baahaha! what a chop. he is making himself look like a real dumba$$!

      handy.andy.3990 - 2012-11-16 15:50

      @Blackyoungandangry - dude, you are seriously misguided. He is the president, not the king. Thats our money, mine and yours. Are you ok that he uses it for whatever he pleases to? I'm not, he works for me, not the other way around!

      paulvernonza - 2012-11-17 08:47

      So sorry to diverge from the point. Logical reasoning would dispel this as a BS story with just one question. WHY THEN IS THE GOV PAYING ZUMA'S LEGAL FEES. Either he does not have it or like everything else the state picks up the tab. This can be the only answer?

  • jack.trend.3 - 2012-11-15 17:18

    good bluff

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-15 18:05

      I'd love to know the secret to how an illiterate former gardener became a multi millionaire. Oh wait, I do know, corruption.

      heathway.master - 2012-11-16 09:08

      Blackyougandangry. I could not agree with you more. You are on the right track there. Well done little youngster. A full foresic audit by independent auditors, and the truth be out. If Zuma is a blatant liar, then as you so eloquently stated, the public should SUE ZUMA, and then the asset forfeiture unit should attach his castle, because it was built with STOLEN PUBLIC FUNDS.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-16 12:20

      @Rodney> Thanks for clarifying the motive for all this noise! JEALOUS,HATRED,BITTERNESS makes you look ugly! Your reference of a gardener suggests either you were in a comma, from jail, no electricity supply to your Daddy's farm so no tv, just recovered from insaness, fell in a tractor with your head, product of home schooling or just a factory fault! Education comes from life experinces, despite Bantu education was worthless! Get overyourself!

  • - 2012-11-15 17:19

    talk is cheap bra ja-kop

      SharonE - 2012-11-15 19:28

      No its true!!!!! They paid for the garden shed in the far right corner!

      liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-11-17 16:48 can fool some people sometime....but you cant fool all the people all the time....Bob Marley.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-15 17:19

    Hopefully @thuli Madonsela will follow the paper work trail and expose your lies, O yes you most probably had this classify as classified information using old apartheid laws.

  • jaco.faling - 2012-11-15 17:20

    Lies Lies Lies

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-15 17:20

    Like hell they did. Where does he get off ?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-15 17:51

      Jissi his family are good business people then. They had R240million in savings? Yoh

      krugernina - 2012-11-16 08:41

      They are the owners of the construction companies...see...easy

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-16 14:21

      Goodness I wish I had family like that, that would help me pay for my house, road etc. They must be a very close, loving family ! God Bless them for their generosity !

  • renee.vanderwesthuizen.73 - 2012-11-15 17:21

    Zuma don,t you know that ALL the money you spend is the taxpayers money. If you want to bamboozal people try the ones that also only have 2 braincells like you.

      ray.priestley.79 - 2012-11-15 17:38

      Hey Renee,don't insult the man.He has 3 brain cells,otherwise he wouldn't be able to run the ANC.The trouble is,the brain cells live in his trouser snake.

      acm.munro - 2012-11-15 20:14

      Notice what he said: "Every room in THAT building ..." Very clever. He will only use one of the buildings as his own private residence. 31 other buildings were erected and a newspaper has proof that the Government paid for it, but he doesnt mention those buildings which will be occupied by his many wives, family members and friends!!!!!! Check:

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-11-15 17:22

    In the week it has been said that a friend will be building the R1,5b road to his shack, now he's family paid for nkandla. Stop talking BS please, no one believes you in any way.

      allen.bullard.9 - 2012-11-15 22:46

      R1,5B from a friend to build a road? Whatta friend!! I've heard of this friend of Jacob. He's also a very popular and very well known benefactor of the ANC heirarchy. It's the one and only (tatararaaa!!)good 'ol Mr Tex Paier.

  • Lucky - 2012-11-15 17:22

    What an idiot. he has started believing his own BS and the tragedy is he thinks the rest of SA outside the NEC and his compound are equally brain-dead! Zoompipe, stick it up your pipe!!!

  • brett.petzer.3 - 2012-11-15 17:22

    Deny Deny DIE NAAI

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-15 17:23

    Declare your income President Zuma and that of your family, insofar as gifts, tenders ets, so that we may see that there is no graft involved. Can you do that?

  • flyswat - 2012-11-15 17:23

    You didn't rape anyone either.

  • kim.buren - 2012-11-15 17:24

    Us Southh African's also take exception to this statement. You wonder why you get criticised? You are no leader and you need to step down. Stop milking this country

      brendan.healey.315 - 2012-11-15 18:05

      Agree totally !

  • mitch.dhooghe - 2012-11-15 17:24

    And you expect us to believe that! What a load of bull! All your family wealth is obtained through corrupt fraudulent tenders and who knows what else! Chop!

  • jonas.mokatane - 2012-11-15 17:24

    Now you think you an answer hey?,why have you been so quiet till now or were you still figuring what lie to say?.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-15 17:56

      Exactly Jonas, why only know! The truth hurts hey, Mchunu.

      syphor.zit - 2012-11-15 18:21

      No his speech writer was on three months holiday

      jomar.delange - 2012-11-15 18:28

      Sho. The race card response is so ingrained in some ppl, it is even being used against fellow blacks now.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-16 12:27

      @ Jonas, Did you attend your extra classes?

      steve.luckie - 2012-11-16 16:03

      @Mchunu..,everyone here has the right to express their views concern Zuma...i'm sure you're the only person who in this blog who turn a blind eye when Zuma steal our taxpayers money. Zuma will continue acting without impunity because he knows a worshipper like you will defend him no matter what. The fact a black person criticize Zuma doesn't make that particular person a racist. We raise those concerns because we are South africans who are sick and tired of this intellectually challenged twat pulling wools into our eyes. Brother you need to wake up and smell the coffee...Zuma is not accountable to the people, he represents the ANC, your vote is what is fundamental in Zuma's quest to steal more money because he cannot be held accountable...It's about time we change the electoral system and elect someone who will represent the aspirations of South africans.

  • justsayingagain - 2012-11-15 17:26

    "And making a laughing stock of my family. I take exception to this." This is like a cheap soapie. I do not anymore believe a single word that his man ever utters.

  • THABOM85 - 2012-11-15 17:26

    Since family built his compound, i guess all taxpayers are Zumas now. From now on, i'm Thabo Zuma.

      phae.rayden - 2012-11-15 17:34

      Heehee, yay we've all got a new family holiday home, see you their at xmas Thabo.

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-11-15 18:01

      Stephanus Jacobus Gerber-Zuma here - from the Alsace Gerber-Zuma's

      jomar.delange - 2012-11-15 18:30

      LOL @ Thabo, Stephanus. Classic.

      godfried.kruger.9 - 2012-11-15 18:51

      Classic! Comment of the year!

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-11-15 19:22

      hudayfah, CLASSIC!! Helen Zuma!! Brilliant!!!

      kimard - 2012-11-15 19:25

      i will bring a goat and some pap regards kim zuma :))

      justsayingagain - 2012-11-15 20:33

      OMG just realised I'm from the Scottish Zumas...I will be there with haggis'and stuff jakes....and a 120 yr old Nkandla-Zulu-Zuma whiskey we found in the cellar. Hope the roads are better...

      craig.decks - 2012-11-16 08:50

      bewhahahahahahahahah .. .Classic Thabo Zuma .. behwhahaha my man .. you are a legend .. your brother Craig Zuma :P

      darryn.lahner - 2012-11-16 15:44

      fek this.... I am disowning my family!

  • nikelom - 2012-11-15 17:27

    So how did "security" upgrades total a quarter of a billion? And yes we dont believe you can build that compound at current salary JZ! *remember Shaik?* Why is this so difficult to get? Why is it that your default button is "anger" or "hurt"? We dont care! *Sick of you playing the forever victim!*

      nonceba.nikelo - 2012-11-15 17:40

      Suddenly we blv him, phela we r so scares cos he's angry, yeah right mr president

  • lynn.adams.7161 - 2012-11-15 17:27

    Oops Mr. President I don't think anyone believes you, but can you blame us? All the lies an corruption in the ANC is like a cANCer destroying our beautiful country.

  • sylvia.nortje - 2012-11-15 17:28

    Shame this poor poor man, it terrible if you dont know that you dont know...

  • kgaugelo.mashilo.9 - 2012-11-15 17:28

    So security will cost R200 million?

      Lucky - 2012-11-15 17:32

      of course, have you not put burglar bars in at home...cost a fortune, specially when you don't have 40 bodygaurds!!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-15 17:56

      He thinks we are stupid. Eh Zumba, you better watch out, there are more intelligent people in this country than you think.

      godfried.kruger.9 - 2012-11-15 18:53

      It is to keep the bodyguards away from his women.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-11-15 17:29

    KUK!! you mean to tell me your family has 250 MILLION RAND BRO?? WTF are you doing in government bro >:(

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-15 18:19

      and even begs to question that statement: WHERE DID YOUR FAMILY GET 250 MILLION??

      Klaus - 2012-11-15 18:29

      Love my tender, love some more and more and more

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-16 12:30

      What is the exact figure, It keeps on going up and down? Zille style,inflate,inflate!

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-15 17:30

    Really now, does every former President have a bunker etc or have you already decided you're going to be President for life?

  • Lucky - 2012-11-15 17:30

    If that's the case just provide the evidence of income and expenditure. simple as providing the tapes we would all love to hear. Perhaps Mac or Hulley will oblige?

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-15 17:31

    Getting much quicker at re-arranging contracts and the paper trail these days, paying off would be informants and threatening others possibly too. NOW starts the saga of investigating the entire family and related - and seeing some chinese now in the forefront - are they buying in quickly with funding?

  • christian.helberg - 2012-11-15 17:32

    if Nkandla is being build by the Zuma family, I would like to know exactly how much he gets paid. This is no small change, i think the public protector should investigate where this money is coming from

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-11-15 17:32

    Mr President,please Sir,we not fools phela kanti yini manje nawe!!!!!!

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-15 17:33

    No one can believe that mr President nd it shows by ur reading of a usually prepared speeches, Thulas Nxesi said its funded by the treasury suddenly its u who pay for it,whose fooling whom here?

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-15 17:59

      Indeed Muke, now he is changing is story.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-15 17:35

    Why has it taken him so long to say this then??!! Why then is the Auditor General and Public Protector investigating what he and his family built with their own money??!!! We were told its not taxpayers money then we were told the Chinese put out some bucks!! I take what Zuma says with a pinch of salt, but the truth will come out sooner or later this man and his hidden agendas!!!!

  • godesha - 2012-11-15 17:35

    Yeah right JZ, we believe you. This thing came out in the open months ago, why only say something now? Prove it if you can Mr Zuma.

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-11-15 17:36

    why has it taken him all this time to put his side he just slow, and dof??

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-11-15 17:36

    It takes a bit of time to cover-up the story and removing the evidence. This government is getting good at it.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-15 17:37

    It's easy to make claims like that Zumba. How about backing up the things you say with EVIDENCE? Are you really going to blame all this on a conspiracy against you by the media? Try being an honourable leader for once. Maybe like the Uraguain

      mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-11-15 17:50

      Stupid, Stupid comment, Auditors are busy with investigation, u think is only whites who deserve luxury things?

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-15 18:02

      I don't see anything in your comment Nzuza, that Wesley commented on. Please put on your glasses and read it again. Anyone who works for it deserves luxury!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-15 18:02

      Did I say that moron??? He deserves luxury and respect if he actually does his job properly. Not for using taxpayers money to get that luxury. And FFS bra, stop with the racism bullsh*t??? Why must it always be about colour? How about we stand together against a corrupt government, for the sake of our country and constitution. That is what democracy is. Don't you get it? He is taking us for a fool.

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-11-15 18:49

      nzuza : If a black man works for it, he deserves it..If he steals it he does not deserve it and should be punished for stealing it. If a white man works for it he deserves it if he steals it he should be punished for stealing it..Do you understand ? If the awnser is yes I`m glad because then you wil also understand that this has nothing to do with the colour of your skin. If the awnser is no, then you have a problem with other races of people making more money than you, maybe an inferiority complex which is not other peoples fault but your own and should be adressed verry urgently, for you own sake. I really hope you understand this.

      steve.luckie - 2012-11-16 16:14

      @ Nzuza the Zuma's blame game on white people has gotten into your system, you can hardly see when Zuma is stealing the taxpayers money. You need to read Zeitgeist to see how liberation movements enrich themselves while putting a blame on the colonizers. I'm sure you'll have a different perspective about the ANC governement.

  • george.pito - 2012-11-15 17:38

    Even worst where did the family get the funds from. irst it was such a poor community. Can Zuma name the family and proof this. This will be a nice investigation to see the families credentials. How many doctters,engineers, lawyers it takes to fund this

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-15 17:39

    Its better if u said it was paid for by ur old billionaire friends the Guptas

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-15 18:03

      Lol that would be the intelligent lie to tell. But alas, he is a stupid

  • abdulbaith.sayegh - 2012-11-15 17:39

    Agggh stopit with your lies.

  • Klaus - 2012-11-15 17:40

    King Jacob of Nkandla Compound, you say you or you family paid for it - Proof please - With your salary, 4 wives and 25 offspring to support ? Or are those that multiple tenders awarded by cANCer @rse likkers ?

      herman.coetser - 2012-11-15 17:47

      If you lie so convincingly that you actually believe yourself you know your ready for Parliament. We are lead by people thinking we cant see the pile of crap underneath the cream and strawberry's that is the statements and press releases they want to promote as the "truth". You did fool us long ago, but we get more wise day after day.

  • mick.puzone - 2012-11-15 17:41

    yes i belive him!!!!, i swear on juju life that he is telling the truth. i even go as far as, that the whole cabinet can die in an aeroplane crash if he is not telling the truth

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-15 18:05

      ^ stupid

  • shadrackmandle - 2012-11-15 17:43

    How is tht nw?Zille?Wht? Cat got yo tongue? U ar jusr pathetic as always Madam, and yo supporters who think U can even lead, when leaders arise U cn feel tht, Zuma is nw showing tht he leads the country, DA makes the noise end of story

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      herman.burger.5 - 2012-11-15 19:08

      There used to be a word for this kind of entity. can anyone remember what it was? How about you, Steve?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-15 19:20

      Lol huh? Who is Wesly? Hmm, oh well

  • pat.louw - 2012-11-15 17:43

    Yes Mr President I believe you, but why are you only explaining now.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-15 18:06

      Pat, you are one in a million!

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-15 18:21

      Pat thats ok to believe him, but ask him WHERE his family got 200 million rand bro??!!

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-16 16:10

      Cause he only got a chance now! Who want to waste time with DA attention seeking!

  • herman.coetser - 2012-11-15 17:43

    Lol News 24 removes my post as quickly as a criminal charge against a member of Parliament. LIKE A NINJA HAHA

  • kgosietsile.moiloa - 2012-11-15 17:43

    Please mr Zuma we are not babies just tell us the truth

  • sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-11-15 17:44

    Tax payers aren't suppose to pay for Presidents private houses. I'm waiting for the Public Protector

      mondli.dlomo.73 - 2012-11-16 20:38

      then why did we pay for botha, de klerk, mandela and mbeki?

  • nonceba.nikelo - 2012-11-15 17:45

    Tjhehe mr President, aowa

  • luytster - 2012-11-15 17:46

    We should have this okie as our president

  • Happy Eric Sekgobela - 2012-11-15 17:46

    this is bull we are tired of this lying president.can sumone remind me when is mangaung conference

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-15 18:08

      Sorry, Eric no little indians can vote at Mangaung, only chiefs.

  • jason.marshall.1804 - 2012-11-15 17:48

    Then your salary is too much!! I take exception and feel strongly aggrieved by you splashing out 200 Million while your supporters have no jobs!!

  • machoene.kaizer - 2012-11-15 17:51

    Mr zuma what about 24 billion that was going to upgrade your home,was only for security wys?don't lie man.

  • Jean-Pierre Wolf - 2012-11-15 17:53

    prove it zuma prove it.... talk is cheap !!!!!

  • braamc - 2012-11-15 17:55

    Even by Honourable Members, who don't ask... what actually happened. And I feel very aggrieved - dear showerhead, firstly there is nothing honourable about yourself and your thieving goverment, you are are lying and are a criminal by nature