We were all welcomed to take a look at Zuma’s sexual life in 2006 during his rape trial. For in his desperate efforts to exonerate himself from the crime, he was forced to expose private details of his life some of which many South Africans and the world at large found disgusting.
Yet again, in an attempt to protect Zuma from scrutiny and having to pay back the state for non-security upgrades, we have reasons to invade Zuma’s privacy for seeing as said, is believing. As such, members of Parliament and troops of journalists congregate at Nkandla; Zuma’s rural home to take a look at the home fueling the latest political controversy in South Africa.
According to reports, a South African parliamentary committee has found that work on President Jacob Zuma’s private home were not worth the R246 million ($23 million/£15 million) it cost taxpayers. The parliamentary ad hoc committee that visited President Jacob Zuma’s rural residence in Nkandla revealed that the security upgrades suffered from poor workmanship irrespective of the huge amount allocated to it.
As revealed, Zuma’s private home holds a record as the highest amount ever spent on president private home in South Africa, extensively higher than those of former South African President. Based on the 2013 financial terms Public protector report, South African taxpayers spent:
- $16, 100 on President PW Botha private home,
- $22,000 on President FW de Klerk private home,
- $2.9 million on President Nelson Mandela homes (two residences),
- $1.1 million on President Thabo Mbeki home,
- And $23 million on Zuma’s Nkandla residence.
Narrating this event, BBC reported that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela accused Mr Zuma of unethical conduct. With a more than 400-page report she recommended that Zuma should pay back some of the money as her report unveiled that trivial things like a pool, chicken run, cow enclosure and amphitheater.
Regardless of the report released by the Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko exonerating the President with claims that all work done on his private home was necessary for his protection, stating that the barracks and clinic outside the president’s property cost $10.8m to build, MPs from both the governing ANC and opposition parties now agree that the prices were grossly inflated with many of them calling on Zuma to pay back some of the money spent on non-security features.
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