While many thought that president Zuma’s Nkandla Homestead was built by government with taxpayers’ money, Zuma has revealed that not even a cent from the state was spent on Nkandla.
As a matter of fact, the embattled president alleged that he is still paying for Nkandla ‘bond’. His assertion came after DA leader, Mmusi Maimane requested him to unveil all he knows about Nkandla funding.
While answering the question, Zuma stressed that his Nkandla homestead was built by his family except the five added features- amphitheatre, cattle kraal, chicken run, visitor’s centre, and the swimming pool – which the public protector ordered him to pay for out of his own pocket.
However, at his mention of the word “swimming pool”, opposition MPs jeered at him and ‘corrected’ him, screaming “firepool”.
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko was the man that dubbed Zuma’s swimming pool, “firepool” the day he argued that it was one of the security features Zuma shouldn’t pay for.
“Yebo! Firepool. Yes! Firepool!” Zuma joined the fun, with a slight chuckle.
COPE Wades In Nkandla Homestead Funding
Be that as it may, Zuma’s claims have been vomited but it appears he has just bought for himself ‘a set of new trouble’. Following the revelation, an opposition group has called for appropriate authorities to unravel the truth behind Zuma’s ‘unknown’ bond.
Speaking on Wednesday, the Congress of the People (Cope) recommended that the ANC invite two former presidents and two former Parliament speakers to unravel the truth about Zuma’s bond.
According to the opposition party, the reason why it brought forth this suggestion was because it “believes that Mr Zuma is continuing to mislead Parliament about the mammoth Nkandla expenditure”.
COPE’s Bloem asserted that Zuma should embrace the truth in order to set himself and the ANC free.
“This could be done‚ he ventured‚ by requesting “personages such as former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe on the one hand and retired speakers Frene Ginwala and Max Sisulu on the other‚ very senior and well respected ANC leaders‚ to examine Mr Zuma’s documents”.
The opposition party spokesman Zuma’s claims should be probed “in order to ascertain whether the Zuma family had indeed registered a bond of the magnitude necessary to undertake the enormous Nkandla homestead project and whether such a bond has been current from the inception of the upgrade”.