You Were Never Told Taxpayers Spent R4 Million On Nkandla Legal Costs

A lot was said about the Nkandla case, you probably followed the entire saga of the issue. But here’s what you don’t know – taxpayers spent R4 million on the Nkandla legal costs.

BuzzSouthAfrica culled this info from a reply the Minister in the Presidency – Jeff Radebe – gave to a parliamentary question. Yea, you guessed right. The question was submitted by the Democratic Alliance (DA) party.

Radebe’s reply exposed that the State spent R4 million on litigation related to the non-security upgrades to Daddy Zuma’s private homestead in Nkandla.

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Precisely, the Minister’s response showed that R3, 915, 625 of taxpayers’ money was spent in Zuma’s legal fight against the Nkandla allegations.

You guessed right again. The DA can’t be quiet about this. The party already, has issued a statement about this saying:

“It is a double blow to South Africa that President Zuma not only appropriated public money to build Nkandla, but that millions have been used to defend him and his proclivity to dip into state funds for his own personal use.”

The party said it’s high time the ANC-run government stopped wasting state fund “defending the indefensible”.

Commenting, the Chairperson of DA Federal Council wailed that it has become too common for the State to pursue frivolous litigations using other peoples’ money.

“Most recently,” said James Selfe, “it was revealed that more than R17 million was spent by the Department of Police on political witch hunts against Johan Booysen, Robert McBride, Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya. We have seen the same wasteful expenditure on defending Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who is clearly unfit to be anywhere near the SABC.

“…The President, Ministers, and Directors-General should be held personally liable and be made to pay for wasting valuable financial resources. The DA will not stand by while Jacob Zuma and the ANC-run government plunder state coffers while our people go without work and basic services.”

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Meanwhile, R5.327 million was budgeted for legal fees over the 2016-2019 medium term.