Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu has condemned the presidency’s use of public funds to finance the reconstruction of President Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla saying Zuma has no justification to have a home like Nkandla.
The Archbishop emeritus, Tutu who was speaking in a special podcast series, with a news media EWN, said the president need not spend excessively for his home because though his predecessors like Nelson Mandela had a state house, it was never excessive.
“One hoped that now that we have a democratic government, led by someone with the same stature of Madiba that those things would be the things that our government would realize had to happen for the sake of the people who had suffered so long.” Tutu said as he bemoaned the millions spent on Nkandla.
According to the archbishop, it is actually very difficult to understand how one could agree to have those millions spent on one establishment when similar investments would have given quite a few people decent homes.
Speaking of the implementation of the concourt rule, the African National Congress (ANC) said it is not its place to monitor whether the Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla is being implemented.
The party’s secretary-General Gwede Mantashe who was speaking at the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg said though the president and the party have accepted the ruling by the apex court, they will not interfere in the implementation of the ruling.
“It can’t be the business of the National Executive Committee (NEC) to get into Treasury and call the team there and ask, ‘How far are you?’ he said as he reiterates the party’s support on the decision made by the court and the timelines it has set.
The Constitutional Court found that the president failed to uphold his oath of office when he ignored the Public Protector’s report into spending at his private homestead and the treasury is yet to come up with an agreed amount for President Zuma to pay back as ordered by the court.