South Africa’s official opposition party is agitating that not even a cent of taxpayer’s money should be spent on President Zuma’s Nkandla home.
DA’s agitation follows report that the Department of Public Works is set to start a process that will see millions of rands of public money spent on Zuma’s Nkandla home.
From our gatherings, the money will be spent on refurbish the property, repairing shoddy workmanship, and to address certain security concerns.
After reports about the move to spend public funds on Zuma’s Nkandla home circulated, the Presidency issued a statement which declared that there’s “no renovations of the President’s residence.”
“The Presidency has noted with concern a report in the Sunday Times newspaper about alleged plans by the Department of Public Works to renovate certain aspects of the President’s Nkandla residence.
“The Presidency wishes to confirm and emphasize that there are no renovations of the private houses at the President’s residence at Nkandla currently and no government department has indicated any proposal for renovations.
“We also wish to underscore that no government department, including the Department of Public Works, will be permitted to renovate any of the President’s private houses in Nkandla,” stated the Presidency.
To the DA nonetheless, the response of the President on the issue is simply inadequate. The party said President Zuma must reject any and all future upgrades at Nkandla that uses public money – no matter how they are described or categorized.
Adding that South Africans “cannot be burdened with paying for any more upgrades, refurbishment or extensions at Zuma’s palace of corruption,” DA stated thus:
“DA rejects any new or further upgrades to the President’s Nkandla home, regardless of how they are described or categorized by national government.
We maintain that not another cent of taxpayers’ money must be spent for the benefit of one man. The President must at once reject any plans by government to use public funds to renovate, refurbish, or upgrade any property at his Nkandla homestead – which has already benefited from upgrades to the value of R250 million rand of public money.”
Also, DA pointed-out that corruption charges pertaining to the previous Nkandla upgrades infamously known as the Nkandla scandal is yet to be instituted.
DA’s leader, Mmusi Maimane said any talk of further upgrades to President Zuma’s Nkandla home, is outrageous until the charges he laid regarding the Nkandla scandal have been investigated, and those found guilty of wrongdoing held to account.
“It is shameful that a man who has single-handedly plunged our country into ‘junk status’ should live in a palace of luxury, built and maintained with the people’s money.
“If Jacob Zuma wants refurbishment and upgrades, he must pay for it out of his own pocket,” Maimane charged.
You’ll recall that the Nkandla scandal saw the Constitutional Court ruling that President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold and defend the Constitution.
Referring to that, and the court order for Zuma to personally pay back a portion of the money spent on his home, DA indicated that President Zuma is liable to pay additional R63.9 million as fringe benefit tax, penalties and interest.
According to the party, its been long it requested of the Tax Ombud, Judge Bernard Ngoepe to investigate if SARS was reluctant about raising the tax, penalties and interest that are payable by President Zuma on Nkandla.
Above all, DA asserted that it will continue its strives to remove Mr Jacob Zuma from office. To them, it’s ideal to oust Zuma so as to stop “the assault” on the country, its constitution and the public’s money.