Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report has a lot of ANC figures and lawyers coming out of the woodwork in Jacob Zuma’s defence. But she’s not scared. Madonsela thinks that people should stop protecting the president as if he was a “child or a victim.”
Beleaguered president Jacob Zuma has indicated that his R246 million homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal could face listing on the real estate market in the coming months, as the president struggles to raise the millions owed to South African tax payers following the construction of a swimming pool, amphitheatre, and chicken run at his private home.
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Jacob Zuma has responded to a damning report into the construction of his R246 million Nkandla homestead by the Public Protector, who found that Zuma had ”benefited unduly” from the construction of non-security features including a swimming pool, amphitheatre, kraal, cattle culvert and chicken run, and that he ought to pay back the money used in their construction.
With the report by the Public Protector finally out, let’s take a walk down memory lane and see where R246 million ended up being spent. Nkandla’s humble beginnings to the extravagant compound that it has become, have been documented in a series of photographs.
The “Secure in Comfort” report by the Public Protector is over 400 pages of devastating findings, that will in most likelihood be used as loo paper by the government. The ANC refuses to see it at all. Even if the results end up being benign, as journalist Richard Poplank puts it, Zuma “will be forever remembered as a thief, a fool, and a Zulu man who was incapable of managing the affairs of his kraal.”
The report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found President Jacob Zuma has misled Parliament when he claimed the Zuma family paid for the costs of buildings in Nkandla.
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While the ANC was busy pointing fingers at Thuli Madonsela for leaking the Nkandla report, South Africa slipped to its lowest-ever spot on the global corruption charts.
Public protector, Thuli Madonsela, has come through with the goods yet again. This time, they come in the form of three damning reports that expose gross misconduct, deceit, unlawful acts and outright corruption at the highest level of government.
Thuli Madonsela, you biscuit. The public protector’s provisional Nkandla report has found that our president has “derived substantial personal benefit from works that exceeded security needs,”and must repay the state.
In what is yet another flagrant disregard of the government’s supposed ban on publishing pictures of JZ’s Nkandla residence, Eye Witness News has unearthed photos that reveal just how much work has gone into our president’s compound.
The government security cluster has advised members of the media and the public that publishing pictures of Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead could lead to arrest. Thus far the reply has been a resounding “bring it on”. We’d like to add our voice to that chorus.
The Mail & Guardian’s investigative journalism unit, amaBhungane, have uncovered over 12,000 pages of a report by the Department of Public Works on “Project A” – the construction and upgrade of Jacob Zuma’s R210 million Nkandla Homestead. The documents describe, as expressed by the Mail & Guardian, “an orgy of kowtowing”
Democratic Alliance MP, Anchen Dreyer revealed before the House of Parliament on Thursday that R117 million had been spent on security at Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. Consider that R45 million was spent to construct a top of the range jail in Kimberly last year. That’s 260% more spent on one man, than a criminal incarceration [...]
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Cyril Ramaphosa appeared on CNN’s Christiane Amanpour show last night, and gave a frank and wide ranging interview, covering a mix of subjects including the general state of South Africa and our prospects as a nation, a retrospective of the Lonmin Massacre, and the implications of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence. The interview is excellent [...]
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First off, even if FNB had given Zuma a bond for his compound, and he’d defaulted on payment, they’d have had no claim because Zuma doesn’t actually own the land – so we’re quite sure they would’ve known that.
A visibly upset Jacob Zuma yesterday emphatically denied that government had been building residences for him. Zuma also said he felt “aggrieved” by a decision by the DA to visit and take photographs of his private residence.
Jimi Matthews, acting head of the SABC’s news division, has told his staff that they may not use phrases like “Nkandlagate”, “compound”, and “Homestead” when referring to President Jacob Zuma’s lavish thatch palace.
Speaking to students at the University of Limpopo, our favourite fallen from grace ex-political figure said that South Africa should be taking its cues from Zimbabwe when it comes to staging a successful revolution. This comment comes after a visit to Zimbabwe by Malema over the weekend.
The Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has opened an investigation into allegations surrounding the publicly funded construction at the private residence of President Jacob Zuma in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The Mail and Guardian reported today that the government is building South Africa’s first new town at a cost of R2-billion town in President Jacob Zuma’s home village of Nkandla, and taxpayers will be footing half the bill.