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Party calls for forensic probe of Nkandla costs

By Mhlaba Memela | Nov 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 18 ]

THE SA Communist Party in KwaZulu-Natal has asked for a forensic investigation into the spiralling costs of improvements to President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla.

Marching to the township near Zuma's homestead on Saturday, the SACP brought the rural town to a standstill with more than 10,000 members of the SACP and its alliance partners swarming to the area.

While both the Department of Public Works and the public protector are already investigating the costs and contracts for the R250-million improvements, the SACP believes this is not enough.

The party wants a forensic investigation that will look into the costs of renovations and whether there has been inflation of prices and who was responsible and to whose financial benefit.

They also demanded a probe to find out if there existed an organised siphoning off of taxpayers' money through political networking targeting the government property and infrastructure budget through the department of Public Works.

An emotional Zuma said in Parliament on Thursday that he was paying off a bond on the Nkandla homestead himself, but City Press yesterday reported no such bond existed.

Yesterday presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said he was not privy to any information regarding the bond.

The president's homestead is constructed on the land owned by the Ingonyama Trust, headed by King Goodwill Zwelithini.

On Saturday, SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu said their march on Nkandla was meant to highlight serious challenges faced by rural communities with a high backlog in development.

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Hawu. Did Blade let you go there.

Nov 19, 2012 7:1 | 0 replies

@MommaC - In one article you asked me about Da-undisputable concerning the fish bowl. No, it's not him. Your man is RBK :)

Nov 19, 2012 12:17 | 0 replies

gud start 10 000? Blade must be in hospital! hope it was not a typing erro! citizens are tired of being fooled, COSATU wake up and smell the coffee!

Nov 19, 2012 11:19 | 0 replies

Marxist revolutionaries always get the job done!! Viva SACP viva

Nov 19, 2012 10:38 | 0 replies

We as a country have many priority developmental challenges. To think that we are now wasting the very much needed funds and human resources on feeble things such as these is worrying. This is not to mean that such issues shouldn't be investigated and corrected but why must we as citizens put ourselves in such spaces in the first place? Granted we didn't know that the president and his cabinet had prioritised to develop themselves in the expense of the election manifesto which they presented to us during election campaigning. But now that we all know that is how they roll, why must we keep them in power? to continue to spunge taxpayers moneys for themselves and for us to continue rolling into poverty, underdevelopment and repressive state?

If the status quo is kept by voters then no one is allowed to toytoy and burn tyres and property in the street because that is the state which we want our country to be at and as voters we would have endorsed it.

Nov 19, 2012 10:14 | 0 replies

MabhebezaEC___69 - Why vote for someone who is too cowardly to admit that he is throwing his hat into the election ring?

Nov 19, 2012 9:58 | 0 replies

Floccino ungakhulumi unyoko la, if you have nothing to say about Zulus shut up. This has got nothing to do with Zulu nation and taxis. tsek man

Nov 19, 2012 9:45 | 0 replies

Kgalema for president!!!!!!!!!

Nov 19, 2012 9:40 | 0 replies

Tikoloshe - JZ is ALWAYS playing the victim/martyr.

Nov 19, 2012 9:26 | 0 replies

Mac can't even find a lie to cover this problem up...as prolific a lier as he is!!!!!

...and a thief at that!!!!

....is there anyone left in top leadership positions in our Party who are not thieves, liers or conmen! How can JZ lie to Parliament. He knows that a vote of no confindence in his leadership in PArliament will succeed as most of his own MP's will vote against him!!!

Ramaphosa for Deputy President in Mangaung 2012 then we'll push for an impeachment and/or vote of no confidence in PArlaiment in the New Year!! Then Cyril for President 2013....

Mothlante and his freinds Malema, Madikizela, Phoza and Sexwale need to be purged from the Party due to their self serving ways and lack of proper leadership. JZ can be the victim in 2013.....

Nov 19, 2012 9:20 | 0 replies

This can't be right, these are the same people who were saying we need laws to punish those who speak the truth about Zuma the lame president, are his supporters now turning their back on Zuma?

Interesting....

Nov 19, 2012 9:8 | 0 replies