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'Zuma misled Parliament over Nkandla'

By Sapa | Nov 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 186 ]

President said he had a bank bond on the property but no such records exist - report

Opposition parties on Sunday lashed at President Jacob Zuma for “misleading” the Parliament about the bond he had on his house in Nkandla.

“As the President was speaking under his oath of office he seem to have knowingly misled Parliament and the nation that he had a bond and this amounts to perjury.

“This is a very serious offence under the Constitution and the law as indicated in Section 89 of the Constitution of the Republic,” Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota.

The City Press reported that the land on which Zuma’s home stands was owned by the Ingonyama Trust, headed by King Goodwill Zwelithini, which managed 32% of all land in KwaZulu-Natal on behalf of the state for the benefit of its occupants.

On Thursday Zuma told Parliament: “I took the decision to expand my home and I built my home with more rondavels, more than once. And I fenced my home. And I engaged the bank and I’m still paying a bond on my first phase of my home.” 

The newspaper said it had been unable to locate public records to support Zuma’s claim that the Nkandla property was bonded.

The deed document for the property showed that the Ingonyama Trust was the owner.

Belinda Benson, Ingonyama Trust’s property manager, confirmed to City Press that the deeds office records, uncovered by the newspaper, were for Zuma’s homestead.

Democratic Alliance leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said: “Serious consequences must follow if President Zuma misled Parliament this past week about having a bond on his private home in Nkandla".  

She said what Zuma did reflected negatively to his office and warranted the most urgent and immediate consideration by the National Assembly. “I will write to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, and urge him to request clarification from the Presidency as to the reports in the City Press, as they seriously risk bringing Parliament into disrepute,” Mazibuko said.

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!#Sinudeity#!
Total number of registered voters: 23,181,997
Number of people who voted: 17,919,966
Voter turnout % (national): 77.30 %

You already know what is my argument Sino and just like a seasons polotician (joking) you always make good points.

If we judge parties against the registered members is wrong because we have more symphathysers.

Nov 19, 2012 11:23 | 0 replies

Makhosini0408 - "Remember that our Constitution was structured in a way that the majority winner of an election choose the President o the country."

But the country only has 1 million ANC members. 1 million isnt a majority when it comes to 50 million people.

The ANC's elective methodology is removed from the constitution. If the constitution applies when it comes to party-elective conferences, then the ANC's elective methods would have been voted as unconstitutional.

Nov 19, 2012 11:3 | 0 replies

We must wait for a President to comment on the issue. DA as always comment on incomplete information and has its butts kicked, as President did last week in parliament. DA relies on newspapers information. It doesn't do investigations for itself. Newspapers lie just to sell the paper.

Nov 19, 2012 11:2 | 0 replies

where are the tapes?

Nov 19, 2012 11:1 | 0 replies

MommaC
Makhosini0408

The majority of voters didn't vote for Zuma - they voted for the ANC. Big difference.
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I am aware of that fact and my argument is that we cannot divorce the masses from this whole process.

Nov 19, 2012 11:0 | 0 replies

!#Sinudeity#!
Makhosini0408 - "The masses execised their democractic right,of which wether you agree with them or not, must not be used against them."

The 'masses' vote for a party, not for a leader. The ANC top dawgs elects their own leaders. At Polokwane, people were bribed to 'vote for the right man'. Now we have ghosts on branch nomination lists. We have violence and intimidation and other skulduggery to ensure that the masses have no say in whom its next leader will be.

4,000 people (0.008% of South Africa), elect a leader for 50,000,000 people.

This isnt democracy.
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The masses empower those clowns to elct the President or shall we say that, those who are privileged to go to Mangaung will be acting on behalf of their constituencies which involve the masses. Remember that our Constitution was structured in a way that the majority winner of an election choose the President o the country.

Nov 19, 2012 10:58 | 0 replies

I Blame the Scientific Calculator Zuma is using...

Nov 19, 2012 10:53 | 0 replies

@!#Sinudeity#!
MGEEZ - Who elects a guy as president if he doesnt even know the difference between a bond or a loan?
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After recovering from uncontrollable laughter due to your qustion above; I have now composed myself and can answer it and the answer is.........................................................................................................................ANC!!!!

Nov 19, 2012 10:53 | 0 replies

TLekota
Zuma is not really stupid. There are those who are desperate to remove him from office. I will not tell the truth even if it was me. Those bonds maybe in someone else's name.
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With this kind of reasoning, the ANC will rule forever!

Nov 19, 2012 10:52 | 0 replies

I now understand why president Mbeki did not want to pass the batton to this man, he is a disgrace to the country and the ANC.

Nov 19, 2012 10:50 | 0 replies

Makhosini0408
!#Sinudeity#!
MGEEZ - Who elects a guy as president if he doesnt even know the difference between a bond or a loan?
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Do we have a new definition of democracy or did I miss something? It is your right to challenge the President but I find it very puzzling if not patronisation ......
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Morning Makhosini: I dont want to talk for!#Sinudeity#! but was his comment not based on the fact that the president was dishonest to what he said in that parliament so much that he didnt know where to base his lies?

Nov 19, 2012 11:3 | 0 replies