SCOPA must investigate ‘Zumaville' - Lindiwe Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko
05 August 2012

DA PL says R1bn allocated to build a new town near Nkandla is a serious abuse of public money

SCOPA must investigate ‘Zumaville'

President Zuma's allocation of more than R1 billion in public money to build a new town just 3,2 km from his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal is a serious abuse of public funds (see Mail & Guardian report).

Part of the overall development will include the expenditure of R36 million by the Department of Public Works to add a state-of-the-art security system to the President's private Nkandla Homestead, a helipad, a military health facility and housing for police and military personal.

How can President Zuma, through his private NGO, Masibambane, justify spending so much money on a single village, when across the province many people still do not have access to the most basic services?

I will be writing to the Chairperson of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Themba Godi, to request that SCOPA investigate this expenditure, as well as whether any undue influence was placed on the government to allocate taxpayer's money to Masibambane, a non-state entity.

I will also submit a written question to President Zuma to enquire whether he will reconsider the amount being spent on Nkandla, and instead distribute funding to projects in other rural villages, which are far more in need.

Through Masibambane, President Zuma seems to be building up his Mangaung War Machine, channelling money and development to his friends and supporters.

Indeed, this may not have been the first time that Masibambane has been irregularly allocated state funding. Recently, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced a donation of R800 million to Masibambane. This donation was meant to be directed to the Department's Zero Hunger Programme, which assists smallholder farmers.

This is cronyism and nepotism of the worst kind.

While the DA supports all efforts to support rural development, this must be done in an open, equitable way, with public money spent wisely and fairly. The taxes of millions of South Africa's people, which include contributions by the poor and unemployed, can under no circumstances be used to fund President Zuma's re-election campaign; nor can they be used to turn his private residence into a palace, as if he will govern South Africa forever.

South Africans want jobs, not patronage. They want quality education, proper infrastructure and investment for all. They should not have to foot the bill for ‘Zumaville'.

Statement issued by Lindiwe Mazibuko MP, DA Parliamentary Leader, August 5 2012

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Why Zuma, why?
Zuma what's wrong with you? When are you going to make a positive change in this country?

Go Lindiwe - we got your back!!

by Sipho on August 06 2012, 00:47
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Why Lindiwe, why
But dear Lindiwe, what is wrong with pumping money to develop and uplift a rural community. As a politician are you not sensitive to the plight of these communities who have no access to decent amenities and thus have to always migrate to big cities. Are . .more

by Nhlanhla on August 06 2012, 06:43
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Funds Allocated to rural development, eNkandla
I honestly do not see a problem with the R1 bn allocation of funds to build a town in Nkadla. The funds have to be enough to ensure that quality material is used to build something that will last for years. In addition, the town will actually not only . .more

by Student on August 06 2012, 08:38
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attack is intelectualy very shortsited. How can it possibly be a joke.

by Goodday on August 06 2012, 08:43
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attack is intellectualy very short sighted. How can it possibly be a joke.

by Goodday on August 06 2012, 08:47
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@ Nhlanhla
The poor and underprivileged people, both Black & White are there because of the stupidity of government and the unions with their strikes, demands for unrealistic wage increases, which in turn has seen the closing of companies who aren’t able to compete . .more

by Open Minded on August 06 2012, 09:28
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Run of the mill of what we have come to expect from Zoooma
A billion here, here for his buddies. A couple of billion there for his jet. And no doubt these are only the tip of the iceberg. Consider what came out of the Shabir Shaik trial. Zooma was so hard up that Shaik was paying for all sorts of minor . .more

by Alto on August 06 2012, 10:07
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For what JZ has done for this country he certainly deserves to be remembered, hopefully, as soon as he takes his last breath.
So, in preparation of that event, I recon the KZN government should build a brand new mud hut for him and his "pride" make . .more

by vagasbond on August 06 2012, 17:12
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Mr President, do you not have a conscience? Can you not be strong enough and admit that what you are doing is wrong? You are the leader of this beautiful country of ours, but you think that it is open season with Pravins cheque book and it seems that all . .more

by Michael on October 08 2012, 22:17
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