President Jacob Zuma’s son eldest son Edward has come out swinging in his father’s defence following Monday’s announcement by the Presidency that Zuma had settled his R7.8 million Nkandla bill through a home loan he acquired from VBS Mutual Bank.
Edward has criticised his father’s detractors, who have asked for proof of payment and the media for failing to bury the matter now that Zuma has finally paid back the money for the undue nonsecurity upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.
“When President Zuma paid the R7.8m amount relating to the nonsecurity upgrades‚ true to form‚ the Nkandla matter received a new currency‚ instead of being received and perceived as a fossil that it is objectively‚” Edward said.
He added: “Others escalated their desperation to demanding proof of payment to be made available publicly. This is the kind of poor mental application and selective moral righteousness visited upon our country.”
He said the payment, which was calculated as a reasonable portion of the roughly R216 million spent by National Treasury, should have “heralded the full and final end to the matter as a lucrative media source”.
He has also accused the media of propaganda.
“What defies logic is the fact that citizens have allowed themselves to collapse under the weight of media collusion, making them pliable fodders for what in any credible thought is brave-faced propaganda.”