South Africa 15.2.2014 05:11 pm

Nkandla ‘swimming pool’ money could have built a school: Malema

A general view of  President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla home. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Stringer

A general view of President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla home. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Stringer

The money used on the swimming pool at President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal could have built a school, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Saturday.

“All that money went into the private entertainment of an individual,” he said.

“You must stand up for your children.”

Malema was speaking to residents of Stofel Park in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria during the unveiling of the party’s election truck.

He told residents Zuma could not swim and laughed off the explanation given for the pool that it was a fire pool.

“Where I come from in Limpopo, they don’t agree to the use of buckets to dose off fire.”

He told residents that if they still wanted to live in shacks, they should vote for the African National Congress.

“If you want to elect them [ANC] again go ahead but then you have no one to blame.”

“People still live in shacks but his cows stay in luxury,” he said.

Malema took a swipe at ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

He said Ramaphosa was worse than Zuma because he was in the pockets of capitalists.

“He was made by the Oppenheimer’s. He was the only leader to walk freely in South Africa,” he said.

Malema said Ramaphosa had chosen a buffalo for R18 million instead of using the money to help the poor.

“He comes from a poor village in Venda that is without water…. but he buys a buffalo. He has chosen a buffalo over you,” he said.

Malema added that continuing to vote for the ANC would see the leaders living lavish lifestyles while the poor suffered.

“Elect them so that they can buy buffalo’s and swim while you stay here.”

“The reason you’re here is because you keep voting for the same people. Change your vote,” he said.

– Sapa



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