South Africa 23.7.2015 03:14 pm

‘Zuma’s homestead an embarrassment’ – Ad hoc committee

John Steenhuisen from the Democratic Alliance on the left with James Selfe of the DA at the KZN legislature after the visit of Nkandla homestead by the Ad hoc committee. Picture: Phumlani Thabethe

John Steenhuisen from the Democratic Alliance on the left with James Selfe of the DA at the KZN legislature after the visit of Nkandla homestead by the Ad hoc committee. Picture: Phumlani Thabethe

Members of Parliament’s Nkandla Ad hoc committee yesterday advised President Jacob Zuma not to host any head of state at his “poorly” constructed Nkandla homestead as doing so would portray the country in a bad light.

“To receive a head of state in those kinds of circumstance will be an embarrassment to the country,” Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament (MP), James Selfe, said.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) MP, Nqabayomzi Nkwankwa said the massive looting of public resources in Nkandla, accompanied by the shoddy work undertaken by contractors, had turned South Africa into a “banana republic”.

“It portrays the ANC as a party in office and not in power,” he said.

The MPs were expressing their views during the Ad hoc committee’s sitting in the Pietermaritzburg provincial legislature following its Wednesday’s oversight visit on the homestead.

The majority of the MPs had described what they saw at the homestead, including, a tiny reception area which contractors had passed off as a visiting centre costing more than R3 million to build, as shocking.

“The terminology that was used is misleading and the money that is said to have been used is not there at all – the escalations are very vivid,” ANC MP Nkhensani Khubayi said.

The MPs had discovered during their visit that the so called police living quarters consisting of 21 houses said to have cost about R6.8 million each, were in fact, the size of a bachelor flat.

“What we saw there was a day light robbery where the victims are taxpayers,” Agang SA MP, Andries Tlonamma, said.

The committee’s deliberations are continuing.

 

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