Trade union federation Cosatu and the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) have come out in defence of President Jacob Zuma, charging that there was no need for him to apologise for his sudden change of heart over the Nkandla security upgrades saga.
Zuma is under unprecedented pressure from all quarters, including the EFF and other opposition parties, who have vowed to continue with a bid to have him impeached. To make matters worse, it has now emerged that some ANC heavyweights are hopping mad over Zuma’s decision to pay back a portion of the money spent on the multimillion-rand security upgrades carried out at his Nkandla homestead.
It appears the Nkandla issue has divided the ANC. There are reports that Zuma ignored the ANC national executive committee (NEC) recommendation that he should take Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report to court for review.
On Sunday, Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini denied there was such a recommendation. “There is no apology issue, as there has never been such as recommendation or such a decision in the NEC.” MKMVA chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe claimed Zuma had been asking how much he should pay for non-security upgrades features at Nkandla. “Zuma has never said he will not pay,” Maphatsoe said.
“He has been asking that relevant institutions should determine how much he should pay.” However, Zuma is on record as saying he would not pay, as he had not requested the security upgrades. Maphatsoe lashed out at ANC bigwigs, who are said to be angry with Zuma, labelling them “cowards”.