30 January 2013

South Africa: Nkandlagate - President Zuma Must Pay-Up

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press release

I have today written to the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthetwa and the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula to ascertain how much they will be requesting President Zuma to contribute to the security upgrade of his private home in Nkandla; when will this notice be sent to him; and by when will he be expected to pay.

In terms of Section 3 of the National Key Points Act the homeowner is liable to pay for the state's expenses for the security upgrade. This amount would in turn be determined by the Minister of Police and the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans.

In a reply to my parliamentary question, President Zuma revealed that he had received no such notice from either Minister to date, and believed that he would still be contacted about what he is expected to contribute in due course.

In light of the now confirmed excessive expenditure of R206 million on his private residence in Nkandla, with some R71 million being for security alone, it is essential that the government move quickly to prove to South Africa that they will not treat Mr Zuma differently under the law.

He is expected to contribute, and he must do so.

Lindiwe Mazibuko, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance

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