It is a sad fact that those who are supposed to lead by example think it is okay to, for instance, spend millions-and-millions of Rands to build a whole lodge, whilst you sit in the squalor of tin shacks that have no electricity, no water and no sanitation, which are vulnerable to fire and the elements.
The Public Protector’s interim report indicates that Mr Zuma benefitted substantially with the Nkandla project. As the owner of that property the onus is on him to prove that all the “improvements” was “security related” and not to his and his family’s exclusive benefit.
It is most nauseating to realise how much time and money was spent to cover up this mess under the smokescreen of “security”. An enormous effort was made to keep the secret that taxpayers’ money was spent to improve, not only President Zuma’s own homestead, but also the homes of his family outside the property. If this information was not leaked, the people of this country would still have been in the dark.
It is not necessary to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there is indeed something fishy about the development of the Nkandla. The balance of probability is sufficient to convince voters that the African National Congress (ANC) and their leader deserve to be punished for breaking their trust.
The UDM is of the view that the South African Police Services and the Hawks must start familiarising themselves with dynamics of Nkandlagate so that a parallel investigation can take place whilst Government is wrangling with the Public Protector’s report.
For us to take this matter to Parliament is not going to work and we, instead, must send the police, the Hawks and the auditors to get to the bottom of this mess.
It would, however, be mischievous and dishonest to suggest that corruption in Government only started during the Zuma regime.
Many of you will recall that some of the most devastating corruption scandals go as far back as Sarafina-2, the Arms Deal, Oilgate, Travelgate, as well as the Chancellor House/Hitachi and Eskom Deal.