South African President Jacob Zuma must pay back £14 million of taxpayers’ money used to build a swimming pool, football pitch and an amphitheatre at his private compound.
South African President Jacob Zuma has been ordered to re-pay some of the £ 14 million pounds tax payers money used for a lavish upgrade of his private home. A damning report by the country’s top anti-corruption official described improvements at the residence used by Mr Zuma, his four wives and more than 20 children, as a ‘unconscionable and excessive misappropriation of public funds’. £14 Mil = ZAR 251,783,00 Mil…The report is the result of a two-year probe into a controversy which is largely responsible for a dramatic drop in the popularity of the 71-year-old president, who was booed spontaneously by thousands of mourners at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, in December. The 400 page report by South Africa’s Public Protector concluded Mr Zuma had profited personally and acted ‘unethically’ during the process of upgrading his personal homestead, which saw neighbours being evicted to make way for facilities including a swimming pool, a visitors’ centre, helipads, football pitch and amphitheatre.
An earlier internal government probe into the renovations had found that the works were essential for the president’s security. In plans, the swimming pool was described as ‘a fire pool’ required in the event of a blaze at the largely thatched residence.
Yesterday’s eagerly-awaited report, entitled ‘Secure in Comfort’, established that while a personal clinic and house for police officers might reasonably form part of a security plan. However, the amphitheatre, visitors’ centre and extensive new facilities for the Zuma family’s chickens and cattle could not. The scandal, known as ‘Nkandla’ after the nearest town to the sprawling property, has sparked massive resentment at the lifestyle enjoyed by the President and his extended family while millions of South Africans continue to live in poverty, despite the end of apartheid 20 years ago.
Mr Zuma is also no stranger to controversy, having faced rape and corruption charges before becoming president. The country will go to the polls in a national election in May, which will be a further test of the popularity of Mr Zuma and the ruling African National Congress. Timeline: Jacob Zuma’s early legal problems
This hideous crooked man along with his ANC cronies has dragged the Republic of South Africa down to the lowest level possible; his absolute lack of any formal education combined with his communist background speaks for itself. Where would this vile creature get sufficient funds to pay for such a property???
At today’s currency exchange it beggars belief… Allow me to add the following poem that is one of many floating around South Africa, which typifies the hatred for Jacob Zuma and his cronies. And before anyone drips like a tap about racism; the poem is popular amongst ‘all’ South African’s. Yours Aye. ‘Hat tip, and many thanks to ‘You Who Knows!’
There was a crooked man
And he had a crooked style
And he a had a crooked walk
And a crooked little smile
And his eyes were independent
Even though they seemed quite dead
And he had a little shower
Perched on his misshapen head
And he had a merry gang
Who would do all that he asked
Even blocking our poor Thuli
In the work she had been tasked
Does it need a crooked man
To run so many crooked scams?
When it seems all of the ANC
Are silent as the lambs
Even though they are the first
To point out other peoples faults
They are running round and stuffing
Lots of money into vaults
They know the banks aren’t safe
Because they plan to nationalise
And to put their money in those
Institutions wont be wise
So their money goes to Austria
And Switzerland as well
The toll roads are their pension
While the country goes to hell
They would rather rule a dungheap
Than a pleasant happy land
And the voters, oh the voters
Put their heads deep in the sand
They will make their mark as usual
And then warn the ANC
That they’d better fix things up
Or therell be trouble, wait and see
So after the elections
Therell be tyres all ablaze
Therell be rubber bullets flying
And an almond smelling haze
As the cops deploy the teargas
And the people choke and cry
And the rubber turns to metal
And the people fall and die
But you know its only five years
Then theyll get another turn
And the ANC will feed them
While the cities slowly burn
So there was a crooked man
The world was quiet as a mouse
While he went and spent more millions
On his crooked little house
A quick heads up on the reference to ‘Thuli’ who is mentioned in the poem
Thulisile Madonsela,’ is a human rights lawyer, equality expert, and Public Protector of South Africa. Her job is to ward off corruption and incompetence by investigating complaints against the South African government’s institutions and officials. Today she is referred to as Adv Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector, a phenomenal, brave and honest woman. On top of being the country’s spokesperson (which is probably one of the most stressful jobs in the world), Thuli is also a single mother of two.
Thuli Madonsela unearthed and disclosed embarrassing details about President Zuma’s household build, even though she was warned off her investigation by State Security services as well as Defence Ministers; this did not sway her from publishing her 400 page report, which implicates Zuma into fraudulent practices.
South Africa is a vibrant country being poorly led; perhaps we are looking at the next honest hard working female President… Yours Aye.