Alleged Nkandla trust slammed by DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 3, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused the African National Congress (ANC) of wanting South Africans to be held liable for the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead for a second time, following weekend media reports that a trust had been opened to help him pay back the money.

On Sunday, CityPress reported that the Ehlanzeni District Municipality in Mpumalanga, following a challenge from Premier David Mabuza, had opened the account to help raise funds after the Constitutional Court ruled in March that Zuma pay back a percentage of the R246-million for ignoring the remedial actions of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report.

In passing the court’s verdict, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ruled that National Treasury determine the amount that needs paying back, at which point the President needs to make the payment himself, no less than 45 days after it had been given the green light.

According to the paper, funds are also being collected in the Free State and North West, while branches in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape and Gauteng are yet to discuss the matter.

In a statement, DA spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe described the trust as “disgraceful”, adding that Zuma’s silence on the matter again shows that his interest comes before those of South Africans.

“If Jacob Zuma was serious about abiding by the court judgment, and wanted to show South Africa that he wanted to make up for what is now one of the greatest corruption scandals of a democratic South Africa, he would tell those ‘loyalists’ that he will pay back the money himself,” Ntsekhe said.

“He will of course remain silent. The ANC leadership will remain silent too while they take from the poor to give back to the rich. This demonstrates yet again how much the ANC has changed. Instead of fighting for justice, it now more concerned with taking from ANC members and South Africans to help pay for a presidential palace”.