NFP calls on Zuma to do the “honourable thing”

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 25, 2014

The National Freedom Party (NFP)’s Youth Movement, has called on President Jacob Zuma to do the honourable thing and repay the money used for upgrades at his Nkandla home.

In a statement, the Youth Movement’s secretary general, Busi Tshabalala, said that Zuma should pay back the money spend on all non-essential security features which includes a swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre, and visitors’ centre, as outlined in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report 'Secure in Comfort.'

“Under the circumstances, the honourable thing that our president can do is to pay back the money that was used for the swimming pool and theatre, unless he is convinced that having such a luxury could add value to his safety and that of his family,” read Tshabalala’s statement.

“If the president firmly believes that having a theatre could prevent criminals from threatening his life, than he must not pay.”

Tshabalala also expressed her party’s dismay at the behaviour shown by Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who disrupted Parliament proceedings last Thursday after Malema had rejected the president’s answer about when he is prepared to back a portion of R246-million spent on the upgrades.

EFF members began chanting ‘pay back the money’ which led to National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, ordering their removal from the House.

Tshabalala added that as the face of the country and an elder, Zuma deserves to be respected.

“We cannot have a situation where he is mocked by people who are ill-disciplined by nature. As young people of this country we are ashamed to share the same age group as those barbaric individuals,” he said.

 

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