“We don’t want censoring”- Maimane


Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, has said that the party would not take part in any “secret” covering up relating to the amount owed by President Jacob Zuma on security upgrades at his private Nkandla home.

In a statement yesterday, Maimane said that the party would not be gathering “behind closed doors [and] agreeing to a sanitised version,” of the report, adding that the re-commissioned ad-hoc committee investigating the matter, should be “open and transparent”.

“The R246 million spent on President Zuma’s private residence is a public crime that needs to be dealt with publicly, in a transparent and open manner. Any determination or report must not be censored or sanitised,” said Maimane.

Last week, he revealed that Zuma owed the taxpayer at least R52.9-million as per Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report, and that the party is patiently awaiting Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's called investigation into the upgrades as well as the amount that needs paying back.

“The Nkandla debacle has gone on for too long. For too long, President Zuma has evaded responsibility for allowing the maladministration of taxpayer money, which should have instead been used to improve the lives of South Africans,” Maimane said.