Zuma not scared of EFF SONA threats

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 9, 2015

President Jacob Zuma has said that he remains unfazed by the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) threats to disrupt his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday, out of protest for his failure to pay back a portion of the R246-million spend on security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence.

Speaking at a press conference in Pretoria on Sunday, Zuma said that he had “never been nervous in his life” and that he “would be guided by the rules of Parliament”.

“I don’t agree with the EFF. When they raised the issue, it was before Parliament and it was under discussion by the (Parliament’s ad-hoc) committee. If I was the Speaker, I wouldn’t have allowed that question,” The Star quoted him as saying.

“I think there is something fishy with the way this matter is being dealt with. I think people are using the matter of Nkandla for political reasons because the facts are there… The facts are clear, people don’t deal with the facts, they deal with Zuma. Should I worry about the EFF? I don’t worry about the EFF. Why should I pay back the money before that matter is concluded? I think it’s unfair.”

Zuma also stated that despite Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings that he benefitted from the upgrades, “three institutions have investigated, and not a single one has found anything”.

“Then the public protector said I unduly benefited… Zuma built his own house,” he said, adding that he doesn’t see any logic for the matter being continuously mentioned.

“I am saying it’s not a small matter that I had squandered R250m, it’s not a small matter. I am paying a bond in my own home and you are misleading the country. Actually, three houses is what I am paying a bond for there, and people are still misleading the country.”

Zuma’s last appearance in Parliament on August 21st was marked by EFF MP’s chanting “pay back the money” shortly after the reveal of Madonsela’s Nkandla report, Secure in Comfort.