South African President Jacob Zuma has been ordered to repay some of the £12.9 million of taxpayer’s money spent on so-called ‘security measures’ at his private home after it emerged they included a swimming pool, amphitheatre and tuckshop.
An official report entitled ‘Opulence on a Grand Scale’ found Zuma had derived ‘substantial’ personal gain from improvements to his private compound at Nkandla in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal province.
They reportedly include a visitors’ centre, cattle enclosure, marquee area, football pitch, helipad, medical clinic, extensive paving and new houses for the polygamist president’s large family.
It is a nation racked by poverty, where 13 million people survive on less than £1 a day, and two million have no access to a toilet.
Yet as his people struggle in squalor, South African president Jacob Zuma has sparked outrage by spending £17.5 million to upgrade his rural family home . . .
The costly upgrade to Zuma’s once-humble home in the village of Nkandla includes Astroturf sports fields and tennis courts, a gymnasium and state-of-the art security systems, including fingerprint-controlled access pads.
THE media has misconstrued a Cabinet directive over the publication of photographs of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home, a South African government spokesperson said on Friday.
“Government has no problem with the media publishing pictures of national key points, including President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence, as it is part of their daily line of duty,” said Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) acting CEO Phumula Williams.
“However, zooming into safety and security features of national key points is a challenge as it compromises national security.”
Zuma, the “President of Bling”, gets a pass, by and large, from Western News Media sources about the uses of tens of millions of $$$ of South African public taxpayer money for his big house.
Being a member of the “World Leaders’ Club” seems to have its privileges.:hmmm:
There seems to be hardly any coverage of South African President Zuma’s graft in our American news press besides the very brief mention of it during the news coverage of the Mandela Memorial Service. :sad_yes: