Zuma must do the honourable thing - NFP

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma must do the honourable thing and repay the money used for upgrades to his Nkandla home, the NFP Youth Movement said on Monday.

"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," secretary general Busi Tshabalala said in a statement.

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

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had recommended in her report, "Secure in Comfort", that Zuma repay part of the R246m spent on security upgrades to his Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

She indicated he needed to repay all non-security related expenses, such as for the swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre, and visitors' centre.

Madonsela reportedly wrote to Zuma in a recent letter that he was second-guessing her recommendations.

In his 20-page reply to her report, Zuma indicated Police Minister Nathi Nhleko needed to determine if he should repay any of the money spent on security upgrades at the homestead.

Despite the National Freedom Party (NFP) Youth Movement's support of the call for Zuma to repay some of the money, it expressed concern at the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) behaviour in Parliament last week.

On Thursday, EFF MPs disrupted proceedings in the National Assembly while Zuma was answering questions. EFF leader Julius Malema objected to Zuma's reply to a question about when he was going to repay part of the Nkandla money. EFF MPs became disruptive and began chanting "pay back the money".

Treated with respect

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete ordered the EFF MPs out and later adjourned proceedings.

Tshabalala on Monday said Zuma was the face of the country and an elder, so he deserved to be treated with respect.

"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.

The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) said Zuma's failure to adequately reply to Madonsela's report showed contempt for Parliament.

"The president’s failure to account properly, and fully, to Parliament, specifically in relation to the public protector’s report on Nkandla, has shown a contempt for Parliament and, therefore, for the Constitution," it said in a statement on Sunday.

"The president should be allowed to complete his answers to the questions that had been tabled for answer on 21 August, and to respond to any supplementary questions in the National Assembly. This should be arranged as soon as practicable."

Casac said it met at the weekend to discuss Zuma's response to the reports.

Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/25 02:46:06 PM
never a truer word spoken. Zuma must to do the honourable thing. Eish, would he know what that might be. The nation does. It means pay your bill for Nkandla, pay for your other indiscretions and leave the seat of President to someone competent. That's what it means.
Darrion Dickens 2014/08/25 02:48:58 PM
"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" In all honesty, given the state of our country (the economy, sky-rocketing crime rate, failing education ands healthcare etc) the honourable thing would be for him to admit failure and step down as president. Sadly I don't see that happening so you can forget about him paying back a single cent, fact is, he really doesn't give a damn and the word 'honourable' isn't a part of his vocabulary.
Kobus Hattingh 2014/08/25 02:49:30 PM
He should resign rather. AND pay back the money.
Steven Healey 2014/08/25 02:56:15 PM
Repay and criminally charged !!!!! HIS HOUSE !!! HIS RESPONSIBILITY !!!!! HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING !!!!!!
David Jones 2014/08/25 03:07:55 PM
Can you pay something for which you don't know it's value. They must just tell him how much and he will honorably oblige
mmmmTim 2014/08/25 03:12:45 PM
Let us not forget that Nkandla was proclaimed as a National Key Point. The rules for NKP's state clearly that ALL costs are for the owners account, so it is not just the pool, but everything. He could borrow the money to pay it off from his 5 wives, who have been receiving R15 million a year of taxpayers money (quite what for I still do not understand)
Nathi Dlomo 2014/08/25 03:14:29 PM
I was taught as a child that respect and trust are earned, not given. I fail to see why I should give respect to anyone who has broken my trust, whether directly or indirectly (don't matter who you are). Where was the NFP when Mbeki was ousted. What goes around comes around. He must just pay our money back before he leaves. Or do I live in a completely different world to my fellow countrymen?
James Herbst 2014/08/25 03:18:49 PM
Fat chance of that ever happening. Zuma and honorable cannot be put together in the same sentence
Don Tandy 2014/08/25 03:20:55 PM
This cretin doesn't understand the meaning of honourable - what he should do is resign.
Krish Reddy 2014/08/25 03:32:24 PM
Nkandla should be opened to the Public because the Public paid for it.