DA: Millions spent on ministerial complexes


CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday claimed it came across evidence of what it believes is further fruitless spending by government, this time on ministers' homes.

The Public Works Department said it is not obliged to reveal any details on how much is being spent on President Jacob's Zuma's Nkandla residence upgrade.

Over and above the R200 million which is said to be on Zuma’s Nkandla residence, the DA claims tens of millions more are being ploughed into refurbishments in various ministerial housing complexes.

DA MP Anchen Dreyer said Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi must be called to account for this.

“We don’t question the right of ministers to live in proper houses, but we do question the extent of the renovation.”

Meanwhile, in a written parliamentary reply the Presidency reiterated Zuma is not expected to pay for security measures at his Nkandla home.

On Sunday, DA leaders, led by Helen Zille, went to Nkandla to inspect the renovations at Zuma’s home.

They were prevented from doing so by ANC supporters and the police.  

Some have called the move a publicity stunt while others believe it is part of their job as the country’s opposition party.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)