Corruption Watch weighs in on Nkandla debate

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal as seen on 4 November 2012. It is alleged taxpayers footed the bill for most of the renovations there, amouting to more than R200 million. Picture: Taurai Maduna

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of the South African Trade Union (Cosatu)’s Corruption Watch on Friday said it wants more information from government about the amount of money being spent on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence.

The organisation said it was not happy with answers Public Works Ministry has given to its questions.

Corruption Watch Head David Lewis said they believe citizens have a right to know how much government money is being spent on this project, and he also wants to know, how it is being spent.

“As a Corruption Watch institution we are also interested in how that that massive procurement was effected.”

Cosatu itself has been quiet on the Nkandla issue despite its commitment to fighting corruption.

Opposition parties have been very vocal in their criticism of the Nkandla development.

The project is estimated at over R200 million and they believe this is a slap in the face to the poor.

On Thursday, eight opposition parties tabled a motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma in Parliament.

In a joint statement, the parties cited the Marikana tragedy and the so called 'NkandlaGate' demonstrate the country's lack of leadership.

The ANC made it clear that it would counter the vote of no confidence.

They ruling party said it supports Zuma.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)