Zuma defends 'politically-connected' benefits

According to President Jacob Zuma, the politically-connected can benefit from government contracts.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Zuma went on the defensive on Tuesday and said there was nothing wrong with the politically-connected benefitting from lucrative government contracts.

The President denied that politicians with business interests, who were awarded big state tenders, can automatically be judged to be corrupt.

Zuma was grilled by DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko on government's massive infrastructure building programme.

"Will the President include the provision that no company linked to a so-called investment arm of a political party such as the ANC's Chancellor House, or the SACP and Cosatu's investment arms will be granted tenders by the government under this programme."

Zuma said it was not illegal for politicians to apply for state tenders.

"If your presentation is successful, why should you say 'no because you are a politician, sorry we don't allow you'. I am saying there is no law that says so."