Zuma proud of 'Zumaville'

President Jacob Zuma says he is proud of developing Nkandla, his homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

President Jacob Zuma announces a cabinet reshuffle on 12 June 2012. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday said he was proud of developing Nkandla, his homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

He came under fire from Members of Parliament (MP) in the National Assembly.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko asked Zuma why Nkandla was identified as an area of need when so many other areas were underdeveloped.

She wanted to know why R2 billion was used to build a centre just three kilometres from Zuma's homestead.

Mazibuko also queried whether R1 billion of that amount was coming from government's coffers.

But Zuma was unrepentant.

He replied saying he was not embarrassed, adding people living in the area should not be punished for being his neighbours.

Despite one MP referring to the area as 'Zumaville', the president said he was happy people who had never seen development before would now experience it.

In 2009, Zuma announced his plans to establish Comprehensive Rural Development Programme.

The programme is aimed at developing rural areas.