DA wants open debate about Nkandla

The DA says Zuma should welcome an open debate on Nkandla to restore public trust.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday unless the Nkandla debacle is openly debated in parliament, public trust in President Jacob Zuma will continue to wane.

Nkandla has been in the headlines after it emerged taxpayers will end up footing a large portion of the R200 million bill for the revamp of President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko submitted questions to the presidency, the defence ministry and police department in the hope the matter will be debated.

Mazibuko said government cannot continue to evade the issue.

"The entire scandal obviously risks undermining the integrity of the office of the president. We know from the provisions of the ministerial handbook that only R100,000 should be spent on a ministerial house for security upgrades."

Meanwhile, the issue also reared its head in agriculture, forestry and fisheries portfolio committee on Tuesday.

Last month, Zuma told a Cabinet meeting that he was not embarrassed about improvements in Nkandla.

He said he is committed to rural development and other areas will get their chance.