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'DA has no right to invade Zuma’s property'

The KwaZulu-Natal ANC has urged the DA to cancel its trip to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

President Jacob Zuma speaks at a New Age Business Breakfast. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG/ CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) will only have itself to blame should there be a backlash following the opposition party's planned visit to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead, the ANC said on Friday.

The DA has planned a trip to the presidential compound on Sunday, in the wake of the controversy surrounding upgrades of over R200 million to Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal home.

The provincial ANC has denied that it has threatened the DA with violence.

But the party's KwaZulu-Natal secretary general, Sihle Zikalala, has urged the DA to cancel its trip.

"Zuma's house in Nkandla is a private property which belongs to him and his family.

"As political parties, we cannot just invade [private] property."

But DA national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said the party would not enter the president's property and were not planning on disturbing the presidential family.

Maimane questioned the ANC's intentions, saying the president's compounds had been funded with taxpayers' money.

"At the moment, it has been built by taxpayers' money. It has been declared a National Key Point."

Maimane said the party would not have a problem if Zuma's family had funded the home.

DA SEEKS CLARITY ON NKANDLAGATE PROBE

The opposition party has also said Auditor-General Terence Nombembe should commit to conducting a full investigation into whether there were any irregularities in the Nkandla saga.

The Public Works Ministry has acknowledged prices could have been inflated, owing to "a lack of control" by the department.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said she would ask for the report to be made public once it had been completed.

"This is an opportunity for us to restore some faith in the government. This scandal has deeply undermined the public's confidence that the government exists to deliver to all fairly.

"We must do everything possible to shine a light to the details of this upgrade, in order to restore that confidence."

"I'm also going to write to the [Auditor General] and request clarity on the nature of the investigation that the Minister of Public Works has requested. I don't believe it can be limited to an audit of whether or not costs were inflated."