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Analyst: DA’s Nkandla visit was about votes

Analysts say Helen Zille's trip to Nkandla may have had more to do with the 2014 general elections.

DA leader Helen Zille and party supporters are seen inside the Nkandla Police Station on 4 November 2012. The party had planned to inspect renovations made to President Jacob Zuma’s KZN home. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Analysts on Monday said Helen Zille's trip to Nkandla at the weekend may have had more to do with the 2014 elections, where the Democratic Alliance (DA) hopes to take a bigger chunk of voters away from the ANC, then concerns about taxpayers' money.

The DA leader and other officials planned a trip to inspect upgrades made at the President's KwaZulu-Natal home on Sunday, but were blocked by local ANC supporters.

Their visit followed reports that taxpayers would pay for 95 percent of renovations to Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

The projected is said to have already cost well over R200 million.

The DA has given the president until Wednesday to release information about the upgrades to his private residence, or face legal action.

But political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi said there was more to the DA action than meets the eye.

"I think they've set their sight on 2014 because the 2014 general election is happening a [few months] after the end of the Mangaung conference."

The DA however insists it wants the information about the upgrades or it will go to court to get it.

Zille's chief of staff, Geordin Hill-Lewis, said, "They say they have got nothing to hide, so they must set up the facts for everyone to see and say 'this is what we've spent because of these reasons'."

It is not clear yet what court action the opposition plans to take.