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MPs debate Zille's visit to Nkandla

MPs criticised the behaviour of ANC members outside President Jacob Zuma’s home at the weekend.

MPs have condemned the behaviour of ANC members outside President Jacob Zuma’s home over the weekend.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday once again raised the Nkandla issue in the National Assembly, just days after Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille was barred from inspecting the road around the president's homestead.

On Sunday, Zille led a DA delegation to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal, but she was stopped by several hundred ANC supporters and police.

Officers said they were concerned about the safety of the DA members.

DA MP Debbie Shafer criticised ANC members, who she says resorted to threats of violence in a bid to stop the visit.

"We know Helen Zille is scary, but my word, what possible physical threat could she and a few DA leaders pose to the security of the president by walking on a public road outside his home. The fact that the ANC resorted to violence when they heard about the visit is shameful."

Congress of the People's Julie Killian also raised censorship concerns.

She said staff at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) were warned by management to avoid using certain words when reporting on the Nkandla issue.

"I want to quote from the email which was sent out at 4:36pm on Monday afternoon: 'Dear all, you're hereby notified with immediate effect that Nkandla should be referred to as Mr Zuma's Nkandla residence and not a compound or a homestead. Please also refrain from using imported terminology in reporting on the controversy surrounding the infrastructure development.'"

The ANC has described Zille's visit as a publicity stunt.

The upgrade to Zuma's home is estimated to have cost over R200 million.

Many people have criticised the upgrade, citing the huge gap between the rich and the poor.

Zuma has maintained he has done nothing wrong and the whole project is above board.