Nkandla debate continues in Parliament

MPs again raised their concerns regarding multi-million rand upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s home.

The upgraded Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, which allegedly cost more than R200 million to upgrade. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has once again raised the Nkandla issue in Parliament.

This was done during question time with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Wednesday.

The party has tried several times to have the controversial multi-million rand refurbishment of President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead openly debated.

The DA clearly will not allow the Nkandla scandal to be forgotten or ignored.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said, "As South Africans battle for a better life, the state has spent nearly R250 million."

She asked Motlanthe if the upgrades are justifiable.

He assured Mazibuko he would take steps to prevent the abuse of public funds, but ultimately he sidestepped the issue.

"That I believe is the matter that the Minister of Public Works is likely to clarify."

Motlanthe pointed out that the public protector is looking into the issue.

On Sunday, the DA was prevented from getting close to Zuma's Nkandla residence.

DA leader Helen Zille led the delegation to inspect what they believe to be misuse of public funds.

But the party was stopped by ANC supporters and police.

Officer said they were concerned about the DA's safety.

Opposition parties have made it clear that they are against the upgrade, citing the huge gap between the rich and the poor.