Motlanthe placates DA over Nkandla

The Deputy President responded to questions about Nkandla in parliament on Wednesday.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday he would never shy away from taking action against individuals who abuse public funds.

He responded, in parliament, to a Democratic Alliance (DA) question relating to President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal residence Nkandla.

It was the second consecutive day the opposition tried to have the controversial multimillion rand upgrade to Zuma's residence debated.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko asked, "Honourable deputy president, do you believe that spending so much money on the private home of a sitting head of state is justifiable when so many South Africans continue to live in poverty."

Motlanthe assured Mazibuko that the matter is being dealt with.

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

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

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.