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SACP marches in Nkandla

The SACP is concerned about the pace of rural development in KwaZulu-Natal.

The SACP is concerned about the pace of rural development in KwaZulu-Natal.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the South African Communist Party (SACP) have gathered in Nkandla to protest against the lack of rural development in the area.

The group is also calling for transparency regarding upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla.

The upgrade is estimated at over R200 million.

Earlier this week, Zuma addressed the issue in Parliament.

He said his family was paying for the renovations not the government.

They are expected to march to Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti's offices to hand over a memorandum.

The KwaZulu-Natal SACP's Themba Mthembu says rural areas in the province are suffering due to a lack of improvement programs.

"We are marching here in Nkandla to actually highlight the importance of rural development and also to tell the government to prioritise the matter."

Zuma's government has committed itself to rural development.

Meanwhile, the president has been criticised for the Umlalazi-Nkandla Smart Growth Centre project, which has been dubbed "Zumaville".

The town is expected to cost R2 billion and it is 3km from Zuma's home.

The public protector is currently investigating the project and the development of Zuma's home separately.