ANC campaigns in Nkandla
Zweli Mkhize says residents didn't mention the R246m spent on Jacob Zuma's residence.
JOHANNESBURG - ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize claims that not a single Nkandla resident he spoke to while campaigning in the area asked about the scandal involving President Jacob Zuma's home.
Mkhize spent yesterday in Nkandla distributing pamphlets and T-shirts and speaking to locals.
On Friday a high court judge ruled that the Democratic Alliance (DA) was justified in accusing Zuma of stealing public money, given the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela' s Nkandla report. DA demonstrators celebrate outside the High court in Johannesburg over the Nkandla SMS sent out by the opposition party against the ruling ANC. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
DA demonstrators celebrate outside the High court in Johannesburg over the Nkandla SMS sent out by the opposition party against the ruling ANC. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
Video: ANC and DA lock horns over Nkandla sms.
Statistics South Africa has declared the Nkandla municipality one of the poorest in South Africa while Madonsela described the president's home as an island of luxury in a sea of poverty.
Yet, Mkhize says nobody he spoke to in the area raised the issue of the quarter of a billion rand being spent on Zuma's residence.
"None of them raised the issue of the Nkandla project. Instead they talked about issues tangible to their situations."
Mkhize also denied suggestions that this year's elections will go down in history for the Nkandla scandal and not for the 20 years of democracy the country is marking.