Numsa awaits Zuma’s resignation

The union has repeated its call for the president to step aside over "arrogant" spending at Nkandla.

Numsa is calling for President Jacob Zuma's head, accusing him of "arrogantly" defying the recommendations of the public protector. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday repeated calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign over the Nkandla scandal.

The union's demand came just as news was breaking of government's decision to take Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to court over her report on spending at the president's private KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

At a special media briefing on the union's affairs, Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim said any ministers involved in the project be added to the list of those they want to see step down following the damning findings.

Released in March, Madonsela's report found that the upgrades cost around R246 million and that the president and his family unduly benefitted from them.

She said ministers involved in the project failed to manage service providers and to prevent costs from rocketing.

Madonsela recommended that Zuma pay back a percentage of the costs involved.

But the president publicly stated that he never asked for the upgrades and would not pay back any funds.

Jim says his union is demanding the immediate resignation of the president due to his "blatant defiance" of the recommendation, as well as a full governmental response to the report itself.

"Nkandla is nothing other than the ruling elite spending a huge amount of public money, the money of ordinary workers and the poor, on the private residence of one man and his family," he says.

"We demand that they immediately respond to the public protector and the president must resign."

Numsa's call also comes just nine days before the presidential inauguration, with Zuma set to take the oath of office for his second term in power.