DA MPs' behaviour at Nkandla media tour slammed

Sanef says the DA's conduct was unacceptable & had the potential to politicise a non-partisan media tour.

FILE: Parliament’s ad hoc committee arrive in Nkandla for an in-loco inspection of President Jacob Zuma’s private home on 22 July 2015. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

NKANDLA - The ANC has lashed out at the Democratic Alliance (DA) for interrupting a media tour of a controversial project on the outskirts of the President's home in Nkandla, saying the opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) involved should hang their heads in shame.

Officials from the Presidency were showing journalists around the 21 houses that had been built for defence force members and police officers outside Jacob Zuma's estate yesterday when members of the DA arrived.

What followed were fiery exchanges between opposition Parliamentarians and the officials who refused to answer any of their questions.

The ANC chief whip's office has described the DA's actions as a disgraceful stunt.

But the DA MPs involved believed they had a right to see how public money was spent.

The South African National Editors' Forum has weighed in on the matter, saying the conduct of the DA members was unacceptable and had the potential to politicise a non-partisan media tour.

Three DA MPs inspected the president's homestead along with other members of a parliamentary ad-hoc committee during the tour.

They conducted an in-loco inspection of Zuma's estate, a costly housing project for security personnel on the outskirts of the property and a clinic in the vicinity.