‘I will keep asking Zuma to pay back the money’

Julius Malema has promised to ask the president about the Nkandla debacle whenever he sees him.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema will again ask the President when he intends repaying the money spent on non-security upgrades to his Nkandla home when he's back in the National Assembly next week.

It's one of the six questions on the parliamentary question paper, which was circulated today ahead of President Jacob Zuma's appearance in the house next Thursday.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has previously found Zuma benefited unduly from features including a swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre and a visitor's centre built on his private homestead in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

A parliamentary ad hoc committee is currently quizzing the police minister on the spending debacle.

Malema has promised to ask the president about the Nkandla debacle whenever he sees him.

He's previously quipped that he would put the question to Zuma even if they happen to meet in a public toilet.

In the meantime, Members of Parliament (MPs) are moving with haste to amend the legislature's rule book.

During a meeting of Parliament's Rules Committee yesterday, all parties, except for the EFF agreed to a new rule, which allows the Parliamentary Protection Services to physically remove disruptive MPs.

The amendment will be put to the National Assembly for adoption tomorrow.

The president's last question and answer session last month ended with chants of "Pay back the money".

He left without answering a single question.


Meanwhile, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko claims there is a tendency in the public service to "name-drop" in order to get things done.

Nhleko made the comment while rubbishing a letter written by a police official that appears to confirm a link between Zuma and the barracks built on the outskirts of his Nkandla homestead.

The African National Congress (ANC) says the homes for police officers and soldiers were not part of security upgrades.

Nhleko says Senior Superintendent LF Linde fabricated information contained in a letter addressed to officials in the Public Works Department.

He says this was uncovered by the Special Investigating Unit.

"When he wrote 'by the instruction of the president', this was by his own account and invention."

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has likened the costly barracks to RDP houses.

"What is an equivalent to an RDP house was built for R6,4 million?"

The barracks, a clinic that is not operational and a helipad on the outskirts of Zuma's homestead has cost taxpayers R135 million.