Nkandla schools used to highlight corruption in SA

The DA says pupils at a school near Zuma's homestead are forced to learn in dilapidated classrooms.

FILE: A view of the homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday debated the scourge of corruption in the country with the Democratic Alliance (DA) highlighting the plight of school pupils near Nkandla.

The DA's Phumzile van Damme kicked off the debate by saying pupils at the Ensingweni Primary school near the president's private homestead are forced to learn in classrooms with broken windows and leaking roofs in the middle of winter.

She says the principal had long been asking the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government to fix the school, but there aren't enough funds because money was wasted because of corruption.

"It is no wonder that their requests fell on deaf ears, because last year the department overspent its budget by a staggering R2,6 billion. The over expenditure was not because of accelerated spending on education, but because the department had unlawfully awarded tenders to politically connected service providers which then paid twice for a single service."

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from the non-security features which formed part of the R246 million upgrades to his homestead in Nkandla.

MPs who visited the estate found evidence of gross cost inflation and shoddy workmanship.