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Posted on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:32

Zuma's homestead upgrade: South Africa's opposition continue fight

President Zuma told people at an ANC election rally in Cape Town that he would not repay the money because he did not ask for the upgrades. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's opposition parties are putting pressure on Parliament to ensure President Jacob Zuma answers some burning questions on the millions of rands spent on his rural homestead.

The National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu has now promised to table the public protector's Nkandla report in Parliament. This would mean a special sitting would have to be called.

The damning report found that Zuma and his family unduly benefitted from the 246 million rand upgrades to the homestead but the public protector Thuli Madonsela stopped short of finding Zuma guilty of any wrong doing.

But she did raise some serious questions on the president's judgment on the upgrades.

Political parties were outraged with the Democratic Alliance calling on Zuma to be impeached over the upgrades.

Last week, the speaker responded to the DA's request for a motion for Zuma's impeachment.

Sisulu told the DA's leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko that the matter would be tabled once Zuma had submitted the report to Parliament with his comments and a "report on any remedial steps taken or intended to be taken".

But the Freedom Front Plus said the speaker would have to make an exception and would even have to call a special session of the National Assembly before the election.

Parliament is in recess and is only due to sit again after the May 7 poll.

Meanwhile, Zuma finally broke his silence on the reportand told people at an ANC election rally in Cape Town that "he would not repay the money because he did not ask for the upgrades".

According to reports Zuma placed the blame on government officials.

The ANC also said they were satisfied with work undertaken on the matter by officials and the party's national working committee.

"It further noted that there are processes that need to be given a chance, like the pending report of the president expected in due course and progress on the work of the Special [Investigating] Unit."

The party's secretary general, Gwede Mantashe said the national executive committee had made no recommendations about the Nkandla report.

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