The residence of President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal, has been the subject of an unrelenting and heated debate in what is now known as the ‘Nkandlagate’ scandal. Despite the outrage from opposition parties and members of the public, an investigation by the Department of Public Works found no evidence of misconduct or mismanagement of funds.
According to The Mail and Guardian, the renovations at the home of the president will cost more than R200 million. President Zuma has been determined in his denial of allegations that South African taxpayers are footing this huge bill. He has repeatedly explained that the renovations are not as unreasonable as the media makes them out to be.
It seems the relationship between China and South Africa is a lot closer than most people realised. Reliable sources say that Zuma has set aside a bungalow in his Nkandla home for the Chinese president Xi Jinping. The news comes after the BRICS summit that took place in Durban last week. BRICS is the acronym for the countries that took part in the summit which include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
From a distance, the presidential residence looks like a holiday resort in the middle of a beautiful, country setting. A medical clinic, a bunker, staff accommodation, a visitor’s centre and helipad are just some of the features that the president finds necessary in his home. His love for tea is also expected to be catered for by means of a small tea plantation and tea house.
The DA has been extremely vocal in its attack of the ruling party stating that the president is not justified in his actions. The DA is unsatisfied with responses from the ANC stating that all is above board as the renovations progress. The opposition party is also concerned that when the time comes for Zuma to leave his seat as president of the republic, he will keep the estate that the citizen’s money paid for.