ANC ‘not fazed’ by latest revelations over Nkandla
THE ANC says it’s “not fazed” by revelations that President Jacob Zuma allegedly enjoyed “substantial” personal benefits from the R215 million security upgrades at his Nkandla home.
But hundreds of South Africans don’t agree and have taken to Twitter to sign an online petition calling for his impeachment.
“The leaked public protector report on Nkandla proves that president Zuma lied to Parliament and personally benefited from over R200m of public money (without proper tender),” the petition reads.
By last night more than 350 people had signed the petition but the ANC was standing firm in its support for Zuma, despite added calls for his head from the opposition.
Activist Zackie Achmat was among those who lent his support to the petition.
But ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said it was “jumping the gun” to call for action to be taken against Zuma, since the details contained in a Mail & Guardian exposé stemmed from a provisional public protector report that could in any case not be verified.
“We don’t understand how people have come to certain conclusions on whatever needs to be done, based on this report which might not be factual, that might not even be agreed to by the public protector herself,” Mthembu said.
“The authority is the public protector, who has a constitutional obligation to speak to the nation on any report.”
But the group behind the petition, who call themselves the Committee for the Impeachment of the President,