ANC ‘not fazed’ by lat­est rev­e­la­tions over Nkandla

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CRAIG DODDS and SAPA

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,

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