02 December 2013
Having taken note of the leaked Public
Protector report on Nkandla, the IFP National Council - the
Party's highest decision-making body - which met over the
weekend in Ulundi, is of the opinion that the content currently
available in the media pertaining to the investigation, seems to
suggest that this might amount to one of South Africa's biggest
corruption scandals to date.
The preliminary evidence also seems to
suggest, that there has been a deliberate and well-orchestrated
attempt by the Government to shield information about this
scandal from the general public.
If indeed President Jacob Zuma misled
Parliament and the nation at large, he must be held accountable.
Furthermore, the IFP welcomes and supports the Public
Protector's directive that President Zuma should be made to pay
back the public funds which was unlawfully spent on his private
residence at Nkandla.
The IFP deplores the abuse of taxpayer money,
which is now seemingly part and parcel of the ANC's fabric.
Last year, during a by-election in Nkandla
when the IFP took control of that municipality, the shadow of
corruption darkened the ANC's efforts to such an extent that the
President's own people rejected his Party at the polls.
The IFP will continue to provide real
leadership to the people of Nkandla and to South Africans at
With the Public Protector's report now in the
public domain, there is just too much evidence against the ANC
of corruption and poor leadership for anyone to believe they can
still deliver a better life for all in 2014.
Ms Sibongile Nkomo, MP, 076 553
On behalf of the IFP National Council.