08 April 2014.
The IFP is shocked with the latest instance of
abuse of state resources by the ANC-led government, with more
taxpayer funds having been channelled into a project that seems
to benefit mainly President Jacob Zuma's private residence at
The Middledrift water scheme 'launched' today
is only two kilometres away from President Zuma's homestead.
In attendance today was Minister Edna Molewa,
Deputy Minister Barbara Thompson, Premier Senzo Mchunu, the Mayor
of Uthungulu, Thandeka Mchunu, and the Mayors of Umthonjaneni
In front of the IFP's Mayor of Nkandla, Mr
Ntuli and myself, the event funded for by taxpayer money was
turned into an ANC rally where insults where hurled at the IFP,
which controls the Municipality in which President Zuma resides.
It is clear that the upcoming elections will
neither be free nor fair when one considers the extent of the
abuse of state resources that are now so blatantly being used
for ANC campaign efforts.
The Middledrift plant and reservoir will serve
Ward 14 in Nkandla, where the president's private home is
situated, in the KwaNxamalala area.
This while tens of thousands of people in
other Nkandla wards are without a reliable supply of clean
water. Many communities are being forced to use rivers,
alongside livestock, for their daily water needs.
According to an answer given in the Assembly
by Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs BEE Molewa
in November 2012, the following features would be constructed at
the Middledrift Water Project Phase 2, which channels water to
the president's homestead:
- A reservoir
- A pump station
- A water treatment plant
- A water treatment works
- A purification plant.
It is important to note, that ALL these were
planned after the president took office in 2009.
"How much more money must the taxpayer
contribute, to keep our president in the style he thinks he is
entitled to? We strongly condemn the ANC robbing the public
pursue to fund their own election campaign efforts," said Mr
Blessed Gwala, the Leader of the Official Opposition in the
The Public Protector has already confirmed
that nearly R250million of taxpayers'
money was paid on the president's complex for
buildings and improvements.
"In addition, two new road networks worth
R582-million have been built to KwaNxamalala, Nkandla - thanks
mostly to state funds," said Gwala.
The IFP calls on the Public Protector to also
investigate the costs, tender procedures, and so on, of the
infrastructure laid around and to the president's private home.
"The ANC's abuse of state resources should not
be tolerated any further. South Africans must rise up and say
enough is enough. The very notion of our democracy is at stake
when our Government is allowed to freely pillage the public
purse with impunity," concluded Gwala.
MR BLESSED GWALA MPL,
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION IN KWAZULU NATAL
NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON OF THE INKATHA FREEDOM
CONTACT: 078 290 5842