20 October 2014.
The IFP calls on President Zuma's backers to
rather donate to the needy instead of wasting money on
attempting to bail out President Jacob Zuma, after one of these
tycoons offered to raise funds and settle President Jacob Zuma's
debt, after the security upgrades at his private homestead in
"President Zuma is not poor, he can afford to
pay his debt. With his monthly salary he can afford to pay all
his debt without any bail out. He cannot accept such an offer as
it will mean that he acknowledges that the money spent on his
home constitutes unlawful spending of public funds," said IFP
Secretary General, Ms Sibongile Nkomo.
"If these so called backers are keen to offer
financial assistance, they should rather focus on helping needy
people rather than wasting money on this issue. There are many
people in our country who are in desperate need of food and
shelter, therefore these so called good Samaritans should divert
their goodwill to help those in need, as they are the ones who
deserve assistance," continued Ms Sibongile Nkomo.
"This offer by these so called backers raises
more questions such as whether President Zuma approached them
for assistance. Has he agreed that he knows what was happening
at his home and therefore wants to pay back the money?
Why has this group agreed to help pay this
huge sum of money? Will there be more corrupt deals handed out
to those who are coming to rescue the leader of the ANC? If
President Zuma is not guilty of any wrong doing in this matter
he must show his true leadership by not accepting this offer," concluded Ms Nkomo.
Ms Sibongile Nkomo, MP, IFP Secretary
General, 076 5531240,
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