[ View the story "President Zuma in hot water over leaked Nkandla report" on Storify] President Zuma in hot water over leaked Nkandla report So-called 'fire pool' among list of purported taxpayer-funded upgrades at South African president's compound, according to provisional report.
The Stream· Fri, Nov 29 2013 10:22:03
The graph below purports to show the cost of security upgrades to homesteads of five South African presidents, with the cost of Zuma's Nkandla project dwarfing the others.
For those of you that asked for it, here is the Nkandla spend vs previous presidential homes adjusted for inflation
The response online was largely critical of the president, with many focusing on the cost of the pool, estimated to be $50,000. According to the
Mail & Guardian, the cost was justified through claims that the "fire pool" would serve as a water reservoir in the case of an emergency.
Curious as to what the vibe is at Nkandla today. Maybe they haven't checked Twitter and are sipping martinis next to the fire pool. #NkandlaTammy Teague
How does a swimming pool & an amphitheatre pass as a 'security upgrade'? African leaders though... #NkandlaBekithemba
#Nkandla The report may be provisional, but the swimming pool, the helipad, the home cinema and the kraal are all permanent.peregrinus
, a spokesman from Zuma's African National Congress (ANC) party noted that the report has not been verified and urged the public to "exercise restraint and caution" until the official report is released.
We continue to have confidence in our President, we believe that he is not responsible for any wrong doing with regard to #Nkandla upgradeANC Info Feed
As the #ANC we will await the #Nkandla report of the public protector before we can comment on the content and the findings thereof.ANC Info Feed
The Democratic Alliance (DA) released a
which called the report, if accurate, "damning", and has
to use a constitutional provision to try to remove Zuma from office. There is also a
petition circulating online, which calls for his impeachment.
Parliament of South Africa, and political party leaders: Impeach President Jacob Zuma for NkandlaThe leaked Public Protector report on Nkandla proves that president Zuma lied to parliament and personally benefitted from over R200 mill...
Many on Twitter wondered how the report might impact the ANC and Zuma's standing in national elections due in 2014.
The #Nkandla nonsense is the reason why I'm gonna vote next year. Come #2014elections┌E┐┌d┐┌d┐┌i┐┌e┐
Being angry about #Nkandla and planning to vote for the ANC next year is the definition of double-think.Gavin Davis
This #Nkandla report should shake you all from within even if your an ANC supporter there can be no justification for such corruption!Sanele Mkhwanazi
Zuma's #Nkandla is a slap in the face of all South Africans & 101 years of leaders who gave their lives for equality. May 2014 bring change!Ulrich J v Vuuren 웃
Others responded with humour.
#Nkandla report. R125,000 spent on fire extinguishes. For when JZ's pants catch on fire.Martin Tagg Himself
For R550 000 the pool better come with life guards and mermaids #nkandlaMio & Queenie®
How do you think this will impact the president's reputation, and the ANC's chances in next year's elections? Let The Stream know in the comments below.
Thanks to Bataung Matsau for pitching this story.
@AJStream @mmbilal #Nkandla Report by Public Protector of #SouthAfrica, amid this scourge of #homelessness!Bataung Matsau