Wednesday, January 30, 2013

COSATU want Nkandla R206 million to be investigated

Athenkosi Mvane
30 January 2013


The Congress of South African Trade Unions welcomes the statement by the Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi, about money spent on President Jacob Zuma’s residence at Nkandla.

They union appreciates that there is no evidence that public money was spent to build the private residence of the president or that any house belonging to the president was built.

Cosatu does not question the need for the state to take adequate measures to secure the President and other public office bearers.

Cosatu National Spokesperson Patrick Craven said they are still concerned with the amount that was used ostensibly for security at the President’s home.

“While we appreciate that the details of what that money was spent on may not be able released for security reasons; we feel that the amount should be incestigated” Craven said.

Craven said that R206 million is grossly excessive, and is particularly insensitive to theworkers, the poor and the homeless.

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