Nkandla must be shared after President Jacob Zuma’s term in office ends. This is according to ANC’s senior Member of Parliament who further stated that Nkandla was extremely controversial and the community around Zuma’s house must also benefit, not only his family.
The clinic, two helicopter landing pads and 20 houses built for security officers are among the facilities that should be used by residents in the rural KwaZulu-Natal area. He (Zuma) must also lose exclusive access to his visitors’ centre, amphitheatre and R2.8 million pool area.
Cedric Frolick, chairperson of the parliamentary ad hoc committee on Nkandla, announced this decision to ANC MPs last week at a caucus meeting before the committee’s Nkandla report was submitted to Parliament and accepted.
Zuma’s home, which was upgraded with R246 million of taxpayers’ money, is built on two adjoining pieces of land, both leased from the Ingonyama Trust.
The trust manages land that falls under Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini on behalf of communities in KwaZulu-Natal.
The lease for the land on which Zuma’s five houses, his cattle kraal and chicken run are located is in his name.
The second tract of land with the clinic, two helicopter landing pads and 20 houses for police officers is being leased by the department of public works.
The visitors’ centre, amphitheatre and swimming pool area lie in the middle of the two stands.
A source in the department of public works said the clinic, helicopter landing pads and police houses are situated, without any doubt, on the property being leased by the state and these structures are considered to be state property.