Nkandla residents decry lack of basic services

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Residents and the business community at Nkandla in KwaZulu Natal have complained to President Jacob Zuma about lack of roads, electricity and water. Zuma is under pressure to explain his involvement in security upgrades worth R246 million at his Nkandla home.
The business community at Nkandla has told the President that lack of basic services in the area is impacting negatively on business growth.

Residents have urged the President to ensure that everybody has electricity and water by the end of the year. They have nevertheless voiced support for the ANC in the May 7.

However, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has called on government to conduct a forensic audit on monies spent on the Nkandla security upgrades. Holomisa has been addressing an election rally at Mdeni village outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

He says the forensic audit will provide answers as to how over R240 million was spent to upgrade security at President Zuma’s residence. Scores of people sang and chanted slogans praising their leader Bantu Holomisa during his election campaign at Mdeni village outside Mthatha.

Bantu Holomisa says that the Eastern Cape must focus on infrastructure development to create jobs

Holomisa says he would deal decisively with fraud and corruption if his party wins the May 7 elections. He interacted with elderly people urging them to vote for UDM next month. Holomisa says his party cannot tolerate the looting of state resources.

“If I was to be the president tomorrow I would do a proper investigation on how the money was spent on Zuma’s property. So far we have not seen anything and we need to make sure that there is forensic auditing which would trace every cent which was spent in that plot. Corruption is actually affecting the image of the country,” says Holomisa.

He says the Eastern Cape must focus on infrastructure development to create jobs. The UDM leader says party agents must watch out for vote rigging at the polling stations. Various political parties are descending on the province to garner voter support ahead of the general elections.

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