Reading answers to questions from pre prepared scripts he was clearly not taking anything seriously and seemed more intent on insisting that Mandela’s ANC party was more important than the country South Africa! Only in Totalitarian Communist regimes is this kind of thinking acceptable…
It is undoubtedly the worst time for South African morale with Rampant Crime, murder, collapsing Health System and non functional local municipalities causing untold disasters, corrupt police force, army with a high level of AIDS infections, student protests, economy in trouble, severe drought in parts of the country.
Maybe he was giggling at his latest salary increase? The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has recommended a 5% increase on remuneration for Zuma for the 2015/16 financial year.
This will see the country’s leader receive an additional R100,000 annually, taking his salary from R2.75 million to R2.89 million, if approved.
Zuma’s salary is the not the only expense South African tax payers have to fork out for to keep the president comfortable, though.
Here’s how much is spent on President Zuma each year, based on available information.
What taxpayers spend on Zuma:
Salary – If the latest increase is approved, Zuma will take home R2.89 million in the next financial year.
Spousal support – Three of Zuma’s wives are supported, which reportedly cost R54.6 million during his first terms in office.
Residential maintenance – More than R3 million was spent to maintain Zuma’s residential homes in the 2014/15 financial year.
Official vehicles – Regulations set the amount at 70% of the annual salary and allow for two cars.
Nkandla – Over R200 million has been spent on the security upgrades to Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.
VIP protection, travel allowances, and hotel accommodation – figures not available.
But if President Jacob Zuma is feeling the heat, he did a good job of hiding it during his final Q&A session for the year in Parliament on Thursday. There were chuckles aplenty from President Zuma, while the message from the opposition was: We are not amused, says DM’s REBECCA DAVIS.
Opposition parties have fought hard for President Jacob Zuma simply to appear in the National Assembly once per quarter and answer questions from Members of Parliament. Their motives are obvious: it is important for the President to be seen to account to Parliament and the nation. And while the questions on the order paper are determined and answered in advance – which means the President’s team has worked out uncontroversial answers for him long before he takes to the lectern – there is always the chance that something new, interesting or incriminating might arise from the supplementary questions that are permitted.
Except that nothing really ever does. As we’ve discussed before, the practice whereby the President takes oral questions in Parliament is promising on paper, but rarely satisfying in real life. If he dodges a question, or engages in evasive circumlocution, or laughs off an inquiry, there is no accountability for that at all. The Speaker of the House defends his dignity against all comers. For the important stuff, the President has answers painstakingly prepared; for the rest, there’s simply nothing forcing him to answer in any substantive way.
This was very much the case on Thursday afternoon, when Zuma graced Parliament with his final appearance for the year. Now that Parliament’s staff strike is over, there’s something of an end-of-term feel in the institution. Members go off to do constituency work shortly, and there is a sense of things winding down generally. Thursday’s National Assembly saw prominent figures like the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Julius Malema absent, as well as several government ministers. No protesters lined the streets to Parliament.
The Jacob Zuma who appeared before the House seemed in fine fettle, perhaps relieved by the prospect of a respite as year-end looms. He was confident and jocular, punching back and laughing. Laughter was, in fact, the leitmotif of his appearance. The now trademark chuckling started early, and was sustained virtually all the way through, occasioning complaints from opposition MPs.
“The President answers the question, says absolutely nothing, and then he laughs,” protested EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. “It means decisions are jokes!” He added that Zuma should not mistake himself to be on “Trevor Noah’s show”.
The President exhibited no self-doubt in response – but unusually chose to tackle the topic of his laughter, which has been a headline-grabber before, head-on.
“I don’t know how to stop my laughter. Is it hurting?” he asked. Later an EFF MP suggested that the president had been internalizing too sincerely the old maxim that “laughter is the best medicine”. Zuma jumped on this with alacrity.
“I will always laugh,” he said at one point.
So what exactly did the president communicate, other than a sense of jollity? The best it got in terms of the supply of concrete facts was arguably Zuma’s response to what measures were being put in place to address the country’s drought crisis – one of his prepared answers:
Zuma read a response that four provinces – North West, Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal and Free State – had been declared as being in a “state of disaster” as a result of the drought. He said that government has set aside water tanks for use, was drilling new boreholes, and working on rehabilitating water and augmenting existing water sources. Farmers would be assisted with the provision of feed, he said, as well as more boreholes from which livestock could drink.
Mayors had been ordered to take action, Zuma read, in terms of implementing water restrictions, monitoring water usage and applying penalties where necessary. He urged municipal managers to prioritise the repair of wasteful water leaks and the roll-out of low-flush toilets, and said that grey water should be used for irrigation where necessary.
Zuma’s sharpest answer came in response to a question from EFF MP, Hlengiwe Hlophe, about the legitimacy of appointing presidential adviser, Vuma Mashinini, as a commissioner of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Clearly making fair elections questionable. Opposition parties have expressed concern that Mashinini’s proximity to the presidency amounts to a conflict of interests. The President pointed out that former IEC commissioners have included ex-Democratic Alliance MP, Raenette Taljaard, and ex-National Party MP, Sheila Camerer; both individuals with clear political affiliations.
On the matter of funding for higher education, President Zuma was vague and unconvincing. “There will be no [fee] rise, and there will be money,” he promised, without ever specifying the source of this money. He disagreed with IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa’s suggestion that the issue of student fees had only been put on the agenda because of student protests. “I’m sure you will recall the matter of free education is a policy of the ruling party, established decades ago,” Zuma said. He said that government had already begun to implement it by means of no-fee schools.
He assured MPs that the forthcoming Higher Education Amendment Bill would not interfere with academic freedom, while addressing matters pertaining to institutional autonomy.
“There must be an autonomy of the institutions so they can do their work without much interference,” Zuma said. But he also conceded: “Politically, my own view – there is no autonomy that could be absolute. It’s relative. Everything is relative.”
One potentially interesting question from African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader, Kenneth Meshoe, about whether the ANC’s warm welcome of Palestinian organisation Hamas in South Africa recently could be viewed as a snub to Israel, was batted away diplomatically by Zuma. He said that the government had deployed Middle East envoys, and had close relations with both Israel and Palestine in their conflict.
The DA had indicated in advance that the party wanted to see Zuma address the reports a R4-billion jet will be purchased for his use. Speaker, Baleka Mbete, shut the topic down at the beginning and at the end of the session, despite DA speaker John Steenhuisen’s assertion that it was “in the nation’s interest” for Zuma to address it, and DA leader’s Mmusi Maimane’s last minute plea: “But the President is here!”
Zuma was, however, forced to tackle another contentious issue: the matter of comments he made to the ANC KwaZulu Natal elective congress recently to the effect that the ANC comes before the country. This came up twice during his question session on Thursday. Zuma said that the ANC literally “came first”, in the sense that it pre-existed democratic South Africa: “The ANC was born first”. He also reiterated a previous defence, that he had made the comments in his capacity as ANC leader rather than South Africa’s president. Pressed on the matter by the DA at the end of the session, Zuma went on the attack towards the opposition. “We pay no attention when the DA meets, where you say all sorts of funny things. Why are you so interested in the ANC? You love the ANC! You can’t stop talking about the ANC!”
The DA’s Maimane also got in one last-ditch reference to Nkandla, asking the ANC when it intended to pay for the upgrades to the president’s home. A more ruffled than usual Maimane shouted the question despite Speaker Mbete’s repeated requests for him to sit down. It provided a scene emblematic of the parliamentary year: President Zuma escaping directly answering the hard questions, while the opposition fruitlessly hollers at him to account.
This indicates the scale of the pillaging going on in SA by the African National Congress (ANC) government… So far.
1. Multi-billion $ Arm’s deal
3. Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla Homestead Project (Project Prestige)
4. Nkandla Freeway Project
5. Misuse of the plastic bag levy funds
6. Police Buildings and the exorbitant lease saga
8. Tony Yengeni’s arrest
9. Jackie Selebi and everything about the trial
10. Jackie Selebi’s parole
11. Shabir Schaik’s trial, during which Zuma was implicated but no prosecution followed
12. Schabir Shaik’s parole on medical grounds, but suddenly, he has fully recovered
13. Richard Mdluli’s slush fund
14. Richard Mdluli’s abuse of safe houses
15. Richard Mdluli’s travel agency scam
16. Richard Mdluli’s abuse of state owned vehicles
17. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang’s liver transplant
18. Nathi Mtethwa’s private residence upgrade with public funds
19. Julius Malema’s Limpopo feeding programme
20. Ntau Letebele’s transport tender in Limpopo
21. Julius Malema’s transport tender in Limpopo
22. School feeding schemes in the Eastern Cape
23. Ms Dina Pule and the ITC Indaba
24. Limpopo textbooks saga
25. Moses Kotane Development Agency corruption
26. Msunduzi municipality officials using more than R1m of taxpayers’ money to fund an ANC rally.
27. Mthatha corruption case over fraudulent legal jobs didn’t exist
28. Ekurhuleni municipality corruption in awarding water meter contracts to Lesira-Teq
29. Thaba Chweu local municipality’s misuse of R3m in 2009
30. Endemic corruption at Nala Local Municipality to the point that treasury have cut them off
31. Desiree Tlhoaele’s axing after going after corrupt officials in sports, arts and culture
32. Viking testing station’s corrupt examiners
33. Police officers Linda Mlambo and Mahlang Shaku fraudulenty conning motorists out of cash
34. Sandton officers arrested for corruption after extorting money from a motorists
35. Willie Hofmeyer’s axing
36. Mvula Trust and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs’ job creation fraud to the tune of hundreds of millions of rands
37. Government’s endemic over-use and over-pay of consultants
38. Glynnis Breytenbach’s axing
39. The spy-tape saga
40. Thosan Panday corruption in KZN
41. KZN’s misuse of R785m in 2011
42. Madibeng municipality awarding millions in tenders to its own employees
43. Madibeng municipality’s taxation scam with its employees
44. Madibeng municipality paying money to fictitious companies for fictitious work
45. Madibeng municipality paying for funerals that never took place
46. Madibeng municipality paying for home renovations for its employees
47. Taung municipality paying triple digit increases without consultation
48. Morake Incorporated Attorneys & the Rustenburg provincial department – R13m paid in fees for a disciplinary hearing
49. Endemic corruption at Mbhashe municipality to the point of the mayor and 7 others being fired
50. Corruption exposed by SIU at Rustenburg and Madibeng local municipalities
51. Corruption exposed by SIU at Moses Kotane
52. Corruption exposed by SIU at Bojanala District
53. Corruption exposed by SIU at Ventersdorp
54. Corruption exposed by SIU at Greater Taung
55. Corruption exposed by SIU at Tswaing
56. Corruption exposed by SIU at Ramotshere Moiloa
57. Corruption exposed by SIU at Mahikeng
58. Corruption exposed by SIU at Dr Kenneth Kaunda District
59. Corruption exposed by SIU at Maquassi Hill
60. Corruption exposed by SIU at Moretele
61. Corruption exposed by SIU at Lekwa-Teemane
62. Corruption exposed by SIU at Ngaka
63. Corruption exposed by SIU at Modiri Molema District
64. Corruption exposed by SIU at Ditsobotla
65. Corruption exposed by SIU at Kagisano
66. Corruption exposed by SIU at Kgetlengrivier
67. Corruption exposed by SIU at Ratlou
68. Corruption exposed by SIU at Dr Ruth Mompati District
69. Corruption exposed by SIU at Naledi Local Municipality
70. Awarding of tenders to Vivian Reddy following Zuma intervention
71. Twenty five cases, involving R768 827 043 in KZN in 2010 alone
72. The Glen Agliotti case
73. Diverting of public funds to Swazi King
74. Diverting of public funds to Robert Mugabe
75. Diverting of public funds to Zanu-PF
76. Funding of military equipment in Zimbabwe with SA public funds
77. Zuma’s corruption in numerous cases prior to his presidency
78. Fraud, corruption, tender-rigging, kickbacks and irregular appointments at Tshwane municipality
79. Endemic corruption at the heart of Mpumalanga municipality including physical violence to avoid publication of facts
80. Public Works’ endemic misuse of public funds for private residences of government officials, disguised as security upgrades.
81. Public Works leasing back property from its own employees for official use, while footing the initial bill too
82. BEE fronting for SAPS land deals outside of the main contract for PTA head office through Roux Shabangu
83. R2.4bn in improper bonuses paid out by SABC to directors
84. SABC paying fictitious staff
85. ANC controlling SABC with threats of fund withdrawals
86. SABC awarding tenders to its own employees
87. Ekurhuleni employees signing off on deals that do not exist
88. Land fraud in KZN worth R50m involving three officials and a businessman for farms and other properties
89. Department of arts and culture misuse of R42m during the soccer world cup
90. Loss of dockets relating to high profile corruption cases
91. Education department officials involved in examination selling
92. Parastatals’ inflated sponsorship of events hosted by the Guptas and New Age
93. New Age website having massive funds diverted its way from government budgets without readership stats to speak of
94. The City of Johannesburg rigging a large tender in favour of Regiments, an ANC-connected empowerment firm central to a consortium that made the JHB mayor’s wife a *multimillionaire.
95. On-Point Engineering securing Limpopo tenders through Julius Malema and his accomplices
96. Amathole district municipality awarding irregular tenders relating to vehicle tracking
97. John Block’s R112m tender fraud relating to water purification equipment
98. Gaston Savoi’s R112m tender fraud relating to water purification equipment
99. DoC official awarding R500k tender to his wife
100. Martin Masemola from Dept of Minerals & Energy receiving financial kickbacks and land for favours to friends and family
101. Bosasa and Correctional Services corruption to the tune of R3bn in tender rigging
102. Public Works corrupt relationship with Saab and the blacked out agreements that not even they are entitled to
103. R63 million tender fraud at Limpopo traffic department involving Mbhazima Sithole, 45, Felix Baloyi, 34, Mphateleni Musubu, 43, and Lufuno Muladi, 27, all directors of various companies that secured tenders illegally
104. Gauteng Finance dept awarding R23m in IT tenders fraudulently
105. Kelly Group securing labour broking tenders worth R372m by BEE fronting
106. Eastern Cape health department and their tender fraud worth over R800m in just one single case
107. Obed Mlaba securing tenders to the value of R3bn in KZN
108. KZN misuse of public money to the tune of R532m in 2009
109. Public Works in Limpopo involved in tender fraud for undisclosed sum late last year
110. Tshwane kickback scheme for tenders to the tune of R1b
111. Tshwane maladministration in their financial dept for undisclosed sum
112. Philemon Mohlahlane (ex Land Bank CEO) embezzling R19m out of the Land Bank for his personal and business use
113. Prestige Portfolio tender corruption at Public Works as investigated by SIU (this appears to be linked to Project prestige – Zuma’s development)
114. Bobby Motaung’s multi-million rand fraud involving stadium tenders
115. Ekurhuleni Metro IT tender for R21m that was used to buy Porsches and Mercs
116. Limpopo transport tender fraud of R63m
117. Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale’s influence in awarding tenders
118. Buffalo City Metro tender fraud of R12m
119. Ekurhuleni Chief Financial Officer Mr Zakes Myeza, Chief Director Water and Sanitation Mr Slindokuhle Hadebe, Acting Head of Department of then Roads and Stormwater Mr Moses Maliba, Junior Official Water and Sanitation Ms Nomusa Malimabe and Independent Contractor Mr Miyelani Holeni’s all involved in tender fraud worth R166m
120. Julius’ cousing Tshepo Malema involved in corruption and fraud through the government worth R63m
121. Pikitup tender fraud relating to contracts awarded through City of Johannesburg for undisclosed sum
122. Vivian Reddy’s company awarded an inflated contract of R1.25bn for smart electricity meter reading in Joburg despite never having done anything like it before
123. Xhariep district mayor Mongi Ntwanambi’s fraudulent travel expenses claims costing half a million rand a year
124. Free State Government paying R140 million for their website created with a $40 WordPress template
125. Limpopo Health’s unaccounted for R739m tender spend for 2012
126. Gauteng Health’s R1bn corruption in 2010
127. ANC’s investment body, Chancellor House, receiving yet another state tender worth billions of rands
128. ANC’s investment arm, Chancellor House, receiving millions from the Medupi and Kusile deals
129. ANC’s investment arm, Chancellor House, to benefit significantly from R40bn Eskom tenders
130. The spending of more than R13.5m on Nomvula Mokonyane’s home. A home that was purchased for R11.5m
Zuma’s position weakens as he loses battle to keep ‘spy tapes’ under wraps
131. Bankrupt SAA (National Airline)
132. Bankrupt Post Office (National Post Office)
133. Bankrupt SABC (National Broadcaster)
134. Corruption and takeover of the Media
135. The Gupta’s
137 Bankrupt Eskom
138 Al Bashir saga…
In short, nothing works…
Surely the globalist money powers that devised the destruction of South Africa through the manipulation of “politically correct” liberals and democrats worldwide, are also giggling all the way to Marxist World Supremacy…