SA taxpayers must pay for Nkandla: ANC supporters

A large portion of ANC supporters believe that South African taxpayers should foot the bill for Nkandla, president Jacob Zuma’s private home in Kwa Zulu-Natal.

This is according to the findings from a new poll conducted by Ipsos, which posed the question: “President Jacob Zuma is entitled to a private home regardless of the cost to taxpayers.”

More than four in every 10 adult South Africans (42%) disagreed with the notion that Zuma’s private home should be funded by taxpayers.

Opinions have become more negative during the six months since April/May 2015 – at which time 37% of South Africans disagreed with the statement, Ipsos said.

Nkandla_3Majorities of DA and EFF supporters were strongly opposed to taxpayers footing the bill, and only a third of ANC supporters shared this opinion.

However – and perhaps surprising given the controversy the issue has caused – 41% of ANC supporters believe that Zuma’s private residence should be paid by taxes.

Nkandla_2A total of 3,617 personal face-to-face interviews were conducted with randomly selected adult South Africans.

Ipsos found that people living in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and North West were the most supportive of funding Zumas residence, while the strongest negative reactions came from residents in the Northern Cape, Western Cape and the Free State.

Nkandla_1On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma’s lawyer told the Constitutional Court that he accepted the findings of a report by the public protector into Nkandla – which stated that the president should pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrades to his house.

“We accept that the president is required to carry out remedial action. The public protector’s report has to be complied with,” Jeremy Gauntlett told the court.

Gauntlett pointed out that Zuma had already proposed that the court order the Auditor General and Treasury to determine how much of the R246 million spent on upgrades to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal he should repay.

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