President Jacob Zuma has quipped that development at his Nkandla homestead was still underway, and that he has plans to build a shopping mall when he retires.
This is according to a report by IOL, quoting the president who was speaking the opening of Mavundla Square in Greytown, in his mother tongue.
“When I retire I want to build my own mall and name it Zuma Square in Nkandla town. Definitely I will build it,” Zuma was quoted as saying.
The mall would be known as “Zuma Square”, IOL reported.
Zuma reportedly joked with journalists, saying that he would one day window shop at the mall, but would not buy anything “because I don’t have money”.
Zuma has come under severe scrutiny and faces criticism for the Nkandla scandal, in which over R246 million of taxpayers’ money was used to upgrade his private home in the name of “security”.
Various investigations have been conducted into the matter, with most absolving the president from any wrongdoing.
However, opposition parties and citizens have not let the matter rest, with political players often chanting “Pay Back The Money”, and disrupting Parliamentary proceedings to draw it back into the spotlight.
Zuma has responded to the scandal with a humorous stance, often laughing away the criticism and shrugging off responsibility.