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Mazibuko: How can ANC justify R2bn 'Zumaville' project?

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Lindiwe Mazibuko has called for the ANC to justify the planned R2bn 'Zumaville' project, while unemployment and poverty remains high in KwaZulu-Natal.

An architect's impression of the new scheme for Nkandla. (M&G)

The Democratic Alliance  (DA) offered South Africans jobs while the ANC offered 'Zumaville', parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Saturday.

"How can Zuma explain spending so much money on a single project while many people across the province find themselves without even the most basic services?" Mazibuko said in a speech prepared for delivery.

She was speaking in Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal about the DA's recently launched Plan for Growth and Jobs.

According to a report on Friday government was planning to build a new R2-billion town in Zuma's home village of Nkandla. The town was dubbed 'Zumaville'.

Government would reportedly have to direct more than R1-billion of taxpayers' money into the development while the other R1-billion would be raised from the private sector.

Mazibuko said Zuma's Nkandla homestead was also being turned into a palace with underground tunnels to ensure his safety.

"The only thing Zuma should be afraid of is the high level of unemployment keeping so many people in KwaZulu-Natal in extreme poverty."

Mazibuko said the department of public works was spending R36-million on Nkandla but "was slow" to help at Kokstad's local hospital. - Sapa.

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