SACP: DA visit to Nkandla ‘racist’, ‘right wing’ and a ‘publicity stunt’

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille's planned inspection of President Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla was nothing more than part of a racist right wing agenda, the South African Communist Party (SACP) said on Saturday.

In a statement SACP spokesperson Malesela Maleka warned the DA leader that she would have to take full responsibility for the consequences of the visit to Nkandla on Sunday.

The Democratic Alliance said on Thursday it was planning to visit Zuma's private residence, where a R200-million upgrade was in progress.

Zille, accompanied by DA officials, would inspect roads around the property on Sunday and attempt to enter the compound.

"The SACP is peeved by the ongoing DA cheap publicity stunts and reckless attempts to score political points," he said.

He said the visit was nothing more than a continuing attempt to insult Zuma.

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"The SACP wishes to caution that Helen Zille must take personal responsibility, together with the DA, for any consequences arising out of such racist, insensitive and extremely provocative actions."

Maleka said the visit threatened the country's reconciliation between races.

"The SACP urges Helen Zille, in the interest of national cohesion and unity to pull out of this dangerous publicity stunt."

He urged the residents to protect Zuma's dignity.

"The values of ubuntu cannot be sacrificed at the altar of political expediency on the back of what is clearly a racist and right wing agenda."

On Friday the African National Congress warned that the reception to the DA visit could result in a response similar to that received by the DA earlier this year when it marched to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) headquarters in Johannesburg.

At that march clashes erupted between Cosatu members and DA members. – Sapa.

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