Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and member of the SACP has described what is being written about President Jacob Zuma and his Nkandla residence as “white people’s lies”.
He has been the General Secretary of the South African Communist Party since 1998.
Nzimande was speaking at an event to honour President Zuma held at the University of Zululand, at KwaDlangezwa.
Nzimande has heaped praise on President Zuma, saying it is appropriate to honour him for his contribution to peace in KwaZulu-Natal and education in the country.
He’s dismissed as “lies perpetuated by white people” reports about Nkandla and Zuma.
In 2007 Malawian businessman Charles Modise claimed he made a R500,000 donation to the South African Communist Party in 2002.
He claimed he gave the money, packed in black plastic bags, to Willy Madisha, who in turn swore he transported the money in the boot of his car to SACP general secretary Nzimande. However, Nzimande denied ever receiving the money, also calling the allegations “lies perpetuated by white people”.
Despite being a Communist, Mzimande is against the nationalisation of mines, strangely stating that it is not “inherently progressive” as it depended on which class interests were being advanced.
Nzimande supports the accelerated transfer of white-owned land to blacks however and warned earlier that South Africa would become like Zimbabwe if whites continue to own land.
Nzimande said the people needed to know why banks were still financing farmers using the “same [free market] methods used during apartheid”.
“One of the biggest obstacles facing land reform is the willing buyer-willing seller principal,” he said.
He said with that principle, it was those who already owned the land—and not the landless—who benefited.