WE are told that R238-million of taxpayers' money is needed to provide the president with "security" at his Nkandla homestead ("Zuma home upgrade 'needed for staff, guests'", October 4). However, nothing can justify such an obscene amount of money being siphoned from the public purse for this purpose when it is for the president's private residence.
He has three other palatial state residences that he could be living in which already have the required security. The R238-million could probably pay for 500 police officers and 200 armed bodyguards to be accommodated in utmost luxury at Nkandla.
Is this the kind of security that he requires at his private homestead? This travesty is purely and simply a case of an avaricious fat cat using the taxpayers' money to feather his own nest in royal style while he is still hanging onto power.
When he is no longer president, he and his swarm of wives and children will have an ultra-luxurious home to live in for the rest of their days, all courtesy of the South African taxpayers. Has he no shame?
L Nan, Fernglen, Port Elizabeth