Broken ceilings and no running water are the conditions pupils and teachers are struggling with at a no-fee school in the Nkandla district.
En route to the parliamentary oversight visit at President Jacob Zuma’s multi-million rand homestead‚ the opposition Democratic Alliance stopped at the Ensingweni primary school.
Sharing photos on Twitter‚ DA National Spokesperson Refiloe Nt’sekhe described the conditions at the school in a series of tweets:
“Computers gone due to theft‚ leaking roofs!”
“It’s raining in classrooms yet learners & teachers are carrying on with education.”
“Using pit toilets‚ borehole water often dry 2 weeks! Collecting rain water in buckets.”
Decrying the conditions‚ she said: “Ensingweni primary. Some of Nkandla money could have helped improve learning conditions here!”
The MPs touring some of the facilities on the fringe of Nkandla outside of Zuma’s complex were also shown buildings that were incomplete – even with a goat in the kitchen.
A photo of two mattresses on the floor was also shared‚ tagged “this is where Zuma’s bodyguards sleep”.
According to news reports‚ the 21 houses built for police and defence force personnel cost R6 million each are standing empty. Zuma’s bodyguards apparently stay in guesthouses in nearby Eshowe.