President Jacob Zuma has compared the construction of George airport for apartheid head of state PW Botha, and his own home in Nkandla, Beeld has reported.
He was answering a question during a Sunday lunch to mark media freedom day.
He reportedly said he lived in a state house without paying rent and travelled on state planes without paying for it.
When it was pointed out that his Nkandla dwelling was a personal home, not state property, Zuma reportedly said it was the state’s duty to protect the president and deputy president.
Zuma said the airport in George was not built for economic reasons.
“It is because Botha lived there (Wilderness).”
He wanted to know why there was so much criticism over Nkandla saying: “Is Nkandla not meant to produce a president?”
The government spent R246 million on upgrades to Zuma’s Nkandla home. The public protector recommended that he repay that part of the money not spent on security.
John spoke to former Cape Times editor and current columnist John Scott, who remembers well the reasoning at the time to build George Airport.