The opening of a monument dedicated to President Jacob Zuma has left Twitter users fuming, saying he is wasting taxpayers' money.
— .Sbuda. (@Not_Sbu) October 4, 2017
The monument -- which initially had a budget of R6-million -- was opened at the Groot Marico Heritage Site and the Liberation Heritage Route of Bokone Bophirima in North West province on Wednesday. The route is where activists crossed the border to Botswana on their way into exile.
The heritage site commemorates Zuma and 45 other activists, who were intercepted by security and police in the area in June 1963.
They were imprisoned on Robben Island, where Zuma spent 12 years behind bars.
Can the government do meaningful things with our money #JacobZumaMonument— Nell Mashilo (@MashiloNell) October 4, 2017
Ubaba KaDuduzane wants to leave south Africa indebts when he steps down as president #JacobZumaMonument— IG: ngwane_sihle (@Sihlengwane_) October 4, 2017
Another Monument to corruption #JacobZumaMonument !!!!— Queenbadegg (@QueenBadegg) October 4, 2017
The embattled president also announced the possibility of releasing a book and, boy, was he dragged!
People like Zuma & Bonang think that its easy to write a book! #JacobZumaMonument— love & happiness (@cndilen) October 4, 2017
#JacobZumaMonument can't wait for that book maybe he will come clean there on all of his shenanigans— viwe dyanope (@VDyanope) October 4, 2017
Among those objecting to the monument were DA supporters who were irate with the construction of a costly statue while "people here in Marico don't have water":