Former president Jacob Zuma performs struggle songs on a stage outside a court in Pietermaritzburg in January 2018 where he appeared on charges including corruption. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency(ANA)

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday vowed to block reported plans by the eThekwini municipality's parks, recreation and culture department to make a record of former president Jacob Zuma singing liberation struggle songs.

"This record deal is blatant patronage where the people's money will be used to finance the former president's lifestyle," DA councillor Nicole Graham said.

She said that the proposal, which was widely reported this week, had not been brought before the municipal council.

"While the history of our country holds immense value to us all, it is impossible that any rational person would believe that a corrupt and disgraced former president singing ANC struggle songs holds any benefit to the people of eThekwini."

Parks, recreation and culture head Thembinkosi Ngcobo was quoted as saying the record would preserve a part of the country's culture and Zuma would be the ideal artist as he was a talented singer and had a deep understanding of had an understanding of the songs.

Graham said she would write to the city manager and ask him to "put a stop to this unethical project".

"The DA will fight this matter tooth and nail in the interests of all who prioritise service delivery over politics."

African News Agency/ANA