Friday, 29 November 2013

Nkandla-gate continues

Thuli Madonsela is Public Protector in South Africa. She has written a report about President Jacob Zumas private home stead: Nkandla. It is alleged that the state has used ZAR 215 000 000 to upgrade the security around Nkandla. Although President Zuma is the first citizen this is a lot of money and it seems as if other upgrades than security have been included. Mail and Guardian mentions
… a swimming pool, visitors' centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, marquee area, extensive paving and new houses for relocated relatives …
The Mail and Guardian further reports that
… there are good reasons for fearing that the security ministers who tried to interdict Madonsela earlier this month may be planning further litigation to block its release.
This is happening at the same time as we get reports that the “new kids on the block” – EFF and Agang according to the Mail and Guardian are
… are making serious inroads among the ANC's traditional support base.
Could the ANC maybe learn something from this? I suggest some humility and also more openness. More transparency! And the bottom line: Make the President pay his own swimming pool.

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