Will truth come over Nkandla?

2013-11-17 14:00

Shhhh! Listen carefully. That’s the sound of wool being pulled over your eyes. Now try to open your eyes and see? You can’t.

This is what is happening to the investigation into the splurge of more than R200 million on the president’s estate at Nkandla.

Instead of clarity and accountability, you are being led down a garden path of political obfuscation.

Don’t believe us? Consider this, then. For about three weeks now as the deadline for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report into the spending has drawn near, what has the nation spoken about?

How the money was spent? No. What it was spent on? No. Was it correctly and well spent? No. What role did President Jacob Zuma play in its spending? No.

We have spoken about security and whether the president or even the public can see the report?

The report has circulated only among the tough men of the Cabinet – the security cluster that is looking, day by day, more like a security ring of steel.

We have allowed ourselves to be deflected into non-debates like whether the report is “top secret” or merely “classified”.

It should be neither. A matter of potential corruption at worst and gross financial mismanagement at best has morphed into a matter of national security.

It is, of course, nothing of the sort. Security has become the blanket of this monumental cover-up.

Chances are, you are never going to know the truth about Nkandla.

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