Nice view for a national key point

2014-03-20 00:00

FOR a national key point where the issue of security has been much trumpeted, President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home appears remarkably vulnerable. Sited next to the P15, the main road from Kranskop to Eshowe, his home is plainly visible from the road as well as several other vantage points.

Journalists, photographers and television film crews who periodically descend on the site dutifully take up their positions at a section of the roadside providing the most panoramic view.

Getting up close is no problem either, as The Witness team found out when they visited the homestead yesterday. You just park on the roadside at the top of the driveway that funnels you towards the main entrance.

We walked towards the main gates, which stood open. Beyond them two SAPS officers were sitting in the shade of a gatehouse adjacent to a boom gate.

We stopped to sample the much-publicised tuck shop. Other people were also dropping by. The shop sits in its own security enclosure next to the main gate. From the outside it looks like a small bank has set up shop.

We moved on past the gates below the security cameras to the two policemen. They were unfazed by our presence though it was clear we weren’t going to get much further.

We said we were from The Witness and were visiting the area on the day the Public Protector’s report was being released and were looking for people to talk to. At this point the other officer interrupted and said they couldn’t talk to us and that we should speak to the SAPS spokesperson. There not being much more to say, we walked back to the car.

Driving back, we passed the journalists and camera crews parked by the roadside. A handful of local journalists and vans from NN7? Significant? Maybe. Certainly not large. But one couldn’t help wondering what the two policemen would do if someone on this spot pointed something in the direction of Zuma’s home that was a bit more lethal than a camera.

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