Twitter tweaks put the fun into SA’s misspent funds

2013-12-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — President Jacob Zuma has become a “rock star” in Twitter videos that poke fun at the improvements made to his Nkandla estate.

Following explanations of what some of the improvements made at taxpayers’ expense supposedly were, tweeters have been tweaking the titles and lyrics of popular songs.

A swimming pool built in the complex is apparently a “firepool”, installed because there is no running water to fight a blaze that might ignite on the thatched roofs of the houses. This has spawned the hashtag #firepool.

Tweaks result in We didn’t start the firepool, after Billy Joel’s hit, Great Balls of Fire, which was a hit for Jerry Lee Lewis, and That Pool is on Fire, after an Alicia Keys number.

Fleetwood Mac’s Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies is a reference to the inter-ministerial report released last week exonerating Zuma in the spending.

Starship’s We built this city gains a new lyric: “We built this city on tax and souls”.

Shirley Bassey’s Hey Big Spender sums up the public mood, and Joe Cocker’s With a little help from my friends also refers nicely to the report drawn up by members of Zuma’s cabinet.

But The Carpenters’ tune We’ve Only Just Begun may have raised more wry smiles.

Zuma is also the star of a series of Hollywood movies, according to the tweakers: Eat, Pray, Steal; Cry the Beloved Taxpayer; Saving Private Residence; Raiders of the Lost Funds; The Geldfather; The Taxinator; Kaalgat Tussen die Rondawels; There’s a Zulu in my Kraal and Honey, I Shrunk the Budget.

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