It’s been a long time coming, so much so that hope of its arrival was starting to be nothing more than hopeful fancy. However in recent news we can see that finally… President Zuma has said something about his Nkandla estate aside from all those denials of blatant wasteful expenditure.
Of course, whether his word is truthful or not depends solely on the individual listening ear but at least it’s something other than the same old script of deny, deny, deny…’
An article supplied by the Mail & Guardian recently enlightened us with our President’s view on his home residence, ‘Nkandla Gate’. He is reported as sticking to the whole R 200 million is a lie story and has opted for partially taking some blame for possible corruption by admitting that it was instead only R 50 Million spend on the security upgrades.
So it seems our President has taken a new election tactic by embracing his blatant corruption and instead trying to convince us [the public] that it’s not as much corruption as we initially thought.
Now while I take this new revelation with a sea of salt, I'm going to try and understand what he is trying to gain from this new approach.
It’s no surprise that this was going to come out before the elections, after all the ANC had to deal with the elephant in the room at some point, especially when that elephant was blocking the door from allowing any votes to come in. But I have to say I'm surprised at the approach the ANC chose to take.
Frankly I would have guessed them to take the more obvious route of deceiving us to the end, being all surprised when the truth came out and subsequently dethroning the man and replacing him with the next in line puppet [Thamsanqa Jantjie anyone?]. But now I'm left in awe that the ANC has actively chosen to keep on the growing bane of their existence and instead admit to ‘partially’ being corrupt.
I’ll admit I'm impressed. Why you may ask, well think of it this way; if they can get away with this, it’s not even a question of them winning again after the 7 May 2014 elections, but more of our country never being rid of blatant corruption. In fact it will probably upgrade to a more ‘in-your-face’ kind of corruption.
It’s a sad stroke of genius if you think about it. In a way it’s not like they don’t know what they are doing either. Our president was at a time ‘the man who raped someone and still became president’, so it stands to reason that the chances of him becoming ‘the man who raped a country and still remained its president’ are very high.
The unfortunate reality can further be seen in the video accompanying the article where a woman practically living in Number One’s backyard goes on to say that though it’s a painful thing to watch, at least there’s hope that maybe it will be their turn later. Another sign of how deep the indoctrination goes when it comes to those ruling ‘eventually’ looking out for the ones in need.
But then you have the others who have found their way out from believing in constantly broken promises and have turned to the EFF to solve their woes, simply because of that one time they gave a house to the lady living on the other side of our President’s backyard.
I don’t know whether to be happy the ANC will feel the loss of votes, or sad that another gunshot political party out for a different bag of issues are that much closer to stepping in.
It’s a lose-lose situation.
It’s a scary thing to contemplate when you realize that every scenario that follows the elections, will be one of trial and hardship regardless of who wins. Because let’s face it, even if the ‘perfect party’ comes waltzing in and takes the crown there will still be trouble from those who weren't looking for perfection and will have their displeasure known.
Politics… no matter which way you turn, there’s bound to be a pothole of trouble waiting on hand.