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Nkandla's shameful spending. What this ACTUALLY means...

20 March 2014, 13:58

To go into the merit of whether Jacob Zuma was oblivious to what was going on with the upgrades to his home, or whether he made an honest mistake is a debate that could rage on for weeks.

Perhaps we need to look at the bigger picture and how the President’s lack of knowledge of the events in the country he is meant to lead, will better serve the question on whether he should step down or not.

Jacob Zuma was once the head of the AIDS council with Mantho Chabalala Msimang. One would think that an educated man, with supposed knowledge of how the disease is transmitted, would think to wear protection when sleeping with an HIV positive “friend”. Alas, Jacob Zuma thought the best remedy would be shower to prevent contracting the disease.

Move forward to the arms deal scandal, our President claimed to have no knowledge of any corrupt dealings of those involved in the whole matter. His dear friend Shabir Shaik was pinned with all the blame and sat in prison for his crimes. We all know how that turned out.

Perhaps the mutli-national search for missing plane MH370 is all in vain. Who knows, if the Gupta’s were allowed to land at the Waterkloof Air Base, without the knowledge of our President, perhaps flight MH370 is hiding there too.

In 2009, the Mail and Guardian broke the news of Nkandla and the amount that was to be spent on the necessary “security updates. At the time, the reported amount was R67m. If inflation isn’t a problem in South Africa, how then, did the cost increase to R105m to R200m and end up at R246m?

All this made public throughout, and President Zuma did not once question the exorbitant increases and the reasons why.

To put things in perspective quickly, these are all scandals revolving one common denominator – Jacob Zuma.

The bigger picture is now a bit more clear. On Tuesday, the ECDC were accused of allegedly mis-appropriating funds to the tune of R22m. Hundreds of thousands of rands were spent of KFC, McDonalds and free T-Shirts for the memorial services for Nelson Mandela, in the Eastern Cape.

The reporting of corruption and fraud at every level of the government is as common as the daily weather report. Very seldomly, do the guilty parties have disciplinary measures dished out to them.

By disciplinary measures, I mean removal from one government post to another.

My view on why the public are so outraged about the Nkandla saga, is that the feeling of frustration and anger over tax money wasted and spent by the corrupt has largely gone unpunished or recovered.

Meanwhile, the ANC have repeatedly blamed the private sector, racial demographics, you, me, your dog and your cat, for the steady decline of our already fragile economy.

The price of petrol, electricity, food has skyrocketed only for disco lit toll gantrees to be erected on highways in Gauteng (for now).

Apparently, Mr Zuma doesn’t know anything about that either.

What we do know though, is school feeding programs in most provinces have been stopped. Why, you ask? Due to a lack of funds.

Children are falling down pit toilets and drowning because, “the money isn’t there” to do rectify this basic need. Meanwhile, the Free State municipality had millions to spend on their website development.

So, what the Nkandla report ACTUALLY means is, our President doesn’t know what is going on in his own administration, or, he knows all too well and just plays the ignorant card each time.

It means that the ANC couldn’t care less about feeding hungry children or giving them proper learning facilities and decent toilets.

Every luxury car bought by one of our many self-important ministers, is justified and defended tooth and nail.

It means that the rot is all the way from the top and has spread down every level to the core.

Most importantly, it means that every citizen in South Africa is being played for a fool, with the painfully obvious lies and deflections from the ANC spin doctors.

In light of all of the above, the government however, would still like you to:

Pay your TV Licenses because “it’s the right thing to do”. SABC

Pay more for electricity that you aren’t allowed to use. ESKOM

Fly SAA while floating their fleet with countless tax-paid bail outs. SAA

Last but not least – pay your taxes and make a difference to the lives of all the down trodden officials, who can only afford a 2.0 Beemer for the time being

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