It is time for the privileged with pension funds and medical aid from Discovery, DA supporters and editors of the entertainment sections of our newspapers to forget about Nkandla. President Zuma is entitled to a residence that reflects his great stature and it is only right that the taxpayers should foot the bill.
Great leaders deserve great abodes. Obama has the White House and Queen Elizabeth has Buckingham palace (and Windsor Castle for good measure). Surely, president Zuma cannot be expected to retreat, after a hard days graft, to a mud hut in the middle of a tribal village!
It is a matter of national pride. Is a flushing toilet an inexcusable extravagance? Certainly not! A long drop in an outhouse is as unbecoming of a president as a 2011 model BMW. Are a handful of en suite bedrooms an outrage against all things good and sensible? Definitely not! All the president’s wives cannot be expected to huddle together under a single duvet in a one bedroom shack? Is the necessity for a bunker so difficult to comprehend? Absolutely not! Anyone that has been married for more than a certain length of time must understand the need to be able to retreat, occasionally, into a place of peace, tranquillity and safety. This is even more necessary when there may very well be more than one wife who needs to be retreated from at any given time.
A mere R 3 billion, the amount that is allegedly being spent on ensuring that Nkandla becomes a national monument, our nation’s pride and Zuma’s joy, is nothing but a pittance. The Afrikaners did not moan when a lot of money was spent on building the Voortrekker monument. If ever there was a white elephant, this monument must be the whitest of them all (it is also way to draughty to ever serve any other purpose than to house a few drab murals and the hole in the roof is yet another example of the shoddy building practises that still plague our building industry today). The middle class in Boksburg and Brakpan did not complain when Sol Kerzner, at considerable cost might I add, built them a posh weekend retreat at Sun City!
And, let us not forget that the Groot Krokkodil himself retired very comfortably to a magnificent residence in the Wildernis. Granted, Nkandla is slightly bigger than Den Anker but if one allows for inflation, then the difference in cost and size becomes as negligible and inconsequential as all the opposition parties compared to the might of the party.
So, leave Zuma and his humble house alone!