Changing colours of Nkandla

2015-07-29 06:00

THE Nkandla scandal seems to have chameleon-like properties as it keeps changing colour depending on who’s looking at the target.

When the public protector was probing it, the ANC accused an architect of having ripped off the president. The president purportedly knew nothing about the cost of some of those things they built there.

As the pressure mounted in Parliament, the ANC, through Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko, then claimed that a pool and a chicken run were security features to protect the president. There was no longer any mention of the president being ripped off, but the focus was on proving that the pool will actually extinguish a fire, to justify the expense, of course.

Now that the ad hoc parliamentary committee is looking, ANC MPs are again accusing various parties of ripping off the president, without naming them.

Why did Nhleko not make this finding? Because his objective was not just to protect the president, but all those who ripped him off, if they did. If someone built a few huts for me that were unsuitable to house even a goat, at a cost of R240 million, I would sue him or her.

If the president allowed himself to be ripped off by rogues, he remains responsible for those wasted public funds. He must either pay back that money or sue the rogues and return our money. He can’t refuse to pay and also protect the thieves.

All these lies and excuses that keep changing won’t kill this scandal. In fact, not even money, but a bit of humility and honesty will.

WARREN OLIPHANT

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