'Nkandla Style' rocks on YouTube

2014-04-08 14:00
Jacob Zuma (Picture: Sapa)

Jacob Zuma (Picture: Sapa)

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Cape Town - The scandal surrounding President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead may be become a political football, but a YouTube user has turned it into a clever satire that has found favour with South Africans.

Nkandla Style has garnered over 200 000 views on YouTube since its release about a week ago with the video generating more than 100 comments.

It appears that not all South Africans appreciate satire as some took offense, labelling the video racist, while others expressed their support for the video.

The video is based on the hugely popular Gangnam Style by Psy, but the lyrics poke fun at the scandal around Zuma's homestead as well the perception of mass corruption in South African politics.

"If you're number one, you get to drive the gravy train; if you're number one you get to fly the Gupta's plane," says the track in a reference to the relationship between Zuma and the influential Gupta family.

Investigation

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that found that Zuma and his family improperly benefited from R246m in security upgrades that included a swimming pool, a cattle kraal and an amphitheatre.

However, the security cluster of ministers have asked the protector for "clarity" on the report.

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu indicated that he would investigate the report at a critical time for the ruling ANC ahead of the elections on 7 May.

YouTube and other social networks have emerged as ideal platforms for a tech savvy generation to express their displeasure at the political establishment.

Some countries like Turkey, Egypt and Vietnam have banned the site because of content deemed to be insulting to the political elite, but users are generally able to find ways around these bans.

China maintains a strict control of internet protest with an online population in excess of 500 million, but even its Great Firewall is not 100% effective.

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