Nkandla: Dividing a nation

2014-03-30 14:00

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On Thursday during a prayer service at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said the negative response by government and Cabinet to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report was pulling SA apart.

But it’s not a simple matter of opposition parties vs the ANC.

The report is revealing stark fault lines within the ANC, the unions and the Christian clergy


*The ANC in Parliament, led by Chief Whip Stone Sizani

*The ANC Youth League

*The SA Communist Party

*The Congress of South African Students (Cosas)

*Cosatu, whose statement on the matter called for Madonsela to be protected but Zuma to be defended

*The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) which wants to educate people about what’s wrong with the report

*Some clergy – the African Independent Churches Network says South Africans must look inwards to understand why they hate Zuma so much

*The legal fraternity – a group of lawyers in KwaZulu-Natal, led by heavyweight and ANC list candidate Comfort Ngidi, is going to court to challenge Madonsela’s report

*The ANC in the Eastern Cape, which has said it supports both Madonsela and Zuma


*Deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe

*Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who defended Madonsela against “sexist” insults by Cosas

*The elders – ANC stalwarts Pallo Jordan, Ronnie Kasrils, Marion Sparg, Trevor Manuel and even former president Thabo Mbeki have publicly expressed their discomfort with the Nkandla saga

*Some clergy – notably Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

*The ANC in the Eastern Cape


*Sadtu in the Eastern Cape, which says it isn’t so sure about attacking Madonsela’s office and integrity

*The DA, which has called for Zuma’s impeachment based on Madonsela’s report

*ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe chastised the ANC Youth League for saying Madonsela should be axed, and expressed confidence in her office.

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