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Mondli Makhanya | The demeaning Nkandla beeline

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This week, Police Minister Bheki Cele, a man with a hardline attitude to criminality, joined the Nkandla convoy to go and plead with an offender. Picture: Dudu Zuma-Sambudla, Twitter
This week, Police Minister Bheki Cele, a man with a hardline attitude to criminality, joined the Nkandla convoy to go and plead with an offender. Picture: Dudu Zuma-Sambudla, Twitter

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Cows, sheep, goats and chickens would be slaughtered for the masses to feast on. There would be singing and dancing for the great leader. He would then rise to speak about the glories of the “nation” and make great promises about the prosperous future that he would deliver to them.

During the big drought of the early 1980s, one of these tinpot leaders even promised his subjects a rain-making machine and then went to Taiwan to purchase agricultural sprinklers. The people ululated and danced like there was no tomorrow. On delivery of the sprinklers – still in the middle of the drought – there was more feasting and singing as he unveiled the machines.

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