Nkandla stink will linger for a long time

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Government’s decision to challenge Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report in court has again robbed the taxpayer?–?who footed the R246?million bill for upgrading President Jacob Zuma’s private residence?–?of an opportunity to hear what legislators in Parliament think of the excessive spending.

The move is another slap in the face of the taxpayer, who has had to deal with high inflation, unprecedented increases in the price of electricity and food, and government’s steamrolling of e-tolls in the past five years. This while they witness the unnecessary splurges by public representatives on cars, trips and residences.

Zuma has made it clear he had nothing to do with the spending. He will not shoulder any responsibility for it and his lieutenants in the security cluster have tried many questionable tricks to protect Number 1.

Since Madonsela began investigating the Nkandla issue three years ago, she has been stonewalled by ministers who have refused outright to give her information and eventually went to court to prevent her from completing her probe.

It was only a few months ago that the ministers argued in court that Madonsela did not have the right to probe issues around Zuma’s security.

They then instituted a dubious investigation and kept its contents under wraps for months.

The latest court challenge is nothing more than a lame attempt to protect Zuma’s tarnished image. The case will probably drag on for years, with appeals that could see it go all the way to the Constitutional Court.

In the meantime, the sub judice rule will be used to shut down any discussions.

Zuma and his lackeys can be assured that no matter how much they try cover up the Nkandla scandal, it will not go away.

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