Nkandla: Built in a day

2012-10-11 08:06

Firstly, I would like invite President Jacob Zuma to move to my homestead in the Eastern Cape. At least then, this will increase the chances of other people in Matatiele gaining access to the most basic human needs like water, sanitation and since we are being so generous, an Astroturf soccer pitch for the people living there.

Why?  I ask why not? Unless Nkandla has been chosen as the new capital of South Africa, the eighth world wonder or we are still secretly bidding to host the Olympic Games and Nkandla will attempt to house a replica of Olympia, I will continue to fail to understand the exorbitant expenditure. In a line that never ends will descend a troop of Zuma’s wives that will come down upon the rock-strewn mountains in the middle of nowhere to build a shopping centre the size of Nelson Mandela Square! Thank you tax payers, since occupying this presidential office, you have displayed such unsullied charity

If Zuma wants to spend so much money on Ngandlagate, I say let him! Since corruption is our thing, it will be (and I honestly believe this) the only way we can buy out of a self-fulfilling, gluttonous government. We all know that before he came into power, Zuma had adoring crowds eating out the palm of his hand, the press loved him, the same media he aims to keep shut through the secrecy bill which is now in its final stages.

One wonders if this passion is still burning and if crowds still go soaring when he belts out Umshini Wam at public gatherings, the very performances we are now paying for. The honeymoon is over and our president now flashes a side to his nation that should be spared for only his wives but, as equally disturbing, this is an all too familiar image constantly reviving the works of Brett Murray, Ayanda Mabulu and the often crude Zapiro.

The naïve part of me has forgotten what people who hold public office should do. The Exclusive Ethics Act has clearly received fresh work since 2007 and when cabinet declared the Ministerial Handbook ‘confidential’ I should have rang the alarm then. Our current leaders (specifically President) seem to also be using ANC policy to improve not the state of the country, but for the advancement of their own living conditions. Deep below the layers of fat, one can only hope this cuts to the core of whether or not this is what the ANC is about. I believe there are those within the party who are unhappy about the direction the movement is taking and those are the people who should speak out.

I am fast coming to the realization that a better life for all actually refers to those closely tied to people in power. Our country isn’t great because of dependence on government; we have gotten this far because our parents fought for the freedom that now seems to have liberated a select few. I  hope our leader continue to do things so unpopular, maybe then, people will wake up slowly and redirect South Africa to its naissance of freedom and a people’s government. By extension I hope the ANC will wake up even faster when they realize the urgency for new leadership at their elective conference in Manguang.

Winston Churchill described an appeaser as someone who feeds the crocodile more than enough hoping that when things are bad, the crocodile will eat him last. The same is true of those who support the lifestyle of a man who takes from his people under the affectation of rural development.

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