So… Zuma Will Not Have To Pay Back The Money

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma will not have to pay back any bit of the R246 million in tax money used for the upgrade of his Nkandla home.

President Jacob opens Salvation Army Church, 3 Jun 2012
GovernmentZA / Foter / CC BY-ND

Police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko made the announcement on Thursday in a move which will rile the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance parties.

Some of the justifications were that upgrades were security features because

  • the pool could be used for dowsing fire (so no we suppose you could tell your boss that it is not a luxury to have that fire),
  • kraal/chicken enclosure kept the chickens away setting off alarms (so chicken runs for the average person are a must)
  • amphitheatre retains soil and can be used for emergency meeting (or to watch the next 50 Shades film).
  • visitor centre (well of course that).

Parliament in SA is going to be fun. After all it will be subject to scrutiny by parliament.

Point of order and more orders of points and then people getting kicked out.

Definitions set a precedent though… Although the public protector’s reporter was on a lot more things than what was listed which explains the baffling limited scope of Nhleko’s report.

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  • Julie Barnes

    Like there was ever going to be any other outcome!