Will we ever get a proper response on the Nkandla Issue?
Written by: Mpho Raphata
I really don’t know what to make of the Nkandla situation.
When I heard that President Jacob Zuma will not answer anything on the security upgrades to his Nkandla home, I wasn’t surprised, but a part of me felt politicians were fooling with us again. I mean the EFF’s mission for a while was just to get the president to answer when he will pay back the money. Now on the evening of him answering, we hear that there are other questions are on the cards.
What was the EFF’s song and dance about then? I find it a bitter pill to swallow that the party would just relent. Or maybe it’s a strategy that they are just not letting us in on.
But honestly speaking how many lives will be changed if the president agrees to pay back the money if at all?
Will a child headed household in a remote part of Limpopo get food, clothes and better shelter?
Will a learner studying with a candle finally get electricity?
Will there be better quality water to tap’s that had dried out in the North West?
Will it bring tarred roads to a small village in the Eastern Cape?
Will it bring service delivery to Malamulele?
Will it affect how tenders are warded or even buy corrupt officials a conscience?
Will it make those who deal with state funds accountable?
Better yet, will the Carltonville police station whose funds were moved to upgrade Nkandla be fixed?
Let’s face it, President Jacob Zuma conceding that he unduly benefitted from the upgrades to his Nkandla home means so many things for so many people. Who really wants to go down for a chicken coup and a fire pool?
As for Cope insisting on the answer, they may very well be on their own. Maybe we must wait and see, and maybe things will take a different turn.
Whether the president pays back the money or not does not matter. Our lives will remain the same, corrupt officials will continue benefiting, and as for the poor- it is what it is.