Lucky Ntuli
Lucky Ntuli

Zumaville: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

It’s with utter disgust and disbelief to think that “sane” people could take such acts or decisions. This by itself is not the decisive factor, it’s the fact that you have individuals and organisations that see absolutely nothing wrong with this. How is it that this clique — bound by corruption, incompetency, greed, looting, lack of accountability, ineffectiveness and no moral core — keep thinking all is well. As a nation we have been hijacked by these thugs and are being led down the already travelled paths that started 65 years ago and counting.

Ours is worldwide known as a country that functions on nothing but kickbacks. While the country burns, infrastructure continues to crumple, education standards get lower and lower and healthcare is poorly lacking, the same clique ensures it has taxpayer funding through multiple schemes to stay in power. So when a mayor’s wife is linked to a R2 billion tender, somehow the same clique doesn’t see anything wrong with this. This to me is more than overwhelming. It’s stuff of the movies, fiction and make-believe, but we are all a part of it.

I have in the past asked what it will take for the taxpayers to say enough is enough. I don’t know the answer, I do however observe that we are on thin ice. There is tangible tension on all sides, we don’t have much time to put out the smoulder. It will, however, not come from the African nationalist.

There isn’t one of them, in any official capacity, national or local level, that has an inkling to respect the office(s) they hold. Which really makes me wonder whether they believe this gravy to be eternally giving or they simply care not for South Africa and its people?

It is nothing but utter contempt that I have for these incompetent, deployed cadres. We have had two national commissioners of police who have transgressed and committed criminal acts. They have not paid back taxpayer money wasted in their “defence” cases.

When I think of all those who have paid the ultimate price for this country, of all races, sexes and beliefs, to read that the National Youth Development Agency wasted R1 million on berets I am blinded by disgust. When I think of mothers who will never know of their children’s burial location and then read this, it makes me wonder.

As the future of this country and its children is in the grubby, crooked hands of African nationalists who at present are jostling for positions at the trough as Mangaung nears, I wonder what households all over SA are thinking. To know that your country and future is driven intentionally over the cliff by sheer incompetence is not easy.

When I noted in the past the African nationalists are corrupt to the core, I received intense criticism. I will again say it, “corrupt to the core”. If they were all not so corrupt, they would grow a backbone and stop this impending disaster. Alas they will not as they all want an opportunity at the trough, in their lifetime while children go without books, food at school, electricity or heaven forbid, running water.

Just as long they can have their belles all is well.

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    • D Jordan

      The problem is that taxpayers do say enough is enough, but the clique is being voted into power by a majority that do not pay tax and are hoping for a share of the “spoils”.

    • Tofolux

      @Lucky, one must always remember that when we accuse others of a lack of integrity there is absolutely no question about ones own character. For the record, it is quite astonishing how the public are being misled on this issue. Firstly, in terms of the National Key Points Act, different ministeries have the responsibility of ensuring the Presidential Safety and Security. In terms of this Act, the National Defence Force SAPS and other agencies make recommendations for the safety of this country’s President. The Dept of Public Works must implement the recommendations of these depts. All portfolio committees of these depts comprises of ALL political parties, ENDORSES these safety measures. The Ministry in the Presidency or the PRESIDENT, his family has NO input. In terms of Nkandla, this is a project that started in 2009 by the dept of Land Reform. This dept has many other projects of this very same nature in ALL provinces. In fact their flagship project is in EC. For clarity it is a reconstruction programme of rural villages. Now it was the residents of Nkandla who called the dept for a meeting of their village. In fact, there is no record of any member of the pres family sitting as a stakeholder or an interested party on any forum tha negotiates with the Dept of Land Reform. The core issue that is missed is that this village together with all other villages is being reconstructed into a precinct of self sustainability. Cont/…

    • Tofolux

      In fact, some villages have been completed and together with all other depts you have 24hr clinics, libraries etc operating in precincts. Rural development has been targeted since the advent of democracy. It has always been the vision to uplift mud villages into modern villages with bridges, electricity, water and basic services. In terms of the const and oversight in parliament, there is NO way where a President can benefit through the state because then you are accusing Portfolio Committees, Director Generals, the Finance Ministry etc of gross direliction of duty and corruption. Indirectly, you are accusing opposition parties of collusion as well. But lets look at this collusion. I am happy to hear that the Minister of Public Works has called for an investigation. For far too long have we endured exorbitant prices and obscene practises by private companies. THese companies are high profile companies. But what is ironic is that in all the ”investigations” by media, not one word has been mentioned of their involvement. So in terms of the Key Act, in terms of the responsibilities of ALL agencies, what really is at issue here? The Key Act is an apartheid Act and the only Act that looks at the security of the Head of State. All Head of State prior to democracy has never been subjected to this type treatment and yet ALL incumbents since the breakthrough of democracy has been subjected to the most malevolent of scrutiny and accusations. Whse agenda & interest is at play…

    • Sandile Memela

      To paraphrase John Milton, let us stop squandering precious hours pointing fingers at socalled African nationalists without condemning ourselves for our complicit role in not only praising them for their material achievements and status but are quick to visit their homes to attend parties and other celebrations.
      What gives any of us the right to point fingers when we do nothing?

    • The Creator

      Jacob Zuma is not an African nationalist, in my humble opinion, he is a Zulu tribalist. But even if he were an African nationalist, to denounce an entire category of people for the crimes of one of them is a philosophical error of the first water, not to mention a very dim political mistake indeed.

      By the way, Tofolux, can you please, please, stop supporting Nkandla with shoddy, self-contradictory, nonsensical arguments (inevitable if you are to support Nkandla)? You are basically outing yourself as a sleazeball. I had hoped better from you.

    • Rich Brauer

      @Sandile Memela: You *just* wrote an article condemning the mining industry!

      But we don’t have the right to point fingers in this case?!

      That’s true cadre thinking for you.

      @Tofolux: As Pierre de Vos has so ably demonstrated, the Dept. of Public Works can’t legally fund work on National Key Points. The Key Points law states that any and all funding for key points must come from the Special Account for the Safeguarding of National Key Points, under the direction of the Minister of *Defence*.

    • Dave Harris

      Apparently you’re forgetting that the decision to build the infrastructure around Nkandla was sanctioned by our democratically elected parliament. This is the way representative democracies work.

      Now even if you have a problem with Zuma, using DA’s gutter politics with the media mafia to manufacture hysteria around Nkandla as they did with the “textbook fiasco” etc., is not a productive use of anyone’s time. Its the same reason why Israeli-Palestinian politics dominates mainstream media news – to deflect from the real issues. In our case its our glaring racial socioeconomic disparity that the DA wants to avoid talking about.

    • David

      It is the sheer lack of integrity that astounds me. Why has the President not looked at the spend objectively in the context of all the other challenges that face this country? People protest almost daily about their plight and vent out at broken promises. How does he look those people in the eye and justify this (Zumaville and Nkandla). The answer is, you can’t. But when you don’t give a toss, what does it matter.

    • Sandile Memela

      * Rich Brauer
      I did not make the injustice and inequality that is prevalent in the mining industry and other economic sectors. I only pointed it out without necessarily assuming a holier-than-thou attitude.Economic injustice and social inequality is obvious in the mines since the disovery of diamonds and gold. But you are entitle to your opinion and most welcome to play the judge.
      Who is innocent? What have YOU done to fight this?

    • AL

      @Dave Harris – what sleazy dishonest argument. it is like saying that it was OK for Adolf Hitler to build his little monstrosities because it was approved by a democratically elected parliament. (And before you start squealing check your facts hes was) You are just another little pc toady that the world can do without.

      @Sandile Memela – What a hypocrite, stop criticizing the whites or any other racial group you dislike.

      @Lucky Ntuli – well done you have integrity and you are a good South African exposing the lies of the corrupt the sleazy and the dishonest. Keep it up! Looking forward to your next blog post.

    • Momma Cyndi

      Lucky Ntuli,

      Standing applause from me.
      You said everything that I wanted to – but without the swearwords but preserving the anger. Someone has to burn that ^%$& of a *&^%( with a )(^& like a *&^(@# ministerial handbook

    • Paddy

      Nkandla must be promoted to be seen as a monument to CORRUPTION!!

    • Marianne

      @ Dave Harris

      “…our glaring racial socio-economic disparity that the DA wants to avoid talking about”.


      On the contrary, South Africa’s racial socio-economic disparities are discussed in extensive detail in the DA’s Plan for Growth and Jobs, with particular focus in the sections ‘Breaking down barriers to inclusion’, and ‘Apartheid’s Legacy':

      But it’s easier to deflect from the real issues, isn’t it?

    • Heinrich Becker

      Well said, Lucky. If only we could learn from the past. If we do not effect fundamental structural change, our nation will slide into the river of faeces like so many before us.
      The problem is, people get used to poverty. They get used to hunger and hardship. They accept this as the norm. They accept the black Mercedes and the black BM as something above and beyond them. The occasional army or police chopper helps to reinforce this subservient attitude. In this rotten system only the politicians thrive, as they crawl over each other like worms at the bottom of the longdrop.

      Politicians are essentially gangsters, and the parties they belong to operate exactly on the same principles and with the same modus operandi as any other gang.

      If there is one thing we could do to help our country move into the future with any hope of prosperity, we should get rid of all political parties.

      We need a strong educational drive. Without this, all is lost.

    • Ant

      Lucky please take a bow. I’d like to make an observation that risks scorn but so what. I am noticing a massive increase in opinions from people that must be “black” cos of their surnames, who are showing total disdain and outrage at the government waste and disrespect of citizens. Nkandlagate, Marikana, secrecy bill, cadre deployment, drug mule and extravagant wives, R1,000 berets, fat selfish gluttony, fancy cars, personal jets, blue lights, lobsters & Chivas, sushi & champaign, credit card prostitution, multiple concubines, Corporate greed and the kitchen sink. Theses things are slowly but surely making ordinary South Africans sick to the stomach. The ballot won’t change overnight but more importantly, they are letting Zuma Inc. know that they’re being watched. Gordham’s garbage is no longer gospel and everyone can see that the scramble to create protective laws to shield them from Lady Justice is far more important to the Elite than eradicating our escalating social gap. Make us proud!

    • Reducto

      Harris, you can’t talk about socio-economic disparity while defending Zuma. Yes, our country does have obscene socio-economic disparity. So then why is our President living like a king?

      Why, when so many are without the basics, is our President paid more than most leaders in developed countries?

      Why is so much spent on his luxuries?

      Why is R200 million of public funds spent on building something just for him and his family, when so many are without the basics?

      Zuma is the complete opposite of someone like Thomas Sankara. In fact, I’d label Zuma the Anti-Sankara. Strange we never hear any tributes from the ANC in its current form to this revolutionary? The idea of selling all their luxury cars must just be too much for the ANC.

    • Hugh Robinson

      @ Tofolux, Show me the protection on such scale before 1994. Every prime minsters and government officials lived in ordinary homes with a policemen or two as protection not whole armies of protectors.
      In the past when traveling I had witnessed them traveling without the cavalcades so common today. Why do these new leaders live in such fear of their own. Maybe they have good reason not to trust the loyalty of those they lead.
      By the way where in the past was corruption so wide spread that it affected the infrastructure of the country, education of for that matter education? Exactly when did the education level fall below that of the old Bantu education where not even Fort hare an apartheid education center for blacks was rated so low.

    • Africanus

      “Ours is worldwide known as a country that functions on nothing but kickbacks. ” It’s even worse than that – it is a country where the worst criminals are not only above the law, but are right at the head of the ruling party and in key positions. SA is well on its way to becoming a failed state, a wasteland ruled by local thugs and gangsters, with a destroyed economy and a massive underclass living in fear of these thugs. The only hope is for all citizens to unite in a social movement to create a values-based society free of patronage, corruption and criminality. But you can be sure that the Mafia ganglords and their lying propagandists will fight this as hard as they can. God help – and spare – SA.

    • Fanon

      Anti-Sankara is a good description. Sankara was an African hero and a true revolutionary committed to the people. The current leadership is in the image of Mobutu Sese Seko, or Idi Amin, focused only on plunder and extortion.

    • Tofolux

      @Hugh, you should stop yearning for the old apartheid corrupt system. If you really want to speak to corruption then let it be noted that all of those who benefitted from apartheid, benefitted from corruption. Also, i am really surprised that people recycle lies and rumours without checking facts. The Key point Act, an apartheid ACT speaks to the different level of security given to minsters, deputy ministers, mayors, councillors etc. I mean these are written in law. THe Head of State also derives his security measures and these are written in the apartheid law. Now how can someone now say that apartheid ministers and Prime Ministers did not use this law? What law did they use to live on state property for example. This is how people are misled through their own ignorance.

    • beachcomber

      Well Lucky, thanks for this rant, but now for the cigar question …. who are you and your like-minded friends going to vote for in the next general or by election?

      Did you vote for the ANC? Will you vote for the ANC? If so, please stop wasting our time.

    • Obama

      “South Africans should stop calling the ANC corrupt because that was simply not true, ” President Jacob Zuma has said. If there is one theme common to the new administration, it it total contempt for the intelligence of voters. No country in the world has political statements of such bald opinion – with not even an attempt at argument, convincing, facts or reason. It is just stated as such because the politician has said so, and the mindless lumpenproletariat are expected to just accept and believe it. Surely SA’s ordinary people are not ignorant? Surely bald statements of opinion coupled with promises of handouts and patronage are not all that is needed to win support? Surely SA’s people are more intelligent, and more motivated by integrity and ethics, than just to accept and support such crude, unreformed and manipulative politics?

    • Anne Coventry

      @ Sandile Mamela: I neither expect, and seldom receive, praise for doing the job I’m being paid to do as efficiently, honestly and diligently as I can. But I do expect to be hauled over the coals if I make a mess of something. I don’t get paid a fraction of what these parasites get, and I haven’t had an increase for several years, due to the state of the economy.

      As for being allowed to point fingers, Zuma may do what he likes with his own money – but when he uses MY extremely hard earned taxes for his personal luxuries that’s a different matter altogether.

      I’m doing what I can, I certainly won’t vote for him, but I’m lumbered with the man and the choices he makes. All that’s left is to criticize as vocally and as often as possible in the hopes that those who choose to foist this government on all of us might just start thinking that perhaps we could do better. Much better.

    • Lucky Ntuli

      Dear beachcomber,

      I do not know what my like minded friends are going to vote for.

      Last I thought that the vote was private however, I will let you know that I will not be voting for the ANC nor have I in the past voted for them.

      You do however reserve the right not to read anything that I post and I do not do that very frequently.

      Dear Sandile,

      What parties/homes are you referring to? Please help me understand what you are talking about.

      Dear Creator,

      He is an Africanist and a tribalist. This is not about one individual it is about the few that are self serving funny enough all come from the Africanist morphed corrupt to the core organization and government.

    • The Doc


      I bust my chops everyday in an understaffed, underequiped, yet overwhelmed hospital treating the poorest of the poor, and discharging them with a handful of useless medications that are made in India/ China. I can criticise who and what I want, because I am at the coalface, and I have to explain why I cannot do any better to make the kids better.

      The ANC have FAILED us. All of us. If you feel differently, great. But you welcome to come and spend a few hours with me at a public hospital.

    • Iona

      If only Mr Zuma would follow tge example of the Ackerman family.
      Today I was in Pick n Pay and bought a bottle of Olive Oilfrom the Goedverdacht farm. an Ackerman Family foundation which supports the Path out of Poverty Programme.
      at the check out theres a money box with a note: R10
      Donation feeds 6 for a day!
      Mr President how can you sleep at night when so many of your people are straving or being burnt in their shacks because they have no electricity!

    • Rich Brauer

      @Sandile Memela: Well, once again, you’ve missed the point, which is: Why is it OK for you, or anyone else for that matter, to rake the mining industry over the coals, but it’s not OK to “point fingers” at the government? The very same government, by the way, which makes the laws under which the mining industry operates?

      As for what I’ve done?

      Gee, Sandy, I suggested recently, under one of your posts, that if the goal is to reduce economic inequality, one of the historically successful ways has been to increase the marginal tax rate on high incomes.

      Will “Comrade” Cyril and Uncle Jacob be tabling that idea at the next NEC meeting?

      Happy to help.

    • ntozakhona

      The DA attempted invasion of the Zuma home in Nkandla has exposed the lies of the media. The home looks nothing the media has created it to be in their descriptions and artists impressions. We saw it on TV and is quite humble compared to houses in Waterkloof, Constantia and Bedfordview.

    • Tofolux

      @Lucky, it would be more constructive to add, give clarity or rebutt comments with a lucid reply. How can a person who puts a debate not enhance it? It is not conducive to try and shut down alternative views, I mean you do not hold the monopoly on ideas.You’ve researched this so stand by it and defend what you have put. Also, I think you forget that you live in Africa where tribes and africanism is natural That is logical.(duhh) Where is this idea that no person can be African or non-tribalistic when you practise certain cultures that are unique to you. Nowhere in the constitution does it say that you cannot practise tribal customs and have no claim to being African. So where is this western idea coming from where it is not ”cool” to be African or practise tribal customs? I would appreciate an answer on this.

    • Marianne

      @ Lucky Ntuli

      I don’t care which political party you support (if any) – that is irrelevant because you are clearly a person with moral integrity who looks at reality rather than ideology. As such you are an asset to this country. Please continue to march to the beat of your own drum.

    • Charlotte

      @ Lucky Ntuli. What an outstanding article! You have painted a most extraordinary and powerful word-picture which captures the essence of the disgrace that the ANC has become, as well as the emotions of the tax-paying public who are sick to their stomachs with disgust and repugnance.
      The ANC – ‘Arrogance, Nepotism, Corruption’ – simply hijakced the original acronym in order to play the ‘loyalty for liberation’ card to cover up their nefarious thievery, thuggery and sheer, utter incompetence.
      They also blackmail the poor by granting subsidies in exchange for votes – which in turn allows their fat-cats more time to continue to rape and plunder the country’s coffers. Running it into the ground is par for the course.

      Your last lines bear repeating and endorsement.
      … “I will again say it, ‘corrupt to the core’. If they were all not so corrupt, they would grow a backbone and stop this impending disaster. Alas they will not as they all want an opportunity at the trough, in their lifetime while children go without books, food at school, electricity or heaven forbid, running water.’

      The acronym now epitomised by the ANC is ‘A National Calamity’. What an abomination they have become.

    • The Critical Cynic


      I agree that Zuma is the complete opposite of someone like Thomas Sankara, as was Mohlante before him, Mbeki before him, Mandela before him (yes, he was nothing like the high minded Sankara when it came down to it), FW before him etc etc..
      I think you are being too restritive in singling out Pres Zuma here, when in reality the majority of the ANC supporters in government would balk at the prospect of following Thomas Sankara’s examples – that isn’t why they joined the ANC. In a similar fashion the goals of uplifting the downtrodden, eradicating poverty, redressing inequality etc are all there on the agenda for anyone wishing to criticise or point fingers, they are just lower in priority to any potential self-enrichment.

      “You saw the Zuma home in Nkandla on TV and is quite humble compared to houses in Waterkloof, Constantia and Bedfordview.” Really, this kind of retort is just so telling – it avoids addressing the fact that it is being paid for out of taxpayer money when millions are struggling to survive. It conveniently sidesteps the fact that it is costing over R200 million to build something that in your words is humble in comparrison to houses that probably cost a tenth of that (or less), despite being luxury homes and not humble at all. So what are you really saying here, that the president is going to get a comparatively sub-standard home at a vastly inflated price? That sounds about par for rip-off corrupt SA.

    • Zeph

      Our Africanist leader was quite clear about his African ideals the other day. He has clearly endorsed the Apartheid Homeland concept by supporting a bill that redefines the homelands and the 20 million people therein, is also in contradiction of our constitution and perpetuates feudalism.
      They are selling their soul piece by piece…

    • The Creator

      Ntozakhona, what TV were you watching? What I saw was a compound of 20-30 buildings surrounded by a curtain-wall, with extensive other structures, which is not to speak of what is supposedly underground. I don’t think there are many private individuals in South Africa who live in compounds like that. Sure, the individual buildings were just gigantic rondavels, but it’s easy to see that a hell of a lot of money has gone into that structure.

      And where did Zuma get it, on his salary? He doesn’t have any substantial business interests. Who paid for this? It must have cost at least R50 million to build.

    • Jane

      Well done Lucky. We need more Black people who are not afraid to speak against the rot that is currently happening in our country. We need to speak out and act against all these lest we become another Zim, DRC, Angola or Nigeria.

    • Len

      To all the commentators who note that it takes many departments to set up the Nkandla homestead in terms of safety and security, etc and that it has nothing to do with the President – let me just say this – I yearn for the day that we have the leader with the leadership and fortitude to say “Hold on, that’s too extravagant! We can can spend that money much better somewhere else.” And that is what is missing here! He can stop this, he is the President – he chooses not to. How can the ANC defend this? How can any voter in South Africa vote for someone like this? It is time for change!

    • Reducto

      Zuma could buy a private island using public funds and Harris, Tofolux and Co would defend him. They are masters of defending the indefensible.

    • Chris Cross

      It is the US presidential election … Remember John Kennedy’s famous words: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” …

      As S Africans, however, we say to Jacob Zuma and the ANC:“Ask not what we can do for the country. Ask rather: “What are you doing for the country? and to the country? It is an unholy mess! And, in exchange for what you are supposed to be doing, stop stealing our hard-earned taxes to feather your own nests! And stop spinning your lies to the unemployed, poverty-striken in exchange for their votes.. , You are a disgrace.”.

    • Tofolux

      @Len, its quite amazing that you assume this moral highground so selectively. When you benefitted and still continue to from apartheid do you say ”hold on, this is wrong”? When the madam called people of this country refugees, did you say ”hold on, that is wrong”?
      @ Reducto, you cannot be this arrogant and assume that you are a ”Mr-know-it’-all”
      Even in America, that President listens and abides by the authority of his security forces in fact if he knew it all, he wouldnt need Pentagon would he? But yep, bring on your narrow views.

    • Tofolux

      @Chsss Crsss, suggest you move to America.

    • kabelo

      It is surprising how the presidential spokesperson says Helen Zille was not supposed to do inspection oversight at Nkandla as the leader of the opposition since the public protector and the department of public works were already doing the investigation on this matter. My question is how many agencies did simultaneously investigate Julius? and how many commissions have been launched to investigate the text book saga? Hypocrites!

    • Charlotte

      Lucky Ntuli. You raise an interesting point – and often raised. ” the same clique ensures it has taxpayer funding through multiple schemes to stay in power.” Taxpayers foot the bill for the outrageous ANC thievery and wastefulness.

      See, hear, speak no evil? We hear a slur of meaningless promises to the poor to secure their’ loyalty’ vote and bribe them with jobs, houses and govt. grants.
      We see our country going down the drain (not Nkandla, of course) because of sheer ANC incompetence and neglect. We speak out, but frankly, they don’t give a damn, as long as they can go on enriching themselves at our expense.
      Zuma has the gall to call on ’the private sector’ again to ‘provide a solution’ – from employment to education (despite the disgraceful implementation of BEE (Black Economic Entitlement), its spin-offs and illegal tenders.

      Why not a tax-payers strike? No rock throwing, looting, burning tyres, destroying of property,disruption of traffic or violence. Just a blank refusal to pay – when our tax is used to benefit ANC criminals. After all they can’t put us all in jail: (And, even if they charge us and convict us, we can appeal like every ANC crook does – on taxpayers’ money of course.)
      We simply don’t pay any more tax: Our ultimatum: ‘Our money is not for expensive cars, jets, parties, mansions, compounds and making you instant millionaires. We don’t pay tax for the ANC to play and help our country go to hell.’

    • Benedict Mkhize


      It is THAT very pathetic excuse of “African tribalism” and the culture pertaining to it which has made so many post-colonial societies in Africa failed states as it allows corrupt leaders to do as they please by assuming themselves to be false chieftains. And now you are quite content to have South Africa follow this absurd path into the economic abyss as it suits the African nature. I am a Zulu and I certainly have no intention of laying down my life or giving one cent of my hard EARNED (that’s right, EARNED) tax money for Zuma and his wives to live in luxury while so many of my people in KZN do not have electricity or running water all in the name of a Zulu tribalism. You would be laughing at the Germans if, for instance, they pardoned any misdemeanours of their elected leaders if they happened to ‘identify’ with them if they were Saxons or Swabians.

      There is no need to berate the wealthy whites of Constantia or Bedfordview with that dated Struggle Marxist thinking out of sheer envy when we must focus instead on the misdeeds of our own kind in their corruption and incompetence and punish them in elections. If we fought to take away that luxury from the whites, the only benefactors would be the very same tribalists connected with the ANC, like Mugabe and his cronies.

      What really incenses me the most is that due to this corruption and incompetence, the same old white racists sit around their tables laughing at us, smugly thinking that Apartheid…

    • Len

      @Tofolux – I had a good chuckle, Mac Maharaj’s deflection tactics serve you well. You have no idea what my thoughts were at those instances. Would you care to comment on my actual submission? – this is the essence of debate I think.

    • Reducto

      Tololux, you really have provided nothing in the way of a defence for this extravagant expenditure, but spout nonsense every time. There is no way to justify spending R200 million on upgrade when so many are without the basics. But as I said, will continue to defend the indefensible, no matter what.

    • Tofolux

      @Benedict Mkhize, let me direct you to the works of an amazing Frantz Fanon who painfully articulated your “attitude” so many years ago. But I say this with reservation because my gut feel is that you are no Mkhize an let me tell you why I feel that there is some dishonesty here. 1) no-one has suggested that any person or any “zulu” should lay down there lives 2) your request of wholesale amnesia eg wealthy wotsoeva in Constantia and Befordview 3) your claim that ”african tribalism’and culture is pathetic. Now, there has been many incidences when those who want to engage on some of my points do so by creating smokescreens, fairies and elves. I cannot get my head around this thing of false communication and false scenarios. We have a hard fought-for democracy in our country. Many people, none of whom I guess you ever had a chance of meeting or engaging on certain views, died and sacrificed themselves for the right, for you, to express yourself. I have no problem engaging or debating with anyone but the least they can do is to state from whence they are, honestly and openly. Try it, you might be surprised.

    • Mr. Direct

      I really do not understand your problem with the Constantia and Bedfordview crowd. Are you jealous, or was it was somehow morally wrong to accrue money before 1994? Should everyone have started from zero again that year?

      On the word “refugee” – I am baffled. I have reviewed all of the literature I can find, and I cannot see where this has a racial or derogatory meaning. If anything, the word promotes sympathy, and as such, increases willingness to assist and support their cause. If you have no time for refugees, or see them as something disgusting, I would have a good, long, hard look at your moral compass, or your dictionary.

      And lastly, on the excessive expenditure in Nklanda, there are conflicting reports (claims made by experts) that suggest that the two documents in question do not support the amount of money being spent.

      I also do not believe that Mr. Zuma has no say in this – of course he does – he is the President. He could avoid all of this and live in one of the existing Presidential residences that is already safe and secure – just like the American President, British Prime Minsiter, etc. Of course, if he wanted to, in the interests of the freedom fighters currently without income.

      He has a moral obligation, as a role model, civil servant, and champion of the struggle, to avoid excessive spending and use all available funds for the upliftment of the oppressed masses.