Nkandla – Security Marvel

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A bovine security marvel

One cannot help but to marvel at the seemingly endless supply of wisdom and entertainment that emanate from Nkandla, possibly the most heavily state subsidized private home in the world. Nkandla, via various eminent spokesmen, continues to educate us on matters such as pronunciation, firefighting, erosion control and livestock assisted security.  The livestock buttressing achievement is a most amazing security feature devised by security experts to ensure that our nation’s most important citizen relax peacefully when taking a break from his hectic schedule. Pretty soon it will also enable him to retire in blissful peace together with his extended flock of family and friends.

The use of livestock to secure a national key point may baffle the ordinary man in the street. History tells us that during the ancient Zulu wars, the impis cleverly used their cattle skin shields to surprise the enemy, fooling them into believing that the shields were actually cattle peacefully grazing. This tactic was historically used on the offensive. Applying the principle in the defensive, the experts nowadays reason that one can use cattle just as effectively to fool potential transgressors into believing that the cows in the culvert are actually the customary protective shields. Remarkable finding indeed.

On television we have also witnessed some goats roaming the premises.  This however comes as no surprise. Even if poorly schooled in security matters rural folk can readily explain this bleating safety feature. Goats prune trees and trim away dense vegetation that may possibly shield clandestine intruders from view attempting to enter the hallowed grounds.

Geese and kiewietjies (plovers) are amazingly alert birds, especially at night. Traditionally the alertness of geese sleeping close to houses and barns were appreciated as an excellent early warning system. That we all know.  It is not clear if there are indeed some geese in the defensive livestock arsenal of Nkandla but we note that another unique defense measure for this potential battlefield is the use of the humble chicken to enhance the security arrangements.  None of the many images of Nkandla that we see ad nauseam in the papers and on television displayed any of the roosters presumably perched on top of the many rondawels, surveilling the enclosure and ready to sound the alarm. Nkandla does not reveal its night time secrets.

How does one pronounce cock-a-doodle-doo correctly?




Author: Oupa Spek