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

Zuma’s Nkandla Selfie

Zuma now speaks up about Nkandla

Sunday was the first time the nation heard any reaction from the President, regarding an unfavorable report on upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal home. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released the report according to her investigations over 2 years.

Zuma declared he never asked for it and he will not pay any money for it either. He is of the opinion that criminal charges laid against him holds no water and will come to nothing.

Zuma’s Nkandla Selfie

Charges laid against Zuma by other parties

The DA called for Zuma’s impeachment. They launched a criminal corruption case against Zuma. Their spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko said the upgrades had nothing to do with security. It is purely improper benefit from state funds for Zuma, and that ministers trying to prevent investigation was a cover up for Zuma.

The EFF calls this a “Constitutional crisis” which requires impeachment of the president. Their Dali Mpofu said Madonsela was merciful in saying Zuma made an honest mistake to mislead Parliament. Ministers did wrong and the person who is supposed to fire them, is the guilty party.

Congress of the People’s leader Mosiou Lekota declares Zuma violated the law and the Constitution. He should be brought before Parliament so they can take action and get him to court. As there is enough evidence the president should be criminally liable.

Will Zuma react on Nkandla report?

Madonsela set a deadline for Zuma to act on her Nkandla report by Wednesday 2 April. Whether Zuma will honour the deadline, remains to be seen. Zuma said on Sunday said he never asked for the makeover of his private house that cost millions from state funds.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is so far the most senior leader to call for action, saying “what needs to be done must be done”. What is it that he thinks should be done?

Neither government or the ANC have reported when or whether they will act on Madonsela’s report. The ANC will discuss the conclusions of its National Executive Committee meeting, later this afternoon.

The question on everybody’s lips: Will action be taken against Zuma and if so, what will such action entail? Some suggest that the ANC will either safeguard him or allow him to address Parliament as the president.

All will have to wait and see!





Ref.: http://www.news24.com/


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