Thali Madonsela’s damning Nkandla report reveals that funds for public works had to be re-diverted to help pay for what was purportedly a security upgrade.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report into the redevelopment of Zuma’s private residence in Nkandla, â€œSecure In Comfort”, has revealed that official documents justified the inclusion of a swimming pool in the R246 (£13.8m) bill handed to taxpayers because it was â€œfire-fighting equipment” for use in case one of the thatched structures caught alight.
The report also revealed that funds for public works had to be re-diverted to help pay for what was purportedly a security upgrade. Medical and security facilities were also located inside the walls of the compound, rather than outside where they would have been of benefit to local residents in what is an exceptionally poor part of the countryside.
Following the South African cartoonist Zapiro’s depiction of the President with a shower sticking from the side of his head after he revealed during his rape trial that he did not fear contracting HIV from unprotected sex because he’d had a shower afterwards, this latest water-based gaffe from Zuma will no doubt provide satirists with further ammunition to use against the much-maligned President.
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