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“Last Week Was Not the First Occasion President Zuma has Made Fools of Us All” – Marianne Thamm

Media briefing on the Nkandla Project report, 28 May 2015

Here I AmI Have Life“While in his own mind President Jacob Zuma (and those who defend him) might have convinced themselves that the public funding of the R246 million upgrades to his private home are justified, good and perfectly legal, the shimmering resort at Nxamalala cannot be erased from the geographical landscape. So too the image (or the body) of our president who, of late, has added to his defensive song and dance routine, the insults of mockery and laughter. These have all, over time, come to define Zuma’s destructive presidency.”

So writes Marianne Thamm, author of Here I Am (with PJ Powers) and I Have Life: Alison’s Journey as Told to Marianne Thamm, in an article for Daily Maverick, commenting on the recent developments relating to the upgrade of the president’s homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, which culminated in Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s report that Zuma does not have to pay back any money.

Thamm reminds readers that “last week was not the first occasion President Zuma has made fools of us all” and wonders how this will affect the results of the next elections.

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Like a conjurer or an illusionist in P T Barnum’s circus, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko magically transformed Nkandla swimming pools and chicken coops into vital security features, and in so doing exonerated President Jacob Zuma from any wrongdoing. While political lies ultimately corrode the credibility of the liar, they also deeply undermine the social compact with citizens who feel they have been deceived and insulted. The good news, in this case, is that it might be good for democracy.

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