Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: ANC's Tactical Manoeuvre - Navigate the Nkandla Minefield, Cushion Zuma


Take one flaming hot potato and throw it back at public protector Thuli Madonsela. That appears to be the sum total of the ANC's response to dealing with the raging controversy around the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma's private estate at Nkandla.

The ANC is desperate to communicate that it is not party to any cover-up on the Nkandla matter and has therefore called for the speedy release of Madonsela's investigation report as well as government's full task team report on the security upgrades.

But when it comes to demanding answers from the one person who can provide his organisation with all the details of the renovations at his Nkandla home, the ANC is rather coy. Deliberately so.

The ANC could obviously not wait for another week to go by until its national executive committee (NEC) meeting this weekend and let the Nkandla issue fester any longer. The publishing of details of the public protector's provisional report in the Mail & Guardian last week has resulted in public bewilderment and anger at the magnitude of the splurging of state funds and caused a backlash for the ANC. It's election campaign is already in full swing and negative...

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