Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

29 April 2014

South Africa: The ANC's Gift to Its Next Government - the Rotting Legacy of Nkandla

analysis

There are possibly a dozen different ways the ANC could have handled the Nkandla upgrades scandal such that it didn't leave the entire party tainted by its stink. It chose instead the worst possible route of obfuscation followed by a badly disguised cover-up. The parliamentary ad hoc committee was the last chance for the ANC to treat the matter with the requisite seriousness and separate the party from the shame of Nkandla. Instead it opted to let the rot of Nkandla seep into the next government and allow it to continue to desecrate the ANC's image.

There is a wonderful feeling after a national election. The reset button has been hit. Everything seems brand new, with a new national government taking shape and nine provincial governments arranging themselves. Or maybe it just seems that way because the noise of campaigning ceases; the politicians stop trying to be nice to us and return to their ivory towers.

Each new government introduces new people to head up ministries, flushes away others who didn't play nicely in the last term and some ministers get moved around. In Parliament, there is a rush of new blood mingling with the old timers...

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