First of all, let me take the time to say: welcome to South African politics!
Welcome to the land where our president has been accused of so many different things, on so many occasions, that he probably gets angry if he wakes up in the morning and his name isn’t mentioned in the news somehow.
Welcome to #Nkandla; #FirePool; #Nkandla-Gate; and last, but not least, #PayBackTheMoney.
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard about this story on TV, from the radio and all sorts of newspapers. The political parties all say the same thing: “pay back the money!”; “pay back the two-hundred million, Jacob Zuma!”
The sad thing is that I haven’t heard enough ordinary South Africans like you and me, give their opinions on this topic. Yes, I’ve heard about radio and TV shows, interviewing people, but where are the heated discussions in the trains, taxis and busses? I just haven’t heard enough of those. Maybe it’s because some of us feel that those in power don’t care about whatever we have to say. Or maybe it’s because we just don’t care enough to even express an opinion. Either way, something needs to be done. Something needs to be started.
I was watching the news this morning and I found out that even Mac Maharaj, the guy who was working closely with our president, told a newspaper in London that the president should at least pay back some of the money. I agree. Our president is not a billionaire so I’m not saying he should pay back everything.
All I’m saying is that if you ask me to work at your house and fix the windows for your safety and I choose to also fix the roof, doors and lawn, then someone has to pay. Surely someone has to, especially if we hear you saying that you would’ve fixed the roof, doors and lawn with your own money and you didn’t need me to fix it. So why don’t you just use that money you were going to use and pay back at least some of the money I used to fix your roof, doors and lawn?
That’s the question I’ve heard people asking about this Nkandla thing.
Jacob Zuma said in parliament that he planned to fix his house with his own money, but that the government told him to stop and used our money to pay for it instead. So here’s my question to our president: why not just take the money you were going to use to fix Nkandla and pay back some of that two-hundred million that the media has been going crazy over?
If I had a chance to ask our president these questions I already know what he would say. He’d tell me that the Minister of Police said he doesn’t have to pay back a cent and that, for him, would be the end of the story.
But what do you say?
#ChatBack: Is the whole Nkandla debate a waste of time, because our president deserves to live like a super-rich king?
Or does he owe us at least some of the money back?
What do you think?
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