Saturday, 30 November 2013
Did Jacob Zuma's Nkandla really cost more than Mandela, Mbeki, de Klerk and PW Botha's residences?
I'm not all that impressed, let alone shocked, by the latest chart doing the rounds, comparing the taxpayers' money wasted on the homes of the past five presidents.
I'm beginning to think that it is all propaganda. Now I am certainly no Jacob Zuma fan, but I think we have to be reasonable at all times. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, right?
Firstly, at least R91 million should be added to Mbeki's figure, because the R12 million mentioned in the chart, which mysteriously excludes the R 91 miliion spend on building a wall from imported materials around his house.
it also does not mention all the money ever spent on all Mandela's residences.
It also does not take into consideration the value of the Rand at the time of the upgrades to Mandela's residences and neither does it take into account the building costs at the time as compared to today's building costs.
If that same wall around Mbeki's residence was to be built today, would it still cost R 91 million? I think it would probably cost at least double that, particularly having to imported at the current record-low value of the SA Rand.
Now while R215 million is a huge amount, I do not think it compares too badly when all these aspects are taken into consideration.
What would just the R32 million's worth of renovations to Mandela's house cost today? I would not be surprised if it would cost at least five times that amount. Conversely, what would Nkandla have cost had it been build at the time Mandela's residence was upgraded, or even de Klerk of PW Botha's residences?
Even now in preparation for Mandela's funeral, R-Millions, if not R-billions are being spent on roads and airports just for his funeral, all of which probably make Nkandla's R215 million look like a waiter's tip.
At the time of the upgrades to Mandela and Mbeki's homes the amounts spent at the time were probably much more compared to the ridiculous R215 million spent on Zuma's palace today.
The difference is that Mandela is the messiah of this sick country, a saint descended from heaven, the little angel himself, so no one would ever dare say anything bad about him now would they?
Personally I think that the R32 million spent on Mandela's home at the time, together with the ridiculous amounts of money spent on the preparations for his spectacular funeral yet to come, and the R103 million spent on Mbeki's home were much more compared to the R215-million spent on Nkandla Zuma's palace.
In 19 years the SA Rand has weakened from R3.41 to R10.40. So how much was the R236,000 spent on that de Klerk chap's home that time, compared to R215 million today?
All the presidents, saint Mandela included, sucked us dry, while Zuma just made the news, because he is in the firing line, while the spending on the others went by unnoticed and unchallenged.
Some further reading
DA: Mbeki should explain R90m wall
Mbeki's 'secret' R90m wall
Nkandla security dwarfs that of other presidents' homes
Jacob Zuma faces investigation over plans to renovate home
Pool, marquee land Zuma in hot water
Zuma defends costly home upgrades
S. Africa’s Zuma under fire over ‘security’ revamp
Mthatha Airport was upgraded for Nelson Mandela’s death
At what cost? No complaints about this?