Nkandla report could be handy

Given the attention focused on the long farewell to Madiba, it was inevitable that Nkandla would be pushed into the background.

Acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams has duly announced that the inter-ministerial report on upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s rural home will not be released this week as planned.

Anyway, most expect the document to be a whitewash compared with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report. After all, these are Zuma’s ministers, who depend on his goodwill in order to keep their cushy, well-paid jobs. They are more likely to find scapegoats than to blame their master.

If Zuma thought he was going to get a welcome break during this Madiba week, the boos at FNB will have changed his mind.

Last week the ANC was calling for Madonsela’s report to be released to the public as soon as possible. If the political ground has shifted since then, with Zuma becoming an electoral liability, the party could use Madonsela’s Nkandla report to ease him out.

That would be the right thing to do, but it would require more courage than was used to “recall” Thabo Mbeki.

No chance.

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