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If this wasn’t meant to be serious, it would be funny. Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has been spending a lot of time trying, and failing, to justify elements of the outrageous expenditure at taxpayers’ expense – a cool R246 million of taxpayers’ money so far –of so-called ‘security upgrades’ for President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla estate. Most recently, Nhleko claimed that the amount spent on Zuma’s home has been vastly over-reported by opposition politicians and the media. In this News24 report, Nhleko would have us believe Zuma was forced to have the ‘firepool’ because of bad municipal services. He doesn’t seem to think Zuma should have to take responsibility for inadequate service delivery himself, rather than to make tax payers have to pay for it. Clearly he and Zuma see things through a completely different prism from the rest of us. As if that isn’t bad enough, Nhleko has had the gumption to tell the Parliamentary ad-hoc committee looking into Nkandla that upgrade costs could increase even further. Why? Because the investigation had forced some of the work to be stopped, he says. The only question left is what creative nonsense will he come up with next to justify the unjustifiable? – Marika Sboros
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