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Say what you like about Muammar Gaddafi, the Brotherly Leader, was clearly an excellent judge of character. If weekend reports are true and he asked Jacob Zuma to squirrel away R400m of his R2.8-trillion fortune, that’s the equivalent of someone wanting to hide R1,000 and entrusting you with 14c. As I said, an excellent judge of character. Of course, Zuma wasn’t the only hole Gaddafi found in which to stash his cash. The Libyan dictator was famous for doing with his riches what he probably did to some of his critics: breaking them into little chunks and spreading them all over the place. Indeed, in 2010 US investigators found $37bn invested in the heart of the Great Satan itself. That’ll teach those imperialists! Destroy them from within! Or something. In short, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if some of Gaddafi’s billions had washed up at Nkandla, adding yet another layer of filth to an already perfect metaphor for the ANC: an ugly, sprawling thing, built at immense cost with other p...

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