Five years ago, on May 28 2015, South Africans took in the ludicrous scene of firefighters demonstrating the utility of a firepool – in slow motion and to the dulcet sounds of ’O Sole Mio.

You couldn’t help but feel a twinge of sympathy for then police minister Nathi Nhleko as he sweated through the ignominy of trying to explain away why public money was spent on upgrading Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead...

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