Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Sarafina II — the first 'Nkandla'
A story on African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s possible ascent to SA’s presidency (Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma touted as possible president) this week states, among other things, that she has a past more or less absent of controversy or scandal."The soft-spoken Dlamini-Zuma is a loyal ANC member and is seen as relatively scandal-free after being out of domestic politics during the turmoil of recent years," the AFP story says.How quickly we forget. Dlamini-Zuma was, of course, the minister at the heart of Sarafina II, arguably the new SA’s defining corruption scandal.It set the template for so much ANC graft to follow, from crooked tenders and the lack of consequences, to the acquiescence of Parliament before an ANC majority. Ironic too. With the benefit of hindsight the debacle closely mirrors how events around Nkandla have played out, as well as the ANC’s response.It is worth revisiting them not only in the light of Dlamini-Zuma’s potential candidacy but as a reminder to ...
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