Ranjeni Munusami South Africa 31q March 2014 10:57 (SOUTH AFRICA)
Had ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe addressed Monday’s media conference dressed as a court jester, wheeling around on a unicycle, juggling coloured balls in the air, it might have all made sense. However, Mantashe was standing there in all seriousness, representing a 102-year-old organisation, with the ANC and South Africa’s flags on either side of him, saying the Public Protector’s report on the Nkandla upgrades was not about President Jacob Zuma. The ANC was taking no action and had no recommendations regarding remedial action for the various legal and ethical breaches. And so, a Monty Pythonesque surrealism has replaced logic, and the “preoccupation with Nkandla”, rather than the abuse it represents, is seen as the problem. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.