IT doesn't surprise me that Jacob Zuma is apparently using state resources to refurbish the notorious Nkandla compound and hiding behind national key point legislation, all the while pointing out he'll also be contributing R10-million towards the estimated R238-million splurge ("Zuma home upgrade 'needed for staff, guests'", (October 4).
What surprises me is that he has R10-million to blow from the salary he has earned thus far – and why nobody at SARS or in parliament thought to ask how he could afford to do it, especially since not so long ago he faced charges relating to more than 700 counts of corruption.
Then again, he slipped out of that problem – maybe he sold the recipe to manufacturers of lubricants.
The question isn't what kind of security measures are taken to protect his (private) residence, but why it costs so much – and what on earth does he need a bunker for?
Is he expecting the US Air Force's B-2 bomber fleet to drop JDAMs (smart bombs) on his house? Is a war coming – and why isn't he telling us about it?
Here's another question: why not divert those funds to host the Afcon games? Port Elizabeth could surely do with some of that cheese to straighten out the ratepayers' almost-broken backs.
National key point laws and those governing the security of state facilities and information are meant to enable the protection of our country, not to cover up ridiculous expenditure of taxpayer money for one man's paranoia or delusions of grandeur.
Oddly enough, there's a section in the Protection of State Information Bill which makes it a criminal offence to classify documents to avoid embarrassment over spending what a qualified Grade A security officer will earn in 5122 years and three months, but we'd never have known about it anyway if the secrecy bill had been ratified by the provinces and City Press couldn't publish the information.
Before the steel curtain of secrecy descends on our land, I'm going to do my civic duty and say the following: Mr President, you're not wearing any clothes!
M Negres, Port Elizabeth