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t is high time we com­pared the prop­erty and home pref­er­ences of two of South Africa’s most con­tro­ver­sial pres­i­dents: PW Botha and Ja­cob Zuma.

At the time of his death in 2006, Botha’s rep­u­ta­tion was such that many agreed with labour fed­er­a­tion Cosatu when it stated he was “the devil per­son­i­fied at the same level as Hitler”.

Zuma, on the other hand, is hounded con­stantly in and out of Par­lia­ment and has re­peat­edly been con­fronted with ac­cu­sa­tions of be­ing a “crim­i­nal” and a “thief”.

Right now it is his home, Nkandla, that is prov­ing to be one of the heav­i­est of mul­ti­ple mill­stones around the pres­i­dent’s neck.

It could there­fore be in­for­ma­tive to com­pare what will be­come of Zuma’s re­tire­ment home with that in which Botha spent his fi­nal years.

Sta­tis­tics in­volv­ing Nkandla are to be found al­most daily in the media – none more con­tro­ver­sial than the dis­clo­sure that Nkandla up­grades cost a whop­ping R248 mil­lion – and still count­ing, as there are new plans for the near fu­ture.

But what about the cost of Botha’s home, Die Anker, in Wilder­ness near Ge­orge? I vis­ited it twice and it’s a fact that one can best cat­e­gorise the house and area in which it is si­t­u­ated as up­per mid­dle class. Bar­bara

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