The day Roy had enough was when he was named and shamed

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - OPINION - Den­nis Pather

IN A mo­ment of mad­ness in my reck­less 30s, I was per­suaded to buy a share in a race­horse. It was a teeny-weeny in­vest­ment in which I barely owned the horse’s left hoof, which hardly qual­i­fied me for a say in its nam­ing rights.

That’s some­what un­like high­rollers like Dur­ban se­cu­rity ty­coon and close friend of the pres­i­dent, Roy Chock­alingam Mood­ley, who is re­puted to spend more than

R30 mil­lion a year to sta­ble the more than 100 thor­ough­breds he owns. Not only does he own them, but he takes per­sonal pride in nam­ing all his horses after him­self.

Look through the of­fi­cial race card on any given day and you can bet your bot­tom dol­lar you’ll find sev­eral horses called Roy’s some­thing or other.

And there’s one for ev­ery oc­ca­sion. When he feels like flaunt­ing his wealth, he runs Roy’s Rolls-Royce or Roy’s Cadil­lac.

If he’s pot­ter­ing around his gar­den, he fresh­ens up Roy’s Hol­ly­hocks. If mu­sic takes his fancy, he brings out Roy’s Trom­bone or Roy’s Bu­gle. When it’s prayer time, he reaches out for Roy’s Amaz­ing Ash. And he’s even gone for names like Roy’s Don­key and Roy’s Ba­boon.

All ap­peared to be go­ing hunky­dory for the busi­ness­man un­til he bought a colt he omi­nously named Roy Had Enough.

That’s the day some­one showed him a copy of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Jacques Pauw’s sen­sa­tional book, The Pres­i­dent’s Keep­ers, which fin­gered him in the biggest po­lit­i­cal ex­posé to hit SA since the Info Scan­dal.

I’m not sure whether he read the ac­tual book or the pi­rated on­line copy, but when he came across the damn­ing al­le­ga­tion that he had paid Pres­i­dent Zuma a R1ma-month salary dur­ing his first few months in of­fice, Roy de­cided he had in­deed had enough.

So he took to the stage last week to pub­licly de­nounce Pauw’s book as a sham and ac­cuse the au­thor of us­ing his good name and the names of Zuma and the no­to­ri­ous Gup­tas to pique the in­ter­est of South Africans.

How this whole tamasha (com­mo­tion) will end is any­body’s guess, but I reckon Roy prob­a­bly has a plau­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion in mind. Who knows? It could have been a ty­po­graph­i­cal er­ror.

What about the pos­si­bil­ity that a se­cu­rity guard in Roy’s em­ploy, with the same name as the pres­i­dent, was the one who got paid?

Be­sides, when ty­coons like

Roy have so many mil­lions ly­ing around, the chances of him mis­lay­ing a black bag or two on the way to the bank are not be­yond the realm of pos­si­bil­ity.

And if the pres­i­den­tial blue light con­voy hap­pened to be driving past and Zuma per­chance caught sight of the mis­laid bag on the pave­ment, the time-hon­oured prin­ci­ple of “find­ers keep­ers” must ap­ply.

Was there per­haps a hid­den mean­ing be­hind the ti­tle of Pauw’s con­tro­ver­sial best-seller?

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