When the Mail & Guardian broke the story of the construction work being done at newly elected President Jacob Zuma’s residence near Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal in 2009 no one could have predicted that it would turn into a saga that would drag on for years.
The Nkandla story is a tangled web. It has given rise to multiple court cases, numerous reports and reams of reporting. There have also been shifting allegiances, changes of heart, and enough drama to confuse veteran writers of daytime soap operas.
The M&G has spent large amounts of time and money trying to unravel the story. Although it is far from over, many broad trends have emerged, and many developments have played out.
The M&G’s longform journalism project Nkandla: The Great Unravelling is an attempt to capture the essence of the saga.