Robert Mugabe’s palatial home gets South Africans talking: ‘Nkandla is nothing’

Image credit: Twitter/@nesbert_kamo

South Africans on social media are reacting to photos of the late Robert Mugabe’s palatial home.

The late Zimbabwean President’s body is now at his Harare home, popularly dubbed “Blue Roof.”

Videos and photos of the massive multi-storey residence have surfaced on Twitter.

One user, @nesbert_kamo, compiled and posted some of them on Wednesday, remarking that “Nkandla is nothing.”

Comparisons with Nkandla

Inevitably, many have made comparisons between the mansion and former President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence.

@FunkySowetan tweeted: “Robert Mugabe’s mansion is four stories. You can bet it is also very luxurious inside. I wonder how much it actually cost to build. The Nkandla mansion still can’t get a shout out from Top Billing with nearly a quarter of a billion rands spent on it.”

@markgamanya added, “Robert Mugabe’s palatial home… NKANDLA looks like a child’s play.”


Others reflected on how leaders prefer to live in such palatial residences.

Newzroom Afrika presenter Cathy Mohlahlana tweeted, “How is this someone’s house… talk about opulence. I wonder how much it’s worth?”

@Madumetja_solo said, “Robert Mugabe’s Blue Roof might be bigger than Nkandla, but there’s one thing presidents have in common that the two pictures show us. That it’s all about themselves and their families first and not the people.”

Blue Roof mansion

According to, the late Robert Mugabe’s Blue Roof mansion was built on a whopping 44 acres of land in 2003.

It reportedly has 25 bedrooms and a sophisticated radar security system. Its landscape apparently includes two lakes.

Mugabe passed away on 6 September while receiving treatment in Singapore. He was 95.

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