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There should be no need to respond to Charles Mogale's column (Flipside, June 27). Doing so elevates an otherwise failed attempt at satire. After all Charlie Bafana is editor of Sunday World!
I am, however, tempted to say that for the people President Thabo Mbeki meets, for instance, during izimbizo and many other public encounters, the need to know what Mogale calls "the person behind the Presidential façade" does not arise.
People worry about basic needs - food, shelter and clothing. They want to see bread on the table, schools, clinics, jobs and a working economy.
Pardon me for taking Mogale's piece way too seriously, but for many South Africans the question of whether the President can cook or speak tsotsitaal is immaterial.
Indeed, when the overwhelming majority voted ANC, they voted for a better life.
I cannot help hearing colonial undertones in Mogale's words: "wish I knew you, Mr President". At the heart of the colonial project was this urge to know the natives even if it meant treating them as guinea-pigs. Maybe Mogale should read Fit to Govern.
Erstwhile colonialists must be happy to see how native intellectuals act out dehumanising effects of power.
South Africans deserve better than chisa-nyama. No wonder Bheki Khumalo granted this mjita no interview with the President!
Head of media liaison, The Presidency