Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
The furore over Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's criminal record, conduct and ability is a sign of a robust democracy. It is a healthy reflection on the values and mores of our nation and how we exercise our freedom.
It is a pity the Minister of Health and her colleagues in the ruling ANC read sinister motives into the media spotlight on her. Their reactions to reports of the mounting evidence of her unsuitability for public office do not surprise us.
It is typical of politicians and officials the world over. They are wont to think of themselves as above scrutiny.
Unfortunately for them, the public concern about their conduct comes with the territory.
Tshabalala-Msimang cannot expect to be spared the glare of the media spotlight simply because she does not like it. She and her ilk chose the hurly-burly of public office. Whatever they do while in that office is the taxpayers' business.
No one is perfect, but there are certain standards of probity that leaders must pass.
They must also deliver on their promises. This is especially so of the minister of health given the devastation of HIV-Aids. Her decisions and application to her work affect every person in our country.
She must get used to it.