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More egg on Gwede's face

By unknown | Feb 24, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The level of political poverty in the post-Polokwane ANC leadership is very saddening.

At the outbreak of the Carl Niehaus fiasco, Gwede Mantashe was effecting his usual arrogant public posture, talking of a "loyal and disciplined cadre of the movement" who had "suffered" while struggling against apartheid".

Niehaus would be given a back-office job and be helped to rebuild his life. The ANC does not throw its people out when they are in trouble, Mantashe said.

Now, only a few days later, we are told the ANC is going to investigate, and possibly discipline, Niehaus for bringing the party into disrepute.

Don't these people stop to think before rushing to the TV cameras?

A few weeks ago Western Cape secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha blundered by not registering ANC candidates for a municipal by-election. Instead of taking action against Skwatsha, the ANC instituted court action against the Independent Electoral Commission. Again, a few days later, Mantashe told TV audiences that the ANC was withdrawing the action.

The futility and madness of it all had apparently dawned on the collective leadership. More egg on the poor man's face.

Amazing what the arrogance of a two-thirds majority can do to people who are otherwise intelligent.

Tsotso Ndzima, Port Elizabeth


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