Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Helen Zille has been most disappointing. After the abrasive style adopted by her predecessor, Tony Leon, we thought South Africa would have a leader who understands that robust opposition politics need not be a zero-sum game.
We were wrong.
Instead of doing anything resembling an attempt at the realignment of South African politics, Zille seems set at branding herself as cantankerous as can be. She never misses a chance to turn a political molehill into a volcanic mountain.
Try as she might want to spin it or blame it on the media, Zille showed herself incapable of appreciating the gains of the women's movement when she failed to find a single woman good enough to be named in her Western Cape cabinet.
Instead of accepting her faux pas she went on a tangent, attacking President Jacob Zuma's sexual proclivities. While her defence - that Zuma had admitted to the behaviour - was factual, it did nothing to enhance her reputation as a South African leader.
Now she has decided to go against tradition and convention by delivering her state of the province address tomorrow, five days before Zuma delivers the State of the Nation address.
Again she hides behind "nothing in the constitution" preventing her from doing that. Again she is correct. But again she misses the point, big time.
Zille's narrow thinking and antics aimed at appealing to ethnicity are setting back race relations at least a decade backwards. We doubt if that is what those who voted for her party mandated her to do.