History for the naive

Trust a cleric with a perspective rooted in thousands of years of history to remind those drunk on power they will get their comeuppance.

Trust a cleric with a perspective rooted in thousands of years of history to remind those drunk on power they will get their comeuppance.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the eternal optimist, issued the dire warning this weekend.

"Those who become arrogant, who become drunk with power, who seemingly are unassailable: watch out. Those who hold power and are afflicted by arrogance must know they are ultimately going to get their comeuppance."

Our leaders who inherited the ANC at Polokwane are still revelling in their new-found power - knifing rivals, booking seats on the gravy train and spinning events to suit their interests.

With a perspective of barely more than 50 weeks, they seem unconcerned about the damage they are inflicting on their cause, their party and their people.

The archbishop is rooted in centuries of tradition and knows well the wheel will turn, sooner rather than later.

"The Nats were returned election after election with an increasing majority. Waar is hulle nou? [Where are they now?]" he asked.

For as Abe Lincoln, another students of the political condition, observed: "You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time."

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