Read my lips
The tapes have also given us an insight into why a few government ministers are so ignorant about what goes on in their departments.
In one conversation, then justice minister Brigitte Mabandla refuses to read a memo prepared for her by McCarthy on the Selebi matter, insisting on verbal responses to questions. “Minister must check memo. All the answers are there,” says McCarthy. But Mabandla refuses, saying: “If I start absorbing, I start working.” So there. Mabandla refused to read as she might end up working.