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The last laugh Cover of night

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And of course, given his his­tory, a Julius Malema press con­fer­ence can never end with­out ref­er­ence to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, the bane of his ex­is­tence.

But this time Juju saw fit to en­lighten an­gry South Africans about why Num­ber 1 gig­gles un­con­trol­lably when asked about se­ri­ous mat­ters in Par­lia­ment.

Malema said: “He is laugh­ing at those who voted for him.”

He added that the laugh was mask­ing the pain of know­ing that “Cyril [Ramaphosa] will ar­rest him. That’s why the pre­mier league prefers Zuma’s [ex] wife.” Siyahleba’s spies re­port spot­ting a con­voy of black cars pulling up out­side the Gupta com­pound in Sax­on­wold on Satur­day. The street was closed off for five min­utes to en­able the cav­al­cade to pro­ceed with­out in­ter­fer­ence from lowly folk.

The tim­ing of the visit was in­ter­est­ing be­cause the ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee had just con­cluded its fi­nal meet­ing of the year.

Could the oc­cu­pant of the main car in the con­voy have been go­ing to de­brief his good friends about the dis­cus­sions and out­comes of the meet­ing? We must thank the judges of the Supreme Court of Ap­peal for fi­nally de­liv­er­ing jus­tice to the fam­ily of Reeva Steenkamp. The 10 months that Os­car Pis­to­rius served as pun­ish­ment for tak­ing the life of his girl­friend had seemed in­ad­e­quate, even for lay peo­ple not fa­mil­iar with the in­tri­ca­cies of the law. Judge Eric Leach and com­pany have re­stored faith in our courts.

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