Peters: There’s life af­ter pol­i­tics

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Late on Thurs­day night in Cape Town, for­mer trans­port min­is­ter Dipuo Peters warned her team not to leave and to wait with her un­til there was clar­ity on the fu­ture, as spec­u­la­tion did the rounds that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma would reshuf­fle his Cabi­net.

Peters had braced her­self for a long wait, with Zuma ex­pected to break the ea­gerly awaited news some time af­ter mid­night. Peters, to­gether with her me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer, per­sonal as­sis­tant and two ad­vis­ers, passed the time crack­ing jokes in an at­tempt to lighten the mood.

When Zuma fi­nally con­firmed that Peters would no longer be wak­ing up at the of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Pre­to­ria where she started the day, the mood was not damp­ened, with her team keep­ing her com­pany un­til the wee hours of the morn­ing, while she took calls and mes­sages, in­clud­ing from her for­mer Cabi­net col­leagues.

“The good thing is that I could give them con­so­la­tion that God was in charge and I’m hon­oured to have served,” she said.

“It’s not like I’m dead. I’m still alive and there is life be­yond po­lit­i­cal of­fice.”

How­ever, Peters cau­tioned: “There are cer­tain things you ne­glect when you are in po­lit­i­cal of­fice, like your health”. Late last month she landed in in­ten­sive care at Steve Biko Hospi­tal and “that for me was a wake-up call”. Her doc­tor was among the first to call her af­ter Zuma’s an­nounce­ment and sug­gested that this may be the an­swer “be­cause they had been wor­ried about my health”.

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