Peters: There’s life after politics
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”.