| The weird world of politics
Having his cake
In his closing speech at the ANC’s policy conference, Number One could not resist giving the extra chop to a man he axed from Cabinet.
It was reported that former tourism minister Derek Hanekom was forced to apologise in the commissions for calling a proposal to expropriate land without compensation “rubbish”.
We all thought the matter was dead and gone, but in case anyone missed it, the Prez had to loud-hail that “so robust were the debates that a comrade was forced to apologise”. It had never happened before, he said. We see you, JZ.
... and eating it
Number One was not done having a go at his opponents. While motivating for the establishment of a monitoring unit based at Luthuli House to assess whether ANC policies were being implemented, he threw a quick jab at presidential wannabe Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, who is responsible for monitoring and evaluation in government.
JZ said, as if in passing: “We have something like it [a monitoring mechanism] in the presidency, but it is weak.” This was a direct hit on Radebe, who was sitting right behind the president, and remained stonefaced through his public humiliation.
SALUTATIONS Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini