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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.

PHOTO: LINDILE MBONTSI

SALUTATIONS So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini

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