Shilowa leaves a gap

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WHAT HAP­PENED IN­TER­NAL un­rest in the ANC in­ten­si­fied when Gaut­eng premier Mb­haz­ima Shilowa re­signed, ow­ing to his loy­alty to Thabo Mbeki and wish­ing to avoid an on­go­ing bat­tle with ANC lead­er­ship. Jack Bloom, DA leader in Gaut­eng, said Shilowa’s de­par­ture was a pity “be­cause he stood head and shoul­ders above any­one else in his cab­i­net”. THE WIT­NESS said many would agree with Bloom, be­cause Shilowa was a good leader who did a lot for his prov­ince dur­ing his ten­ure. The pa­per won­dered how many other politi­cians had Shilowa’s mix­ture of au­thor­ity and com­pe­tence, imagination, em­pa­thy and, above all, a good sense of hu­mour. The Star said the ANC couldn’t af­ford to lose com­pe­tent peo­ple of that cal­i­bre.

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