Democracy – when it suits you
I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING the spat between Helen Zille and certain factions within the ANC in the Western Cape quite closely. First and foremost it would seem that democracy suits the ANC when it’s in power but not when it comes second. It’s Zille’s prerogative to appoint whomsoever she wishes to her provincial cabinet, in as much as it’s Jacob Zuma’s to do so at central Government level. She doesn’t have to kowtow to the ANC in the Western Cape – it came second, remember?
And as far as having only men in her cabinet, that’s also her prerogative. It’s far better having people who can do the job than filling posts with female faces who fail to deliver – remember Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and even Dlamini-Zuma? Not one of them was able to deliver anything approaching a decent service to SA’s people.
The first had beetroot remedies to fight the most serious pandemic in man’s history, the second failed to stop rampant corruption in her department and the last sided with the world’s pariah states in the face of UN condemnation.
And Zille accusing Zuma for putting his wives at risk by having unprotected sex with an HIV positive woman? No lie there. But for that the ANC accused her of showing disrespect to the President, yet it accuses her of sleeping with the “concubines” in her cabinet.
Last time I looked a concubine was female and Zille doesn’t have any of those in her cabinet – the reason for the great uproar in the first place.
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