THE BAD

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One hopes that, should Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma de­cide to once again reshuf­fle his cabi­net, he first watches the in­ter­view Al Jazeera did with Maite NkoanaMasha­bane, min­is­ter of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and co-op­er­a­tion. The na­tion’s top diplo­mat surely needs to fo­cus on putting our col­lec­tive best foot for­ward and sell­ing the coun­try in­ter­na­tion­ally. In­stead, she hardly re­sponded to any ques­tions with ra­tio­nal an­swers, rant­ing for ex­am­ple about hav­ing a hole in her head from hav­ing had to carry a wa­ter can as a child when asked about the con­flict in Par­lia­ment. But then she man­aged to work in some praise for Zuma, “that leader of mine that I re­spect so much”, so he will prob­a­bly keep her.

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