Sunday Tribune - - PEOPLE - DEN­NIS PATHER den­ and the Fly The Spi­der

“WILL you come into my par­lour?” said the Spi­der to the Fly.

“‘Tis the pret­ti­est lit­tle par­lour that you ever did spy;

The way into my par­lour is up a wind­ing stair,

And I’ve many cu­ri­ous things to show you when you’re there.”

I’m sure many of you recog­nise this first stanza of the 19th cen­tury cau­tion­ary tale called

which, af­ter the dra­matic po­lit­i­cal events this week, Nh­lanhla Nene would have done well to have heeded.

For those not fa­mil­iar with the poem, it tells the story of a cun­ning spi­der who en­snares a naïve fly in its web.

Had the for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter lis­tened to his in­stincts, he would have re­alised the in­vi­ta­tion from the Gup­tas to their lux­ury com­pound in Sax­on­wold just didn’t look right.

In fact, Nene was ini­tially sus­pi­cious of the in­vi­ta­tion, just like the lit­tle fly in the poem.

Re­mem­ber the sec­ond stanza? “Oh, no, no,” said the lit­tle fly, “to ask me is in vain,

For who goes up your wind­ing stair can never come down again.” Never were truer words spo­ken. Whether it was temp­ta­tion, naivety or just plain cu­rios­ity, once Nene stepped into the Sax­on­wold par­lour, he was en­trapped.

He’s now be­come the first vic­tim of the state cap­ture in­quiry af­ter con­fess­ing to se­cretly meet­ing the

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