Mirth over min­is­ter’s in­tel­li­gence re­mark

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - STAFF RE­PORTER

STATE Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo drew laugh­ter from re­porters on Tues­day when he an­nounced that they re­ceived in­tel­li­gence about un­rest in Vuwani, Lim­popo, a year be­fore it oc­curred.

Mahlobo was brief­ing the me­dia on the out­come of the peace and sta­bil­ity sub­com­mit­tee dis­cus­sions at the ANC pol­icy con­fer­ence in Joburg.

On in­tel­li­gence-gath­er­ing, he said: “We must re­alise that when we have in­tel­li­gence, we can­not scream and an­nounce we have in­tel­li­gence… for ex­am­ple, we had in­tel­li­gence on Vuwani a year be­fore it all hap­pened.”

Mahlobo, at first seemed taken aback, then be­came ir­ri­tated by the re­ac­tion from the room full of jour­nal­ists, some of them gig­gling, be­fore ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa asked them to stop.

It wasn’t long be­fore #Mahlobo was trend­ing on Twit­ter, with a video of his face con­tort­ing when he re­alised his #Vuwani slip. Mahlobo and his de­part­ment have been blamed for fail­ing to pre­vent the vi­o­lent protests that erupted in Vuwani where schools were torched and teach­ing dis­rupted over is­sues around de­mar­ca­tion.

Pop­u­lar yes­ter­day was the ques­tion, “Ask #Mahlobo why they didn’t do some­thing about it if he had in­for­ma­tion be­fore it hap­pened?”

But there were many light­hearted one-lin­ers and memes about what else the min­is­ter pos­si­bly knew be­fore it hap­pened, rang­ing from pol­i­tics to sport to en­ter­tain­ment.

CheckM8: #Mahlobo knew 15 years ago that the Gup­tas will de­stroy South Africa.

CheckM8:#Mahlobo knew seven years ago that the newly bought Prasa trains will not fit on SA rail­ways.

Nkosi _GC: David Mahlobo knew 10 years ago that Gen­er­a­tions will fire 16 ac­tors and start Gen­er­a­tions The Legacy.

Nkosi _GC: #Mahlobo knew three years ago that Or­lando Pi­rates will not qual­ify for Top Eight last sea­son.

AfricanSon: As to why he didn’t alert Ford (with a pic­ture of a burn­ing Kuga) that re­mains a mys­tery.

And then there was the per­sonal, with Sphamandla not­ing #Mahlobo knew that I’d be broke and sin­gle this year, but he did noth­ing.

Mahlobo said it seemed some jour­nal­ists lacked a grasp of is­sues judg­ing from the ques­tions they asked, and ex­plained how in­tel­li­gence worked.

“When we get in­tel­li­gence we give it to the po­lice, com­rade Zizi (Kodwa) here sat in that NEC (na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee) when the Lim­popo lead­er­ship told us that they had in­for­ma­tion be­fore it all hap­pened.

“A num­ber of peo­ple were ar­rested, our prob­lem lies with pros­e­cu­tion,” he said.

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