Go and re­scind no more

Sunday Times - - OPINION -

FROM time to time, new words emerge in the world of gov­ern­ments­peak. This week ev­ery­one’s favourite was “re­scind”.

First, North­ern Cape pre­mier Sylvia Lu­cas “re­scinded” her de­ci­sion to reshuf­fle her cab­i­net.

Then the in­ter­min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee look­ing at Brian Molefe’s reap­point­ment as CEO of Eskom de­cided to “re­scind” that de­ci­sion.

This was af­ter the board claimed it’d made a bit of a mis­take in al­low­ing him early re­tire­ment and had, in a bid to cor­rect things, re­scinded his early re­tire­ment.

So es­sen­tially they were re­scind­ing their de­ci­sion to re­scind?

Hog­a­rth sus­pects that all this re­scind­ing is re­ally a neatly pack­aged way to say: “We stuffed up and peo­ple are an­gry so we’re go­ing back to the way things were be­fore.”

Where do we ap­ply to have the word “re­scind” re­scinded from our po­lit­i­cal vo­cab­u­lar­ies?

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