Mantashe is a political pit bull

2014-03-30 14:00

Pam Williams

Grahamstown

The funeral of Nelson Mandela revealed many things. The ceremony in Qunu allowed us the opportunity to see the humble house of this principal leader of our struggle. We are now able to compare it with that of Jacob Zuma, the principal looter.

Even after his retirement from public office, Mandela did not go around hunting for tenders for his family and the Madiba clan. Can the same be said about Zuma?

Addressing mourners in Joburg, former president Thabo Mbeki said: “Today we do not know who is the friend or the enemy.” Who are the friends and enemies of ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe?

I am sure when he wakes up in the morning, he watches and listens to the news to find out who attacked Zuma, the commander of an immoral leadership programme.

Mantashe attacks Trevor Manuel, Jay Naidoo, Raymond Suttner, Zwelinzima Vavi and Numsa, but not Zuma, Humphrey Mmemezi, Bheki Cele, the faeces hooligans and Nathi Mthethwa, whose house was fenced at a cost of R200?000 to taxpayers.

One of Mantashe’s targets is the Public Protector. This functionary is a vicious “political pit bull” of the same ilk as Julius Malema. Remember when Malema attacked anyone who was suspected of disliking Zuma’s unbecoming behaviour?

We’ve lost the National Prosecuting Authority, the judiciary and the police service as friends in the war against corruption.

Manuel and his comrades are defending the last pillar of our morality, the Public Protector. Mantashe sees these comrades and Advocate Thuli Madonsela as enemies.

We must honour the enemies of Mantashe who are friends of Batho Pele and good corporate governance.

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