The weird world of politics: Confession time

2014-07-20 15:00

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Confession time

We all want answers to what actually transpired in the arms deal, particularly about whether the decision makers expected the ballooned costs and information about any underhand dealings and payments.

But know-it-all advocate Paul Hoffman embarrassed himself and his client, Terry Crawford-Browne, when his day-long questioning of former president Thabo Mbeki yielded absolutely no new information nor concessions.

Instead, Hoffman broke down and, like a naughty little boy, tearfully confessed: “I have behaved badly today.” Shem!

Rank and file

Hoffman was not the only lawyer struggling to pin down a witness.

Lawyer for Marikana miners Dali Mpofu tried hard to grill former police minister Nathi Mthethwa at the Marikana commission.

When he could not get Mthethwa to apologise on his terms, Mpofu pulled rank, saying: “No, listen here minister, you are just a witness when you are sitting there. This is not a Cabinet meeting.”

No, Dali, your cross-examination must speak for itself. Maybe then there would be no need to gratuitously throw around insulting comments.

A changed man

Thami ka Plaatjie, remember him?

Ka Plaatjie seems to have undergone a dramatic transformation since joining the gravy train at Luthuli House where he undertakes research.

Commenting on calls by the EFF to have Die Stem removed as part of the anthem, he said: “These groups and individuals are abusing the democratic space that has been created with their narrow nationalist rhetoric. The challenge now is nation-building.”

Narrow nationalist rhetoric? And this from a former PAC man who forcefully grabbed pieces of land in Bredell on the East Rand?

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