Lies upon lies

2017-06-06 06:01

THE recent turn of events at power utility Eskom and the somersaulting of Brian Molefe, executives and Minister Lynne Brown, reminded me of a tale of a cat and a rabbit.

The two friends were resting in the shade talking about their daily challenges when the rabbit asked: “Hey, tell me my friend, what would you do if our enemy the dog were to come here now?”

“I would simply climb the tree,” responded the cat. “And you, my friend?”

The rabbit boasted that it had seven tricks to confuse its enemy. The cat felt bad about this as it had only one trick. But unfortunately for the rabbit, all the seven tricks did not work as the persistent enemy knew all of them, and so the rabbit was caught.

After the state capture report last year, which suggested that he had frequented the Gupta residence in Saxonwold, an emotional Molefe cried in a press conference and said he was resigning from his position.

Now, all of a sudden, he was on unpaid leave. Initially, the board said the brand ambassador of the Saxonwold shebeen was given early retirement.

This leaves people with only one relevant question: who’s fooling whom?

The problem with lies is that they need to be backed up by more lies.

Both the board, Brown and Molefe should have thought about this.

The strange thing is that Eskom’s staffers gave Molefe a heroic welcome, like an Olympic gold medallist disembarking a plane.

One believes the country has more capable people who can make sure the lights remain on in the country and neighbouring countries.

But Molefe, alongside the board, has misled the country, making contrasting statements. If they lied about Molefe’s resignation, a logical question would be, what else did they lie about?

The moral of the story here is that the rabbit’s seven tricks did not work but the single trick from the cat worked because possible scrutiny is pre-empted.

SANDILE GUMEDE

Programme co-ordinator
Faculty of Humanities

Journalism lecturer

Johannesburg

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