Teflon “planner”? The man can do no wrong.
If he isn’t liquidating journalists,
ruining book launches, getting into fisticuffs with colleagues or calling the
clamour for Aids drugs “voodoo” and “bunkum” – he’s admonishing Parliament to
“be real” about his purchase of a multimillion-rand car.
arrogant the posturing, Manuel remains the country and the media’s golden boy:
Crawford-Browne until, last year, he was left with the clothes on his back:
evincing remarkable doggedness for a man above reproach.
after Manuel got wind Boesak would reveal how he paid the Manuels’ papgeld while
Trevor was behind bars.
provide anti-Aids drugs to dying people, Manuel wasn’t exactly in the loony
camp – but then again he didn’t stand up to be counted either.
investing wholesale in antiretroviral drugs.
Those calling for a Nuremburg-style
trial to deal with Aids deaths under former president Thabo Mbeki would do well
to consider Manuel’s role.
when he reportedly rejected the idea of food vouchers for them because there
was no way of ensuring they, the great unwashed, would not spend it “on alcohol
and other things”.
are a new set of wheels.
During his so-called apology for the car in Parliament
last year, he told MPs the purchase of the BMW “wasn’t entirely well-advised”.
But, he added, he was well within his rights: “A decision was taken and it’s one
of those decisions that you live with.”
either being asked to fork out more taxes or be patient – a humane backbone
seems the last thing on Trevor’s mind.
with parastatals on World Cup ticket-spending sprees.
enterprises aren’t exactly government entities and they needed to wine, dine
and watch soccer to attract business.
built “relationships” with clients, he added: “These business entities have to
run themselves in a particular way.”
the systematic and wholesale looting of Eskom, the SABC, SAA and other
quasi-state bodies over the last decade.
Special Investigations Unit is said to be “struggling to keep up” with all the
referrals from many of these parasitic entities.
when he was “the world’s longest-serving finance minister” (source: his
He has lost his ability to read the mood. Either that or he
has bought into his own hype.
which Manuel is well familiar: “Hy dink die son skyn uit sy gat uit.” (He thinks
the sun shines out of his arse).
invited public ridicule or censure from his party. These are words – as his
gentle biographer would say – that would “flay most mortals”.
and elsewhere, Manuel is no mere mortal.
resigned in a huff in 2008, the rand crashed (well, nearly). He’s even been
named “global leader for tomorrow” by the World Bank.
risk of becoming the Julius Malema of grown-up politics.
If all the schmoozing Trevor speaks of has had any effect
whatsoever, it’s high time we saw the evidence.
The World Cup tickets are the
tip of the iceberg of parastatal partying, “boosting morale” or “networking”.
There is now talk of design fests, wine-tasting events, weekend getaways for
staff, jazz concerts and the rugby.
generation by way of new business?
(or billion-) rand bailouts?
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