Gwede Mantashe, standing on an elevated platform at Luthuli House, supposedly higher than God’s sacred Kingdom, decreed that the human beings made in God’s image have no conscience to speak of.
He was insulting ANC members of Parliament whose conscience dictates to them they need to kick Jacob Zuma, the highly compromised and divisive president, out of office on August 8.
“I don’t know where this notion comes from that we are a collection of individuals who have conscience,” Mantashe said in defence of Zuma. “We are members of the ANC in a party-political system.”
He is entitled to speak for himself if he lacks conscience. But he shouldn’t speak for elected public representatives who as individuals publicly swore allegiance to the Constitution of the Republic, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
That “other Mandela doctor” is at it again. Iqbal Survé surfaced last week, using the pages of his flagship Johannesburg newspaper The Star to accuse Naspers, owner of the 24.com stable, and BizNews (which does not belong to Naspers) of being local variants of the notorious Bell Pottinger propaganda machine.