Politicians like Panyaza Lesufi continue to affirm and practice apartheid’s power patterns, and the succour of political protection and popularity helps them get away with it, writes Redi Tlhabi.
The Education MEC in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, has expressed "shock" that his department wasted R431 million on a failed initiative to sanitise schools.
He has been on a mea culpa media parade that is meant to pacify the public and restore his "good guy" disposition. Before we give Lesufi a free pass, let us consider some important historical facts: I first interacted with Lesufi when he was a provincial spokesperson. He was of the ilk of national spokespeople like Bheki Khumalo who was then spokesperson for anti-apartheid icon, Professor Kadar Asmal. Everyone loved Lesufi and Khumalo.