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There are enough historic firsts in today’s politics to make your head spin, but the latest one leaves me dizzy with anticipation over how soon we’ll see Msholozi crawl back into his fire-proof Nkandla den, roaring futilely at Zuptoids who no longer fear or feed with him. Cosatu has banned him from speaking at any of their events. It’s a short, effective stabbing spear, used at close range on a very specific enemy. Handled as an assassin’s’ blade, not the historic close range utility against an entire enemy brigade. Which neatly sums up how Cosatu regard the inner power circle running the Zuptoid empire in total disregard of the larger ANC brigade. It’s simply making policy of the sentiments expressed by the Cosatu masses at recent Workers Day events where they booed Zuma, ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte and chairperson Baleka Mbete. The point is, it’s never happened before that the country’s largest union banned an ANC president from its’ events. The crowbar representing sufficient steel from enough powerful people in and outside the ANC is getting longer and stronger. There’s no Molefe-like resigning in the interests of good governance here. Not even as an excuse. Crowbars are needed. – Chris Bateman
By Mahlatse Gallens; News 24
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