Forsaking the timid passive route of quiet diplomacy, Sipho Pityana went for the jugular this week. The occasion was not some discrete inconspicuous meeting of academics or malcontents, but rather one where all the heavy-weights & decision makers were in attendance: the annual Mining Indaba.
This was speaking truth to power not in spurts of incoherent anger and rage such as a blustering Malema, but rather the poetry of well-marshalled facts. Pityana exposed for the world to view, the rot that lay beneath the platitudes, the evasive replies, the blatant mendacious lies of a kleptocratic government and a supine populace and industry.
Main picture: Sipho Pityana
In a surprising inastute move, the ANC used Jacob Zuma as the face of its Local Government Election campaign – literally its poster boy if you will. If anything, his visage signalled a reason amongst the traditional ANC supporters why they should NOT vote ANC in the Local Government Elections. For the opposition, Zuma was and is the gift that keeps on giving.
Given this fact, should the opposition not be pleading with the ANC to retain Zuma as President, rather than lambasting them for having such a feckless, fatuous, venal leader who is clearly out of his depth?
Main picture: The frontline against corruption and “state capture” is manned by Pravin Gordhan