If Lekota has dirt on Cyril, why did he sit on it so long?
He might have withheld evidence until he needed it for political gain - but then again, that describes most of the people in parliament
On Wednesday, Mosiuoa Lekota delivered his masterstroke. Parliament is only big enough for one ANC-Lite two-faced capitalist harking back to the Rainbow years, and Lekota needs to be the last man sitting on that fence. If he is going to dream of pushing his share of the national vote up into the heady heights of 0.7% or even 0.8%, Cyril Ramaphosa’s enemies need to be aided and abetted.
Lekota’s speech, in which he claimed that Ramaphosa had sold out comrades to the apartheid Security Branch, received a standing ovation from opposition parties, presumably because they also desperately need Ramaphosa recalled and replaced with one of Zuma’s creatures so that they can return to the sheltered employment they enjoyed throughout his wretched reign.
I suspect the Freedom Front Plus just heard “special branch” and was flooded with nostalgic endorphins. I don’t know why the EFF jumped up, given that it has been accusing Lekota of being a sell-out for some time, but perhaps someone dropped some money on the floor near Floyd Shivambu.
But perhaps the real reason they all stood and cheered was something more honest: genuine admiration for a demonstration of politics at its most shitty.
If Lekota is lying about Ramaphosa, or recycling old and unfounded rumours, then he is simply letting his old ANC colours show. After all, this is the former defence minister who, in 2014, denied to the arms deal commission that the ANC had benefited financially from that gigantic orgy of plunder.
But if he’s telling the truth, ah, well then that’s some world-class, A-list, Olympic-quality hypocrisy. And it’s not only the DA and EFF that love it. We love it, too.
At some point, “dropping files” or revealing “smallanyana skeletons” became funny to us, or at least fun. When a politician reveals that he or she has been sitting on some nasty information for years, we treat it like an episode of a reality TV show, salivating over the coming spectacle and mulling delicious questions. What’s in the files? Is this the end of the accused? Who else is involved?
And yet very few South Africans seem to ask the only pertinent question when a “file drop” happens: if the damning information is true, why did the “dropper” wait so long? If they had information that could help root out corruption or treachery, why did they decide to keep endangering the country?
If you knew in 1990 that your sister’s new boyfriend was a dirty scumbag, and you waited until they had been unhappily married for 30 years before you let her know, it means you’re a pretty shitty person.
If you’re a politician, however, and you had evidence in 1990 that a colleague was an accomplice in a crime against humanity, but you sat on that information until said colleague was president, withholding evidence until you needed to reveal it for political gain, well, that makes you fundamentally untrustworthy and probably unfit to hold any high office.
Then again, “fundamentally untrustworthy and probably unfit to hold any high office” describes about 80% of the people in parliament, so perhaps Lekota is exactly where he needs to be. And who knows? Maybe this will help him crack that 1% mark in May ...