Have faith, SA! We may lose Faith one day. Or so we pray
The moral bar is so low that the ANC wants her to chair the justice committee, but there may be glimmers of hope
On Thursday, Cyril Ramaphosa will put on his cheapest suit and his most sympathetic man-of-the-people expression and describe the state of this desperate little nation. Actions, however, speak louder than carefully curated words, and this week his colleagues were dishing out spoilers – revealing the true state of the nation – faster than a misanthrope at an Avengers première.
For example, there was the revelation that the ANC’s parliamentary caucus wants Faith Muthambi – Jacob Zuma’s most loyal cheerleader and a cadre who managed to lower the already subterranean bar of ANC rule – to chair parliament’s portfolio committee on justice. This is the same Faith Muthambi, you will recall, whom an ad-hoc committee described, officially, as “incompetent”, and who was found to have lied to parliament. The same Faith Muthambi who blew R300,000 of your money to fly friends and family to Cape Town to listen to her deliver a budget speech.
To be fair, that was probably cheap at the price: you’d have to pay me twice that amount to listen to her speak. And of course, redeploying corrupt or clueless apparatchiks to cushy posts is the founding principle of the modern ANC. But having MPs openly support this embodiment of the Zupta era speaks volumes about the state of the nation and the battle Ramaphosa is fighting every single day. ..