On a day we needed ball-gag Cyril, we got the Zuma circus

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On a day we needed ball-gag Cyril, we got the Zuma circus

His response to the murder of yet another woman was too late and dull, when we needed something bold and statesmanlike

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Cyril the Human Ball-Gag is gone. Not recalled. Not resigned. Not retired. Just gone. Poof. Vanished. As in Frodo-Baggins-having-a-panic-attack vanished.

Last week Ramaphosa was, at least, around; busily assembling a committee to address the issue of forming a task team to plan a response to the possibility of mobilising a commission to investigate the feasibility of establishing an action plan to propose a solution to the question of potentially looking into some stuff.

This week, however, as Johannesburg and Pretoria descended into criminality and xenophobia, and the rest of the country reacted with nauseated fury to the murder of yet another woman by yet another man, Ramaphosa managed a drastically late, cautiously dull statement of condolence and intent, promising – you guessed it! – a meeting with police brass to discuss – right again! – “steps being undertaken to stem the tide of gender-based violence” in SA...

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