We can laugh at Hlaudi, but maybe he’s a loon who needs help

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We can laugh at Hlaudi, but maybe he’s a loon who needs help

The more I’ve watched him, the less sure I’ve become that we're dealing with someone who is a fair target for mockery

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Should we laugh at Hlaudi Motsoeneng?

I understand the urge. His first public appearances as the godfather of the SABC were comically absurd. His foray into national politics in this year’s election felt like a long build-up to a very silly joke. On Tuesday, at the Zondo commission, his narcissism remained superficially funny: his claim that he is educated because he has told lawyers and doctors what to do felt like a rerun of a broad, slapstick comedy.

The thing is, I’m not sure we should be laughing...

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