You can put Mbete’s ‘so what?’ on the modern ANC’s gravestone

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You can put Mbete’s ‘so what?’ on the modern ANC’s gravestone

In sticking, embarrassingly, to the party line in her Al Jazeera interview, she revealed why SA is in such a sorry state

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As the Al Jazeera Head To Head interview seeped into the country’s consciousness this week like poop through a nappy, the consensus was clear. Baleka Mbete had embarrassed herself. Her evasive replies to Mehdi Hasan’s questions were shocking. The whole thing was an inexplicable blunder.

I disagree.

Firstly, I’m not sure that you can embarrass yourself if there is nothing left to embarrass. Perhaps, five years ago, it would have been embarrassing for the former activist to reflect on how eagerly she had undermined democracy and the rule of law to make sure the Sun King Zuma didn’t have to answer questions about Nkandla...

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