Come on Cyril! FW did it, Mantashe has just done it. You can do ...

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Come on Cyril! FW did it, Mantashe has just done it. You can do it too

Defying party policy is harder than ever in SA, but sometimes necessity demands it. Don’t hold your breath, though

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To mark the 30th anniversary of FW de Klerk’s earth-shaking speech to parliament on February 2 1990, veteran journalist Tim du Plessis sent me an inquiry.

“Can you describe”, he asked, “where you were and what you felt when you heard the news?”

My answer – on the one speech ever delivered in parliament which fundamentally changed the course of this country – had at the least the relevance of being at ground zero on this shape shifting moment, or several of them, as the speech lasted around 35 minutes...

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