By the time we find out what tricky Diko was up to, we won’t ...

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By the time we find out what tricky Diko was up to, we won’t care anymore

That’s the way probes work in SA. They just delay the inevitable until the inevitable doesn’t matter

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The details are fairly intricate, and more facts will no doubt come to light, but the short version is this: Khusela Diko, the president’s spokesperson, is on leave pending the outcome of our collective lobotomy.

It’s not called that, of course, but that’s what government probes are, like the one that’s apparently going to investigate whether Diko, her husband and their pals in the Gauteng health department are guilty of what is still quaintly called a “conflict of interests”.

It’s basic neuroscience, really. Insert a probe into the public’s mind and leave it there for a few weeks or even months, and eventually our outrage, and then our memories, will be gently erased. When the probe concludes, revealing that nobody was guilty of anything and it was all a big misunderstanding, we won’t even remember the names of those involved...

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