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A bit of Pryor-esque comedy did gaslighting ANC a big favour


A bit of Pryor-esque comedy did gaslighting ANC a big favour

With his desperate line about shacks and naked eyes Stephan Poya proved he’s a very special kind of cadre


There’s a Richard Pryor joke in which a woman bursts in on her husband in flagrante with his mistress. He immediately starts denying everything, ending with the immortal question: “Who you gonna believe? Me, or your lying eyes?”

South Africans are used to that kind of gaslighting. The apartheid government did it for decades, insisting that a crime against humanity was just a policy of “good neighbourliness”. And once the ANC brushed off its last remaining progressive, civic-minded ambitions in the late 1990s, it, too, began telling us some absolute whoppers.

Whether it was Blade Nzimande calling the Nkandla scandal “white people’s lies”, or the party hiring Bell Pottinger to create the “white monopoly capital” bogeyman as a smokescreen to hide ANC looting, or simply the biggest lie of them all – “a better life for all” – the ANC has proved a most dedicated pupil of the great gaslighters of history. ..

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