The premier’s mask fell off to expose how two-faced the ANC is

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The premier’s mask fell off to expose how two-faced the ANC is

As soon as the prospect of arrest was mentioned, the rules changed

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On Sunday, as Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane swanned about maskless at the funeral of Jackson Mthembu, a widely respected and admired man whose life had been cut far too short by Covid-19, many people got justifiably angry.

We are a nation saturated with and nauseated by the hypocrisy of the ANC, and as Mtsweni-Tsipane tried to perform a rather stiff and unconvincing two-handed salute, like a knackered Eva Peron impersonator working the end of a rain-soaked pier in an irrelevant backwater, social media began to seethe with demands that she be arrested, with many alluding to Bheki Cele’s chest-thumping claim about arresting 7,000 people for not wearing masks.

I am also tired of the hypocrisy, but in these frantic times I’ve decided to try to pause, to listen, and to try to see things from the point of view of the accused party, which in this case is a much better point of view than my own since Mtsweni-Tsipane doesn’t have a mask cluttering up her peripheral vision...

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