EFF court jester Mpofu again played his part to perfection

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EFF court jester Mpofu again played his part to perfection

No-one should be surprised by Dali Mpofu’s Zondo commission outburst. He always plays to the crowd

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I know Dali Mpofu shouldn’t have told Pravin Gordhan and adv Michelle le Roux to “shut up” at the Zondo Commission this week. I know legal pundits are right to condemn it. But I must admit I’m glad he did it, if only because it was a welcome reminder that there are still a few corners of this country where propriety is expected.

Mpofu’s tantrum, and the response to it, provided a startling contrast to the crudity and brutality of so much of our public life. In a place where the news is an endless loop of bloody, grinding awfulness, it was an absurd relief to read that the gentlest of playground taunts was being seen as something of a scandal.

It was also gratifying to be reminded of the dignity of Thuli Madonsela, as she stepped lightly into the fray to ask Mpofu’s critics to be fair, reminding them that the entire tone of legal proceedings at the Zondo commission has become “toxic” and that singling out Mpofu was “selective and counterproductive”...

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