The ANC is playing Russian roulette, but then DD was in the house

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The ANC is playing Russian roulette, but then DD was in the house

If Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula couldn’t see last month’s insurrection coming, how will she protect the ANC in parliament?

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A secret vote, overseen by a judge facing impeachment, to elect as speaker a person recently fired from her ministerial post for failing to recognise an attempted insurrection and now under investigation for corruption? What could possibly go wrong?

Yes, Thursday was a momentous day for our beleaguered little nation, as Nosiviwe “What Coup?” Mapisa-Nqakula was parachuted into the position of parliamentary speaker.

Traditionally, this process has been a mysterious and largely alchemical one, whereby a living, breathing human being is transformed into a large rubber stamp that can also turn into a doormat when the need arises...

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