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EDITORIAL | A real leader would’ve quit, but this is Bathabile ...

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EDITORIAL | A real leader would’ve quit, but this is Bathabile Dlamini

Why not save the ANC the indignity of having to fire her? Is it a case of the absence of shame?

Editorial

Nothing, it seems, is indicative of the depth of the challenges faced by SA more than the story about the fate of ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini being in the hands of the ANC’s national officials led by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The issue is not so much that she is a convicted perjurer but her inability to appreciate the imbroglio created by her decision to wait to be thrown out of her position as a leader of the ANC’s women formation. 

Why must it be an issue for a president to decide? Is this because she believes that in spite of her conviction in the Johannesburg magistrate’s court she is still the embodiment of the quality of leadership befitting a ruling party? Is it a case of the absence of shame? Or could it be that Dlamini and the ANC do not believe perjury is a serious offence? After all, Dlamini did not step aside along with other ANC leaders when the step-aside rule, which led to the suspension of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and others, was implemented months ago. ..

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