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EDITORIAL | Why does Cyril keep Mthethwa in his cabinet?


EDITORIAL | Why does Cyril keep Mthethwa in his cabinet?

This is the minister who helped deceive a nation about Nkandla’s fire pool and let down SA’s artists and sportspeople


One of the things taught to drug and alcohol users when they try to restart their lives after rehabilitation is to urgently cut ties with their old lives. This includes breaking away from friendships that are harmful, avoiding haunts where they previously encountered drugs and alcohol, and creating a new schedule that will remove you from your past.

If President Cyril Ramaphosa had employed a similar strategy when formulating his cabinet, he might have been spared the embarrassment that holds the political hat in the department of arts and culture. Nathi Mthethwa, one of the most prominent hangovers from the Zuma administration, leads a department seemingly in chaos.

He’s the same minister who during the Zuma years helped brand Nkandla a national key point and tried unsuccessfully to sell the story to South Africans...

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