Jacob Zuma's bittereinder brigade can still sow chaos
Pro-Zuma denialists Mabe, Magashule and Duarte have made an art of fudging the facts, writes Yunus Momoniat
The ANC is being represented in public by denialists firmly in the Jacob Zuma camp. New spokesman Pule Mabe, secretary-general Ace Magashule and deputy Jessie Duarte do not appear to have seen the writing on the wall. Their press briefing on Tuesday was a frustrating affair, in which hardly a question was answered clearly. Magashule makes many yearn for former secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who at least spoke to issues of the day more or less. Magashule and Duarte have been facing the press since the new top six leaders of the party were elected in December. Of his first appearance after an ANC national executive meeting in January, a journalist reported that Magashule "said a whole lotta nothing". He did say, when asked about the Estina dairy deal, that no one was guilty until proven otherwise. At Tuesday’s presser, Magashule pretended that the recall of President Jacob Zuma was simply a game of musical chairs and had nothing to do with corruption, state capture, the Guptas or b...