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Our public officials never fail to give us our money’s worth when it comes to the entertainment value of the "dressing-downs" they get from oversight bodies — be it Parliament or judicial commissions convened to investigate the political dramas playing out. Examples are the dapper and impatient Matshela Koko in his tailored suit; and former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu dressed in black mourning gear crowned with a "doek" or qhiya. One could have mistaken her for some of the loved ones of those whose deaths the Esidimeni inquiry seeks to understand. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini was no better in her disregard for the inquiry probing the chaos in her department. With a translator in tow and in between reading from her literature, she partially answered the questions posed — when she did answer. It was an indication of the apathy and disdain with which many of our public officials regard anyone placing their decisions and actions under scrutiny.It revealed how gen...

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