The latest example of political detachment in SA comes from Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Michael Masutha. Retained in the Cabinet through an act of strategic placation by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Masutha might be less controversial than some of his Zuma-era colleagues but he remains an insufferably useless individual. Last week he declared that National Prosecuting Authority boss Shaun Abrahams enjoys his full confidence, despite Abrahams’s multiple shockers and general personality. There’s been a lot of this over the years. Most of the time it involves daft remarks, but then someone buys an unnecessary car or spends a fortune on take-away chicken or holes up in some pseudo-Roman mansion resorting to excuses like "hayfever" when scrutinised. So what compels someone to say something so stupid? Masutha isn’t thick like Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane or ANC deputy secretary Jessie Duarte, nor is he a particularly bad dude, in the way that ANC secretary-general...

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