‘Stellagate’ and the fiction of justice
Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams’ lockdown lunch with Mduduzi Manana – and her censure from Cyril Ramaphosa – raise philosophical questions about the law and the meaning of justice
Last week, many South Africans pondered two perhaps unanswerable questions: "What is justice?" and "Why is there no yeast in Woolworths?"The one is a deeply philosophical conundrum, and let’s be frank: can we ever really know? But we should, I think, take a stab at the other, working out what constitutes justice in our frustrating country, and how the term applies differently to different people.There has been the usual wildly oscillating range of reactions to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s censuring of communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. To remind you of the story, in case you’ve already forgotten it in the heady whirl of pandemic content, Ndabeni-Abrahams flouted lockdown regulations and popped in to chow down with Mduduzi Manana, our former deputy minister of higher education & training and the proud holder of a conviction on three counts of assault on women.Manana, displaying the same lack of finesse that we assume drove the style choices in his cookie cutter McMansio...
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