I read a fascinating extract in the Sunday Times yesterday from a new book by Charles Nqakula, currently our high commissioner in Mozambique and former minister of both defence and safety & security. He is also chairman of the SA Communist Party. I know Nqakula. He was a reporter on the Daily Dispatch in East London back in the 1970s when I was a subeditor on the paper. He is by any standards a quiet, unassuming and sweet man. He has just written a memoir titled The People’s War: Reflections of an ANC Cadre and I’m going to buy a copy. The extract in the Sunday Times focused on the time, around 1986, when he and others were arrested in Lesotho after Gen Justin Lekhanya had overthrown Prime Minister Chief Leabua Jonathan and was collaborating with the PW Botha government in SA.As finance minister Malusi Gigaba twists in the winds created by his obvious centrality to the Gupta State Capture project, his greatest enemy now is not the state of our economy, which is bad, but his own cred...

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