Home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba should run for president. After more salacious revelations about his private activities surfaced at the weekend, Gigaba’s life is now a right and proper soap opera — sex scandals, corruption allegations, threats of lawsuits, warring mistresses — and a political party and country are enthralled by it all. Gigaba would easily win in an election. He has all the right attributes for leadership anywhere in the world these days. Think about it. Jacob Zuma was accused of rape, impregnated one of his friends’ daughters and had a long-running corruption trial. He won his party’s and the country’s presidency. Twice. That’s the upside-down world we live in. The villains are the heroes. The dodgy are always winning. The empty cans, those who make the most noise, get listened to by the populace. It is not just SA that is upside down. Everywhere in the world now leaders like Thabo Mbeki — the policy wonks — have made way for the soap opera presidents. On Sunday...

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