In the end, Bathabile Dlamini proved that she really does care about securing a regular income for SA’s unemployed. Well, one of them. By resigning as a member of parliament on Tuesday, she secured her ministerial pension and made sure that she enters her twilight years disgraced, derided, eventually forgotten, but very, very rich. 

She is, of course, not alone. In fact, consistent to the end, she left her exit late. A number of cabinet discards have already resigned to make sure they don’t end up as mere MPs who have to do their shopping in Sandton rather than Dubai.

But she is, one could argue, the most notorious of the lot; a modern-day Madame Defarge, cheering as Jacob Zuma and his goons marched one institution after another up the steps to the guillotine. Indeed, she remains the head of the ANC Women’s League, that politburo of treacherous invertebrates that sang Umshini Wami next to Jacob Zuma when he was accused of rape. ..

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