The BEAT editor, Johnny Masilela.

Ramaphosa is bad news for the DA and EFF


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At the time of writing, I was waiting to hear from reporter Mzamane Ringane with regards to ANC deputy President, David Mabuza’s roadshow at Modimolle.

But with bits and pieces of the jigsaw puzzle gathered from other media, it was apparent the Mpumalanga Premier, a supposed Jacob Zuma apologist, had become a turncoat.

Imagine yourself a councillor or local government civil servant, attending the rally with the objective to hear “e fokela kae (whence the wind blows)”.

Mabuza, the all-powerful politician among the ANC top six, steps to the podium, and endorses his political master, Cyril Ramaphosa’s relentless pursuit of the corrupt.

Ayeye! Be afraid brother, be very afraid sister.

If all of a sudden the Hawks could arrive unannounced at Free State Premier Ace Magashule’s office, and turn things upside down, what about small fish like you and me?

On a personal level, I was part of the several hundred mourners who paid their last respects to the late Bophuthatswana President Lucas Mangope.

Now wait a minute, there is nothing “selling out” about attending a funeral.

And that explains why also in attendance were higher mortals such as retired deputy Constitutional Judge President Dikgang Moseneke, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, the province’s inaugural premier Popo Molefe, former Robben Island inmate Mosiuoa Lekota and Kenneth Meshoe of the ACDP.

I had the rare opportunity - on the side-lines of the main programme - to chat to Moseneke, at one time the youngest prisoner on Robben Island.

Our discussion was based on an observation he made in his autobiography, whereby he records that at the time of Codesa he, National Party chief negotiator, Roelf Meyer and Mac Maharaj (ANC), were dispatched to convince Mangope the game was over.

In his response, Mangope wagged a finger at Moseneke, daring him he was “mosimane wa Motswana (Motswana national)”, and how could he gang up with other people against Bophuthatswana.

The almost parental guidance from Mangope was not a fluke, because Dikgang’s dad, the late Sam Moseneke, was headmaster at Nchaupe High School in Makapanstad, and therefore part of Mangope’s education-driven inner circle.

Patrice Motsepe’s dad, ABC Motsepe, was the headmaster at Sekitla High School, and also a close confidante of Mangope.

In terms of the Gospel according to Mangope, the incarceration of Dikgang Moseneke on Robben Island was nothing but juvenile delinquency!

From the burial in Zeerust I drove to Mahikeng, to transport my daughter and her luggage – among these a million pair of shoes! – to Johannesburg whereby she is on a graduate training programme with a commercial bank.

Nokuthula Masilela was spending that night with a friend on Plein Street, so I was therefore forced to negotiate the car around hooting taxis and their foul-mouthed drivers.

The less said about inner-city Johannesburg, the better. My foot!

I was going through The BEAT’s online views and was humbled by the response especially toward the front page lead story, with the title “Renewal, unity and jobs”. But then there was a mix-up with two captions on the back cover sports page! 

And oh, Mzamane just walked in to say he could not remember when last did the supposedly declining ANC draw so many thousands of supporters to a mass rally at Modimolle.  Ayeye DA! Ayeye EFF! 

3 months ago       01 February 2018