Regard must be had to the higher standard of conduct expected from public officials, and the number of falsehoods that have been put forward by the Public Protector in the course of the litigation. This conduct included the numerous “misstatements”, like misrepresenting, under oath, her reliance on evidence of economic experts in drawing up the report, failing to provide a complete record, ordered and indexed, so that the contents thereof could be determined, failing to disclose material meetings and then obfuscating the reasons for them and the reasons why they had not been previously disclosed, and generally failing to provide the court with a frank and candid account of her conduct in preparing the report. The punitive aspect of the costs order therefore stands.
President Thabo Mbeki yesterday stated in his speech before the Polokwane conference that there was a virus in the ANC that was destroying it.
In response to this unfortunate turn of phrase, my friend Justin commented that this begged two crucial questions:
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1. Does this virus cause a syndrome?
2. Does showering help prevent its transmission.