Following the Ginwala inquiry and the Pikoli firing episode, one can only wonder who is really pulling the strings in South Africa. Mr Motlanthe is firmly establishing himself as cool-bearded, stop-gap president that no one will ever remember. He has the opportunity, in his short tenure to achieve greatness by addressing a number of pressing issues in both South Africa and neighbouring Zimbabwe. He certainly has the power. Sadly, all that is evidently missing is spine.
Ironically by taking concrete action and claiming accountability, Mr Zuma’s seat-warmer would have probably renewed sufficient faith in the ANC to avert any adverse outcome in the SA elections next year. Instead, we are left debating who is really controlling the country during Mr Motlanthe’s tenure.
Come now… will the real Slim Shady.. er… President please stand up!