The more one interrogates many opportunistic and self-serving decisions taken by some politicians, the more one is led to believe that politics, principle and rationality do not mix.
Take for example the Democratic Alliance (DA), a party that has for years been selling itself to the electorate as a paragon of moral excellence.
The DA has a long history of using the courts to reverse some of the irrational appointments to key positions in government and other key institutions.
In just a matter of days, the DA scored victories in courts, one of which was the decision this week by the Supreme Court of Appeal to dismiss SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s application for leave to appeal a high court ruling that his permanent appointment should be set aside.
The same DA has been engaged in a long and bruising legal battle to have suspended Nomgcobo Jiba, one of the four deputy heads of the National Prosecuting Authority, removed from her position.
It was the DA which in 2009 dragged President Jacob Zuma to court for his appointment of Menzi Simelane as national director of public prosecutions. The Constitutional Court agreed with the DA and found Simelane not “fit and proper” person for the NDPP position.
A few months after the court had rescinded his appointment, Simelane was offered a lifeline by then minister of public service and administration Lindiwe Sisulu who hired him as her legal adviser.
Ever positioning themselves as impropriety busters, the DA quickly queried the appointment, with party MP Kobus Marais accusing Sisulu of having “a penchant for the macabre”.
An irate Marais said it was “irresponsible for minister Sisulu to appoint someone found improper by the highest court in the land to serve in the public service and in such a position of influence”.
Well, this week, the unthinkable happened, something that may well have exposed the DA as nothing but shameless hypocrites not worthy of their self-bestowed title of morality police and advocates of ethical leadership.
City Press revealed how the DA in the City of Cape Town recently gave a R700 000-a-year job to former ANC councillor and convicted poo thrower Loyiso Nkohla. This is the same saboteur who, as an ANC councillor, was expelled from both the party and city council in 2014 following a crime that shocked South Africa and the world.
The courts found him guilty of contravening the Civil Aviation Act when he, along with members of the Ses’Khona People’s Rights Movement, dumped human excrement at Cape Town International Airport.
Spokesperson for the City of Cape Town, Priya Reddy, lays bare the DA’s double standards. She was quoted as saying Nkohla’s experience gained as a councillor “stands him in good stead”.
Which experience? That of endangering public safety perhaps? Truth is this anarchist was rewarded for campaigning for the DA ahead of last month’s polls, in a clear case of cadre deployment.
What then gives the DA the moral authority to question the ANC’s cadre deployment if, by its own benchmark, an unrepentant thug like Nkohla is fit and proper to hold public office?