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21 Feb 2020
6:15 am

Integrity and truth don’t stand a chance after Ndabeni-Abrahams Geneva slip-up 

One would have expected a government official being paid around R2 million a year might be expected to know that Geneva is in Switzerland.

Downtown Geneva, beneath snowy mountains. Image: iStock

The problem with arrogance – which many ANC apparatchiks have in abundance – is that it often makes you speak before you think. For Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, her belief in her own importance and invincibility (based on the powerful Ministerial Handbook) meant she was more interested in smacking down a TV interviewer’s questions on her European trip than in getting her words right. Angrily, she said: “I have never been to Switzerland. My husband has never been to Switzerland. We went to Geneva and New York” to do government business … and broke no...