Che Gigaba teaches ANC comrades tricks of the trade

Che Gigaba teaches ANC comrades tricks of the trade

A picture of Jacob Zuma's private residence in Nkandla, some 178 kilometres north of Durban, on November 4, 2012. Picture: Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP

The first lesson of Public Relations is to apply the Nkandla Fire Pool Rule – deny, deny, deny.

Comrade Che Gigaba lit up a pungent joint and blew smoke rings into the air before checking the Breitling watch on his wrist. 10.30am. It would be about another half a hour, he reckoned, before the branch members began arriving for the start of the 8am class on Dialetic Materialism. He looked around at the two, two-room prefabricated buildings and one former shipping container which housed the ANC Political University and thought: What do you expect for just R320 million? The most important part of the complex was the carport, under which his Range Rover was parked. That was an...




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