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Aunty Pat bumps into Thabo

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Would they greet each other, never mind beginning a conversation? For the sake of decorum and parliamentary passersby in earshot, they would keep up pretences.


15 Jul 2020
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Aunty Pat bumps into Thabo

SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town - 22 May 2019 - Patricia de Lille leader of the Good party arrives at Parliament, where the swearing of Parliament members was taking place. PHOTO: Phando Jikelo / African News Agency (ANA);

Should former president Thabo Mbeki and relatively new minister Patricia de Lille meet in the corridors of power, it’s an easy guess the exchange would be anything but convivial. Given their history in the then parliament when she headed the Pan African Congress and he was president, a strained relationship is a given. Would they greet each other, never mind beginning a conversation? For the sake of decorum and parliamentary passersby in earshot, they would keep up pretences. It was she who raised the corruption of the notorious arms deal and Mbeki rudely rebuked her and other whistleblowers. So they...

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