Master class at ANC political school

Tony Yengeni, as a prominent member of the political education committee of the ANC’s national executive committee, is active in the governing party’s political school.

In fact he’s the most frequently quoted spokesman for that school. Last year Yengeni said the political school would become a prerequisite for party members and leaders. “It will ensure that individual members have their political consciousness increased, so that you know

how to behave as a member, and as a leader and you know how to lead.”

Significantly he said, “You should know the wrongs and rights,” adding that, “there must be no excuses given later that ‘I didn’t know’.”


At that stage he had escaped a 2008 conviction for drunk driving, after a policeman deliberately thwarted the investigation. But he had served time in jail for lying to Parliament about the discount he received on a Mercedes 4×4 in connection with the arms deal. It’s safe to say Yengeni has had a few lessons in right and wrong. Yet he appears not to have benefited from these experiences. His arrest over the weekend for drunk driving fits a pattern.

Last year he was caught driving his Maserati without a front number plate and an expired licence disc. The number plate was still missing when he was arrested on Saturday. Even when he went to Pollsmoor prison in 2006, before being whisked off to more modern Malmesbury cells where he spent only four months of his four-year sentence, Yengeni was carried shoulder-high and feted by prominent party members.

It seems the main lesson in the political school is this: if you can claim struggle credentials and remain loyal to party bosses, you can do as you please.

Have another drink.

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