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06 November 2013

Zuma’s silence speaks volumes

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The president’s pointed silence as Helen Zille was heckled undermines the spirit of democracy once again, says Judith February.

Cape Town – It’s December 2007. Delegates at the ANC conference in Polokwane fill the marquee on the first day of the conference. The mood is impatient. Surely Thabo Mbeki’s time as president of the country and of the ANC must be up? The now infamous football “hand signals” demanding a change of player greet Mbeki as he enters the room.

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)