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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Drama in Vusi's office
Well, we're finally getting proof that Vusi Pikoli's sacking was solely due to his refusal to obey orders from the Presidency not to arrest police chief Jackie Selebi. Now this has obviously been South Africa's worst kept secret over the past two years, and it's not surprising that Mbeki's having more trouble than usual keeping the lid on it, giving his current standing within the party and the Government.

At present, the best the Presidency can do is to claim that he wasn't booted for wanting to continue to arrest Selebi after the President's order, but that he didn't want to treat his arrest "sensitively". And by "sensitively", they obviously mean "swept under the carpet"...