Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
26 Jul 2021
5:08 am

Leaked script: The tragic comedy which is South Africa’s government

Brendan Seery

A South African cabinet meeting which seems so ridiculous, you'd be forgiven for thinking it really happened.

Former minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Gallo Images

Draft script Seconds from Disaster, Episode 132 – South Africa’s Human Riots Culture. National Geographic Television. Voice Over: Good evening, everybody. Welcome to a special edition of National Geographic’s Seconds from Disaster. Background clip: Looters carrying off large flat-screen TVs. Voice Over: In a massive demonstration of support for South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, these future DStv subscribers (hope you took decoders, too, people!) also struck a blow for freedom from oppressive SABC licence fees. But was this inevitable? Why were the authorities taken by surprise? Did Bheki Cele’s hat help at all during the crisis? Now, we take you...