William Saunderson-Meyer
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1 Feb 2020
6:23 am

Interim Eskom chair is SA’s very own Jekyll and Hyde

William Saunderson-Meyer

Malegapuru Makgoba’s past cannot fairly be described as infamous. But it has been controversial.

William Saunderson-Meyer.

Artist Andy Warhol foretold a world where we would each enjoy 15 minutes of fame before sinking back into obscurity. Our politicians and public figures have inverted this. Each has 15 minutes of infamy. Then their lives of privilege continue as if nothing happened. Interim Eskom chair Malegapuru Makgoba’s past cannot fairly be described as infamous. But it has been controversial. After all, how many previous appointees can boast that they vanquished their foes by smearing themselves daily from head to toe in lion fat, so as to channel the power of the ancestors? This, said Makgoba in his autobiography,...