Richard Chemaly
3 minute read
14 May 2021
12:03 pm

Where is the #HandsOffAce brigade now?

Richard Chemaly

Maybe it is time we no longer just focus on our failed 'leaders', but also ask questions of people and systems who keep choosing bad leaders.

Supporters of the ANC's secretary-general Ace Magashule carry a huge cardboard cut-out of him when he appeared in the dock for his first court appearance on corruption charges in Bloemfontein. Picture: EPA-EFE/Conrad Bornman

It’s extraordinarily telling that entire campaigns were established to support Ace Magashule just a few months ago. Today, however, those same people wouldn’t be caught playing chess with the dude. Perhaps it’s because he got outed by a chess grandmaster as a poser, or perhaps it’s because he’s come to terms that there is only one Carl Niehaus, not 16. Then again Carl Niehaus is probably the only one doubling down, only to be called out by Razzmatazz Mbalula which itself was glorious. But everywhere else you look, from the taxis that used to punt the slogan to social media,...