Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
19 Oct 2021
6:00 am

Hostage situation: Chickens come home to roost

Sydney Majoko

The factions within the ruling party that thought it convenient to maintain a private army under the guise of honouring freedom fighters must now accept that their chickens are coming home to roost.

Defence Minister Thandi Modise. Picture: Gallo Images/Beeld/Deaan Vivier

After being held hostage at Irene’s Saint George’s Hotel by military veterans, Minister of Defence Thandi Modise tried to downplay the severity of the situation that she, together with Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele and her deputy Thabang Makwetla found themselves in. “We did not feel our lives were in danger,” she said. That might be true, but it took the police’s Special Task Force to rescue them. They might not have felt in danger but they were – and the situation could have easily ended in tragic bloodshed. Sadly, these are simply the ruling party’s chickens coming home...