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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Where there is smoke....

And so we continue to slide into that quagmire which is known as ZIMBABWE style governing...
From the Citizen - no, no permission (stuff it, see my previous post)

Phumzie to face questions
By Vusumuzi Ka Nzapheza
JOHANNESBURG – Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will answer to Parliament claims that a store had to be cleared of people simply to allow her to buy a bed.
A Sunday newspaper reported that Mlambo-Ngcuka’s secretary Khosi Shange demanded that @Home Livingspace in Fourways be vacated before she could do her shopping.
City Press quoted a source saying Shange had thrown a tantrum when the store supervisor refused. Bodyguards also swept the store and when manager Alick Weir arrived, Mlambo- Ngcuka bought a R15 000 bedroom suite.
The Democratic Alliance said it would submit questions to the Deputy President to establish the validity of the reports.
DA spokesman Donald Lee said if the reports were correct, Mlambo-Ngcuka would have to give reasons for her actions.
“At the time when President Thabo Mbeki is making a plea for the elite not to lose touch with the plight of ordinary South Africans, the Deputy President is using her position to do personal shopping,” Lee said.
Mbeki, speaking at the fourth Nelson Mandela Lecture on Saturday, criticised a “tendency towards the deification of personal wealth”.
Now the DA wants to know how routinely Mlambo-Ngcuka uses her bodyguards to “shut down stores to do her personal shopping”.
Mlambo-Ngcuka’s spokesman Thabang Chiloane said Shange denied being at the store on the day of the incident. Shange’s phone went unanswered yesterday.


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