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Kopano Matlwa

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(sigh)

One person i would not want to be right now is Manto. I guess when you go into politics you should know what you are getting yourself into, but ay, its still crazy to have your name dragged across newspapers, then crushed under foot every weekend. Imagine waking up to radio stations calling you a kleptomaniac, drunk, liar and thief. No thank you.

hmmm…. but there really is something fishy about all this, its just all too ‘Heat Magazine’ for a credible newspaper and i’ll admit I’m not convinced that she’s as bad as they make her out to seem, but its almost like if you say that you’ve aligned yourself with a side and that will follow you forever (and ever). I remember once in a ward round at the hospital I innocently suggested that maybe there was some truth in what she had said and maybe she was never really given a chance to express herself clearly and maybe, and oh did i get it.

And the whole liver thing? SO the minister of housing should wait in line for an RDP house too, because she has to lead by example? Is that what they are suggesting? I personally think they have taken things a little too far and lost their focus. Manto’s policies are questionable (at best!) but stealing medical documents and splashing them across headlines is low and weak and petty and really just embarrasing.

 

Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    August 28th, 2007 @11:20 #
     
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    Hail Kopano, brave soul! First words I've read that carry sympathetic overtones toward HM Tshabalala-Msimang. (That's "Health Minister".)

    I imagine being behind the scenes in our health system influences one's perspective a bit: are your fellow interns similarly taken aback by the Sunday Times' coverage?

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  • <a href="http://www.ronirwin.com" rel="nofollow">Ron</a>
    Ron
    August 29th, 2007 @10:39 #
     
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    You think Manto has problems? Hah! Imagine being US Senator Larry Craig, who was just busted in an airport bathroom soliciting gay sex. This from a guy who touts "family values", is against abortion and gay marriage. Check out the times article on disgraced congressmen http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/29/us/politics/29repubs.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

    We out these people and skewer them because they are abusing the public trust by being general nitwits. We hammer them in the press because we expect so much from them. In the case of Manto, I do think that the public should be aware of who is in charge of their health, don't you? The fact that she was being treated for kleptomania is pretty bad, the fact that she was kicked out of Bots for stealing a patient's watch is really over the top. Is it too much for us to have a health minister who is actually DOING something about AIDS rather than prescribing lemons and beets? The woman is set to get close to R2 mil in pay and all kinds of perks and she faces one of the biggest health challenges in the history of the country. Thus far, she has made South Africa a laughingstock. Her policies have sent thousands to an early death, beetroot in hand. Hard to feel sorry for her.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    August 29th, 2007 @12:46 #
     
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    I saw that piece on Larry Craig, too: quite a shocker.

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