Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Communication blunder

Ye-I-yeee..h GCIS! When we were young that is what my sister use to say when I was in trouble ye-I-yeeeh Muuuzi. I couldn’t believe that an Etv reporter asked the president about the Selebi warrant of arrest. Immediately I knew the Government Communications was in trouble. Thabo Mbeki was away since he suspended Vusi Pikoli but up to yesterday Government spokes persons were still contradicting each other. Acting NPA boss Advocate Mpshe said the president was going to bring the nation up to speed with the Pikoli issue which has now become a saga and that only one case will be reviewed. Less than an hour later Themba Maseko said the president won’t entertain the Selebi issue. Remember it is Maseko whom a day earlier said Mpshe would review all the high profile cases. The president came back knowing that he hired the spin-doctors only to find that they have been making noise but no progress. The president was caught by surprise when a young journalist asked him about Selebi warrant. I must say I know that our president is clever and very diplomatic, but that question caught him by surprise he didn’t even have time to think he just jumped into intimidating the lady whom I must say she has got ball that woman… she stood her ground. But seriously was the president supposed to be embarrassed like that? I don’t think so, the NPA and the GCIS should have saved the president from that. I think they didn’t do their home work they kept on referring the media to what the president said and what he did not say with the hope that media won’t have a chance to speak to him now they will have to answer… how did it all happen. I think the Pikoli /Selebi issue could have been handled differently if both offices communicated well to avoid mixed messages. Pikoli/ Selebi was a PR disaster I think the president can’t wait for his term of office to come to an end. What an anticlimax to what I think was a good job he has done for this country. He will be remembered for being trigger happy ask Zuma, Masetlha, Madlala-Routledge and now Pikoli what a drama.

4 comments:

Pitso Tsibolane said...

Hi Muzi,

After i read your post i wrote a little piece coz i had the same thoughts about the same topic!

Muzi said...

I was beginning to wonder as to what happened to you. Nice to hear from you.

Beenz said...

If the govt spin-doctoring was working, we'd be missing out on all these fascinating facts. It makes SA politics much more interesting.

Muzi said...

come to think of it Beenz we would miss out on drama I am not sure if they are still politics for me they have the making of a drama. backstabbing, floor crossing, conspiracy, half a million rands in Cash exchanging hands what more do we want.