Sometimes you need to do some purging
Last week it was reported that the price of Sasol shares had "soared" after the heads of several top executives had "rolled" following an independent review of the disasters at the company's Lake Charles project in the American state of Louisiana. No doubt South Africa's share price – the exchange rates of the rand – would also soar if the heads of large numbers of the inhabitants of our public sector were to "roll".
Yet when the Democratic Alliance (DA) carries out a purge of some of its top executives many members of our print and online commentariat go into a frenzy that makes Greta Thunberg appear as calm and collected as Queen Elizabeth II.
The DA, we are told, has reached rock bottom after a disastrous and devastating week. It is a soap opera which has imploded, not to mention a party in tatters stumbling back into the past. Turmoil, chaos, and unprecedented limbo herald the beginning of the party's disappearance. This last point gives the game away: the party's disappearance is exactly what many of these commentators desire.
Nor is it hard to discern why. We are told that the party is an abattoir for black leaders which has been captured by right-wing zealots, race denialists, liberal purists, and a verkrampte old guard which is anti-poor and anti-diversity and wants to whitewash apartheid.
The purge needs to go further, however. The report of the three-man panel which led to the downfall of the man who appointed it, Mmusi Maimane, noted the damage done by the party's handling of the Schweizer-Reneke "controversy" in January this year.