We always suspected it, but Thursday's events seemed to confirm it. Bar some miraculous intervention, the special parliamentary committee convened to consider President Zuma's response to the Public Protector's report on Nkandla has very little chance of completing any meaningful work before their deadline runs out next week.
They have just three sessions to wrap things up - and one is now gone, during which little more than the election of a chair was completed.
While Thuli Madonsela was busy being listed as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, the parliamentary committee meeting tasked with considering her report was already looking distinctly toothless. (Of course, only the blindest optimist would have expected anything different.)
Who'd want to be an ANC MP on the committee? It would seem an unenviable task. In the most cynical reading, their ultimate goal must be the protection of Number One just days away from the elections, while seeming to fulfil the brief of the committee (and it is still far from clear exactly what that brief is).
As a number of commentators pointed out, several of the ANC's majority representation on the committee are former party-hoppers. Llewellyn ...