South Africa: The Art of Manyisplaining - How Jimmy Manyi Almost Broke the Zondo Commission


Whatever the Zondo commission costs the taxpayer per day, we should all be asking for a rebate for Wednesday and Thursday -- when Mzwanele 'Jimmy' Manyi brought new meaning to the concept of a 'difficult witness'.

When Mzwanele "Jimmy" Manyi strode into the Zondo commission on Wednesday afternoon, it wasn't his first visit to the State Capture inquiry -- but they surely cannot afford another.

Not if evidence leader Kate Hofmeyr is to avoid a murder charge. Not if any of us is to continue to cling to the faltering belief in the old epistemological cornerstones of facts, evidence, or truth itself.

Of course, the Zondo commission has seen unco-operative witnesses before. Few can compete with the Zuma father-and-son tag team for Olympic-grade ducking and diving. JZ -- in what looks increasingly likely to be his one and only appearance before the commission, due to his sudden onslaught of unspecified illness -- sketched a fever dream of international conspiracies and ancient plots. Duduzane played it slick and laid-back: nothing to see here, folks.

But Manyi? Manyi arrived at the commission for his second round this week ready to unleash a nuclear cloud of obfuscation, digression and semantics. Where other witnesses...

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