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22 May 2017 23:34 (South Africa)

Mthethwa caught spending again; now it’s adding up to serious money

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

It’s the kind of Sunday newspaper headline that can ruin a politician’s morning, and in the case of police minister Nathi Mthethwa has ruined his credibility for the foreseeable future. The Sunday Independent reported Mthethwa spent close to R600,000 on hotel stays before April this year. That makes for more than R2 million in documented wasteful spending, and he hasn’t even been in the chair for a year. The ANC party line has now shifted somewhat. While Mthethwa still “didn’t do anything wrong” and “wasn’t aware” of the amounts involved, it has also emerged that “elements that are intent on shifting the focus away from the fight against crime” are abusing these incidents of opulent living. Darn those pesky third forces.

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  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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