Thursday, July 18, 2024

Has Masisi become vulnerable to blackmail by powerful members of his inner orbit?

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has surrendered substantial powers of his office to powerful members within his inner circle.

This is not delegated authority. It is usurped authority.

The surrender did not happen voluntarily.

It was a result of persistent cajoling and manipulation coupled with brazen blackmailing.

These officials have created small empires for themselves within the public service.

On a daily basis they manipulate the president, cause extensive abuse of his powers, intimidate and terrorise other officials and jeopardise the very fabric of state security.

Not only do these individuals trade in sensitive information they access as part of their official duties, they also use it from time to time against the master – chiefly to dodge and duck accountability.

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