On Wednesday morning I was invited to attend a “World Cup Legacy Breakfast” at South Africa House overlooking Trafalgar Square. I am not especially keen on listening to politicians but this was a chance to visit the South African Embassy, to (sort of) meet South Africa’s Deputy President and, most importantly, to have some breakfast.
The Deputy President of South Africa, Hon. Kgalema Motlanthe (pictured above at the podium) was actually Interim President after Thabo Mbeki’s resignation in September 2008. He is a very important man in South African politics and might yet be President again.
Mr Motlanthe and his entourage swaggered in 15 minutes late. He made a shortish speech and then the floor was opened to questions. “Our friends in the fourth estate know that they must introduce themselves”, asserted the Deputy Programmer. There were lots of titles today, nearly always preceded by “Deputy.”
Three questions would be asked and then the Deputy President would choose whichever one tickled his fancy. He is a consumate politician, saying a lot but revealing nothing.
The Deputy President was due to meet the Deputy Prime Minister later that day. At last Prime Minister Cameron has found a use for him!