Pallo Jordan is our most polished intellectual

Although Pallo Jordan has confessed to his deadly sins, politics will never be the same again. I commend him for apologising to the nation for his wrongdoings.

With his brilliant intellectual prowess, there was no need for him to ‘doctor’ his capacities.

If you gave a politician a truth serum and asked him what he did for a living, he would quote Tolstoy: “I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me and assure myself and others that I am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all possible means, except by getting off his back!”

If you gave truth serum to those who vote for our politicians and ask them why they vote as they do, they would quote Frederic Bastiat who described government as: “That great fiction by which everyone tries to love at the expense of everyone else.”

Ambrose Beirce defined politics as: “The conduct of public affairs for private advantage”. John Dryden poetized: “In friendship false, implacable in hate, resolved to ruin or rule the state”

In a democratic age, with people stupefied by television, with myths in place of facts and ideology in places of moral ideas, politics necessarily becomes a competition in mass corruption, with each party attempting to win public support by avoiding or twisting the truth in accordance with plausible and serviceable fictions. Under such a regime, honesty is inconvenient.

Pallo Jordan was hailed as an uncommon kind of politician and garlanded for his supposed stick of integrity.

His exposure will rock the political landscape of South Africa. Many of us will miss his supreme intellect.

He was and will remain, the most polished intellectual ion post-apartheid South Africa.

Yaj Chetty 2014-08-22 10:49:54 AM
ion or icon ?
Wehr Wulf 2014-08-22 12:20:25 PM
Intellectual? Lol! A conman always sounds polished.
Siebert Mazus 2014-08-22 12:43:35 PM
To me the worst part of all of this was that no journalist investigated his claims that he had a doctorate. For years. That in a so-called free country. No investigative journalism involved, I guess. Lap dogs.
Ja Wa 2014-08-22 12:52:22 PM
Best of a bad bunch.
Kallie Karnallie 2014-08-22 01:28:07 PM
The man is a fraud. Stop trying to idolize all the liars, cheats, frauds and charlatans in the ANC. There, did I miss anyone?
Shirley Mlombo 2014-08-22 03:16:05 PM
Taken from the Government Website "Mr Jordan studied at the University of Wisconsin in the United States of America (USA) in 1962 and he acquired a post-graduate degree from the London School of Economics." Did a Post-Graduate Degree in What? We know what other politicians did their degrees in and for some reason, he never specified the subject matter of his studies. This should have been a dead give away. I wonder why no one ever picked up on it.
Vuka Khumalo 2014-08-24 06:00:07 AM
Studying in general is no joke. I'm currently a final year Bcompt (Bachelor of Accounting Sciences) student at Unisa. It has taken me 5 years to make it to 3rd year level mainly because I study part-time as I have not had the opportunity to attend a contact University. I work hard - I'm always up at 2am and get at least 3 hours of study before I have to get ready for work and I'm under a lot of stress, but I value the investment in my education because I know that it will lead me to where I want to be... Perhaps instead of burdening myself with this difficult academic course, I could have simply conferred the Accounting Degree and its Honours on myself ... And then a few years later, I could then allow people to believe that I'm a Qualified Chartered Accountant (SA)... Save myself time and money. But what a hollow victory.