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How Tshwane’s mayor was bugged on the job

Tshwane executive mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has every reason to feel aggrieved at someone eavesdropping on his love session with a mayoral committee member in her office.

If it was a love session. You can never be sure just by the sounds. Remember Meg Ryan’s very good imitation of an orgasm in a restaurant during the movie When Harry Met Sally.

Noises off: You can never be sure they are what they sound like, as Meg Ryan demonstrates to Billy Crystal in that famous restaurant scene.Photo: WIKIPEDIA

It was so good that a fellow diner told the waiter “I’ll have what she’s having”.

The recording didn’t start with the supposed love session. Mokgalapa and Sheila-Lynn Senkubuge begin by ridiculing an ANC regional chairman and fellow councillors, and then apparently plotting against senior officials. None of this is illegal.

All politicians konkel. It’s what politicians do.

But the skinder must have turned them on. Because after 12 or more minutes, they stopped talking and started issuing noises that sounded suspiciously as if they were having their will of each other.

The noises lasted for eight minutes, after which they resumed their talk. It wasn’t so much coitus interruptus as conversation interrupted by a quickie.

Hardly in the same league as Gwede Mantashe, he of “tiger in bed” fame. In fact it is unlikely that Senkubuge had equipped her office with a bed at all, in anticipation of any action on it.

And it must have taken those who bugged the office by surprise, not expecting a bit of you-know-what thrown in as a bonsella. Anyway, Senkubuge and the mayor have laid charges of illegal and unauthorised recording with the police, as well as defamation, though who defamed whom is a moot point.

And talking of points, the point is that having it off with a colleague in the privacy of her office is these days not a dismissible offence.

Unlike the old days when then minister of Indian affairs Willie Maree got the chop after he was found consummating an affair of the non-Indian kind with his secretary in her office one Friday afternoon. The youngest and fittest member of the cabinet, he was given immediate retirement on the basis of “ill-health”.

My late colleague Stanley Uys wrote a deadpan front-page story in the Sunday Times in which he explained how Maree had been overtaken by a sudden attack of ill-health at 17:27 in his secretary’s office.

A deputy minister of transport, Hannes Rall, was also fired for philandering, unlike another deputy transport minister, Herman Martins, who was merely redeployed to New Orleans as consul-general for incompetence.

But in the apartheid era, government members strayed from the marital nest at their peril. Now it’s the least of our leaders’ shortcomings (no pun intended).

So Stevens Mokgalapa has nothing to be ashamed of. Other than allowing himself to be bugged on the job.

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