Are you a dog?
That is the question that many South Africans may be asking themselves in the wake of the comment “The African National Congress (ANC) has not gone to the dogs, but the dogs have left the party” by the ANC Women’s League President, Angie Motshekga, on Monday 20 October 2008 (see Mail & Gaurdian article).
And then in a radio interview on SAFM, when asked the question “could you not have used a better term”, she really ‘puts her foot in it’ (excuse the pun) when she replies, “it was an english idiom that I used.”
The problem of course lies in the fact that the idiom does not have the tail-end “the dogs have left…” and in adding this to her statement, she clearly and deliberately labelled disgruntled ANC members, as dogs.
As if the ANC doesn’t have enough problems of it’s own already to deal with!
By stopping at the end of the idiom, without any tail-ends, the honourable ANC Women’s League President, would have sufficiently made her point without insulting anyone. This really was a lack of judgement on her part and she shoud rather be making efforts to make amends, rather than trying to justify using the term.
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