Julius Caesar's Ghost Could Show PW Botha's How It Is Done

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Julius Caesar's Ghost Could Show PW Botha's How It Is Done


BYLINE: john scott

RESIDENTS of the Wilderness say they are not surprised by reports that PW Botha has come back to haunt his old riverside home Die Anker.

The house was auctioned for R4 million after his death and bought by a Johannesburg businessman Sango Ntsaluba. According to a front-page story in last Sunday's Rapport, a local caretaker named Pieter says the groot krokodil is very cross that his house should now be owned by a black person.

He added: "In the evenings the oubaas sits in his computer room and types. I don't know what he is typing. But no one can get him out."

Ntsaluba has apparently resorted to no fewer than nine sangomas to shift him, but to no avail. PW always did have a stubborn streak.

I can understand his not responding to sangomas. PW was a Christian, and would insist on a Christian exorcist rather than men he refused to give the vote to and who are now rattling their bags of bones under his nose. Only a dominee might be able to persuade him to leave Die Anker and proceed on his way to heaven.

He might not have fully realised he is dead. It could be that he is typing a letter to his lawyer, asking for a full explanation. But there may be another reason. He once announced that South Africans either had to adapt or die. Somehow he couldn't get himself to adapt completely, and now he has difficulty dying completely. And just as he couldn't quite cross the Rubicon, so he cannot now quite cross the River Styx.

At the time he insisted he had crossed the Rubicon. But crossing the Rubicon meant saying that Nelson Mandela would be released, and he was as stubborn about not saying that as he is about leaving his computer room at Die Anker.

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