It’s tempting to describe the latest addition to the ANC secretary general’s office as a phoenix rising from the ashes. Nothing – not fraud, public meltdowns, or political irrelevancy – can keep Carl Niehaus down.
He is back, having started work at Luthuli House in January.
The problem with the phoenix description, however, is that he hasn’t really risen very far at all. And he hasn’t really risen on his own, either: it is the ANC that has come to his rescue every time, like the over-indulgent parents of an errant child.