I tell you, Chris Barron from the Sunday Times really nails it sometimes. His line of questioning can be so well planned and structured, that the interviewee (or “victim” in this case) doesn’t even realise which direction he is going and where his end point might be – whilst the reader can only squirm in their seat, as they witness the clear development of the implosion.
This is made even more exciting and entertaining when he happens to be interviewing a nincompoop – in this case, the mayor of Johannesburg, Amos Masondo.
Ahh, shame – poor Amos.
Amos Masondo – The Mayor of Johannesburg
Follow the link to see Chris Barron absolutely destroy the mayor of Johannesburg. You emotions will blend into a concoction of anger, joy and pure and utter amusement!
So many Questions with Amos Masondo
Feb 10, 2010 9:21 AM | By Chris Barron
Joburg is advertised as a world-class city. Chris Barron asked the mayor, Amos Masondo:
Is Joburg ready for the World Cup?
I think we are.
What about the potholes?
We are addressing that problem.
What about the trenches that are left open for months for people to fall into?
Again, that’s one of the big problems.
What about the broken traffic lights?
It’s being addressed in an ongoing way.
What about the street lights that don’t work?
You keep on mentioning these things one by one. And my answer is an honest one, to say yes, there are gaps, and we are working on addressing the problems.
What about the missing street signs?
The matter has been raised with the mayoral committee by the executive director of 2010. And, again, a commitment has been made that we’ll be upgrading these in the next two to three months.
What about the litter?
The city’s much cleaner than it used to be.
There’s still a lot of rubbish around, though, isn’t there?
There is a lot of rubbish around. Pikitup is working on a programme that seeks to mobilise communities.
What about the blocked stormwater drains?
Yes, because it rains quite heavily. Some of the problems … have been exposed and we are addressing them.
That’s an issue of maintenance, isn’t it?
Yes, it’s an issue of maintenance, but you know …
They’re not being properly maintained?
They’re not being properly maintained. It’s the kind of thing that should be done in winter.
Why isn’t it happening?
There have been some problems there.
What about the lack of reliable public transport?
Well, I mean we have introduced BRT (bus rapid transit).
On all routes?
Not all the routes.
Do you use public transport?
Once in a while, yes. I use a taxi once in a while.
Wouldn’t it send an encouraging message if you used public transport to get to work?
I don’t know if you’re aware of this but annually, every October or so, we use public transport.
You use public transport every October?
Trust me when I tell you Chris Barron is only getting STARTED!
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