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The name game

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob “the one who grinds you while laugh­ing with you” Zuma may seem like he’s fudg­ing over is­sues by re­spond­ing to three lengthy re­ports in 20 pages. But in re­al­ity, he pays great at­ten­tion to de­tail. For in­stance, af­ter a lengthy de­bate on what it re­ally should be called with­out caus­ing too much of­fence, he refers to his home as the Nkandla Res­i­dence Com­plex or NRC for short. That’s set­tled, then. It’s not a homestead nor a com­pound.

The SABC must love him too – it can con­tinue to quote the man di­rectly with­out caus­ing of­fence.

Out of step

Min­is­ter of Women in the Pres­i­dency Su­san Shabangu this week spoke about her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the historic 1956 women’s march to the Union Build­ings as a baby.

Then she got her his­tory badly mud­dled and the apartheid lead­ers mixed up. She said the women were protest­ing against prime min­is­ter Hen­drik Ver­wo­erd.

If she had not been an in­fant, she would have heard the women chant “Stri­j­dom, wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ im­bokodo” in ref­er­ence to prime min­is­ter JG Stri­j­dom. Ver­wo­erd took charge two years later.

A babe in arms

The DA’s wet-be­hind-the-ears shadow min­is­ter of de­fence and mil­i­tary vet­er­ans, David Maynier, as­sumed with­out a shadow of a doubt that he would rat­tle the Ser­iti Com­mis­sion of In­quiry with his sup­pos­edly ex­plo­sive ev­i­dence when he made an ap­pear­ance. But alas, it was not to be.

Maynier was given a hard time by Judge Wil­lie Ser­iti, who did not have any pa­tience for Maynier’s at­tempts at po­lit­i­cal pos­tur­ing, dis­miss­ing much of his grand­stand­ing and show­ing the MP that much of what was be­fore the arms com­mis­sion took place way be­fore his time.

CON­FUSED

Su­san Shabangu

has her his­tor­i­cal

facts mixed up

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