| The weird world of pol­i­tics

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10 years later

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma had a tough time in Par­lia­ment this week, thanks to his for­mer pro­tégé – Economic Free­dom Fighters leader Julius Malema. The com­man­der in chief (Zuma) tried to ap­pear cool as he warded off a ques­tion on Nkandla by giv­ing a short re­ply, but then ru­ined it by say­ing he sub­mit­ted his re­ply to the Public Pro­tec­tor’s re­port in 1994. He quickly cor­rected him­self, say­ing it was, of course, 2014. But none of th­ese moves pre­vented Juju and his crowd from chant­ing: “Pay back the money.” And the chaos that en­sued is now his­tory.

Feel­ing blue

Ag, shame! The poor DA was in such a rush to avoid be­ing up­staged by the Economic Free­dom Fighters that it sent out its own me­dia alert to an­nounce that it would also be hold­ing its own press con­fer­ence on the dis­rupted Na­tional Assem­bly ses­sion on Thurs­day. The prob­lem is, in the Blue Party’s haste to re­main rel­e­vant, it got its dates com­pletely wrong. It put down its date for the press con­fer­ence as Au­gust 20, which was a full day be­fore all hell broke loose in Par­lia­ment.

The thing is...

Inkatha Free­dom Party MP Al­bert Mncwango got the imag­i­na­tions of MPs run­ning in Par­lia­ment this week as he vied for an op­por­tu­nity to be no­ticed by the Speaker. Mncwango told the house that he had pressed a col­league’s “thing” be­cause his “thing” was not work­ing. This elicited laugh­ter from an oth­er­wise war-like at­mos­phere in Par­lia­ment. An alert Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly Baleka Mbete, just back from long leave, then com­pounded Mncwango’s em­bar­rass­ment by say­ing: “Honourable mem­ber, we won’t ask you what you were talk­ing about.”

IN­SIS­TENT Julius Malema

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