| The weird world of politics
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.
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