The weird world of pol­i­tics

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Back from grave

Siyahleba had writ­ten off that lib­er­a­tion party of African­ists called the PAC long ago. But an email landed this week an­nounc­ing that it was still alive. “In an un­prece­dented show of unity, the Pan African­ist Congress of Aza­nia will meet as a united na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee on Oc­to­ber 25 in Jo­han­nes­burg.” Siyahleba was left won­der­ing: What is un­prece­dented about a na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of a po­lit­i­cal party meet­ing? But given their his­tory, maybe it does make sense...

Un­armed, luck­ily

The Cana­dian sergeant at arms shot dead a crazed gun­man who had killed a sol­dier in the coun­try’s na­tional par­lia­ment in Ot­tawa this week. That gives new mean­ing to the ti­tle. Siyahleba is re­lieved that our own sergeant at arms, Regina Mohlomi, doesn’t keep a gun in her of­fice. Last week she tes­ti­fied to plead­ing – to no avail – with EFF leader Julius Malema to leave the house after he had been or­dered out. God knows what she would have done if she’d had a gun when the EFF shouted “Pay Back the Money” in the Na­tional Assem­bly and dis­obeyed her.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

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