Is it just me, or is Zuma’s term tak­ing for­ever?

CityPress - - Voices - Paddy Harper paddy. harper@ city­press. co. za

Thurs­day. It’s TM1’s birth­day. TM1’s Thabo Mbeki to you. TM1’s the cat who used to be the com­man­der in chief and pres­i­dent of the re­pub­lic.

TM1, we’re told, is spend­ing his birth­day me­di­at­ing in Su­dan. Which is kind of ironic, given the kid gloves treat­ment his suc­ces­sor, TWGG (Thixo wase Ge­orge Goch, or Ja­cob Zuma to you) has given to a cer­tain Su­danese gen­tle­man who mys­te­ri­ously flew out of Air Force Base Waterk­loof while no­body was watch­ing a week ago.

That can’t be much fun, but at least he’s al­ready had a public apol­ogy from Zwelinz­ima Vavi for back­ing the TWGG all those cen­turies ago dur­ing his run for the ANC pres­i­dency at Polok­wane. Is it only me, or does the past pres­i­den­tial term and a half seem like it’s tak­ing for­ever?

But as kak a time as TM1 may have been hav­ing up north – with the lack of am­ber liq­uids and all that – his day can’t have been any­where as bad as TWGG’s was in Par­lia­ment this week.

TWGG only has him­self to blame, though. His per­for­mance ahead of the re­lease of the Nkandla re­port by Po­lice Min­is­ter Nathi Nh­leko was al­ways go­ing to cause a back­lash.

TWGG made it pretty ob­vi­ous that he had seen his lackey’s re­port be­fore the rest of us, that he wasn’t go­ing to pay any­thing back and he couldn’t re­sist the de­sire to ham it up and rub it in. Big flop.

Back to Thurs­day. TWGG’s al­ready got that look on his face, like he can smell s**t, as ques­tion time starts and the Point of Or­der Brigade gets stuck in. The rolling eyes and mock­ing hand ges­tures are nowhere to be seen. There’s only the stony vis­age, the half-closed nos­trils.

There’s no way in hell the Red Berets are gonna al­low the sani­tised Free­dom Char­ter ques­tions from the ANC benches to be asked un­til TWGG pays the price for his Trevor Noah im­per­son­ation. Not ev­ery­body digs hos­tel hu­mour, I guess.

Baleka Mbete and Stoned Sizani do their bit to try to pro­tect their boss. They fail. Badly. Mbete for­gets that she’s not chair­ing the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. Sizani for­gets that the would-be com­man­der in chief, Julius Malema, is no longer in the ANC. Malema whips Sizani’s ass. Mbete closes shop for the day. Par­lia­ment’s in grid­lock. Again.

There’s only one way out of this mess. TWGG’s got cash. It’s not like he’s un­em­ployed. Like TM1.

TWGG needs to do the right thing. Whip out the pres­i­den­tial piggy bank and pay back the money. Please.

[Zuma’s] al­ready got that look on his face as the Point of Or­der Brigade gets stuck in

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