The weird world of pol­i­tics

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Heaven and earth

This week, ANC chief whip Mathole Mot­shekga showed us the ex­tent he would go to for Num­ber One – when he de­fended the ex­pen­di­ture on a cat­tle kraal in Nkandla.

“The sig­nif­i­cance of the kraal in Zulu tra­di­tion is not prop­erly un­der­stood,” he said dur­ing a meet­ing of Par­lia­ment’s ad hoc com­mit­tee on Nkandla this week.

“The kraal on earth re­flects the kraal in heaven, where there is a bull and seven cat­tle.

“The kraal is a link to the fam­ily here on earth and that in heaven. You are at­tack­ing the kraal as well as the owner of the kraal,” he said. See?

ACDP witch hunt

The African Chris­tian Demo­cratic Party (ACDP) fi­nally found some rel­e­vance this week af­ter South Africans saw dis­turb­ing im­ages of con­gre­gants be­ing made to eat snakes by a self-styled prophet.

Find­ing that he was only ar­rested for an­i­mal abuse charges, the ACDP has threat­ened to go to the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion in de­fence of the peo­ple.

“There can be no de­fence of such wicked­ness in the name of re­li­gion. Witches and ma­gi­cians who want to en­ter­tain peo­ple must do so with­out us­ing the name of the Lord in vain,” said the ACDP.

Do the right thing

Hardly any­one has heard of the depart­ment of women since Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma an­nounced his Cab­i­net over a year ago.

But this week, the depart­ment emerged from its deep slum­ber to ques­tion women who press charges of do­mes­tic abuse and then with­draw them.

And it re­ceived a lash­ing from the twit­terati for its trou­bles.

Maybe the depart­ment should be first in line for Buti Manamela’s sweaty T-shirt af­ter the 702 Walk the Talk to­day. The honourable min­is­ter is auc­tion­ing his T-shirt for char­ity af­ter the race.

PHOTO: PETER ABRA­HAMS

LOOK­ING OUT FOR NO 1 ANC chief whip Mathole Mot­shekga

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