Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
The hardest word
The annual commemoration of the Marikana massacre is not just a painful episode for the widows and surviving mine workers of that area.
As we know, the ANC has been struggling to call the Marikana massacre exactly what it is – a massacre.
Instead, the party prefers to choose the more neutral term, “tragedy”.
But in its economic transformation discussion document released this week, the party takes denial to a ludicrous level.
It calls the mass killings “the deeply disturbing Marikana incident”.
Some may say Botswana’s president, Ian Khama, has no sense of humour. As he rose to the podium to speak as the new SADC chairperson in Botswana this week, a group of excited women in the audience ululated.
“Oh, those are my ministers who want to keep their jobs. Bootlickers,” he quipped.
Since he said it with the same straight face he’s known for, nobody knew whether to laugh or be afraid. Khama’s “joke” didn’t put off King Mswati III, whose praise singer followed him everywhere at the SADC summit.
Drink up, kids
You can never accuse Minister Razzmatazz of running out of words.
This week, wearing his ANC Youth League (ANCYL) convener hat, Fikile Mbalula used an interesting analogy to explain why it was important to allow ANCYL members to have open discussions on the leadership issue.
“What we don’t want is to tell people that alcohol is bad and we think they should stop. They will still drink it. We can’t tell the league not to discuss leadership, because they will still caucus.”
On that note, Razzmatazz went back to his day job, embracing all the journos he only knows from Twitter.
POKER FACE New SADC chairperson President Ian Khama of Botswana