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Stop the drib­ble Name of the game

CityPress - - Voices -

The fifth Par­lia­ment has been a rowdy af­fair and the days when MPs went to ple­nary ses­sions to take af­ter­noon naps are over.

But to one ANC MP, Par­lia­ment re­sem­bles a football field.

Re­cently, ANC MP Livhuwani Mabija, who is a mem­ber of the po­lice port­fo­lio com­mit­tee, urged po­lice bosses who ap­peared in Par­lia­ment to ex­plain their sup­port for their boss, Riah Phiyega.

“We are even get­ting con­fused be­cause you are drib­bling us.

“We are not here to be drib­bled. Can you stop play­ing games, please,” he said. Now that the Any­one But Zuma and Forces of Change fac­tions have dis­ap­peared with the Polok­wane con­fer­ence, the ANC has come up with more cre­ative names to de­scribe new groups for its next con­fer­ence.

These in­clude the Nkandla De­tach­ment and the Premier League plus 1, which com­prises three pre­miers and KwaZulu-Natal sec­re­tary Sihle Zikalala. As if that’s not enough, some in ANC cir­cles even call KwaZulu-Natal the Su­per League. There’s also the Women’s Fo­rum with Nomvula Mokonyane. She has since fallen out with the Premier League as its ring­leader. By Wed­nes­day evening, the name Wayde van Niek­erk seemed to be on ev­ery­one’s lips. The young ath­lete earned South Africa its first medal – a gold one for the 400m sprint – at the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Bei­jing. South Africans ap­plauded and cel­e­brated with pride. Now at least, we thought, we had some­thing to show for in China.

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