| The weird world of politics
Stop the dribble Name of the game
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.