The weird world of pol­i­tics

Heav­enly Blade Banana re­pub­lic

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Wannabe com­mu­nist Mi­nora Blade was in his el­e­ment this week. Com­mem­o­rat­ing true com­mu­nist Joe Slovo, Mi­nora told his au­di­ence that com­mu­nists, like Chris­tians, be­lieved in the con­cept of heaven. How­ever, said Nz­i­mande, the for­mer did not be­lieve that the good life of heaven only came af­ter you die. No, he said. We must live like it is heaven right here on earth ... That may just ex­plain the R1.1 mil­lion BMW 750i Nz­i­mande pur­chased with pub­lic money when he be­came higher ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter in 2009. A heaven-sent ride? It is tragic how the once mighty young li­ons of the ANC have stopped roar­ing. After threat­en­ing all and sundry fol­low­ing econ­o­mist Chris Hart’s in­sen­si­tive com­ments about black South Africans, the ANC Youth League or­gan­ised a “mas­sive” march to Hart’s em­ploy­ers – Stan­dard Bank. Just as they were about to go to the branch in Rose­bank, some­one alerted them that the bank’s head­quar­ters were in the CBD. After all 17 of them ar­rived at the venue, Stan­dard Bank, feel­ing sorry for them, of­fered them wa­ter. They re­fused, ask­ing for ba­nanas in­stead. Come back, Juju, all is for­given. Temba Bavuma for scor­ing his first test cen­tury in the sec­ond test against Eng­land in Cape Town on Tues­day. The 25-year-old helped the Proteas fight back in the game, which ended in a draw.

This was quite an achieve­ment for a boy who grew up play­ing cricket in the dusty streets of Langa Town­ship – and he did it in front of his home crowd.

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