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27 Funny Street What, no dance?

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Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s point man at the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC), Glen Mashinini, has taken to giv­ing vot­ers cre­ative res­i­den­tial ad­dresses, since the ANC gov­ern­ment has seem­ingly failed in this en­deav­our. After be­ing cas­ti­gated by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court for bungling the 2013 Tlokwe by-elec­tions, the IEC is tak­ing no chances for this year’s poll.

Ad­dresses like “cor­ner of Jojo wa­ter tank op­po­site Mkhukhu church” are likely to be a fa­mil­iar fea­ture in the 2016 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions. Mashinini must have been a taxi driver in a pre­vi­ous life. One of the at­trac­tions of ANC ral­lies has al­ways been lis­ten­ing to Num­ber 1 croon and watch­ing him boo­gie like it’s 1969. His abil­ity to gy­rate and wig­gle down to near ground level has al­ways be­lied his three-score-and­some­thing years. But at last week­end’s ANC shindig in Rusten­burg, his body seemed to fail him. When an MK war veter­ans’ as­so­ci­a­tion band led the masses in a knees-up toyi-toyi, all he could do was move his body from side to side. Could it be age is fi­nally catch­ing up? Could it be that MaN­tuli’s po­tion is fi­nally bit­ing? Or could it be that in Chomee’s ab­sence he just couldn’t get his groove on? When a call for help is made, South Africans can re­ally stand up and do wonders. In re­cent weeks, calls were made for do­na­tions of wa­ter for drought-stricken prov­inces. Or­di­nary cit­i­zens, cor­po­rates and gov­ern­ment heeded the call to de­liver a ba­sic need. The re­sult is those who had no wa­ter could at least get some­thing to drink. We are a gen­er­ous na­tion.

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