| The weird world of politics
27 Funny Street What, no dance?
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.