Siyahleba | The weird world of pol­i­tics

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Good enough?

The ANC’s na­tional mut­terer, Good­e­nough Zizi Kodwa, fumed at Bloody Agent Julius Malema’s threats to ban jour­nal­ists at Gupta-owned me­dia out­lets from EFF events, call­ing the red beret an­nounce­ment a di­rect at­tack on the Con­sti­tu­tion and democ­racy it­self.

You could have fooled us, Zizi. Is this not the same man who last month tried to ban jour­nal­ist Carien du Plessis from the ANC’s Jan­uary birth­day cel­e­bra­tions?

Surely what is good or bad enough for the gov­ern­ing party is also good or bad enough for the op­po­si­tion too – not so, Good­e­nough?

Cur­ry­ing favour

With the Gupta fam­ily un­der siege, ev­ery­one is now dis­own­ing them.

This week, EFF leader Juju set out his non-his­tory with them: “I have never met the Gup­tas or asked any­thing from them. When I was in the youth league, Zuma’s son wanted a meet­ing be­cause I had made re­marks about the Gup­tas.”

Juju re­ferred him to league sec­re­tary-gen­eral Vuy­iswa Tulelo, who told him: “You must write down why you want to meet us.”

Suf­fice to say, the meet­ing never hap­pened and Juju “is not go­ing to al­low South Africa to be sold over a plate of curry”.

Mid­night cow­boy

Ev­ery coun­try needs a leader who com­mu­ni­cates and ex­plains his de­ci­sions. So while for­mer pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki was ac­cused of fail­ing to take the na­tion into his con­fi­dence, his suc­ces­sor likes to over-com­mu­ni­cate.

Jour­nal­ists sleep with one eye open as the pres­i­dency’s state­ments of­ten ar­rive just be­fore mid­night.

How else do we ex­plain the ac­tions of a pres­i­dent who sends out a na­tion­wide me­dia state­ment to ex­plain to a few peo­ple who asked for tick­ets to the state of the na­tion ad­dress that said tick­ets are fin­ished?

Maybe an email or phone call to rel­e­vant peo­ple would have suf­ficed?

PHOTO: EL­IZ­A­BETH SE­JAKE

FUM­ING ANC na­tional spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa

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