Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
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?
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”.
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?
FUMING ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa