| The weird world of politics
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Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete had her hands full trying to contain the EFF, who were running rings around her when it came to using the rules of the House to their advantage.
The red brigade were also sarcastic about an award she recently received in the US. EFF leader Juju said that if she listened and recognised him, she was bound to win more awards.
But Mbete, totally exasperated and having none of it, retorted: “I am not wanting to listen.”
What’s the use of good grammar when you are under attack? DA MP Manny de Freitas’ Madeiran outfit was newsworthy enough to deserve a media statement – in his own esteemed opinion.
The reason? He said his garb was “a first for the SA Parliament”. The praise continued: “De Freitas’ attire demonstrated our rainbow nation, which includes immigrants and their descendants from all over the world.”
He continued “that his love and appreciation of his cultural roots takes nothing away from his patriotism for South Africa, just like the love for one’s father takes nothing away from the love of one’s mother”. Hold the presses... Ballet dancer Leroy Mokgatle put South Africa on the international map when he became only the second local to be awarded a scholarship to study at one of 66 Prix de Lausanne partner schools and companies.
He has an invitation from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York, which he can take up once he has completed his schooling. Bravo!