The weird world of pol­i­tics

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A dull Blade

We un­der­stand that Blade Mi­nora is a new­bie to Twit­ter and is still learn­ing the ropes. But com­mon sense should tell you that you can’t in­vite ques­tions on Twit­ter now and prom­ise to re­spond three days later. This is ex­actly what he did on Fri­day, promis­ing to re­spond on Mon­day.

Hello? Hello, Blade? Var­si­ties are shut­ting down. Stu­dents have nowhere to go ... and they must hang in there for you to en­joy your week­end? No won­der some saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to ask him when he was re­sign­ing, or how sharp he was.

Street bravado

Not for the first time, we learn that it is much eas­ier to be brave when you have left of­fice than when you are in of­fice. For­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Trevor Manuel is one such for­mer min­is­ter whose brav­ery in­creases by the day.

This week, when asked what he would do if he were in the shoes of cur­rent Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han, who feels de­fied by Sars com­mis­sioner Tom Moy­ane, Manuel said: “I’d take 20 sec­onds and use it to craft a let­ter of dis­missal for Tom Moy­ane.”

Yes Manuel, just like when you spoke out about pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki’s Aids de­nial­ism? Yes? No?

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