Siyahleba

The weird world of pol­i­tics

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Name-drop­per

The oc­ca­sion of an­other use­less mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Num­ber One set the stage for Mt­wana to yet again boast of his con­nec­tions.

Be­moan­ing the Prez’s con­tin­ued grip on power, the Inkatha Free­dom Party leader warned against killing the party his un­cle had founded. “It is the party of my youth, started by my own un­cle, Dr Pix­ley ka Isaka Seme.” He went on to say the ANC was the party of his men­tor, Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli, and other stal­warts such as Nel­son Man­dela and Oliver Tambo, “with whom he worked for decades”. At least he spared them the part where Tambo sent him to de­liver mes­sages.

Cir­cus in town

In the same en­ter­tain­ment arena, An­dries Tlouamma, MP for Agang SA, said ask­ing the Prez to lead the coun­try was like ask­ing a poacher to look af­ter rhi­nos. Ouch!

And United Demo­cratic Move­ment head Bantu Holomisa, tired of be­ing teased by ANC MPs, es­pe­cially af­ter be­ing called “Ban­tus­tan Gen­eral”, re­tal­i­ated as he left the podium with: “Ningx­ola nje mase­lan­dini, uya­hamba, niy­athanda anithandi.” (You are just mak­ing noise. Zuma is go­ing, you thieves, whether you like it or not).

No won­der the usu­ally calm Deputy Speaker Lech­esa Tsenoli also threat­ened to use strong lan­guage.

Mid­dle fin­ger

Of all the na­tional is­sues that dom­i­nated this week’s agenda, Juju’s EFF found time to re­lease a state­ment, gloat­ing that ANN7’s an­nual South African of the Year awards had been post­poned. “The EFF wel­comes the post­pone­ment of the ... awards as a sign that South Africans are re­ject­ing the Gupta crim­i­nal syn­di­cate,” it read.

Tired of be­ing rat­tled by the rag, the EFF added: “This fam­ily has abused the gen­eros­ity of the South African spirit and hu­mil­i­ated our hospi­tal­ity sim­ply be­cause they have bought politi­cians of the ANC and are in busi­ness with Ja­cob Zuma”. No words minced.

Man­go­suthu Buthelezi

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