| The weird world of politics
Mr Weekend Special, AKA Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen, heads a department that saw a whopping 184% increase in irregular expenditure.
The special one, described by Number One as “the most qualified unwanted finance minister”, engaged MPs about the report. After he identified the Community Works Programme as being “the elephant in the room” responsible for most of the irregular expenditure, he added: “I am happy to report the elephant has fallen. Now we just need to decide how to eat it.” Where does our Prez get these people?
Crack the whip
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu was given a message by ANC MPs that they do not recognise his authority. While they turned up to defeat a DA motion of no confidence against Number One, they stayed away when it came to supporting a bill tabled by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Despite making attendance compulsory and sending SMS reminders, they gave him the middle finger and the Division of Revenue Bill was not passed – failing for a second time because of the lack of a quorum.
Mthembu, who has berated the Prez, now knows that you don’t mess with Msholozi without paying the price.
SPA TALK David Mahlobo