Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
Danger signals Private passion Big up for Hlaudi
“Honourable Hanekom, out. Out, out, out!” shouted Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, to Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, who had just stepped into the National Assembly chamber on Tuesday.
The Assembly was voting for the new inspector-general of intelligence. No one is supposed to walk into the chamber when voting is in session, and doors are meant to be locked. Hanekom, who a few days earlier had called for the removal of President Jacob Zuma from office, must have thought this was some kind of payback. While opposition parties hail him as fearless, the ANC remains tight-lipped. Police Minister Nathi Nhleko held a media briefing to respond to a City Press article about alleged financial improprieties. He denied just about everything, and threatened to go to the Public Protector – but not the press ombudsman.
When asked to explain his relationship with Dr Nomcebo Mthembu, whose nongovernmental organisation, Indoni, he has been accused of funding to the tune of millions, he refused to do so, saying it was none of our business.
But he smiled broadly: “My feelings are my feelings, and your feelings are your feelings.” South African voters need not complain about politicians reneging on their pre-election promises. The ANC Youth League has given us a clue about what kind of Cabinet we might have after the 2019 elections.
“We are going to lobby for [SABC executive] Hlaudi Motsoeneng to be elected to the ANC’s national executive committee. We need a leader like you to be minister of land affairs, so you can transfer 90% of the land to black people,” said Thanduxolo Sabelo, the league’s secretary in KwaZulu-Natal.
Who else, Siyahleba wonders: Mzwanele Manyi, Andile Mngxitama and Kenny Kunene, perhaps?
SINGLED OUT Derek Hanekom