Siyahleba | The weird world of pol­i­tics

Dan­ger sig­nals Pri­vate pas­sion Big up for Hlaudi

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“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?

PHOTO: JACO MARAIS

SIN­GLED OUT Derek Hanekom

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