Siyahleba | The weird world of pol­i­tics

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The power of love

Think of all the cre­ative ways in which love has been ex­tolled by po­ets and sages – “love can move moun­tains” is one. They may have a point.

This week, while most may­ors were ac­count­ing for their first 100 days in of­fice, Ekurhu­leni Mayor Mzwandile Masina was away on hon­ey­moon. He also missed a high­level meet­ing be­tween Premier David Makhura and may­ors in Gaut­eng.

His wed­ding took place in Stel­len­bosch on the same week­end in which Msholozi was nearly top­pled as pres­i­dent, as many of his sup­port­ers ditched the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing to at­tend it.

Pre­to­ria call­ing

For years, South Africans fight­ing for free­dom sang “Siyaya ePi­toli” (we are march­ing to Pre­to­ria), pre­sum­ably to wrest po­lit­i­cal con­trol from the apartheid state.

But at Parly’s in­quiry into the SABC this week, it was re­vealed that Partly Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng gave the slo­gan a new, more per­sonal touch. For­mer act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Phil Molefe said that after he re­fused to give Hlaudi a hefty pay rise, the lat­ter warned: “This is not our man. I am go­ing to Pre­to­ria tonight.” Molefe asked Parly to probe where in Pre­to­ria Hlaudi was headed for – the Union Build­ings, per­haps?

Fa­ther Time

Judg­ing by the tes­ti­mony at Parly’s in­quiry into the SABC, Hlaudi is so pow­er­ful that he con­trols not only pro­fes­sion­als, but the time too.

In fur­nish­ing his ev­i­dence, for­mer board mem­ber Kr­ish Naidoo said he could not un­der­stand why “so many ed­u­cated pro­fes­sion­als [were] so be­holden to a high school dropout”.

“At times it got so bad that if one even ar­gued about the time of the day, the out­come would in­vari­ably be what the ‘Hlaudi group’ wanted.”

So, the mir­a­cle worker con­trols the time too – he will usurp the uni­verse next, un­less he is stopped in his tracks.


NUP­TIALS Model Rosette Ncwana with Ekurhu­leni Mayor Mzwandile Masina and his bride, Si­nazo

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