Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
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.
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?
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