Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
Sound and fury
SABC’s acting political editor, Sophie Mokoena, was this week outed as one of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s enforcers in the newsroom. But she responded angrily on social media, threatening an exposé. “When they came and bully us [sic] at our working area in Polokwane in 2007, we kept quite [sic]. Not this time,” she posted on Facebook.
“Don’t worry, I will be given an opportunity to explain my case. I have been here before. I will prevail.”
Friday dawned, and everyone waited expectantly at Parly’s committee hearing, only for Mokoena to tell MPs that she “felt she had nothing to offer”. After all that, Sophie?
It’s in the name
The dictionary defines the word ‘hollow’ as “empty, meaningless, useless, pointless, futile and worthless”.
Ayanda Hollow, spokesperson for Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, issued a 600-word statement praising his boss’ performance in the House this week and attacking her critics. Titled “Minister Muthambi disrupts dominant narratives and exposes media hypocrisy”, the statement claimed the SABC inquiry had provided 2016’s last chance for “political grandstanding, which, by its nature, involves obfuscation of facts and peddling of half-truths”. Talk about living up to one’s name ...
Presenting ... me
North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, who fancies himself an ANC kingmaker in 2017, cannot get even the basics right.
On Friday, a tent – shoddily erected in Gopane, where Number One was speaking in commemoration of Reconcialiation Day – was blown off by the wind in Mahumapelo’s province, cutting short Zuma’s speech.
And Supra, with eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, are to anoint Zuma’s successor?
This week, the mayor got in the Christmas spirit by handing out gift packs to children – and inserting a framed picture of herself in every pack.
ALARMIST SABC political reporter Sophie Mokoena