Siyahleba | The weird world of pol­i­tics

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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.

PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA

ALARMIST SABC political re­porter Sophie Mokoena

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