Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
Back at you
Senzeni Zokwana, the former president of mineworkers’ union NUM and currently the agriculture minister, was reminded this week that every time you point a finger at someone, four fingers are pointing towards you.
While campaigning for the ANC in the struggling mining town of Westonaria in Gauteng, Zokwana said: “Factions killed the ANC, Cosatu and the NUM. And when the workers in the mines are fighting, the bosses have free rein.”
But one man in the crowd retorted: “Za bulawa nguwe iz’mine Zokwana. Za bulawa nguwe.” Translation: “You killed the mines, Zokwana. It is your fault.”
Never has the ANC been in such organisational disarray. Events to celebrate its 105th birthday and the January 8 Statement have been announced, only to be cancelled almost immediately afterwards.
Take Thursday’s media release, telling of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visits to Soweto and Tembisa on Friday and Saturday. Hours later, the ANC said the programme was withdrawn.
On Friday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe slammed as “malicious propaganda” the statement that Ramaphosa’s programme had been withdrawn.
Provincial competition to come out tops with the best matric results has become hysterical as each province tries to explain why, under different circumstances, it would have been tops.
Acting KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala criticised the method of determining the best-performing province, saying it was unfair to compare a province with higher numbers of matriculants – such as KwaZulu-Natal – with a province with fewer matriculants. The DA, which never protested against results when the Western Cape topped the list last year, is challenging the results. How about everyone simply congratulating the winner, Free State?
TIT FOR TAT Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana