Siyahleba | The weird world of pol­i­tics

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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.”

Say what?

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.

Sour grapes

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

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