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Set­tling scores

Gaut­eng’s ANC Youth League leader, Matome Chiloane, saw a chance to nail Pre­mier David Makhura after he came un­der fire for the deaths of 94 psy­chi­atric pa­tients. Matome asked on Face­book: “Did you know the pre­mier of Gaut­eng has not ap­pointed a direc­tor for youth devel­op­ment and doesn’t see youth devel­op­ment as a pri­or­ity?”

Chiloane had not banked on these re­torts from Makhura’s friends: “Did you know that the Gaut­eng youth league died un­der your lead­er­ship?”, “But you meet with the pre­mier and you keep quiet?” and “You are a fool”. To top it all, he was lashed by the ANC for grand­stand­ing on peo­ple’s pain.

Words’ worth

If you thought Nar­cis­sist Mot­soe­neng was just twid­dling his thumbs at home, wait­ing for the next celebrity to pass away so he could give his usual self­ag­gran­dis­ing pub­lic lec­ture, think again. The man is in de­mand.

This week, he was billed to ad­dress an ANC Youth League meet­ing at Taletso TVET Col­lege in North West. His topic: “What is transformation and why must we trans­form – a case study: Was it nec­es­sary for the SABC to trans­form?” Whew! After all that, the only mes­sage he re­layed was his avail­abil­ity to serve in govern­ment.

Clock-in time

Black First Land First boss Andile Mgup­tama’s fol­low­ers were out in full force last week­end to start a cam­paign to get bank­ing gi­ant Absa to pay back what they say are ill-got­ten gains.

The en­tire sup­port base – all 33 of them – de­scended on Absa branches, threat­en­ing to shut down the bank.

But some­body for­got to tell the rent-a-revo­lu­tion­ary crowds about Satur­day bank­ing hours, and they ar­rived after many of the branches had shut. They then toyi-toyi’ed next to the ATM ma­chines, much to the an­noy­ance of shop­pers. Mgup­tama’s army is promis­ing a fol­low-up. Here’s hop­ing they check work­ing hours.

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