Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
Used to the Max
There was a crisis in Cape Town this week. It had nothing to do with EFF cadres and the woman who slapped their MPs as they were being pushed out of the National Assembly during the recent chaotic state of the nation address.
No, this was a crisis of climactic proportions: The City of Cape Town announced that the state-funded flavoured Max condoms it had been distributing were so popular, its clinics had run out of stock and the supplier could not keep up with demand. It urged people to abstain or use the not-so-popular Choice condoms.
It’s hard being a Capetonian.
Siyahleba, with his halting command of the Queen’s language, is not disposed to poking fun at those who similarly struggle. But he was left dumbfounded by deputy chair of the national council of provinces Raseriti Tau.
Presiding over one of this week’s many rowdy sittings in the National Assembly, Tau admonished MPs thus: “To quote honourable Lindiwe Zulu, we need calamity in the house to allow us to continue.”
Siyahleba would not put it past the fierce Zulu to come up with such a calamitous suggestion to restore order.
These ANC types who take themselves too seriously never cease to amaze. While Wednesday was another “normal” day in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, with the ANC’s thuggishness on display, a so-called commander was more alarmed that a journalist managed to walk through the gates where party leaders were meeting.
Despite ANC members carrying pangas, machetes, hammers and knobkerries to branch meetings, the self-styled commander could not stomach the presence of a journalist in the vicinity. “Chief, I do not know how you got in here,” he said.
Um, we walked through the gate.
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