Please help me count, Com­rade Man­tashe . . .

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Iun­der­stand that Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary are the long­est months on our cal­en­dars. So much so that there have been memes about how many months there are in the first month of the year.

This is mostly be­cause South Africa goes into hol­i­day mode as soon as the sec­ond week­end of De­cem­ber ends. The coun­try then wakes up again from the hol­i­days af­ter Jan­uary 15 to pick up the pieces of the many lives that we lost on the roads due to speed­ing, reck­less­ness, drunken driv­ing and crim­i­nal­ity.

But one thing we all know way too well is how to count – es­pe­cially the num­ber of days be­fore your next pay cheque will come. So, of­ten, the coun­try’s work­ing masses start to ac­cept that they are in the new year only af­ter the Fe­bru­ary pay­day.

Cut­ting a long story short, I was do­ing some cal­cu­la­tions of the days – or is it months in this case – to the swear­ing-in of one Brian Molefe as an MP. The story has dom­i­nated the news – with de­nials and con­fir­ma­tion as to how many branches he be­longs to. A lucky fel­low who is claimed and de­nied by many alike. Free­dom of as­so­ci­a­tion, I guess.

Let me not di­gress, so on Jan­uary 30 – in my cal­cu­la­tions, ex­actly 27 days ago to this day, ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe told the coun­try it was near im­pos­si­ble for Molefe to be­come an MP – at least not for the next 12 months.

In mak­ing his point clear, and in re­sponse to a Sun­day Times story that the North West ANC wanted Molefe for our na­tional leg­is­la­ture, Man­tashe said: “We don’t wake up one day, put Brian Molefe on the list and he goes to Par­lia­ment. It doesn’t hap­pen that way.

“There should be two things that hap­pen. They should wait for the an­niver­sary of the amend­ment and at that point, it can repri­ori­tise the list. If it pri­ori­tises Brian, then he will be the first to re­place who­ever is out of Par­lia­ment when there’s a va­cancy.”

An­other way was to wait for the list of par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to be de­pleted and then in­clude Molefe’s name when the list is re­plen­ished, adding that there was al­ready a list of par­lia­men­tar­i­ans reg­is­tered with the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion that can’t be amended be­fore those par­lia­men­tar­i­ans fin­ish 12 months on the job.

It is ei­ther I’ve been sleep­ing or my cal­cu­la­tions have failed me. Has it been 12 months yet and has the al­ready ex­ist­ing list been de­pleted and re­plen­ished to make way for Molefe?

Please help me count, Com­rade Man­tashe . . .

The sec­re­tary-gen­eral’s si­lence this week was deaf­en­ing. It re­minded one of the time Man­tashe promised that there would be ac­tion when that fam­ily landed at Air Force Base Waterk­loof...

We are still wait­ing, Nob­hala.

Man­tashe told the coun­try it was near im­pos­si­ble for Molefe to be­come an MP

Dumisane Lubisi voices@city­press.co.za

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