Siyahleba | The weird world of pol­i­tics

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You asked for it

Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane got more than she bar­gained for when she in­vited ques­tions on Twit­ter. The twit­terati re­sponded with gems such as: “What are your thoughts on [house mu­sic dee­jay] Kasi Mlungu? And when we get our land back, will she be in­cluded?”; “Will Shaka [Sisulu] ever pro­duce the re­ceipts re­gard­ing the R50 mil­lion [al­legedly spent on an elec­tion smear cam­paign] as he said?” At­tach­ing a photo of ANC sec­re­tary­gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe in an over­sized suit, some­one asked: “Who is Un­cle Gwede’s tai­lor?” A photo of tear­ful Brian Molefe in­spired this: “Can I also cry my way to Par­lia­ment?”

Mr Fit It – not

The man for­merly known as Jimmy Manyi jumped on his typ­i­cal moral­is­ing high horse when he tweeted this week that the chief ex­ec­u­tives of the banks in­volved in the rig­ging of the rand should re­sign.

But it was swiftly pointed out to him that he had lost his moral voice dur­ing his time as an ex­ec­u­tive at Tiger Brands, which was in­volved in bread price-fix­ing. Manyi had de­fended the com­pany, claim­ing lamely that it did not ben­e­fit from price-fix­ing, while ad­mit­ting that it paid a R98 mil­lion fine. De­spite your forked tongue, you can never es­cape the past, Mzwanele.

S(p)oils of power

In his state of the prov­ince ad­dress on Fri­day, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo warned that his govern­ment would “dis­cuss” its ties with be­lea­guered bank Absa. But the only busi­ness he was pre­pared to give to a black bank, VBS, was for the prov­ince’s vil­lages, towns and dor­pies pro­gramme. Is that your ver­sion of rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, Supra?

The event was graced by for­mer Eskom boss Brian Molefe, who clearly knows on which side his bread is but­tered. See­ing that Molefe is from Lim­popo, how does Supra ad­dress him? As “son of the soil, or son of the neigh­bour­ing soil”?


AGONY AUNT Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane

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