Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
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