The weird world of politics
The race card
AfriForum is always denying that it is an organisation looking after the interests of white people only. Yet, it is quick to pounce on any flimsy excuse to accuse black people of being racist. This week, the department of sports and recreation’s spokesperson, Esethu Hasane, tweeted, as a joke: “Only Western Cape still has dry dams. Please God, we have black people there, choose another way of punishing white people (sic).” Somehow, AfriForum found a link between this tweet and quotas in sport to reason that Hasane was targeting white people. Get a life, Kallie Kriel.
The tiff between Cosatu and the ANC Women’s League got a tad more personal after the trade federation called for league president and minister Bathabile Dlamini to resign. The league retaliated by saying that Cosatu should mind workers’ issues. Cosatu then went for the jugular, reminding Bathabile that she once said poor South Africans can survive on R753 a month. “Factionalism seems to have dulled the league’s perception of reality. Most of this is political theatre, not even distinguished theatre, unfortunately.”
Give Des a break
When will South Africa ever forgive Local Government Minister Des van Rooyen? The poor man has not been given a chance to breathe since he became known as “weekend special” after the shortest spell by any minister – four days. And every time he tries to say anything in Parliament, he is mocked. South Africa’s most qualified financial minister, according to Number One, is now in fresh trouble after the DA called on him to repay more than R1 million that was spent on his stay at hotels and guesthouses. Didn’t Madiba say we must forgive our enemies and reconcile?
WHITEWASH Kallie Kriel