The weird world of pol­i­tics

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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.

Po­lit­i­cal theatre

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?

PHOTO: DEAAN VIVIER

WHITE­WASH Kal­lie Kriel

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