Siyahleba | The weird world of pol­i­tics

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Many were re­lieved when pro­fes­sional cru­sader Mzwanele Manyi said he was tak­ing a break from Twit­ter. He had posted a pho­to­shopped pic­ture of for­mer ANC MP Vytjie Men­tor and bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man An­ton Ru­pert hav­ing drinks in a jet, and naively tweeted: “Look what I just stum­bled upon.”

The re­sponse was un­for­giv­ing. “If this is the qual­ity of pro­pa­ganda com­ing out of the ANC war room, it’s no won­der they lost Joburg,” read one. And this: “I hope for his sake, Manyi was sar­cas­tic. But I know he wasn’t. His head is too far up Zupta’s arse.” Ouch!

Tak­ing the pew

In the on­go­ing so­cial grants cri­sis, So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile “the not-so-art­ful dodger” Dlamini fi­nally graced Parly’s pub­lic ac­counts com­mit­tee with her pres­ence this week. After ar­riv­ing late, she stated her case and then an­nounced she needed to leave im­me­di­ately to brief Cabi­net.

MPs were not amused. The EFF’s en­raged Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi shouted: “This is wrong! The min­is­ter needs to be told to her face‚ she is un­der­min­ing Par­lia­ment. This is not a church‚ you can­not just preach and we say ‘amen’ and then you go. You must sit here and ac­count!” Amaz­ingly, Dlamini man­aged to stay for three hours after that.

Goose is cooked

The ANC Women’s League, led by Batha­bile Dlamini, did not mince its words when crit­i­cis­ing the re­cent bud­get de­liv­ered by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han for not be­ing aligned to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s new eco­nomic agenda. “The fo­cus of ... gov­ern­ment is rad­i­cal so­cioe­co­nomic trans­for­ma­tion and that must not be wa­tered down by any­one to please rating agen­cies and white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal,” it in­sisted.

But in Par­lia­ment this week, an apolo­getic Dlamini could not ex­plain her choice of a white firm to pro­vide grants, only say­ing: “We did not look into the is­sue of eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion when ne­go­ti­at­ing a new grant ten­der.”

BACK AT YOU Pro­gres­sive Pro­fes­sion­als Fo­rum pres­i­dent Mzwanele Manyi

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