Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
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