The weird world of pol­i­tics

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Spinal tap

The Pan African­ist Congress (PAC) may be sleepy, use­less, di­vided and con­fused, but they do still have a bit of sting.

Af­ter the ANC’s Un­cle Gweezy flip-flopped on his crit­i­cism of the double-headed pres­i­dent, the PAC woke up, yawned and fired off an in­co­her­ent yet harsh state­ment.

”Man­tashe will one day deny that his name is Gwede. He is not con­sis­tent. He has a spaghetti back­bone, he lacks a spinal cord. Peo­ple like Gwede can­not be trusted. He is a chameleon. He is an askari, a sell­out of the high­est or­der.” Ouch!

Li­censed to harm

By day, Themba Mavundla is a well­dressed state of­fi­cial who pre­sides over KwaZulu-Natal’s public safety de­part­ment. By night, he mu­tates into a zom­bie on the prowl for blood.

This week, the Umkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair promised to mo­bilise 600 “com­bat­ready” mil­i­tary vet­er­ans to fend off a peace­ful op­po­si­tion march on Luthuli House. He also threat­ened that his troops would take up arms if the Prez loses the vote of no con­fi­dence in Parly.

Hint­ing that weapons would be avail­able to the vet­er­ans, he said: “We are not karatekas.” This from a civil ser­vant in demo­cratic South Africa.

Nomvula Mokonyane

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