Siyahleba | The weird world of pol­i­tics

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Bil­lary bal­lot

Bheki Nt­shal­intshali, gen­eral sec­re­tary of labour fed­er­a­tion Cosatu, reaf­firmed the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s en­dorse­ment of Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to suc­ceed the Prez.

Af­ter moan­ing about how Num­ber One was back­ing his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, for the ANC pres­i­dency, he said: “Zuma did not see that a woman can lead when he took over. Now [as he is about to bow out], he does, but says a spe­cific woman. This is not the US. We are not go­ing to have Bill Clin­ton and then Hil­lary Clin­ton.” Hm. This is a far cry from the days when Cosatu would proudly call Zuma an “un­stop­pable tsunami”.

A luta con­tinua

In Soweto, lead­ers of the op­po­si­tion and civil so­ci­ety called, yet again, for the Prez to step down. They fol­lowed this up with ap­peals to the masses to join in demon­stra­tions to place pres­sure on the gov­ern­ing party to ef­fect this de­mand.

When asked if peo­ple would not suf­fer from marcher fa­tigue soon, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst and civil so­ci­ety rep­re­sen­ta­tive Prince Mashele said: “That is what happened in Zim­babwe. Zim­bab­weans got tired and Mu­gabe did not.

“We can­not al­low our­selves to get tired. Zuma will not.”

Nar­cis­sism 101

Like an ir­ri­tat­ing fly that won’t go away, this week saw the re­turn of Partly Hlaudi to the pub­lic stage. He presided over one of the long­est press con­fer­ences to date, last­ing four hours.

At the po­lit­i­cal rally dis­guised as a press con­fer­ence, an hour was spent on mes­sages of sup­port for Hlaudi from mu­si­cians who sang his praises. Hlaudi, who refers to him­self in the third per­son “be­cause I am a brand”, said South Africans had been wait­ing for­ever for him to speak out.

Mr Prez, take note: Hlaudi said if it was not for Nkosazana DlaminiZuma’s pres­i­den­tial hopes, he would be run­ning for the ti­tle him­self.

PHOTO: JABU KUMALO

ABOUT-TURN Cosatu gen­eral sec­re­tary Bheki Nt­shal­intshali

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