Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
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”.
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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.”
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.
ABOUT-TURN Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali