| The weird world of politics

Earthly pur­suits Fast and fu­ri­ous

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In a week when mad US leader Donald Trump den­i­grated the poor, KwaZulu-Na­tal’s eThek­wini mayor, Zandile Gumede, was gun­ning for the rich. Shame­lessly, Trump said he would never ap­point a poor per­son as an eco­nomic ad­viser. “I love all peo­ple, rich or poor, but in those par­tic­u­lar po­si­tions I just don’t want a poor per­son.”

Ad­dress­ing a meet­ing, Gumede took a dig at presidential hope­ful and busi­ness ty­coon Cyril Ramaphosa. “You should not vote for the rich to lead our move­ment be­cause even the Bi­ble said they will never see the king­dom of heaven.” Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter and Gupta acolyte Mosebenzi Zwane claimed this week that sto­ries writ­ten about him – based on the leaked emails show­ing how cap­tured he was by the Gupta fam­ily – were un­fair on him. He added that he be­lieved that he was being tar­geted be­cause he was black.

It took only two days af­ter he made these re­marks for Zwane to be chased out of a min­ing ind­aba in Mpumalanga by dis­grun­tled lo­cals.

Iron­i­cally, it was black peo­ple who booed and showed him the door.

Af­ter the dis­rup­tion, Zwane claimed he was un­fazed, say­ing the protests were part of a “fes­ti­val of ideas”.

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