Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
Gloves are off
It must be a lonely time for Number One right now. The man who was once loved by “the left” and who addressed every Cosatu and SACP conference, was shut out from the commies’ conference this week. Instead, his deputy, Cereal, a known tycoon, was embraced by the vanguard of the workers. But what must really have rankled was to see his archenemy, Thabo Mbeki, being feted by radio and TV stations and embraced by top professionals. Mbeki decided to have a go at Number One, accusing his Cabinet of being a “confederation of ministers” who lacked cohesion and had no idea what the other was doing.
Mbeki was in his element, dishing out economics lectures to the dithering Zuma. Mbeki reminded the audience that his administration had built up financial reserves, but he later learnt that these had been raided by JZ in order to pay salaries to civil servants. The irony of it is that Number One must have done that to appease Cosatu workers. Now the same Cosatu doesn’t want to see his face at their meetings. He was even denounced by Juju, who said he only supported the removal of Mbeki because of JZ’s lies. Ouch!
Meanwhile, Number One – whose diary is increasingly looking threadbare, with not even the Dog Owners’ Association of SA inviting him to give a keynote address – must have felt well represented by the irascible Jessie Duarte at the SACP gig. Duarte was seen taking out her phone to record a member of the ANC’s stalwarts – whom JZ treats with open contempt – who started talking. With everyone telling lies all over the show to sustain their careers, Duarte must have been looking to record proof, once and for all, that the stalwarts are agents of white monopoly capital.
LONE LEADER President Jacob Zuma