Siyahleba | The weird world of pol­i­tics

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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!

Pud­ding proof

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

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