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A bad spell

Noth­ing is ever se­ri­ous with Fik­ile Mbalula, the man who is sup­posed to tackle the se­ri­ous mat­ter of crime. This week, the man man­aged to turn me­tre taxi driv­ers’ bru­tal war on their Uber coun­ter­parts into a vi­ral joke. On Man­dela Day, the cease­less Twi­min­is­ter tweeted from the Sun­ny­side po­lice sta­tion that spend­ing his day “sat­is­fy­ing eve davids” and that he was oblig­ing peo­ple who were ask­ing him to “sat­isfy my Steve Kate”. To those who don’t speak South African, Mbalula meant he was “cer­ti­fy­ing af­fi­davits and cer­tifi­cates”.

Mot­ley crew

As if things were not con­fus­ing enough in this coun­try al­ready. This week, 130 or­gan­i­sa­tions gath­ered un­der the banner of the Con­fer­ence for a Fu­ture SA. The acro­nym for this con­fer­ence – whose task was to tackle the scourge of state cap­ture and re­lated ills – was, you guessed it, Con­fusa. It was a fit­ting one see­ing that in at­ten­dance were strange bed­fel­lows. Com­mu­nists sat along­side Bi­ble-punch­ers who sat along­side union­ists who sat along­side rep­re­sen­ta­tives of monopoly cap­i­tal. The venue was Rhema Bi­ble Church, headed by for­mer Ja­cob Zuma wor­ship­per Ray McCauley. Con­fus­ing times.

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