| The weird world of politics
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”.
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.