| The weird world of politics
Missing in action Women’s Month is around the corner and the office of minister in the presidency responsible for women confirmed that. In its invite to the launch, Minister Susan Shabangu is quoted saying: “The 2017 commemoration takes place against a backdrop of heinous murders of women and children, we call on all ... to join hands with government in the fight against the scourge of gender-based violence.”
The minister will surely get her month of highlighting the abuse of women in the country where such cases happen daily. We need you daily, minister – not once in a year. Advice for sale
After being singled out for not attending Zulu royal functions earlier this year, KwaZulu-Natal finance MEC Belinda Scott brought Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini a sheep for his birthday. But EFF leader Julius Malema and his executive topped Scott’s present by bringing five cows for Zwelithini, who advised the party to behave in a manner that would not perpetuate violence among ordinary citizens. “He told us to let people know that we’re not enemies with other political parties. We committed to the king that we will practise his advice. He is not just a king, but our father as well,” Malema said. The advice cost the party five cows.