Siyahleba | The weird world of pol­i­tics

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Mak­ing Atul proud

Andile “Mgup­tama” once used to drink in stu­dent-fre­quented hang­outs and dine on bud­get meals. Nowa­days, he eats in up-mar­ket es­tab­lish­ments in posh sub­urbs and drinks the best wines white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal can of­fer. But it has come at a cost. Poor Mgup­tama has to run around the coun­try chas­ing journalists who say hor­ri­ble things about the Gup­tas, so that he can swear at them when he catches up. This week, his curs­ing du­ties took him to Cape Town where, af­ter be­ing de­nied en­try into a media event, he at least got to call one jour­nal­ist a “moth­erf***ing white bitch”. Atul would have been f***ing proud. POTTY MOUTH Andile Mngxi­tama

How sheep­ish

Siyahleba made a grave er­ror last week. She said that KwaZulu-Natal fi­nance MEC Belinda Scott had atoned for bunk­ing Zulu royal func­tions, bring­ing a sheep to King Good­will Zwelithini for his birth­day. An an­gry Scott has now pointed out that she in fact gave the king “a reg­is­tered Nguni stud” and de­manded that Siyahleba “with­draw the mis­in­for­ma­tion and re­port the truth”. A sorry Siyahleba with­draws. Roy­al­ist-con­vert Scott, who used to chide the pro­vin­cial parks board for do­nat­ing wild an­i­mals to Zwelithini, grov­elled with a “reg­is­tered Nguni” stud.

Tit for tat

How times have changed. The IFP used to be a feared party of war­lords and ma­raud­ing reg­i­ments who ter­rorised com­mu­ni­ties. No longer. This week the party is­sued a state­ment mark­ing World Breast­feed­ing Week. The party be­moaned the lack of lac­ta­tion rooms at work­places and pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties. It also called on sec­ondary schools to make breast­feed­ing a com­pul­sory sub­ject. “The IFP be­lieves that so­cial media can also pro­vide sup­port to breast­feed­ing moth­ers through Face­book and Twit­ter,” the party said. They just don’t make them like they used to, do they?

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