The weird world of pol­i­tics

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Tags and la­bels

So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini just can­not shake her ru­moured as­so­ci­a­tion with al­co­hol. De­spite those close to her in­sist­ing that she does not drink, her way­ward be­hav­iour in­vari­ably leads her op­po­nents to be­lieve she is drunk.

This week, while un­der re­lent­less ques­tion­ing from op­po­si­tion MPs, she threw a barb at them, say­ing they were full of #Black­Mon­day – re­fer­ring to al­le­ga­tions of racism at Mon­day’s protest, in­sti­tuted by mainly white peo­ple against farm mur­ders.

Dlamini’s com­ment in­vited this re­tort by the DA’s John Steen­huisen: “You’re full of Black La­bel.”

Ja­cob’s lex­i­con

Many South Africans who watched Num­ber One ex­chang­ing jibes with his ri­vals in Par­lia­ment are still try­ing to fig­ure out what he meant in re­sponse to DA head Mmusi MyMoney.

Hav­ing been be­rated for not an­swer­ing his ques­tion di­rectly, Num­ber One re­torted: “You come with me­an­dos, I an­swer with me­an­dos,” even mov­ing his but­ter­nut head while speak­ing. He looked like he was driv­ing the “me­an­dos”.

Did he mean me­an­ders, in­nu­en­dos or Nando’s? At least this time his usual ob­fus­ca­tion gave us all some­thing to pon­der on.

Para­noia in Parly

Many con­sider Batha­bile Dlamini to be some­what strange, and Siyahleba fig­ures she would make an in­ter­est­ing case study for a psy­chol­o­gist.

Last year, the min­is­ter warned ANC mem­bers to stop talk­ing too much about their mis­deeds and pre­tend to act clean be­cause “we each have our smal­l­anyana skele­tons”.

This week, while MPs were try­ing to re­solve the so­cial grants pay­ment dead­lock, she sud­denly blurted out that she might end up in jail be­cause of what the MPs were do­ing and say­ing. Could that be para­noia? Could that be why she is try­ing so hard to in­stall her own pres­i­den­tial choice?


LADY OF THE LAGER? Batha­bile Dlamini

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