The weird world of politics
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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.”
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