Siyahleba | The weird world of politics
Saul to Paul
Collen “Oros” Maine, who was, until recently, kissing the Guptas’ feet, had a Damascus moment this week. After all the curry tasting he did, he confessed at a memorial for Winnie MadikizelaMandela that he was in fact dragged to the controversial family not by Jacob Zuma, but by Supra Mahumapelo. This is the same guy who got a helping hand from the Guptas for the R140 000 monthly bond for his swanky golf estate home in Pretoria, and the same guy who apparently got speaking notes prepared for him by now-defunct UK PR firm Bell Pottinger. With a new Cabinet beckoning next year, all is fair game.
There is a saying that there is honour among thieves. But we need a description for dishonourable politicians who fall out with each other, after the dramatic scenes between Supra and his protégé Oros. Firstly, Oros came out to admit, for the first time, his relationship with the Guptas. But he dragged Supra into his downfall, which the North West “Jesus” was not chuffed about. Until Supra found the perfect response: “Reckless drivers who cause accidents on the roads must never blame the driving school for introducing them to driving.”
The EFF’s Juju, who was gradually losing popularity, has found a way back to the public stage with all Mam’ Winnie’s memorials and funeral. After Gwede Mantashe said the funeral could be chaotic,
Juju lashed out, calling Gwede an “ant”. He said the ANC chairperson was misinformed about Mam’ Winnie. “I forgive Gwede because he joined the ANC in 1992.” But Juju reserved his best for Kaizer Chiefs, saying they lost 3-0 to Chippa United because they dared to play football during a mourning period. Did Juju have to be this personal about the family business?
DRAGGING VICTIM Collen Maine PHOTO: FELIX DLANGAMANDLA