Wisdom of the ancients
Supra Mahumapelo refuses to release North West from his claws. After he was forced by Luthuli House to vacate the position of premier, Black Jesus crisscrossed the province in search of a perfect pawn to replace him. He found a septuagenarian, Job Mokgoro, who was this week sworn in as North West’s new premier. Mokgoro was top of a list of three names Mahumapelo sent to Luthuli House. Those in the know say Mahumapelo is hoping the 70-yearold will sleep on the Job while Black Jesus and his cronies continue ruining the province.
Step aside, junior
Remember how difficult it was for Mahumapelo to say the word “resignation” when he was fired a month ago? He unsuccessfully tried to convince us that his exit was an “early retirement”. Well, you have to have been very useless if your employer forces you to retire at 50 and yanks a 70-year-old from pensioned tranquility to replace you.
No country for old men
The Red Beret Brigade was the first party to reject Mokgoro’s appointment, saying it was more proof that the ANC had no credible leaders. But the opposition should be celebrating this appointment. Remember what happened after the ANC took another elder, Ben Fihla, and made him mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay metro when he was almost Mandela’s age? Maybe the opposition is one premier away from taking over North West.
Youth leadership wasted on young
Mokgoro’s appointment reignited the old debate about generational mix within the ANC — which means the appointment of “young” leaders to cushy jobs. The argument for more young lions in positions of power makes sense given that the opposition is led by relatively young leaders, but youthful leaders in the ANC have not covered themselves in glory. Who would want the jugsmashing Andile Lungisa as a premier, for example?
Time to walk the walk
It was Uncle Gweezy’s birthday on Thursday. His boss, McBuffalo, wished him well on Twitter and challenged the former mineworker to join him for his morning walks. Gweezy retweeted the birthday message, although he did not respond to the challenge. But McBuffalo’s spokeswoman, Khusela Diko, would not allow Gweezy to get away that easy. She reminded the minister of mineral resources of the challenge the following day on social media. Come on, Uncle Gweezy, those walks will do wonders to reduce the Jojo tank on the waistline.
The face of local government
eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede is not bothered by reports that the Hawks may be circling her following revelations of suspected corruption in the Banana City. Instead, she is somehow emboldened — even dishing out her wit when dealing with the opposition. This week she put the opposition in its place when the DA complained that her face was all over the city’s billboards.
“I know you become very irritated by seeing a woman mayor, especially one who is from the ANC. You will live with me. I am putting more and more. At the airport, once you jump off you will see my face laughing at you. Today I am doing a photo shoot, I am going to be all over,” she said. A friend of Hogarth suggested it may not be such a bad thing having her face everywhere as the billboards may come in handy should she become a wanted suspect.
No transport on the gravy train
An ally of Hogarth who was eavesdropping on the phone conversation of a senior ANC leader says he finally heard evidence that the party is serious about fighting corruption. The leader was on the phone with someone requesting financial assistance. He quizzed the caller about the number of people he had gone to before “approaching headquarters” to assist. The money request was then turned down. When the leader dropped the call, he said to an acquaintance: “These Cosas boys are taking chances. They say they need money for transport. But you may find it’s spending money for the weekend!”