Gatvol brigade gets gatvol

2010-01-31 10:33

WHO said this, and about whom: “I don’t see why I should respond to

what he is saying; he is not the ANC”? Was it Lindiwe Sisulu talking about Tokyo

Sexwale, Sexwale about Gwede Mantashe, or Buti Manemela about Floyd

Shivambu?

No – it was the president of the ANC Youth League talking about the

deputy president of the ANC and of the country.

Now, how “African” is that?

  • Some people say Mantashe raised the issue of the nationalisation

    of the Reserve Bank because he is ignorant and simply didn’t understand how the

    bank works. I don’t think so; Gwede is nobody’s fool. I think he raised it as a bone to throw at the Youth League, which

    has only recently discovered the word “nationalisation”. It would really make no difference to anybody – certainly not the

    economy – if the Reserve Bank was taken over by the state or not. It’s not

    really a bank like the others, Julius.

  •  My favourite T-shirt slogan of the week: A human being can never

    be illegal.

  • I sincerely hope the charges against senior advocate Seth Nthai,

    of offering information to his clients’ opponents for a bribe, are untrue. If

    not it would be another case of a really sharp black legal mind giving in to the

    pressure of keeping up with the Joneses – or is it the Tshabalalas? – like one

    Judge John Hlophe with his 4x4 Porsche. We know that our Seth has extremely

    expensive tastes. Long live conspicuous consumption, long live!

  • The ANC Youth League has in the past made accusations of a sexual

    nature against Western Cape ­Premier Helen Zille that at the time sounded as if

    some of them had ­teenage fantasies about her. Another ANC heavy with an apparent fixation on Zille is Cosatu’s

    provincial secretary, Tony Ehrenreich. He issues an average of two statements a

    week about her. This week we heard from Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale

    that he calls her “my lady Zille”. No wonder people are calling her “Vuvuzille” nowadays.

  • The Methodist Church should know it will face strong public

    reaction if it treats Bishop Paul Verryn unfairly at his suspension hearing.

    Already the church has, some say maliciously, through its silence on the reasons

    for the suspension, allowed whispers to grow that he was involved in child

    molestation. We have long memories. We remember Verryn’s support for traumatised

    children in Soweto in the 1980s, when the most powerful political voice of the

    time, Winnie Mandela, tried to destroy him.

  • There are quite a few candidates for the Moegoe of the Month

    Award. Jacob Maroga, discredited former Eskom boss, is one. In the week it

    became known he was being given shares worth R9?million, he sued the parastatal

    for R85?million more.


Chris Hlabisa, head of the roads department in KwaZulu-Natal, is

another. Remarking on a woman’s legal claim after she lost her arm when her

vehicle overturned after hitting a pothole, he said people should not “milk the

state” and should rather “be happy they have roads in the first place”.

But I think the award should go to Uli Hoeness, president of Bayern

Munich soccer club, who said giving the Soccer World Cup to South Africa was

Fifa’s “biggest wrong mistake” and he would not come here. We won’t miss you,

Moegoe.

My favourite T-shirt slogan of the week: A human being can never be

illegal.


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