The weird world of politics: Ahoy, sailor Zille!

2013-10-20 14:00

Ahoy, sailor Zille!

Life in that fishing town down south seems to be getting to the leader of South Africa’s second most hopeful opposition party (Juju’s posse being the most hopeful).

When trying to sketch a few future scenarios, Zille got all stormy. Running the opposition ship is like navigating through rough seas and currents on a little boat, she told a gathering on Thursday.

We have to chart our course in the sea we find ourselves. The Blue Wave had better watch out for seasickness.

The last laugh

Desmond “the Arch” Tutu might be the world’s most famous man in a dog collar, but it was his wife’s day all the way when the University of the Free State celebrated Leah Tutu’s 80th birthday with a symposium.

When asked what the recipe for success was for their 58-year marriage, the Arch hooted: “Never argue, just shut up!” But Leah got the last laugh.

“My mother is by far the funnier storyteller,” daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe revealed. “My father always starts laughing before he gets to the punch line.”

Food for thought

Such a big crowd turned up at the University of the Free State to meet the famous Tutu family that the light lunch offered to all present almost ran out.

But Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, the renowned reconciliation academic, simply rolled up the sleeves of her gold silk blouse and took control of the lunch counter. “Catering crisis!” she announced. “Everyone take a quiche or a sandwich, not both. Thank you!”

Thanks to this loaves-and-fishes thinking, everyone in the heaving crowd was fed.

Cope of no hope

Just a few days after commander in chief Julius Malema launched his Economic Freedom Fighters in Marikana with a bang of JC Le Roux corks and a revving of Harley-Davidsons, Cope celebrated its almost-fifth birthday with what we hope is a final court order (again) declaring Terror Lekota the leader.

Speaking outside the South Gauteng High Court after proceedings, Lekota apologised to all those who voted Cope almost five years ago for the embarrassment.

“We are very sorry it took so long to correct this.”

If Cope cannot be an example for Juju on how to start a breakaway from the ANC, at least let it be a terrible warning.

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