The weird world of politics: BEE in his bonnet

2013-10-06 14:00

BEE in his bonnet

Number 1, also known to civilians as President Jacob Zuma, was clearly not chuffed that Gauteng MECs didn’t pitch up for his speech at a BEE shindig on Thursday.

An embittered Zuma wondered out loud whether BEE was not important to this lot.

Unbeknown to him Zuma, Gauteng ANC politicians said in a statement the previous night that all their public representatives would be in Cullinan on the day of the BEE summit. If they can’t have Thabo Mbeki back, it seems that avoiding Zuma would do.

Bias on a G-string

Phillip Dexter, the former SA Communist Party spokesperson before becoming Cope spin doctor, has since defected back to the ANC, and what an asset he is!

As he used to do when his ex-boss was under siege, he came out this week to defend Western Cape ANC chair Marius Fransman against a journalist who had written badly about him.

In a letter to Business Day, Dexter said about the journo: “(His) political bias is as thinly disguised as a stripper’s G-string were it to be worn as a farmer’s overall.”

We know the ANC in that province is very active on farms?...?but the G-string?

Julius who?

The ANC Youth League can be a peaceful lot. Take, for instance, a gathering organised by the young’uns at Wits on Tuesday with African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Organisers were at pains to point out that the league should focus on issues of African development and not petty internal fights.

Most of the meeting went off so peacefully that one of the speakers struggled to get a proper reply from the crowd when asking: “Are you alive?”

There was one hairy moment, though, when the group sang a song praising “Julius”. It turned out to be for the respected Tanzanian leader Julius Nyerere and not the other one.

Fake izikhotane

The DA Youth this week wore its fakeness with pride. Furious about the millions of taxpayers’ money being burnt by the National Youth Development Agency, a bunch of youths took the thug life by the horns and, in protest, set some Randelas alight at the agency’s doorstep.

But, sensible as they are, they used play money. No wonder ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu didn’t venture to call them izikhotane like he did with Agang?SA leader Mamphela Ramphele.

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