The weird world of politics: Bheki Cele’s a big fish

2014-06-01 15:00

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Bheki Cele is back from the cold ­after his sacking about two years ago.

The ex-police general is determined to proceed with his challenge to have Zuma declared “irrational” for sacking him for maladministration.

It seems nothing will appease Ndosi, not even being appointed to oversee stuff like forests and fishing nets. Maybe Cele has a point about Zuma’s irrationality.

Or else how does one explain that the man who fired him a few months back has now ­promoted him to a deputy minister?

That’s all the proof Ndosi needs to prove his point.

All at the trough

He had not settled in yet as the new premier of Gauteng, but David ­Makhura this week had to tell his comrades at the Liliesleaf farm branch about possible jobs for them in government.

Organised by Jimmy Manyi, the Progressive Professionals Forum arranged “an urgent session with our new GP-Premier where the Premier will be outlining matters relating to opportunities for professionals like yourself in Gauteng”.

Clearly, there’s no time to waste for hungry comrades. Their time to eat has come and it is now.

A shopping spree

The reinauguration of President Jacob Zuma last weekend drew a large crowd of heads of state from all over Africa. Compared with the funeral of ­Nelson Mandela in December, it was a small crowd, but it was no less ­enthusiastic.

Siyahleba’s spies report seeing the dignitaries, many of whom stayed around Sandton, whiz around customs at OR Tambo airport with boxes and boxes of shopping, and flat-screen TVs too big to fit on their ­luggage trolleys.

Sitting through the lengthy inauguration was a small price to pay.

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