The weird world of politics: Bob’s on a roll

2015-04-12 15:00

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Comrade President Robert Mugabe took care not to offend his youthful host, President Jacob Zuma, on home soil while he needs his goodwill and assistance.

But Uncle Bob did not seem to care about offending his other allies, namely the Chinese, who, he said, were among the biggest clients for his country’s tobacco.

“Doctors and the World Health Organisation say smoking must be discouraged, not growing must be discouraged,” he chuckled.

He really should be nicer. China has been kind enough to host him on 13 state visits; neighbouring South Africa has only had him over twice.

Drop a hint

Siyahleba misses former president Thabo Mbeki’s thoughtful musings in the weekly ANC newsletter. This week he gave a glimpse of what we miss when he issued a statement in response to Willie Hofmeyr‘s affidavit.

Mbeki berated the “unacceptable practice of propagation of deliberate falsehoods to attain various objectives”. He quoted Mahatma Gandhi, who warned of “wealth without conscience, pleasure without conscience and politics without principle”.

The question is: Who was Mbeki directing those words at?

Sushi for everyone

Imagine DA leader Helen Zille calling a press conference with ANC members to talk about ANC issues. Probably unthinkable.

But that’s what happened this week when on-and-off leader of the Patriotic Alliance, Kenny Kunene, called a press conference to complain that journalists weren’t working hard enough to expose Julius Malema.

Feeling they were not quite hearing him, he upped his alarmist note, warning they would not enjoy freedom of the press under Malema.

And what should we expect from a Kunene presidency? More sushi? The parading of naked women?

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