The weird world of politics: Bra Jomo, are you next?

2013-05-12 14:00

Not so diplomatic

India’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Virendra Gupta, must have underestimated the memory of the citizens of his host nation.

Gupta called a press briefing to talk about a cultural festival India and South Africa will host later this month and never once mentioned the outrageous landing of the Gupta family plane at Air Force Base Waterkloof last week.

It didn’t take long before reporters raised questions about the Guptagate issue, forcing the envoy to hastily call off the briefing.

Pull another one, Jessie

Clearly the Indian envoy to South Africa is not the only public figure who thinks citizens easily ignore those who offend their sensibilities.

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte is in glorious company. She told an interviewer that people with criminal records cannot be appointed to any positions in the governing ANC, adding that “it’s not possible” to do so.

Siyahleba wonders if Duarte reads City Press. If she did, she would know that several of her colleagues in the party’s national executive committee have been on the wrong side of the law. Maybe she hasn’t heard of convicted fraudsters and travelgate either.

Bra Jomo, are you next?

Jomo Cosmos chairperson, coach, team manager, driver, cleaner and No?1 supporter, Jomo “Troublemaker” Sono, has for years had a standard answer whenever asked when he will retire.

He always pointed to the long-serving Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and quipped: “The day Sir Alex retires, I will consider doing the same.”

Now that Ferguson has announced his retirement, Sono – sometimes referred to as Jules Verne’s character Jean Passepartout in the novel Around the World in Eighty Days – should seriously take a cue from the old Scot. Passepartout literally translates to “goes everywhere”, but means “skeleton key” in French.

Politics of the belly

The DA is unhappy that the bill for feeding our parliamentarians came to R16?million in the last financial year. The bill, which translates to more than R3?000 per legislator per month, could easily feed a lot of impoverished families the honourable members claim to represent in Parliament.

Now the DA’s Watty Watson (pictured) says his fellow members of Parliament should fork out of their own pockets if they want food and drinks.

Siyahleba suspects cutting the food bill might help a lot of them shed those extra kilos and sleep less in the house.

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