The weird world of politics: Can you Cope?

2015-02-15 16:00

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Can you Cope?

It’s only a few years old, but the Congress of the People (Cope) qualifies for the “Whatever happened to?” list.

Even journalists forget the party ­exists. But in the past week, Cope has tried very hard to change that, riding on the coat-tails of the state of the nation address to garner attention.

In a flurry of press statements, Cope bemoaned everything from the post-Sona snacks (it boycotted this, and who knows if the caterers even noticed the absence of three people) to the violence in the parliamentary chamber.

Good job, chaps. We remember you now ... briefly.

A jam session

The drama in Parliament was just too much. First, DA members were arrested for protesting next to ­Parliament, then EFF supporters undressed errant party member

Andile Mngxitama and chased him through Cape Town’s streets.

The real drama started in the parliamentary precinct with the jamming of cellphones. There’s endless speculation about the jamming device and who installed it.

However, a funny tweet captured IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi with a red or pink object on his head and identified it as the ­suspected jammer.

Show no mercy

We all know President Jacob Zuma is a tough guy – he told us as much last week. Responding to a question, he said: “I have never been nervous in my life.”

We think that, as our leader, he should have a measure of empathy, but there was none on show on Thursday after EFF members were evicted from the House.

A relaxed Zuma continued with his speech, injecting it with doses of ­humour. At one point, he chuckled and said in isiZulu: “We feel sorry for those who are not here. They are not hearing us. We are marching on with progress.” Hawu baba! No mercy?

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