The weird world of politics: Crossed wires at Luthuli House

2014-01-26 14:00

Crossed wires at Luthuli House

Seems there was a bit of a crossing of wires at Luthuli House this week over the dismal performance of Bafana Bafana against the Super Eagles.

Sports Minister Fikile “the opposite of winning” Mbalula slammed the guys for their performance, calling them losers.

The ANC Youth League soon after issued a statement saying the performance was “pathetic”.

If they had stopped to listen to ANC big boss Jacob Zuma first, they’d have heard him praising the coach, Gordon Igesund, and saying Bafana needed South Africa’s support.

Losing countenance

News came through from the Union Buildings this week that, contrary to a recommendation by the remuneration commission that those premiers, ministers and MECs earning above R1?million should not get raises, the commander in chief (the real one, this time) approved a 5% pay rise across the board (except, he’s not getting a raise himself).

Siyahleba wonders if this had anything to do with Zuma previously admitting to having trouble counting money in really big figures, and his trouble earlier this month to pronounce the hundreds of millions paid for Mala Mala correctly.

Facts and figures

The Prince of the Inkatha Freedom Party and the Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters met the other day to kiss and make up over previous spats, when Julius Malema called Mangosuthu Buthelezi the equivalent of an old fart.

The Prince claims he has been praised as having “statesman-like ethos, last exemplified by Madiba” and this has been well received worldwide.

At the meeting, apparently, the good Juju said his past behaviour was due to him being “force-fed” propaganda against the Prince. Which explained Juju’s problems with his figure in the past, but doesn’t say much about the present.

Spellbound

Julius Malema and his fighters are too busy focusing on the important business of politics and home-building to care about something as petty as a spell check.

That must explain why they were in Mpumalanga this week hosting a mini rally, meeting communities ... and, according to this flyer, hosting a “house handy over”.

Perhaps what we see as a spelling error is just a nod to Handy Andy and a plea to South Africans to keep their shiny new dwellings clean?

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