The weird world of politics: Devil in the detail

2014-03-23 14:00

Devil in the detail

Unhappy that not everybody fell for how Uncle Gwede downplayed the Public Protector’s report, the ANC launched a scathing attack on the DA.

The blue party was trying to use the report to discredit President Jacob Zuma, the ANC said in a statement, adding that this was against election rules because no tax money was used for his homestead.

Siyahleba is ­wondering exactly which part of the ­report the ANC didn’t read.

Also, the last time we looked, elections were exactly about discrediting opponents. Wasn’t it the same ANC whose ­minister called the DA the devil?

Folly of youth

Mzwandile Masina, the adult ­leading the interim structure of the once-feared ANC Youth League, tried hard to be relevant this week.

Having failed to get attention after his failed mission to agitate for ­immunity for President Jacob ­Zuma, Masina this week latched on to the publicity of the Nkandla ­report.

Masina fulminated that he was “disgusted” by Thuli Madonsela and that she must quit. But still the only question asked about Masina this week was: How low can anyone stoop to get a Cabinet post?

Black-and-blue

She started off by mangling ­isiXhosa in public. She progressed to dancing to kwaito music – badly, it must be added.

Next was the knees-up toyi-toyi routine. Then she learnt to march like an Amcu ­member and dodge stones thrown at her by political opponents.

She then donned a Julius Malema-style beret. This week Madame Helen Zille took another important step in her journey to becoming a full-blown darkie.

She dressed herself in Batswana attire and stirred food ­being cooked in a drievoet pot. What next? A weave? Dreadlocks?

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