The weird world of politics: EFF cracks whip

2014-05-04 15:00

A victory rally is, well, that by any other name.

Since the ANC came up with Siyanqoba, the upbeat name for its final rally, everyone else has latched on to the idea, resulting in unoriginal


First it was the IFP’s Sizonqoba rally. Not to be outdone, Agang?SA this week came up with Rally ya go Thopa (Victory Rally), which is more of the same thing.

Only the Economic Freedom Fighters showed some youthful innovation with the rather cheeky Tshela Thupa (Crack the whip) Rally.

Getting a shoo-in

The boring ANC pre-elections media breakfasts lightened up this week. First with Buffalo Soldier Cyril Ramaphosa, who did his best to deny his presidential ambitions by letting (Freudian) slip that he wanted to be president?...?of his fly-fishing club.

Princess Lindiwe Sisulu, who had been sitting next to him, peeked at his shoes. “I can confirm that his shoes are big enough to be president?...?of the fishing club,” she said.

Siyahleba wonders what she’s been doing looking at his shoes in the first place. And does Ramaphosa think Zuma’s shoes are too ugly to fill?

Binge and purge

The ANC copycat game is not limited to names. The DA is now also busing people from far and wide into rallies?–?and it even serves the hungry masses lunch afterwards.

Someone should just remind Auntie Pat de Lille to change her script. This week, she told a crowd that ANC would try to bribe them with food parcels.

“Just take the food parcel, eat it up, but don’t vote for the ANC,” she said. That was mere minutes before the DA handed out lunch packets to the hungry masses that stayed the course at the rally.

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