The weird world of politics: Going once, twice

2014-04-20 15:00

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Going once, twice

President Jacob Zuma used to be a money-spinner for the ANC, with businesspeople willing to pay a lot of ZARs to share a table with him.

But at a fundraising dinner in Limpopo this week, the businesspeople were suddenly out of pocket when they were asked to bid R200?000 to spend 15 minutes with Zuma.

The exercise was eventually abandoned, but the evening was saved by some Madiba magic when a woman forked out R175?000 for an oil painting of the former president?– and gave it to Zuma as a birthday gift.

Fading star There were no bidders to have a pricy chat with President Jacob Zuma this week

Let lying cows lie

It’s always been clear that Zuma’s cattle are extraordinary.

We think this is the point ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete was trying to make when she justified Msholozi’s R1?million cattle kraal.

Only the holiest of cows deserve such luxury.

As the old adage goes: The dog of a king is the king of dogs. Let cows remain in the holy place.

Maybe one day we’ll visit the Nxamalala cattle shrine and drink from the holy waters of its fire pool.

Vavi (sick) in bed

After a bilateral meeting by Cosatu and the SA Communist Party, it was announced at a joint press conference that renegade Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi had not attended the presser because he was not feeling well.

Surely they did not expect anyone to believe that?

If by some miracle Vavi had been well enough to attend, he would have been driven to sickness by the gems of his fellow leaders.

These included defending the spending on Nkandla, the call to vote for an overwhelming ANC victory and insinuations that Cosatu was being hijacked.

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