The weird world of politics: Great ANC trek

2014-04-27 15:00

Former Thabo Mbeki henchman Smuts Ngonyama led the way in beating the path back to the ANC.

He who “did not struggle to be poor” quit the Congress of the People (Cope) last month and opened the ­floodgates.

An awful lot of Cope ­people have of late been loitering around ANC offices, chilling and ­sharing banter with ANC officials, and singing the governing party’s ­praises.?There are now ­rumours of a Great Trek back to the ANC. It all makes sense though, ­seeing none of them joined the ­struggle to belong to a dying party.

Count chickens

As far as Dali Mpofu is concerned, the May 7 general elections are just a formality.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) this week introduced its Gauteng candidate to the media as the provincial ­premier. When asked about ­gangster-turned-businessman­turned-politician Gayton ­McKenzie’s stinging open letter to EFF boss Julius Malema, Mpofu claimed he had not read it.

But he said should any of his MECs under him “entertain such gimmicks”, they would be fired. Slowly now, Dali. You need to win an election first.

Heroic campaign

It appears as if this election is set to be a posthumous honour to fallen ­heroes.

The ANC, whose president’s “heroic acts” include fathering children, building palaces and dancing like a teenager, is calling on its voters to support it in honour of past icons. b“Defend Mandela’s legacy. Vote ANC,” reads one poster. “Do it for Chris ­Hani. Vote ANC,” reads a SA Communist Party one. Not to be left behind, the late Amichand Rajbansi’s Minority Front exhorts voters to “Do it for the Raj” and to “Keep the Tiger’s Legacy Alive”.

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