The weird world of politics: Green with envy

2015-03-29 15:00

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Mzansi’s most famous entertainer was at it again this week, providing light relief for citizens who were depressed about load shedding and the endless wars between the country’s security chiefs.

After telling South Africans they were lazy and how he wished he could be a dictator, the president went on to tell wannabe black industrialists they should not be discouraged by the jealousy of peers when they became successful, as success invited jealousy and envy.

For example, he said, when you build a large rural home, everybody becomes jealous. Aowa prez!

The first cut

Remember a few years ago when Fikile Mbalula was kidnapped – kicking and screaming – and taken to the bush to have his member snipped in accordance with Xhosa traditional rites?

Well, apparently, losing his foreskin wasn’t all that painful.

Razzmatazz said this week he had never cried until the strike that sent the Proteas crashing out of the cricket World Cup.

“I have never cried. Even when I underwent my passage to manhood, I did not cry,” he told the returning Proteas. Hands up anyone who believes this.

Too many chiefs

There was a time when former finance minister Pravin Gordhan could do no wrong. He was one of our few popular and respected ministers.

That was until Number One decided to take him away from the balance sheets to do some real work as the minister responsible for local government and chiefs.

While traditional leaders are demanding tumble dryers and dishwashers, local leaders gave Gordhan hell this week. At a summit, a local leader accused him of conniving with Treasury to destroy municipalities. Welcome to the real world, Pravin. It will be hard.

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