The weird world of politics: Herr Malema?

2014-07-27 15:00

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Buti Manamela, the young communist who swapped his copy of Das Kapital for ministerial suits, angered Economic Freedom Front (EFF) MPs when he compared his former pal and now commander in chief of the red berets, Julius Malema, to Adolf Hitler.

It took the speaker some time to order Manamela to withdraw the remark. So fierce was the ensuing battle over this that EFF MP ­Godrich Gardee told Manamela to meet him outside the chamber so they could resolve their ­differences mano a mano.

Doctor’s orders

Whatever it is Uncle Gwede Mantashe is having, we’ll have some too.

The other night, at an event where the ANC reaffirmed its ­solidarity with the Cubans, the uncle was in a jovial mood, greeting Billy Masetlha as “Billy boy” with a ­chuckle.

He greeted journalists and asked them how they were. But when they returned the favour of asking, he mocked: “You’re not a doctor, why do you want to know?”

Maybe the good uncle has something to hide or perhaps this is what happens if you hang out with people who are famous for their healthcare.

No honour here

Poor Lechesa Tsenoli, the affable deputy speaker, had a hard time keeping the warring ANC and EFF MPs apart.

Tsenoli also attempted, without much success, to force EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu to stop referring to Manamela by his first name and ­follow House decorum by referring to him as Honourable Member.

But a seemingly indignant Shivambu was having none of that and retorted: “Why should I call him honourable member? There’s nothing honourable about Buti.”

Eish, Parliament these days!

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