The weird world of politics: If looks could kill

2014-06-22 15:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

If looks could kill

This week’s parliamentary debate must have been one of the most watched in recent years.

While the theatrics of former ANC enfant terrible and EFF boss Julius Malema hogged headlines, ANC MPs also proved adept at disrupting their foes’ speeches.

New Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela stood up when ANC-cum-Cope-cum-DA politician Nqaba Bhanga spoke.

Manamela said: “Honourable Speaker, I want to raise an objection about the way Honourable Lekota is looking at Honourable Bhanga. If looks could kill, the honourable member would long be dead.”

Oh my hat!

Manamela was not the only politician who poked fun at Lekota’s recent electoral losses.

ANC MP Ruth Bhengu also used Cope’s setback to warn parliamentary newcomers about the dangers of lecturing her party on how to govern the country: “There is no change they can make without the mandate to govern. They must ask Lekota. He used to speak a lot when he got here. Today, he eats hats. This battle is tough,” she said.

Yes, it sucks to be left with only three parliamentary seats and not much allotted time to insult everyone else in turn.

ANC is bi-curious

This week, Siyahleba came across a statement released by ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa on the outcome of “bi-elections”.

Although we’re not entirely sure when they were held, we think it’s great the ruling party is finally taking to heart the values enshrined in our Constitution concerning LGBTI rights.

We thought prudishness had won the day yet again when MPs were outraged about the opening of an Adult World outside Parliament, but apparently we gave too little credit to the party’s sensibilities.

These “bi-elections” certainly give new meaning to the term “political bedfellows”.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.