The weird world of politics: Jim Bunny

2013-04-28 14:00

Jim Bunny

Irvin “Julius Malema” Jim, the chief noise maker of metalworkers’ union Numsa, clearly doesn’t get to toyi-toyi enough any more, so instead he prefers to keep fit in style.

The other night he was spotted walking around in an Armani T-shirt, fresh from the exclusive Virgin Active branch in Melrose Arch, Joburg.

Maybe he went there because he didn’t want the ordinary workers to see him sweating, or maybe it is him who enjoys watching the capitalists suffering in the posh gym.

Apartheid memories

There were some PW Botha tendencies in the National Assembly this week as the debate about the secrecy/information bill took a rather heated turn.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota jumped up when ANC MP Lluwellyn Landers (formerly with the Nationalists) alleged that some of those found wandering the hallowed halls of Parliament could actually be in the employ of a foreign government. Lekota took that to be a personal insult and boiling with rage defended himself.

But he was told by the chairperson not to point his finger at the presiding officer.

Ghostbusters

Speaking of ghosts, Agang founder Mamphela Ramphele this week tried to scare South Africans into voting for her next year (once she actually gets beyond the platform stage and into a real party) by telling them our society is based on fear.

She claimed the nation has “not yet fully eradicated the demons of our past”.

Very aptly, the launch was held at the Origins Centre at Wits University, where the remains of the fossils from the first of humankind are kept.

Ramphele early on in her speech also quoted a ghost from her own past, her late lover Steve Biko.

Bittersweet

So successful has the DA’s struggle past propaganda been that it moved Young Red Buti Manamela to ask the woman he must have considered to be his counterpart in the DA, party parly leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, to a debate.

But Mazibuko didn’t think so and instead passed the invite on to the DA Youth. It reminds us of a time when the DA was dying to debate with ANC leaders like Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema, and they didn’t consider the DA leaders senior enough.

A taste of one’s own medicine is never sweet.

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