The weird world of politics: Judges & robbers

2013-10-13 14:00

Judges & robbers

Crime is common, and it seems judges are not immune to it – especially when it involves crimes of spelling.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was this week honoured by North West University with an honorary doctorate.

According to the programme, which takes up the better part of a day and also the evening, there is a citation of the Chief Justice after the graduation proceedings, after which he “proceeds to the stage and is robbed”.

The Chief Justice might just have considered giving the whole thing a miss. Or did they mean robed?

They’re full of it!

Whoever said politicians are a dishonest bunch has never met our Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.

The SA Roads Agency Limited, which has poured millions of rands into a public relations campaign to justify e-tolls, could learn a thing or two from the minister.

Instead of weaving yarns to explain why government is privatising Gauteng’s freeways, Peters simply said e-tolls were like “toilets”.

Siyahleba couldn’t agree more. Both e-tolls and toilets are full of it.

This should explain the odious smell that has followed e-tolls from day one.

Finger lickin’ bad

Our political leaders run around so much that they don’t even have the time to sit down.

Gone are the days of the likes of Paul Mashatile (now quite aptly our minister of arts and culture) creating a scandal for going to expensive, well-heeled restaurants.

With President Jacob Zuma’s government in full delivery mode, leaders have to eat on the run.

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas was recently caught out having spent more than R50?000 on KFC, while the North West government spent R30?000 on Nandos in a month.

Fast food joints will soon start offering meals like the “North West Nine Pack”, the “Government Gatsby” or the “Premier Parcel”.

Native nostalgia

It must be difficult for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to sit through boring Parliamentary proceedings every day, which explains her dismal attendance record.

This week, she tried to explain how difficult it is to govern a country and live in a normal society.

“It was easy to throw stones when we were fighting. It

was easy to fire at each other. I miss those days,” she said.

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