The weird world of politics: Nothing for free

2014-11-23 15:00

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Remember the SA Communist Party?

The “vanguard” party made a rare appearance this week to clear up a ­misconception that it was squatting for free at Cosatu House.

Not so, says second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila.

“We pay rent. We pay lights and water. Cosatu has said we must not pay rent, but we do,” he growled when asked by pesky journalists why it was interfering in Cosatu matters when it was freeloading off the federation.

When pressed, he refused to ­disclose how much the party was contributing towards rent.

On your Marx

The vanguard party arrived armed with a philosophical seven-page statement that would have exhausted Karl Marx himself.

The statement had warnings for everyone from “so-called independent analysts” to the unpatriotic ­liberal press and posed rhetorical questions straight out of The ­Communist Manifesto.

But it was the party’s young spokesperson, Alex Mashilo, who put hacks to sleep with long, boring lectures on class consciousness, Marxism and Leninism. Next time, Alex, stick to sending out press releases.

Food for thought

Parliament this week turned into a pyjama party when a stalemate over action against the Red Berets delayed procedures by six hours. Things finally started at about 9pm on Thursday.

Miraculously, MPs stayed awake in the House and the sitting lasted until about 4am the next day.

But somewhere in the wee morning hours, ANC MP and deputy minister John Jeffery felt a bit peckish and bravely crossed the floor to the DA, which had ordered takeaway pizza.

However, he arrived at the opposition benches late – he found only a few discarded crumbs there.

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