The weird world of politics: Pants still on at 80

2013-07-14 14:00

Pants still on at 80

That old struggle hero Denis Goldberg has been in the news quite a bit of late after he spoke out about his visit to ailing former president Nelson Mandela.

On Tuesday night at Liliesleaf, he shared some thoughts with journos. He had recently turned 80 and had parties with old friends and acquaintances across the world, Goldberg said.

His granddaughter compared this new-found celebrity to that of Paris Hilton. “I said to her yes, but I keep my underpants on,” he joked. Siyahleba doesn’t even want to start imagining the Hilton scenario.

A fighter’s warm-up act

In the ANC, they call each other “comrade”, in the DA it is “democrat”, in Agang it is “citizen” and among the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) it is, of course, “fighter”. EFF leader Julius Malema continued to frighten the ANC and the middle class this week by announcing his plans.

Malema wore a beret he stole from the ANC Youth League, changing the wording to read: “Economic Freedom Fighter Commander-in-Chief.” Maybe the beret also served a double purpose of keeping the cold out, as Malema declared it’s true that it is cold outside the ANC, but the EFF are warming things up. Maybe it’s just not as warm as he wants it to be yet.

Smoke that, my king

Madcap junkie abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is getting up the ANC’s noses.

The other day he said he would stop smoking dagga if the ANC stops its corruption. Let’s hope there is a long-term marijuana supply to accompany that promise.

He also visited the ailing statesman, Nelson Mandela, in hospital and echoed Julius Malema’s sentiments by saying Zuma, who “has a habit of not condomising”, flushes people like condoms.

Makes much sense, that. Those who are extremely irritated by him blame the holy weed for his crazy utterances, but some wit on Twitter this week defended the grass and suggested dagga is merely an “innocent bystander”.

Do it for me, boss

A penny for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s thoughts as he lay his head down on his boss’ shoulder at the swearing-in ceremony for new ministers and their deputies.

Siyahleba used some speculative mind-reading techniques to determine that Mkhuluwa was, in fact, asking Zuma that he be sent off on the next official trip to some exotic destination. Word is that he hasn’t been overseas for work for a while, and when he did try to go on holiday to the Seychelles, some snitches told the media, who snooped and asked questions.

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