The weird world of politics: Party pooper

2013-09-29 14:00

Party pooper

Agang?SA leader Mamphela Ramphele should not have paraded her chief defector Pule Matshitshe, who dumped the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) unceremoniously this week.

Matshitshe is a serial party pooper.

He left the ANC for Cope and then switched to EFF when Julius Malema launched it.

We can only hope the Gauteng party animal will not be a member of another party by the time Agang?SA goes to the polls next year.

The digested read

Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s number two, boasted at a lecture earlier this month that he reads 50 books a year.

He said his friend had told him he reads 30, but most people read fewer than five books.

Siyahleba hopes the last category does not include people like President Jacob Zuma who, according to Cape Town academic Richard Calland, has not cultivated a reading habit.

We wonder if number one will take a leaf out of Ramaphosa’s book.

Quack, Tame Ducks, quack!

This week’s prize for doublespeak goes to the ANC Youth League’s national task team, a.k.a the Tame Ducks.

The aging youths said they “note” and “welcome” President Jacob Zuma’s decision to sign e-tolling into law.

In the same statement, the youths said their backing of the e-tolling law shouldn’t be mistaken for supporting e-tolls. Confusing, hey?

Siyahleba, of course, notes and welcomes the Tame Ducks’ first ever criticism of the man who hired them after booting out the Young Lions. Did they have to hide the press statement on their Facebook, though?

It tolleth for thee

Of course, Zuma surprised many people by signing the e-tolls bill before the elections.

Zuma waited until he left the country, and had appointed Kgalema Motlanthe acting president before he announced his decision.

His allies in Cosatu must be wondering if the introduction of that bill as well as the Youth Wage Bill, which have left them fuming, have anything to do with their own palace politics. Or is it just a coincidence?

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