The weird world of politics: Presidential hug

2014-06-08 15:00

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Presidential hug

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has finally discovered the true meaning of President Jacob Zuma’s middle name, Gedleyehlekisa. Roughly, the name means “the one who can hit you hard while smiling with you”.

Madonsela this week said when she met with ­Zuma recently he asked for a hug. She had been called all sorts of names by ­Zuma’s lieutenants in the ANC, while he smiled and hugged her.

Madonsela should ask former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe – and Bulelani Ngcuka for good measure – what happens to those entranced by this man’s genteel manners.

Swinging away

Someone should march on the ANC Youth League over the abuse of children.

Many of the children (as most were children, not youths) who participated in the league’s march on the Mail & Guardian offices were overheard saying they did not know what the march was about, but were confident they would be given food after the march.

A few were photographed swinging in Johannesburg’s parks and generally frolicking about before the march. This is clearly what they would rather do than be used for some unclear political agenda.

A few MPs short

Number 1 tried so hard to be the ­greatest, especially when it comes to the size of his executive, he forgot to leave some MPs behind to continue the business of oversight.

Spies in Parliament now say the ANC only has about 180-odd members left to divide ­between the 35-odd ministries, the ­programming committee, the rules ­committee and the chief whips’ forum.

Siyahleba would have believed this week’s addition to the executive of the National Freedom Party’s Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi was an effort to avoid further attrition of ANC MPs if news of her appointment wasn’t leaked earlier.

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