The weird world of politics: Rent-a-gang

2013-08-18 14:00


Agang SA boss Mamphela Ramphele is no populist, but she needs to work on her popularity.

The other day an unreliable source saw her checking in at Cape Town International Airport without her usual bodyguards because, he said, she didn’t need them.

“She was all alone. Nobody recognised her,” he said. Except for himself and others who also pretended that they didn’t recognise her.

With a year to go to the elections, Siyahleba would like to recommend that she keeps up appearances by maybe renting a few flash mobs.

Polo and politics

There is no way you can accuse some ANC Youth League branches of being out of touch with their constituencies.

The branch situated around Rivonia has adopted the Young Lion war cry of “economic freedom in our lifetime”.

In fact, the branch serves as a glowing example of what economic freedom should look like. Next Sunday, for instance, it has organised an outing to a polo game between South Africa and Chile.

For only R450, you get entrance to a jolly good game, “delectable canapés” and drinks. Sounds like a steal.

Broadcaster blues

After a flashy launch a few weeks ago, the new 24-hour SABC News Channel is having difficulty getting up to speed.

On Thursday it delayed a Cosatu press conference because the hour’s notice they got was too short for them to drive their outside broadcast van around the corner to Cosatu House for the live broadcast. Cosatu’s guys repeatedly apologised to the full room of journalists who got there on time for the briefing about Zwelinzima Vavi’s “special leave”.

Among these were the SABC’s competitor, eNCA, whose OB van had been on duty since the morning. If the revolution is televised, SABC News International won’t be doing it live.

All in good time

Former president Thabo Mbeki took to the stage at a do for his former deputy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, last weekend.

The party was so hot that the programme ran late and by the time Mbeki spoke, it was already well after 10pm.

He was so impatient to get things moving that he almost nudged those who were introducing him by reading his lengthy CV off the stage.

Seems the former statesman is enjoying his licence to behave like an impatient goat.

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