The weird world of politics: Slip of the tongue

2015-04-26 15:00

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Slip of the tongue

Democracy can be an exhausting business, and winning even more so.

Just ask Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, who ran a tireless campaign to be elected the DA’s Western Cape leader. By the time she was announced as winner, she was literally speechless, which is pretty unusual for a politician.

Attempting to make a victory speech, she tried unsuccessfully to switch to English from Afrikaans. “My English has run out,” she said and switched back to Afrikaans.

Not a good sign if she has national leadership ambitions, where being trilingual is a minimum requirement.

EFF the workers

The EFF was delighted to axe former MPs Andile Mngxitama, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Mpho Ramakatsa.

They were replaced with two fresh faces this week who, it boasted, would add the required “value, militancy, radicalism and quality that defined all EFF MPs”.

No sooner were they announced than it transpired that one of them, Marshall Dlamini, is so militant he has not paid his workers since the start of the year. The workers have now taken him to court. So much for a party for the working class!

A one-horse race

One of Siyahleba’s overworked friends received an email “On Behalf Of Mmusi Maimane for Leader” under the subject heading “Believe In Tomorrow”.

Quite interesting, he thought, that the Obama wannabe man of the cloth and his supporters were resorting to such desperate measures to market him as the next DA leader when he is, in effect, the only horse in the race.

But then Siyahleba would also be this hopeful if he was plucked from obscurity to be a potential leader of the second-biggest political party in South Africa in the space of a few short years.

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