The weird world of politics: State of the sex

2014-02-16 14:00

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State of the sex

Last year’s state of the nation address was held on Valentine’s Day, much to the disgust of Adderley Street’s famous flower sellers, whose trade in roses was shut down by all the security around Parliament.

This year, though, the speech was on February 13 and it seemed as if President Jacob Zuma had love – or maybe just lust – on his mind.

Talking about government’s plan to introduce sign language in schools, Zuma declared this would happen “sex year”.

He meant next year, but handled the gaffe with his trademark chuckle, corrected himself and moved on.

Country roads

When asked about the delicate matter of Gauteng e-tolls on Friday, President Jacob Zuma explained once again that pretty roads cost money but government has better things to do with its money so the rich punters must pay.

“Roads in Gauteng are not the same as the roads would be in Nkandla,” he said before giggling. He would find this funny because some of the bad roads in Nkandla posed such a security threat to him, those who pay their taxes are footing the bill for improvements to the roads he will travel on. Nice one.

Sign me up, man

It looks like Bompie Dyantyi, the famous fake sign language interpreter, will continue to haunt government long after his gaffes have been forgotten.

Speaking at the networking party for reporters and spin doctors in Cape Town, Minister Collins Chabane surprised everyone when he asked GCIS boss Phumla Williams for a sign language interpreter.

“They forgot I don’t speak without a sign language interpreter by my side.”

The irony wasn’t lost on Williams. It was, after all, the GCIS that hired Bompie to ply his fake trade at a state funeral, making South Africa an international laughing stock.

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