The weird world of politics: Take the mickey

2014-10-19 15:00

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Take the mickey

On Thursday, South Africa proved once again that it’s almost certainly the funniest country on Earth.

Self-confessed killer Mikey Schultz, who did away with magnate and ANC pal Brett Kebble, strutted into the North Gauteng High Court to let Oscar ­Pistorius know who was boss, bru.

Siyahleba wouldn’t have been the least bit surprised to see Jackie ­Selebi and Schabir Shaik file into the public gallery clutching bags of ­popcorn. A Twitter wag suggested that Radovan Krejcir should apply for a day out of jail to join the fun.

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. Bru.

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President Jacob Zuma is the keynote speaker today at an event to celebrate journalists doing their jobs.

As a well-known champion of media freedom and avid supporter of tough questions directed at himself, his administration and his very lovely Nkandla home, Zuma seems to be exactly the right man for the gig.

The event marks 37 years since Black Wednesday, which saw the banning of news­papers that dared to question the regime.

Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, Mr President.

Fading like a rose

Ag shame, poor ANC. It already has its hands full keeping the fighters in red overalls and their problematic commander in chief at bay.

Now an affiliate of its own alliance partner is also predicting the ­governing party’s downfall.

Declaring its support for trade federation Cosatu’s march against e-tolls, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA referred to the people’s movement as the “fading ANC-led government”.

With friends like these, the ANC may have to resort to an even faster dwindling crowd led by the dreaded Blade Nzimande. It’s better than nothing.

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