The weird world of politics: Tell no lies

2015-01-11 15:00

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Tell no lies

Despite his claim to have participated in the struggle, IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has still not heard of Amílcar Cabral’s quote: “Tell no lies, claim no easy victories.”

In his online letter this week, Buthelezi sought credit for the success of many isiZulu-speaking leaders of society, saying the least they could do was say thank you Mtwana.

“Many of the business and political leaders, and the working journalists, analysts and academics, went through our schools ... The schooling they received under Inkatha enabled them to become active, competent and influential...”

Minora mouth

Minora, the former communist who famously swapped his copy of Das Kapital for a R1 million BMW, dug up his red T-shirt and came armed with a nine-page speech at a memorial for Joe Slovo.

Minora spent perhaps two lines speaking about his legendary predecessor in the SACP.

The rest of the time was dedicated to swipes directed at his political adversaries and imaginary enemies. As expected, the EFF got a mouthful. “Some people sing in Parliament.

They say president pay back the money. Julius must pay back the millions he has stolen.”

Julius wa Lema

The silly season is clearly not over yet, judging by banter on Twitter.

A humorous play on the surnames of famous people – including politicians – dominated the microblogging site on Wednesday. Here are some that caught our eye:

Jacob wants to take photos. Jacob gets a camera. Jacob takes out-of-focus pictures. Jacob Zuma.

Julius gets a farm. Julius gets cabbage plants. Julius Malema. (In Sepedi Malema means someone who ploughs land.)

FW has no job. FW applies for job at bank. FW gets job. FW de Klerk.

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