The weird world of politics: There’s juju in Zim

2014-12-07 15:00

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This week, Zimbabwe’s Daily News carried a headline that would have made South Africans do a double take.

MUJURU USED JUJU ON ME: MUGABE, said a newspaper poster in central Harare on Thursday.

It didn’t refer to our chief fighter, Julius Malema, who isn’t welcome in Zanu-PF any more, but witch doctors and ­muti.

When, later, the sound on ­Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation failed as the ANC’s Zweli Mkhize ­delivered a message of support that wasn’t even close to revolutionary, sceptics couldn’t help but wonder if juju was used there as well.

Block this off

Can someone block the wasteful expenditure coming from the Northern Cape?

This week The Star revealed that the provincial government spends R500?000 a month on copies of The New Age newspaper that are dumped everywhere in the province.

But this should come as no surprise if you actually bothered to read the ­paper this week.

The paper carried a two-page spread on finance MEC John Block and his glowing achievements. The coverage included no less than 12 pictures of Block doing good here and there.

180-degree turn

SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala takes the cake when it comes to ­excuses on why she can’t produce her qualifications. First, they were stolen in a robbery (imagine robbers going from room to room looking for her certificate).

Then she could not find people to testify that they ­studied with her because Unisa is a distance learning institution.

No one disputes that she studied there; the question is whether she completed her degree. Then the results produced by Unisa were manipulated from the computer system and the Unisa representative was no computer expert.

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