The weird world of politics: What’s in a name?

2014-11-02 15:00

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What’s in a name?

Our petty politicians will never let a crisis go to waste.

The tragic death of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was a fresh opportunity for the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and its offshoot, the National Freedom Party (NFP), to revive old rivalries.

The NFP started by suggesting Meyiwa should be honoured by renaming Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi after him.

This is like waving a red rag in front of a bull. In this case, the bull is IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The IFP has called the suggestion “callous and irresponsible”.

Nurses and miners

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande tried to win over nurses at the Denosa conference by telling them how much they valued nursing because both their wives are nurses.

They received a lukewarm response from the openly pro-Zwelinzima Vavi union. Then the man of the moment arrived to a raucous welcome.

As he began his speech, Vavi told the delegates he was a miner and knew very little about nursing. The round of applause was deafening. Gwede and Blade must try new lines.

Sexist sushi

A few Economic Freedom Fighters must be quite relieved their policy discussion documents have not yet been adopted by members as gospel.

In its organisational character chapter, the document prescribes that leaders should “in no way subscribe to feudal or primitive capitalistic tendencies, including narrow nationalism and sexist chauvinism”.

That would have precluded one of its foremost and upstanding members, Floyd Shivambu, from attending Kenny Kunene’s sushi party. Eating sushi off naked women is as feudalistic and sexist as they come.

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