The humour of our politricks: Potty mouths get soap

2014-04-27 15:00

The ANC Youth League laid in to party veteran Ronnie Kasrils following his championing the Vote No campaign.

The youngsters suggested Kasrils should seek “psychological counselling”. Should the youth league’s national convener, Mzwandile Masina, not lead the way and seek counselling himself given his propensity for vulgar language? Crude insults just roll off his tongue like poo out of a Cape Town protester’s bucket.

Having recently publicly told Numsa’s Irvin Jim to “f**k off”, he this week called former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge a “ho”. Exorcism might be more appropriate than counselling.

Riding in cars with big boys

Deebo Mzobe, the head of Jacob Zuma’s Masibambisane Trust, really loves his benefactor.

Mzobe resprayed his luxury 4x4 in ANC colours and adorned it with a large picture of Zuma. He was spotted last week handing out Zuma T-shirts from the boot of his car on Durban’s trendy Florida Road. Talk about singing for your supper?...

When money becomes an issue

The IFP is seriously lacking in creativity. What else is one to make of its copying other parties’ slogans? The ANC’s final elections rally, held the Sunday before election day, is known as “Siyanqoba” (we are victorious). The IFP’s version is “Sizonqoba” (we will be victorious). The cash crunch must have hit the party really hard since it lost power in KwaZulu-Natal.

Colour-coding Western Cape

Remember the statement by Jimmy Manyi when he was still the director-general in the labour department – that coloureds were overrepresented in the Cape and should spread themselves out? Well, now they have reprieve. Western Cape Cosatu boss Tony Ehrenreich says if the ANC wins the province, the party will fire white public servants.

He believes whites, who make up 16% of the Western Cape’s population, are dominant in the provincial administration as they make up 57% of the workforce.

“That means whites are overrepresented in terms of the demographics of the Western Cape,” said Ehrenreich. Roughly half of them would have to vacate their positions and make way for coloureds, Africans and Indians, he added. Come back, Jimmy. All is forgiven.

A man with many kraals

Many were puzzled last week when ANC chair Baleka Mbete defended Zuma’s R1?million cattle kraal. Speaking on the election trail, she repeated the ANC line that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had exonerated Zuma for the R246?million spent on his homestead.

She said: “Madonsela then goes on to say a few things which, in our view, are actually debatable because in the African tradition you don’t interfere with a man’s kraal. The issue of a man’s kraal or a kraal of a family is a holy space.” She’s actually referencing Zuma’s 2006 rape trial.

The holiness of a kraal was alluded to by Zuma during his testimony when he described a woman’s genitals as “isibaya sikababa wakhe” (her father’s kraal).

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