The politics of the dance floor

2011-02-12 21:02

While most guests at the opening of Parliament were partying the night away at the Cape Town ICC, the young jet-setters went to a club for a less formal party.

Only a few people knew about it, but that’s not to say Thursday night’s party lacked anything.

Hosted by Tony Yengeni wearing a questionable fedora hat and striped shirt that did his impressively round girth no justice, the party was held at popular Camp’s Bay club St Yves.

Guests included Julius Malema and his entourage, Eugene Mthethwa and Zizi Kodwa, Andile Lungisa (who was still wearing his shiny all-black suit), Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale, DJs Mahoota, Oskido and Fistaz Mixwell, Kenny Kunene, Gayton McKenzie and many other young government hobnobbers.

While the guests knew each other, there was little interaction between them. In fact, it resembled a boxing match with everyone keeping to their corner.

In one corner were Yengeni, Malema and Mthethwa entertaining their friends while Malema posed for pictures with his fans. In the other corner were Lungisa and friends, with the men watching the crowd sourly.

Another section held Kodwa and his friends, while the one next to the stage was unsurprisingly occupied by Kunene and McKenzie, who made a production of everything from ordering champagne to dancing. A real “see and be seen” spot.

Then there was the premier in his corner. One would think he would have joined Malema, since they are known to be chums, but instead he kept company with a few people who were also just watching the crowd on the dance floor.

Despite the strangeness of this bunch’s non-interaction, most people kept partying well into the early hours of the morning – dancing to everything from hip-hop to kwaito and house music.

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