The weird world of politics: A backward look

2014-12-21 16:00

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A backward look

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) former commissar Andile Mngxitama this week threw a tantrum about the proceedings at the fighters’ conference in Bloemfontein – there was strange democratic horse trading that was quite contrary to his revolutionary conscience. But he should have listened to his younger self.

In 2011 he wrote a piece for the Sowetan in which he warned that Julius Malema’s “genius comes from his capacity to read the moment and audacity to raise passions to ruthlessly attain his political ambitions”. Mngxitama cannot say he didn’t know.

A man of parts

One of the oft-made observations about Malema is how he strangely accommodates so many different personalities within himself. The man can contradict himself without batting an eyelid.

So we were again treated to the irony of Juju telling security guards to lock the gates when EFF delegates started walking out of the conference hall, saying they were there to work.

How many times has he led walkouts in Parliament without anyone locking the gates behind him? And this is where he “works” because Parliament pays his salary.

See the light

President Jacob Zuma this week ­issued a statement listing the achievements by government this year.

The point was: We have good reason to celebrate.

We don’t dare question the provision of services and building of infrastructure, but South Africans who sat in the dark for days without electricity will not be moved by the statistics.

Compatriots will also remember this was the year in which Zuma was ordered to pay back the money for the upgrades to his homestead, but he has failed to do so. No, Mr President, we will let you know when we have a reason to celebrate.

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