The weird world of politics: A death wish?

2014-05-18 15:00

In South Africa, every post-election period is one of sad and bitter reflections for the smaller parties on what might have been.

We have come to expect their common refrain that “the media did not cover us”.

But there was an unusual riposte this week by one of the losers, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who boasted that he had predicted his party’s dismal showing.

“...?so a reduced percentage was expected,” he wrote. What kind of leader does that without any sense of shame? Siyahleba looks forward to his prediction for the 2019 elections.

Robbing Paul

Things are a little jumpy and uncertain for the ANC in Gauteng after Julius Malema and his crew ran away with many of the votes.

ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile, who also doubles as arts and culture minister, confidently told journalists that none of the potential future ministers had received phone calls from President Jacob Zuma to break the good news.

When jokingly told the phone calls had indeed begun, the shocked look on Mashatile’s face revealed that some aren’t really sitting so pretty.

TKO for Tim

Former DA finance spokesperson Tim Harris’ elections debate with Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel looks set to haunt him for some time.

Despite Harris’ claim to have won the verbal boxing match on the economy and jobs, the Twitterati gave a TKO verdict in favour of Patel.

Cosatu wants his redeployment in the Cape Town metro reversed. “While we understand his humiliation in the debate, we believe that public service is more than ego. We recommend that he stays in his current position where he can learn so much from Minister Patel,” said Cosatu’s Tony Ehrenreich.

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