The weird world of politics: A losing fight

2014-05-25 15:00

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Still on the topic of the red berets, overalls and gumboots, the fighters seem to reserve their best clothes for when they’re learning.

After causing much controversy with their choice of clothes in Parliament this week, they were asked if they would be wearing the same when going to a lecture hosted by former president Thabo Mbeki on Friday night.

They said they’d be wearing suits and ties because they’d be encountering “important people” and they’d be learning. At least on one front the battle seems to be over then.

Given that Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s tax woes could see him out of Parliament sooner than he can say “red beret”, he should be grateful for his five minutes of fame inside the House.

In da House

Malema must have been emotional before the start of Parliament as various old ANC friends walked over to go say hi.

His old ­Limpopo confidant Cassel Mathale, now dumped in Parliament, was one of those. Another one was Pule Mabe who stood by Malema for a long time before he crossed to the other side. But it’s too late it seems, as he, like Malema, now faces fraud charges.

Me, myself and I

The loneliest man in Parliament this week was Congress of the People president Mosioua Lekota. At the end of the last term, he was the leader of a 37-member caucus, the third biggest party in the National Assembly.

When he showed up for the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, he was the leader of just himself and his deputy Willie Madisha.

So when parties meet for the scheduled caucus meetings on Thursday mornings, he and Madisha will either have to pull up a couple of chairs in their tiny offices or stroll down to the coffee shop around the corner.

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