The weird world of politics: All the wrong moves

2013-07-21 14:00

All the wrong moves

President Jacob Zuma had some trouble over the weekend with a pesky five-year-old kid who apparently matched his skills in chess.

Zuma was handing out prizes at the 2013 Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championship in Port Elizabeth when a friendly game with this kid ended in a stalemate.

It could be that Zuma was distracted by the fact that someone with the same surname as his breakfast buddies, the Guptas, won the chess championship.

Or maybe he was focusing on checkmating one of his former comrades, Cassel Mathale, who “voluntarily” gave up the top seat in the Limpopo government the very next day.

Public relations

Poor Trevor Manuel. First Cosatu and the SACP decide not to bite on his National Development Plan, which is supposed to have been the guiding light for South Africa until 2030, but has since been downgraded to a discussion document.

Now the City of Joburg is at it too, doing their own reshuffle of sorts in a press release about an event this week.

In the statement by their PR, Vuma Reputation Management, Manuel was not once, but three times called a “deputy minister in the Presidency”. How’s that for managing reputations?

Slogans in Sebokeng

The self-styled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has taken the battle right to President Jacob Zuma’s front door.

Commander in chief Number Two, Julius Malema, and his comrades are having quite a ball, actually. Gauteng EFF convenor Pule Matshitse over the weekend told the voters in Sebokeng not to fall for the governing party’s slogans.

“Before the elections they say, ‘Together we can do more’. But after the elections, they say ‘Vuk’ uzenzele (which means wake up and do things for yourself)’,” he said. Matshitse should know well because he’s an ANC defector. Clearly, hell hath no fury like an ex-comrade scorned.

Analyse this

Political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki is having a hard time maintaining his neutrality. First he was accused of Cope-ing after being spotted at Cope’s launch.

Then he was accused of being close to Agang after being, well, friends-with-beneficial-advice to some of their founders.

And then he spoke during a DA Young Professionals debate – where organiser Ian Ollis offered him a DA T-shirt.

The poor misunderstood Mbeki just smiled and waved, so the DA decided to resort to the dop system and gave him a bottle of red for his trouble instead.

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