The weird world of politics: Back to cool for Angie

2014-01-19 14:00

Back to cool for Angie

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has clearly been celebrating recently, perhaps due to the good 2013 matric results, as she appears to know where the latest hits are at.

This week, she told returning school pupils that they should pay attention to their books rather than shake their booties to the latest summer hit, Y-tjukutja.

The only advice Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe could repeat to the kids was: “Procrastination is the thief of time.” Perhaps Motlanthe should start heeding his own advice when it comes to his career, which resembles a dead end street.

Number 1 and only

President Jacob Zuma doesn’t need the Economic Freedom Fighters to sabotage him. His own speech writers do it very well. He had to recently proclaim that land worth R939?360?000 was handed over to the Mala Mala community.

Not having a maths degree, the president struggled to read the amount.

“Nine hundred and thirty?...?nine?...?nine hundred and thirty nine million rand three thousand and sixty thousand,” he read. The prez wasn’t joking when he proclaimed last month that he’s better at counting thousands than trillions.

Let them cut cake

Last Saturday during the ANC’s big political party at Mbombela Stadium, there was a small crisis as a cake knife apparently went AWOL. And as the cake was giant, this was no small problem.

ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete screeched three times over the sound system for the comrade with the knife to come forward.

Eventually, and still at a loss for a cake knife while the bubbly was getting warm, Buffalo Soldier Cyril Ramaphosa decided it’s better to be imaginative and have a “symbolic cutting of the cake”. The added benefit was that no comrade could make off with a piece, depriving the old age home to which the party donated the delicacy.

Odd one out

Julius Malema is in need of some good advice. Last Saturday, he went to Nkandla to hand over a home to a poor woman. The house, next to the “museum of corruption” belonging to you-know-who, was still under construction when Juju got there.

So he promptly jumped in to lay a tile, but it didn’t quite match the pattern. This just shows that leaders who fail woodwork should rather stick to making speeches.

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