Biblical prophecy It was kind of the Economic Freedom Fighters to issue a “Merry Christmas” statement this week. In the statement, the fighters quoted a verse from Matthew 25 – about being hungry and being given something to eat. The verse says: “I needed clothes and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” It is unclear if the verse was quoted on the insistence of Golden Miles Bhudu, who has made the rights of prisoners his preoccupation, or if it’s some kind of grim prediction of commander in chief Julius Malema’s future. Forking off Not so long ago, the former home of the fighters, the ANC Young Lions’ den, issued a statement explaining its vocabulary. It used two words more commonly found in the vocabulary of the fighters’ Floyd Shivambu, namely to ‘fork off’. It quickly explained all the stuff about the fork in the road and all. Mine workers’ union Numsa must have been inspired by the league’s doings, though, because in the same week, it issued a statement saying it refuses to fork out more money for the ANC. Three cheers, good citizens President Jacob Zuma left it up to his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, to wish South Africans Merry Christmas. Perhaps he did so because he sensed a coup wasn’t imminent, or maybe the 3G signal was a little bad next to the fire pool at Nkandla this week. Motlanthe took to his task with enthusiasm and punctuated the Merry Christmas wishes in his statement with no less than three exclamation marks. Motlanthe, in an elaborate message covering everyone from Nelson Mandela to the refuse removers, among others, asked South Africans to “give yourselves a hug for being such good South Africans”. So, time to huddle for a group hug, all you good people. Building a nation Speaking of Nelson Mandela and group hugs, Siyahleba would, in the spirit of goodwill and New Year’s resolutions, like to whisper in the government’s ear another use for the beloved e-toll gantries. In an article on The New York Times website this week, the paper suggested that the e-tolls caused South Africans to “band together, finding a new enemy in the highway tolls”. So, why doesn’t the government use this moment to do some nation-building? Happy 2014, South Africa!