Blade’s fat stacks Irvin Jim from metal workers’ union Numsa is not the sort of man who suffers fools gladly. True to form, it didn’t take long for him to respond to his SA Communist Party counterpart, Blade Nzimande, who had accused Numsa of bankrolling some broke unions in labour federation Cosatu. “If Blade Nzimande knows anything about black plastic bags [money], he must run a workshop for us,” Jim hit back. Siyahleba is sure the Blunt One didn’t see that one coming. Shiver me timbers! Presidential spin doctor Mac Maharaj showed up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rivonia Trial sporting a black eye patch. Just in case fellow guests were wondering why the presidential man rocked up looking like he was from the set of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Maharaj explained that he had put his mask on because he was attending in his capacity as struggle veteran. Siyahleba and other peddlers of rumours can’t accuse him of being in disguise to avoid questions about Nkandla. From Tokyo with love Madiba has a great way of uniting folks, even if he isn’t there himself. So it happened that during the launch of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on Monday night, there was President Jacob Zuma surrounded by the likes of Tokyo Sexwale, Mamphela Ramphele and that anti-praise singer of his, Njabulo Ndebele. But the greatest discomfort of the evening was reserved for the new US ambassador, Patrick Gaspard. Tokyo is clearly not over his recent embarrassment of having been bounced at US customs. The former minister made sure Gaspard understood this by mentioning it during his speech. Sporty politics Sports and politics do mix nowadays – to amateurs’ great benefit. Last Sunday during the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge, DA and ANC supporters cheered on the sweating cyclists. The blue wave, however, had something up their T-shirt sleeves for those who made it all the way to the end. A rather hot and tired bunch with blue T-shirts almost knocked a few cyclists off their bikes by singing the SA Communist Party anthem, My Mother was a Kitchen Girl. Spies from Parliament report that similar songs were sung in a fishing village down south during a recent protest against the secrecy bill. It seems the contest in the DA is ideological after all.