The weird world of politics: Blowing smoke

2014-01-05 14:00

Blowing smoke

They say there’s no smoke without fire, and that’s been true of the conflagration that has engulfed security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s compound at Nkandla.

Now it looks like there might be no fire without smoke. Media reports this week revealed that a complaint has been lodged with the Public Protector about a chimney that’s too short and apparently poses a fire risk to one of the Nkandla buildings.

Well, how else is the president going to test his new fire pool? With his ”swimming chimney”, of course. It doesn’t take a magician to go up in a puff.

Dance floor killer

Former national police commissioner Bheki Cele might still be in political limbo, but he’s sure not to let his troubles stop him from having a good party.

While Ndosi no longer threatens to shoot to kill, he still dresses to kill. Cele was spotted at Shawn and S’bu Mpisane’s New Year’s Eve party in Durban, dancing up a storm until he was drenched in sweat.

It was the hit song Wayitjukutja that caused the former general to throw caution to the wind and jump on stage to show DJ Oskido what he is made of.

Rands and (non)sense

It has suddenly dawned on Siyahleba why President Jacob Zuma, aka Number 1, does not understand the brouhaha over his sprawling Nkandla compound. The man simply can’t count.

Number?1 admitted as much when he explained the importance of education to guests at a function meant to celebrate the achievements of his education trust.

“While I’m only able to count thousands of rand, these people are now able to count trillions of rand, something which I cannot do,” he said, pointing at graduates. Now try explaining to him why a fire pool that cost in excess of R2?million is exorbitant.

Just call me Hery

Madagascar has finally elected a president after local DJ Andy Rajoelina took over power by force five years years ago.

Hery Rajaonarimampianina was announced as the winner of his country’s presidential runoff on Friday.

Siyahleba can’t wait for Rajaonarimampianina’s first state visit to South Africa to see how our Number?1 will deal with the new tongue twister in the Southern African Development Community. Or will JZ just call him Hery?

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