The weird world of politics: Bunch of winners

2015-03-01 15:00

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Bunch of winners

When Amajimbos, South Africa’s ­Under-17 soccer team, beat Nigeria on Wednesday to make it to the final of the Africa Youth Championship, Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula was over the moon, as expected.

He took to Twitter and declared them a “bunch of winners”. He was not done. He was so excited he even called a press conference on Thursday to talk about it.

The minister, who is typically late for press conferences, did not show up at all.

His cheerleaders, who ­included his deputy, Gert Oosthuizen, Buti Manamela and Advocate Norman Arendse, shuffled out of the venue looking rather annoyed.


Siyahleba has been wondering where Mbalula, who has been dubbed the Minister of Selfies, finds the time to pose and take all those pictures he posts on social-media networks.

This week, we can reveal that Razzmatazz has a personal photographer – a young woman who follows him around with a camera. When he eventually arrived in Parliament minutes after his guests and most journalists had given up on his presser and left the venue, the snapper clicked away and her boss, who looked rather sheepish, signalled for her to stop.

Lighten up, chief

Eish! Former political rivals Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma have been way too ­boring following their ­dramatic fallout in Polokwane in 2007.

Especially Mbeki. Take a look north – to Nigeria – where former president Olusegun Obasanjo tore up his People’s ­Democratic Party ­membership card and then went on to ignore President Goodluck ­Jonathan at the birthday party of a fellow party member.

Obasanjo also poked out his tongue at guests ­(presumably as a joke) when he was in his vehicle. Mbeki should lighten up and learn a lesson or two from this elder.

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