The weird world of politics: David and Goliath

2014-06-29 15:00

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David and Goliath

Gauteng Premier David Makhura will be remembered for being the only politician who preferred an English praise poet.

The man who officially sang his praises in Thokoza was none other than Mzwakhe Mbuli. Guests must have thought the People’s Poet is talking about a David from another era as he bellowed: “Hail the King, your majesty, we are your subjects?...?We are your servants, King David, the Makhura administration has arrived?...?Every Goliath, behold there is a David, run!” Well, the EFF was unmoved.

They sat stony-faced as the new king delivered his speech.

Core capitalists

It’s a good thing that Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union members, who picked up tools again this week after a long strike, are not on Twitter.

They would have found that just when they were thinking their pay hikes showed that there was the glimmer of socialism, capitalists were waiting to gobble it all up.

An ­example is the tweet from one Mashonisa: “African Bank congratulates the miners on the end of the strike. Go to your nearest African Bank branch to make payment plans.” Capitalism is the future, pay up!

Political factions

We can understand that there will ­always be different interests and ­factions in political parties.

But it is strange, to say the least, how ANC leaders choose names for these factions. We have learnt that there is a new political faction in Limpopo called Boko Haram, taken from the Nigerian terror group.

But this is not a complete surprise given that a few years ago, there was the Taliban in North West, as well as Mapogo ama Thamaga, a notorious vigilante group.

Whatever happened to real political interest groupings such as Democrats, Socialists or even Nationalists?

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