The weird world of politics: Deciding factor

2014-09-21 15:00

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Deciding factor

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this week continued with his “quiet” diplomatic work to find a solution to the political impasse in Lesotho. But his hard work seems to be bearing no fruit.

No sooner had he left Lesotho on Friday than the police and ­army started shooting at each ­other.

Many South Africans will remember the day in September 1998 when IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi, as acting state president, sent in SA troops to ­tackle the rebels in Maseru.

A bit of decisiveness really helps.

The bottom line

The ANC has a wicked sense of humour.

In a week when Nomvula Mokonyane declared its members would defend President Jacob Zuma with “our buttocks”, she was deployed as the first line of ­defence for Speaker Baleka Mbete, who was facing a motion of no confidence in Parliament.

Mama Action was on fire, of course, lamenting how a ­motion of no confidence in Mbete was an attack on female leaders in the ANC.

But it would take a brave individual to attack female leaders in the ANC, let alone Mokonyane. She fights her battles all the way to the bottom.

Fallout guys

The worst political fallout right now has to be between former ANC Youth League presidents Fikile Mbalula and Julius Malema.

In Parliament this week, Malema said Mbalula was a hypocrite, spineless and that he sang for his supper.

Mbalula took to social ­media to say Malema was a “factory fault” of the ANC and lacked ideological training. He implied he could not mentor him ­because he was preoccupied with ­material things.

It seems like a long time ago when Malema said he was living on handouts from Mbalula after his expulsion from the ANC.

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