The weird world of politics: Don’t eat blood pudding

2013-09-15 14:00

Hell freezing over

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday complained about South African journalists reporting the “opposite of positive” when it came to their own nation.

He wanted them to be more like Mexican journalists, who ignore their nation’s frightening crime statistics mostly because they fear becoming part of the stats themselves.

But by Thursday he had it all figured out. Zuma announced that he sent back the secrecy bill to Parliament because of concerns about its constitutionality.

Rather than sunshine, Siyahleba is expecting a good bout of September snow.

Making a BEEline for DEE

The ANC this week revelled in the contradictory statements made by two DA bigwigs on the party’s recently-revamped policy on black economic empowerment.

While Mmusi Maimane in Gauteng said the DA supports broad-based BEE, the party’s federal chairperson, Wilmot James, told Power FM that the DA would dump BEE in favour of “diversity economic empowerment” because it did not want to be “stuck” on a racial definition of BEE forever.

The ANC said this showed the DA was divided, but perhaps the party is so democratic it’s offering multiple-choice policies now.

Don’t eat blood pudding

Julius Malema tried to distinguish himself and his new party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, as the righteous political opposition to the ANC.

While parties at the Marikana march on Thursday encouraged the masses to eat the food parcels the ANC will be handing out, but vote for a different party come election day, Malema sang a different tune.

He said the masses were on their own if they accepted the food parcels during the election campaigns.

“I’ve heard people say that you must take the food and vote something else. But you can’t take the food which was brought

by hands full of blood. You must refuse the food parcels,” he said.

Food for thought

Maybe Juju’s hands were not full of blood when he handed out food parcels in Cape Town in 2009.

Back then, he was campaigning for his future nemesis, Jacob Zuma, and what he now calls the Z-ANC.

The DA, which now says people must just eat the food and vote for another party, was not chuffed with Malema during that campaign.

But then again, who said politicians can’t change their principles?

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