The weird world of politics: Excellent spin? ...

2014-03-16 14:00

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Commander-in-chief-in-waiting Julius Malema this week failed to pitch up for two campaign gigs in Cape Town, one of them in the gangland of Manenberg.

We won’t speculate on the local fortified grape products that might or might not have played a role in his absence.

Rather, we’ll commend the Economic Freedom Fighters for their excellent spin. They said Juju’s absence has once more proved “we are not a one-man party”.

Tell that to the people who turned up to see the head of the red berets performing.

... and more spin

We know the ANC in Gauteng has a communication guru in Nkenke Kekana but this week the party outdid itself in the spin department when it sent out a press release titled “ANC grateful for Bekkersdal success” after its leadership and members were chased out of the township.

The party thanked its members for their “restraint” despite the fact that ANC members were captured in pictures wielding guns and stones, and engaged in running battles with the community of Bekkersdal. Some restraint that.

A beautiful party

True to our lead story last week, the ANC in Gauteng is taking its “strategy of door-to-door campaigning” seriously.

On Sunday morning, we saw a bevy of ANC female volunteers pounding the pavements of a busy street in a northeastern Joburg suburb.

Dressed in bright yellow ANC T-shirts, with matching scarves and backpacks, the pretty young things were earnestly carrying out the governing party’s “strategy”. Perhaps the ANC is hoping that putting pretty young things on the beat will help it garner more than 50% of the vote in the province.

Let’s just wait and see.

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