The weird world of politics: Family values

2015-04-19 15:00

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Family values

Did President Jacob Zuma fail the test of being a father to his own children, so much so that they are out of order?

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema seems to think so.

In Parliament, after Zuma delivered his address condemning violent attacks on foreigners in Durban this week, Malema said: “Your own son continues to say these people must be killed. You stand up here and say nothing.

Your son is a typical example of a family member you cannot whip into line.”

With over 20 children, there has to be one who won’t toe the line.

You don’t say

When he’s happy, President Zuma belts out one of his many songs and damn, can he sing and dance!

But Malema was not impressed with the president’s showing in Parliament when he criticised the attacks on foreigners.

He was referring to Zuma reading his message denouncing xenophobia in a flat, uninspiring tone.

We remember how animated Zuma was in the Nkandla debate, banging tables, ignoring the Speaker’s instructions and pointing fingers at members of the opposition.

Sometimes it’s not what you say Mr Prez, but how you say it.

Who’s your daddy?

It is bad enough that elected political leaders spent the week grovelling to a monarch who has made unsavoury and deadly remarks about foreign nationals.

Instead of unequivocal condemnation, all we heard from our leaders was how the king’s remarks were misinterpreted.

But the worst form of ass-licking came from inexperienced State Security Minister David Mahlobo, who could hardly explain the lack of intelligence on this violent explosion. Talking to Eyewitness News, he assured us “our father” was on top of issues.

Our father? Turns out this is President Zuma. Make that Father Zuma.

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