The weird world of politics: Going to the dogs

2015-02-22 15:00

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Going to the dogs

Everyone’s raving about how great President Jacob Zuma’s response to the Sona debate was. But lest we forget, this man is called Gedleyihlekisa, the one who hits you hard while ­smiling with you.

After praising Julius Malema for being respectful and ­responding to the contents of the speech, Zuma suddenly spoke about how he would not care even if he was called a dog. “I know I am not a dog, so why should I worry?” he asked.

Substitute the word ‘dog’ with the word ‘cockroach’ and you get what the president was driving at. Stop complaining Juju, you know you’re not a cockroach.

Sharp as a razor

The Minora Blade was at his sharpest this week, slicing opposition and ­media alike to pieces. His first dig was at the DA for wearing black. The opposition had worn black last Thursday to symbolise that the country was in a crisis.

But Minora would have none of that. “In fact, I am not surprised you wore black clothes last week because you are still grieving for the end of white minority rule.”

But his strongest threat was reserved for the EFF, which he said “should not start something they cannot finish”. What is the right word for a male straat meisie?

A carbon copy

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but even Julius Malema would have been embarrassed by the Western Cape ANC’s antics in the provincial legislature on Friday.

Like the EFF, the ANC tried to embarrass Helen Zille during the most important event on the legislature’s calendar. They didn’t only steal Malema’s antics, they stole his lines – word for word. The Western Cape ANC was all over the place.

One minute it was a point of order about racism or lack of transformation, then claims the TV feed was cut, then complaints about imaginary private security while defying the Speaker’s rulings throughout the sitting.

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