The weird world of politics: If looks could kill

2014-06-22 15:00

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If looks could kill

This week’s parliamentary debate must have been one of the most watched in recent years.

While the theatrics of former ANC enfant terrible and EFF boss Julius Malema hogged headlines, ANC MPs also proved adept at disrupting their foes’ speeches.

New Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela stood up when ANC-cum-Cope-cum-DA politician Nqaba Bhanga spoke.

Manamela said: “Honourable Speaker, I want to raise an objection about the way Honourable Lekota is looking at Honourable Bhanga. If looks could kill, the honourable member would long be dead.”

Oh my hat!

Manamela was not the only politician who poked fun at Lekota’s recent electoral losses.

ANC MP Ruth Bhengu also used Cope’s setback to warn parliamentary newcomers about the dangers of lecturing her party on how to govern the country: “There is no change they can make without the mandate to govern. They must ask Lekota. He used to speak a lot when he got here. Today, he eats hats. This battle is tough,” she said.

Yes, it sucks to be left with only three parliamentary seats and not much allotted time to insult everyone else in turn.

ANC is bi-curious

This week, Siyahleba came across a statement released by ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa on the outcome of “bi-elections”.

Although we’re not entirely sure when they were held, we think it’s great the ruling party is finally taking to heart the values enshrined in our Constitution concerning LGBTI rights.

We thought prudishness had won the day yet again when MPs were outraged about the opening of an Adult World outside Parliament, but apparently we gave too little credit to the party’s sensibilities.

These “bi-elections” certainly give new meaning to the term “political bedfellows”.

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