The weird world of politics: Jacob Zuma’s awkward pause

2013-11-03 14:00

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille doth protest too much. She has complained that President Jacob Zuma stood by while ANC supporters heckled her at a government function in Saldanha Bay.

Zuma left it to Zille’s nemesis, provincial ANC chairperson Marius Fransman, to stop the crowd from shouting down the premier.

Siyahleba wonders why Zuma kept quiet during the standoff. The president may have been applying his mind, as he does. And as we all know, that usually takes a very long time.

Branch business

Last year’s hectic conferencing and politicking has left some ANC branches a tad deflated. Take, for instance, the top-performing Liliesleaf Farm branch, which is slumming it at its Midrand Protea Hotel base.

This week, the branch secretary sent out an email saying: “Our glorious branch is gradually but surely sinking. We have serious challenges when it comes to resources to fund activities that will create vibrancy in the ANC style in order to woo the masses ...”

In other words: “We didn’t struggle to be poor.”

A DA-vine intervention?

There must have been more than a few moments of panic on Thursday as Western Cape officials looked down from their offices

in the legislature to the protesting mass of people below. When the looting started, it must have seemed to them that the local blue-light brigade (referring to the cop cars and not to any banned VIP motorcades in the province) were as ineffectual as flower pots.

Lucky for them, the heavens opened just as the protest was getting tired and the marchers miraculously dispersed.

Siyahleba cannot help but wonder if the DA had a direct line to the heavens in this regard.

Church politics

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe may be a communist, but he has clearly not forgotten his Christian roots.

After listening quietly to a homily by a pastor lecturing him on how the state should help finance the building of churches and pay those who run them, Mantashe asked him for a biblical passage to justify this. The poor padre could not give him any, of course.

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