The weird world of politics: #KnowYourWors

2013-05-05 14:00

Picture (im)perfect

Mangosuthu Buthelezi, aka Ray Charles, is quite the prince on the circuit nowadays. If he’s not at a high-profile funeral like that of Maggie Thatcher’s, he can be found at the infamous Gupta wedding.

In a picture from the lavish event this week, he is seen befriending media mogul Atul Gupta. It’s not quite clear whether this pic was taken before or after Buthelezi’s IFP statement demanding that all state departments be investigated in the wake of the Gupta jet landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base.

Like a duck to water

The Gupta wedding and its associated scandals have come at a good time for the ANC Youth League’s national task team, which has been waiting for the right moment to prove itself to be more than just a tame duck.

At their press conference on Tuesday, the veteran youngsters in charge of it said – in answer to a question of what they understood by “autonomy” – that the ANC had given them permission to be militant.

So about two days after Uncle Gwede Mantashe from the real grown-up bunch condemned the Gupta landing, the league cautiously followed by saying it was an “invasion of our country”. Quack, young ducks, quack.


Politicians set a bad example to all those in South Africa who have nothing but chains to lose.

They disregarded the Workers’ Day holiday and set about electioneering around the country. And so it happened that it turned into a bit of a mudslinging match between the ANC and the DA.

Still topping the charts for his creative use of insults was the SACP’s Jeremy Cronin, who capitalised on the meat-labelling scandal by saying the DA “can try to turn themselves into prime beef, but they will always be donkey”.

It is possible that the DA didn’t quite mean to extend their latest Know Your DA campaign to include food?

Ghost in the machine

After its chief whip’s disastrous voting on the secrecy/info bill, the ANC is adamant that it wasn’t a slip of Mathole Motshekga’s finger or his mind.

His voting apparatus was “fully functional”, an investigation found, because technical glitches can’t happen on a system that doesn’t work.

So fully functional does not mean “immune from technical malfunction”, the ANC said. And by the time you figure out what exactly that means, the bill will be law and the info will be classified anyway.

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