The weird world of politics: Licence to loot

2014-04-06 14:00

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Licence to loot

The ANC has conceded an own goal by challenging the DA’s text message that claimed that President Jacob ­Zuma stole R246?million to build his Nkandla haunt.

The South Gauteng High Court ruled that the SMS was fair comment.

The judge found Thuli ­Madonsela’s claim that there was a ­“licence to loot” in the Nkandla project is close to “stole”.

The ANC failed to realise the DA was kind in saying the Nkandla money was stolen.

It could have gone with the Protector’s harsher term of “loot”.

It seems Stone Sizani is not the only ANC leader who hasn’t read Madonsela’s “bulky” report.

Who’s the fool?

Even more fun than the April Fools’ Day pranks is laughing at the people who fall for these. This week, it was Cosatu’s turn to be left with faces as red as their T-shirts when they incorporated an e-tolls story with a twist into a serious press release.

The ­abbreviation “Poephol” (arsehole) should have been a dead giveaway.

But the Namibian Sun had a more credible story, about President Jacob Zuma taking a Namibian bride.

It even had us putting in a call to Uncle Mac just to double-check.

Planting seeds

Western Cape SA Communist Party boss Khaya Magaxa was so angered by Ronnie Kasrils’ recent anti-ANC ­outbursts, he wrote an article ­planting an idea that the struggle veteran might have been an enemy agent ­during the struggle.

Magaxa wrote that “some comrades” who participated in the struggle “were double agents planted by the CIA and other counter-revolutionary agencies to undermine and disorganise our struggles”.

He quickly added: “This does not ­necessarily suggest that comrade ­Kasrils was one of those elements.” Nice try, comrade. Idea planted.

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