The weird world of politics: Madiba moments

2013-12-08 14:00

Madiba moments

Nelson Mandela wasn’t only a great unifier, it seems he, in one day, managed to do what the ANC couldn’t get right in a month.

Madiba’s death got expelled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the labour federation’s president Sdumo Dlamini to talk again, and even be friendly with one another for a change.

The two were part of an ANC delegation visiting the late statesman’s home to pay their respects on Friday.

Uncle Gwede Mantashe was, however, a bit more coy. He refused to tell journalists who invited Vavi.

Legalised insults

Earlier this week, before the focus turned to Madiba and everyone forgot everything, there was a flurry of press conferences as comrades traded insults.

The national sport – the flogging of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela – was also in full swing. Last Sunday, the SACP complained that the law forbade it from doing its other national sport: insult-hurling.

The lot complained it was unlawful to insult Madonsela and, because all are equal before the law, this should change.

But the SACP were the same ones who suggested that insulting President Jacob Zuma should be outlawed.

Double standards much?

Keep calm, Nkandla home

Among all the politicking that has been taking place in the run-up to next year’s election, a flower arose.

More specifically, a spoof Twitter account linked to a famous homestead, called @NkandlaHome.

The homestead is very security conscious, and had the following (very valid) question: “Security, have we ever discussed the apparent flaw in our plan: bulletproof windows, but roofs made of grass?

Perhaps we should meet?” Perhaps that’s why the “fire pool” is so central to the building layout?

And another: “Staff: yes, there has been hail and now earthquakes but no sign of Jesus’ return yet so ANC still in charge. Keep calm and deny everything.”

Unknowns Coping

You know a political party is drowning when it beats drums about swallowing up nonentities.

This is what happened when Lekota’s Cope announced a merger with “an influential party”.

The whole affair turned out to be a damp squib as no one had heard of the supposedly “influential” National Republican Party that Cope took on board.

It is also very difficult to determine whether any journo actually rocked up for Terror Lekota’s badly advertised announcement.

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