The weird world of politics: Megalomaniac

2015-02-08 15:00

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Carpet mishap

Almost every year the ANC’s head honchos meet and complain that they work so hard but this is never communicated effectively.

They need to learn a trick or two from fellow liberators Zanu-PF, the masters of spin.

After Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe tripped and fell, the party’s propaganda machine called it “a carpet mishap”.

Jonathan Moyo, the information minister, said Mugabe did not fall.

“He remarkably managed to break the fall on his own.”

Moyo blamed the carpet, saying it was so badly laid even Jesus would have tripped in that kind of situation.

Over to you, Faith Muthambi.

Forgive, forget

Prime Evil might be big in South Africa, but leaders from our neighbouring countries have bigger things to worry about – such as chairing the African Union.

Last weekend at the gathering of that august body, some tjatjarag journos asked Uncle Bob Mugabe what he thought of Eugene de Kock’s release on parole.

At first the president said he didn’t know who Eugene was, and then Uncle seemed to think Eugene was some jailed hack. Maybe this is a sign the fearsome De Kock has, after all, served his time.

Ask the MDC ... Bob never forgets a face.


EFF leader Julius Malema vowed his party would not self-destruct in ways similar to other ANC splinter groups.

But we saw signs of Cope and the PAC this week as the party’s dirty laundry was aired.

And we also saw how mean-spirited the party can be once you fall out of favour.

They pulled no punches dealing with rebel Andile Mngxitama, saying he came from a background of “self-appointed leadership and informal, often untidy methods of organisational management”.

They also accused him of having a huge ego, saying he voted for the first time in 2014 because he was voting for himself. Ouch!

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