The weird world of politics: Name of the game

2014-02-02 14:00

Name of the game

The surname of Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina is proving to be something of a tongue twister to people from outside his island nation.

An official chairing the annual African Union (AU) summit stumbled and fell over his name when announcing Madagascar’s return to the AU.

While we don’t believe that presidents of countries should call each other by their first names, this rule should be waved when it comes to?...erm?...?His Excellency Hery. His surname is a mouthful.

Who do you trust now?

Mamphela Ramphele’s political outfit (is it a party or a platform?) didn’t waste time denying last weekend’s news reports that the party’s boss was going to moonlight as the DA’s presidential candidate.

“In the run-up to the election, you will read all sorts of suggestions in the media, and there will be rumours everywhere. Do not read any truth into them. The only truth is what we communicate directly to you,” it said in statement on Sunday.

That’s funny because by Tuesday, Ramphele was the DA’s new face of its election campaign. Go figure!

Sisters on a shopping spree

It wasn’t surprising at all that the shop was the first place ANC national executive committee chairperson Baleka Mbete and Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu would head to when arriving at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Sisulu was just browsing, by the looks of it, and perhaps only because she realised that some members of the media were checking her out.?But Mbete was ready for some serious shopping.

“I was looking for a watch,” she complained when she came out of the shop empty-handed. The Radisson Blu, where the South African delegation stayed, was giving out free products – probably much to Mbete’s wallet’s relief.

On your own

The National Press Club of SA (NPCSA) never ceases to amaze.

After nominating the rhino for 2012 newsmaker of the year (the year of the Marikana shootings and other major national events), the NPCSA has decided to atone this year.

The scribes and spin doctors at the NPCSA have chosen Nelson Mandela, whom they describe as “the best-known black man”, as the 2013 newsmaker. Best-known black man, really?

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