The weird world of politics: Nod to militancy

2014-08-31 15:00

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Nod to militancy

They came in buses, sang catchy anti-Malema tunes and threatened to shoot the EFF leader. The ANC mob was out in full force on Wednesday.

But unfortunately for them, the National Assembly was its usual ­boring self, discussing issues like the economy, the conflict in Israel and our defence policy.

It wasn’t long before many of them were snoring away while others fiddled with their phones. Halfway through proceedings, they left quietly, returning to their buses.

Sorry guys, maybe come back when JZ returns from Russia.

Forget me not

Poor Jackson Mthembu. It’s hard to let go when you were the spokesperson of the country’s governing party for five years?–?a party whose leaders make headlines each time they open their mouths.

Our man is now an MP and has been made chairperson of the environmental affairs portfolio committee. Parliamentary hacks have been complaining that he keeps summoning them to press conferences of his portfolio committee.

Ag shame, Jackson, we know it’s hard to let go. But comrade, please, environmental affairs?

It’s about time

What with so many late starts to ANC alliance and ANC-led government press conferences, it’s actually newsworthy when one of them starts on time.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe very considerately arrived on time for his presser designed to kick up dust about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Pity it still started about seven minutes late. But this didn’t stop the party’s media guys from ­encouraging journalists to tweet about the ANC’s punctuality. We’ll give credit where it’s due?–?the ANC was only seven minutes late.

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