The weird world of politics: That’s rich, darling?.?.?.

2013-06-30 14:00

That’s rich, darling?.?.?.

There’s an African folktale about a crab who tells his young not to embarrass her by walking sideways.

The young say they will walk straight only if their parent can show them how. It’s a lesson US President Barack Obama should heed during his African junket.

While in Senegal, he told people there that Africans should extend equal rights to gay people.

But back home in the US, it took the US Supreme Court to strike down sections of the Defense of Marriage Act for discriminating against gays.

While we think Obama’s heart is in the right place, he should try to get walking straight right (or in this case, walking gay-rights talk) before he asks others to follow.

Gutter politics

It seems that dirty politics is not only confined to Western Cape. In national politics, things quickly ended up in the gutter after Sushi King Kenny Kunene wrote a rather robust open letter to President Jacob Zuma.

Insults flew all week between the two, but it was only at the education, health and allied workers’ union conference this week that it became clear how far the defenders of Zuma’s person would go.

When Number One entered the conference hall, they spontaneously erupted, shouting: “Viva Zuma”, and “Down with Kenny Kunene”.

Cape s**t storm hits prison

It was a matter of jumping from the frying pan into the fire for nine of Cape Town’s poo protesters this week. Or perhaps all the toilet protests got them seeing filth everywhere.

This week, the arrested protesters complained to a magistrate that the cells where they were being held after they got caught throwing sewage, this time at Cape Town’s airport, were unhygienic. Because of the nature of their crime,they could end up spending 30 years in the slammer.

The magistrate, however, retorted, saying the poo protests were more unhygienic than prison. To which Andile Lili, one of the protest ringleaders, replied: “It is s**t.” Indeed it is, Mr Lili.

Frenemies at odds

While some have cheered Obama for his visit to the continent of his ancestors, others gathered to jeer him.

And was that young(ish) communist Buti Manamela in a foul mood? He didn’t even spare his ex-friend, now public enemy number one, formerly number-one-in-the-making, Julius Malema.

Digging deep into his memory bank, Manamela told a protest on Friday that Obama is so mindlessly revered that even freedom fighting Juju once felt flattered for getting a fake call from him. Jealousy makes you nasty, Buti.

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