The weird world of politics: ‘They call me boo!’

2013-12-15 14:00

The boos and don’ts

Back in 2004, superstars Usher and Alicia Keys did a duet on a little love song simply called “My boo”.

We can only imagine that President Jacob Zuma, well known as a lover of song and dance, and with a spin doctoring team whose wonderful propensity for always looking on the bright side of life (and understanding “context” better than anyone else in South Africa) is legendary, had the lyrics firmly stuck in his head on Tuesday night after Madiba’s memorial.

A clever meme did the rounds immediately after the service, featuring a beaming Zuma and the phrase, “They really love me! They’re calling me boo!”

Tummy politics

The long wait for boiling water is a great equaliser. Ask Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, who on Tuesday joined the long journo coffee queue at Madiba’s memorial. Realising he couldn’t jump the slow queue, he politely asked someone near the front to buy him a coffee.

Later, upstairs in the MPs’ suites, there was severe hardship.

The MPs were among the few actually fed at the event – but they weren’t impressed. They wanted pap and meat instead of the snacks and light meals on offer. It was cold and rainy, after all.

Naledi Pandor (twice)

Twitter, thankfully, isn’t the real world. But it’s an excellent space to watch the best and worst of South Africa congregate to exchange verbal fisticuffs, brilliant one-liners and pictures of cats.

Hours after news broke that the sign language interpreter at Madiba’s memorial was at best faking it and at worst seriously mentally ill and possibly dangerous, an account called @MemorialSigner was created and became the go-to spot for those seeking a good laugh.

Among its choice tweets? “moontrumpet. Naledi Pandor. (Twice)” and, simply, “fog donkey”. No, we have no idea either. Wombat.

A godly vision

This week proved that just when you think things can’t get weirder, they invariably do.

Take then the strange tale of a man in full Zionist Christian Church regalia who forced his way into Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s grandmother’s home in Seshego on Thursday night declaring that God had told him the ANC’s national executive committee was conspiring to assassinate Malema.

The man was arrested. Neither God nor ANC commented.Neither God nor the ANC could be reached for comment.

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