The weird world of politics: Tweeti-leaks

2014-02-09 14:00


Talk about an elections storm in a teacup. Fresh from cosying up with President Jacob Zuma and the other premiers at this week’s lekgotla, DA leader Helen Zille tweeted that the elections date would be revealed on Friday.

If she intended to steal Zuma’s thunder by pre-empting his ­announcement, she got it right. The po-faced presidency issued a statement admitting that the info she “leaked” was from a ­discussion with Zuma. Maybe they could have just cut to the chase by using that statement to ­announce the date.

Keep ’em close

There is something to say for ­knowing one’s enemy, or at least ­being able to pronounce her name.

On Thursday night during a round ­table by the Helen Suzman Foundation in Joburg, an audience member claiming to be from the students’ ­organisation Sasco tried to take on DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko about her stance on affirmative action.

But he struggled with her surname, calling her “Mabusa” and everything else but “Mazibuko”. Siyahleba reckons the guy had better go back to school. Hang on, being a student means he’s already at school.

Half the hope

Cope will forever have hope. This week – one month into the year – the party distributed bright-yellow 2014 calendars with leader Mosiuoa Lekota’s brightly smiling face on it.

Presumably it wants voters to circle the elections date so they can put their cross next to Lekota’s face. But Cope doesn’t seem as hopeful as in the last elections.

An ANC MP ­reportedly teased one of his Cope counterparts this week, saying they’d be lucky if they got 2% in the poll.

To which the Cope MP responded that they’re targeting 3%. That’s less than half the 7% they got in 2009.

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