The weird world of politics: You’ve been had

2014-05-11 15:00

You’ve been had

Now that the elections are over, politicians have stopped hurling insults at each other. In fact, the spirit of camaraderie returned briefly at the results centre while most of the politicos waited for the counting to be completed.

Who would have thought the EFF’s Dali Mpofu and ANC Youth League stop-gap leader Mzwandile Masina would prank Helen Zille by suggesting that the ANC now has nearly 70% – meaning the two parties combined make a two-thirds majority that could easily change the Constitution.

Very much a lot

In between the number crunching at the elections results centre in Pretoria, there was also a little show this week for those who are not so good with numbers.

President Jacob Zuma was given a brief by Uncle Gwede Mantashe, who pointed to a TV screen near the ANC’s ­table explaining to Zuma that North West results were on the screen.

Unlike when it comes to the millions spent on security at his homestead, Zuma seemed quite ­capable of understanding that the millions of votes the ANC got amounted to a very much lot.

Doing a U-turn

In the same spirit of camaraderie, President Zuma did a walkabout at the centre, gleefully greeting and shaking hands with opposition ­politicians and election officials.

But when he saw the red beret-wearing members of the EFF were also in the house, he turned around and continued his tour of the results centre in the opposite direction.

It’s a pity this interaction had not happened, considering that earlier the ANC secretary-general had tea with EFF’s Floyd Shivambu.

It was a missed opportunity for the ­politicians to rekindle.

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