The weird world of politics: Zuma in Zillestan

2013-06-23 14:00

Zuma in Zillestan

It was a bad week for former ANC deputy chief whip Nkhensani Kubayi, who was axed this week despite her best efforts to curry favour with President Jacob Zuma by asking a sweetheart question.

During Zuma’s grilling on the Guptas in the National Assembly, she asked what he thought about Zille dining with his Gupta friends. Zuma rubbished it, saying Western Cape is not his province or problem.

He was obviously bluffing, because two days later he was spotted in the very Zillestan he had just disowned.

#Mbeki Power

One among us had a great week. He turned?71, and the ANC and its grown-up youth wing fell over their feet to congratulate “President Mbeki”, while Number One also wished “former president Mbeki” a good old age.

Maybe this was due to election fever. Later in the week, Power FM interviewed the Renaissance Man, but some on Twitter got a little jittery with the friendly tone of the interview.

@MphoMoshe remarked that at least interviewer Tim Modise does not have Dali Tambo’s moustache. Not that it would have mattered on radio.

Show me the money, Max

In the spirit of parliamentary shake-ups, it appears that National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu was assigned a new role via a 419 scam letter, which he “signed” as member of the “Committee on Foreign Payment of South Africa”.

While it is still debatable whether the signature on the letter is indeed his, or that of a real person at all, the letter is at least written on a parliamentary letterhead and drops Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s name.

It promises a payment of “One Million British Pounds” (amounting to only R13.6?million) if you give the honourable letter writer your address and copy of your ID. Not even a real politician could lie this well.

The ANC gets Stoned

The opposition had a field day – or rather night – on Thursday after more than half the ANC’s MPs knocked off early to tend to their own affairs.

It seemed that, after a rousing speech earlier in the day, the party’s brand new chief whip, Stone Sizani, was too bushed to round up his party people to vote on the labour broking bill.

Opposition members protested against the bill by heading for the parliamentary bar and preventing a quorum in the House, making voting impossible. DA MPs, spirited about the storm in their own beer glass, reportedly dreamt up ways of beating the ANC in next year’s election over a few cold ones.

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