A soap opera of recipes and tense elections

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Donald Trump. Picture: Getty
Donald Trump. Picture: Getty


Like millions the world over, I found myself glued to my television set until late into the night this week.

There were two reasons: the US elections and the Zondo commission of inquiry.

Earlier in the week, I was kept entertained by what was happening in the Zondo commission with former SAA board member and former chairperson of SAA Technical Yakhe Kwinana making fun of herself.

It looked like a circus when she was answering questions. In fact, it was more about her attitude and unwillingness to respond to legitimate questions that got to me.

I normally don’t watch the proceedings as they take place in Braamfontein, but this comedian left me no choice.

What I enjoyed most was evidence leader Advocate Kate Hofmeyr’s calm amid the difficulties of dealing with Kwinana, who brought back some sad memories when she spoke about amagwinya.

You see, I haven’t had amagwinya since my friend and colleague Dumisane Lubisi passed away.

READ: ANALYSIS | Kwinana’s sheer disregard, lack of accountability and arrogance at Zondo

He often used to bring vetkoek to the office. Kwinana reminded me of him when, out of the blue, she began talking about baking ingredients. She left me in stitches with her analogy, which was indeed rather odd.

Anyway, thanks to Kwinana, I now know the recipe for amagwinya and I hope they are perfect or else …

At least I learnt something constructive.

Then, later in the week, it was all about the US elections.

It’s only now that I get what they mean when they say: “When America sneezes, the world catches a cold.”

The US election bug got me in its clutches and I couldn’t look away.

All of the TV stations put all of their attention on that country – and rightfully so, as the outcome of the elections obviously has an impact on the whole world. But what was more interesting were the different commentators.

At one stage, I was confused as it was not clear who was going to win – as if I cared. But I had a heated debate with my son after he asked me who I wanted to win. And my answer did not go down well with him after my honest opinion about Donald Trump’s policy of putting Americans first, which is why so many millions still voted for him.

READ: ‘Disgrace’ and a ‘mess’: Africans taken aback by US election turmoil

Although I didn’t say I would vote for him, my son wouldn’t hear anything about Trump, despite not knowing a lot or anything about Joe Biden.

What he has been fed about Trump has convinced him that he is not the right man for the job. Although he was concerned about Trump’s image having to vacate the White House.

He said it wouldn’t be good for anyone to be forced out of their house – the White House in this case.

After too much TV this week, I will take a break until Kwinana goes back to the commission on Monday.

So, more recipes are loading. For now, I’m taking a break or, borrowing from arguably the quote of the week, I do not want to incriminate myself.

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The Dashiki Dialogues is a collection of irreverent yet relevant opinion pieces on life. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, they are a popular feature in City Press.


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