The weird world of politics: Hand in mouth

Hand in mouth

After taking a while to get the ­machinery running, African Union (AU) Commission chairperson ­Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has launched a very public Ebola-fighting effort.

On ­arrival in Sierra Leone on Friday, she avoided greeting the local leaders the usual way – with a handshake – because in these parts this gesture can spread the deadly virus.

But minutes after tweeting details of the solidarity no-handshake, the AU tweeted that those fighting the virus will be “hand-in-hand to overcome it”. Here’s hoping that ­metaphors aren’t lethal.

Back from grave

Siyahleba had written off that ­liberation party of Africanists called the PAC long ago. But an email landed this week announcing that it was still alive.

“In an ­unprecedented show of unity, the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania will meet as a united national ­executive committee on October 25 in Johannesburg.”

Siyahleba was left wondering: What is ­unprecedented about a national ­executive committee of a political party meeting? But given their ­history, maybe it does make sense...

Unarmed, luckily

The Canadian sergeant at arms shot dead a crazed gunman who had killed a soldier in the country’s national ­parliament in Ottawa this week. That gives new meaning to the title.

Siyahleba is relieved that our own ­sergeant at arms, Regina Mohlomi, doesn’t keep a gun in her office. Last week she testified to pleading – to no avail – with EFF leader Julius Malema to leave the house after he had been

ordered out. God knows what she would have done if she’d had a gun when the EFF shouted “Pay Back the Money” in the National Assembly and disobeyed her.

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