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...
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.