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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Lindiwe Mazibuko - fighting way above her weight
Dear Lindiwe Mazibuko,
You’ve really got South Africa’s ruling party the African
National Congress (ANC) in a twitter, especially its male Members of Parliament.
stand the fact that you are cleverer and more articulate than they are.
Worse still you are a Black woman who is supposed to know her place as
subservient to them.
Worst of all at 33 you are the Parliamentary
leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA),
the ANC’s main opposition party and
its sworn enemy.
It’s a sure sign of mental inadequacy
when a person has to resort to insults in a debate when they are being
outwitted by their opponent. And that’s just what has been happening to certain
ANC members who have found you too quick witted
How many of
these loud mouths would have dared to appear on BBC’s Hard Talk. None of them I bet, least of all South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma.
It’s not called that for nothing as you know because the interviewer pulls no
Yet you came through the cut and thrust
of that encounter superbly. Nobody, except your brainless ANC opponents, could have been anything else but impressed by your
self assurance and political nous.
must have been delighted with all the praise you got on social media.
Of course it’s nothing new for you to be
personally insulted by members of the ANC. One
of the first was that uneducated upstart Julius Malema
when he was President of the ANC’s Youth League.
As you know he delighted in saying of
you, "She’s the
tea girl of the Madam, and her rolemust remain there."
He was talking about your relationship with Helen Zille,
the White leader of the DA.
But while your star has continued to
rise higher and higher in South African politics
he has been kicked out of the ANC and is
struggling for recognition in the wilderness.
Lindiwe with the Madam by her side
More recently, when you were
highlighting the many flaws in President Zuma’s leadership
during his budget speech in Parliament, some of his underlings felt they had to come to the rescue of Number 1.
The best John
Jeffery could think of was, "While the Honourable
Mazibukomay be a person of substantial weight, her stature is questionable."
Encouraged by this Buti Manamela piped up with; "Honourable Mazibuko hasbad fashion taste
and has been arrested by the Fashion Police. Blame Zuma, everything must be
blamed on Zuma."
I accept you could improve your dress sense
but what you were wearing – a red jacket over a black and white dress with
black tights – was by no means the worst fashion crime in the house. In any
case all that the dress code stipulates is that it must be in accordance with
the dignity of Parliament, something that would be hard to fathom at times.
subsequently refused to withdraw its claim that you were inappropriately
dressed but apologised for saying you were overweight.
No Books Angie
No wonder, it has had heavyweight
problems of its own. And boy did the Minister
of Basic Education AngieMotshekga
and her ANC get their knickers in a
twist when a very large pair labelledAngie’s knickerswas
carried through thestreets by protesting teachers.
The members of the South African TeachersUnion were threatened with "the full wrath of
ourjustice system"(Toothless at the best of times). Quite
justifiably they want the Minister, who is in
charge of the worst education shambles in the world, to resign.
It was ironic that in a letter to the Union she wrote that the
panty protest "signified
that women cannot be fully human
and so society has every right to poke fun at women in very denigrating ways."
South Africa's new National Flag
course that’s exactly what the two faced ANC has been doing to you.
Ever the optimist Angie maintained, "Not only do they owe an
apology to me, but the rest of South African women."
Lindiwe there are lots of other ANC
members who would tip the scales in their favour with you on the other side.
But when it comes to well
articulated, intelligent debating ability they would have a job finding someone in your league.
So laugh off these ANC barbs because far from
diminishing your stature they are actually enhancing it and getting your name
up in lights, which is just what you need in politics.
Keep punching well above your weight
and those ANC smart alecs could
have egg on their faces if yourStarperformerandBlack, young and giftedtags
eventually help to ensure that your DA
becomes thechampion that governs
the entire country.
Best wishes from a Huge Admirer,
VIVA LA DA (I speak isiZulu)
P.S.I see you went to St Mary’s
that posh school in Durban. Isn’t that another
one of the ANC’s gripes, that you speak English too well to be one of us Blacks? St Mary’s schools produce real class. I should know.
I am lucky enough to be married to an old girl (she’ll kill me for saying that)
of the Johannesburg St Mary’s where Helen Zille
went to school (Nothing like name dropping to enhance my career).