Only about 1,000 pitches for Motlanthe
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Oudtshoorn. 30 January 2012. 08h40. In what was reminiscent of an 80’s Natte-saamtrek, complete with cronies boisterously greeting each other in a macabre display of public affection (sic) having rubbed shoulders only a day or two ago; huge black German vehicles; and smart golf shirts replacing the Westminster rosettes of yore, the ANC FUBAR’ed* its Oudtshoorn centenary celebrations on Saturday.
Accreditation was late; the media was misinformed…
Only about 1,000 supporters took the trouble to pitch for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s keynote address where the cutting of cake, a la Mangaung, was accompanied by “champagne” (sweet bubbly isn’t and never will be champagne) drunk “on behalf of the people” – to embarrassing chuckles among the dignitaries, or dignotorious.
It was evocative of the old joke: I organized a threesome last night. There were a couple of no-shows, but I still had a good time.
It was the second time in a week that a Council gathering scored low on attendance. First it was the Mighty Word Conference; then the mighty ANC celebrations.
Motlanthe also brought Biblical overtures to Oudtshoorn. In what was originally argued by Joshua to inspire his people, Motlanthe also urged the acolytes to stick to the ANC: “Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest”. (See Joshua 1.vii, KJV.)
The essence of the counsel: Air your views, but don’t ever criticize the Leadership. Much in line with DA sentiment, I daresay.
It is said that 5 cows were slaughtered to feed “the people”…
Comical, was that mampara from Dysselsdorp, the Executive Embarrassment of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Gordon April, resplended in shades, hovering somewhere South of Motlanthe’s shoulder, smirking as he raised a glass on behalf of the people.
What is someone like April doing sharing a stage with the Deputy President? Clearly the ANC condones, at least tacitly, April’s continued pillaging of Oudtshoorn.
It is well-nigh impossible to take the ANC seriously.
* TASFUIRA: Things Are So Fouled Up It’s Really Amazing;
FUBAR: Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition.
(Bowdlerized Military Acronyms.)