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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Our democracy's in safe hands...
Many people have been overtly concerned about the prospects of a Zuma presidency, most notably because he is "beholden to his Communist backers" in the SACP and COSATU who, apparently, have led him to power. However, perhaps they should take a second look at the SACP's communist merits, if their most recent 'gala dinner' is anything to go buy.

Far from sharing the joys of spring with the proletariat, the SACP is 'selling off' seats next to key members of the tri-partite alliance. How very capitalist, you say? Indeed.

This is what you'll get for your capitalist-earned cash at the South African Communist Party gala:

R150 000 will buy you a seat at the main table with Jacob Zuma

R100 000 will buy you a seat next to Finance Minister Trevor Manuel

R70 000 will get you Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica, Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya and trade and industry minister Mandisi Mpahlwa

And for a paltry R50 000, the more proletariat of you can have Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana; Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils; Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula who shares a table with former Zimbabwean cabinet minister and Zanu-PF stalwart Ibbo Mandaza, and Gauteng MECs Ignatius Jacobs and Paul Mashatile.

Any takers?