Constable's fate has been sealed
GULUVA read the story of one Colleen Ann Constable, a Cape Town coloured woman embroiled in a bitter labour dispute with Godzille's Western Cape provincial administration, with mixed feelings, and a little bit of a wry chuckle.
Constable, who according to the Sunday Times has an MBA degree from Harvard University in the US, has taken Godzille and her cohorts to the CCMA for allegedly overlooking her for a position as chief director of safety secretariat in the DA-controlled provincial government.
Constable claims she was denied the job because she was suspected of being a staunch supporter of Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, the most hated and despised political party in the Western Cape.
Guluva was surprised that Constable even took the trouble of hauling Godzille and her team before the CCMA.
Constable can cry until she is blue in the face, she will never ever, despite her excellent qualifications, occupy such a high-profile position. Her fate has been sealed, and you cannot even blame the Zille-De Lille Connection for that.
You see, if the theory of nominative determinism or aptronym is to be taken to its logical conclusion, Constable will just have to be content with being a constable.
After all, thanks to her surname, Constable has worked as a policewoman for the past 20 years, including her brief stint as the City of Cape Town's deputy chief of metro police.
As Orlando Pirates fans would say, once a cop; always a cop.
JUST when Mzansi thought it had finally seen the back of spendthrift Sicelo Shiceka, in breezes Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson unashamedly and triumphantly waving a R1.5-million hotel bill she incurred while hobnobbing from one luxury Mzansi hotel to another over the past two years.
Although there is no evidence that the Minister of Fisheries was, unlike Shiceka, accompanied by a sangoma or a godfather in any of her expensive jaunts, the double-bookings on some nights suggest that there was something fishy going on.
The minister's office has described the outrage emanating from this latest government debacle as "insulting", "disingenuous" and smacking of "cheap politicking", falling short of calling it a "cheap fishing expedition".
It may, indeed, look like a "cheap politicking" exercise by the opportunistic Zille-De Lille Connection, but what is abundantly clear to everybody in Mzansi is that these hotel stays did not come cheap at all.
Flying 'lala class'
GULUVA must admit that Tina Joemat-Petterson's extravagant and lavish lifestyle came as rather a big surprise to him as the minister is the sweetest of them all.
Maybe this has something to do with the company she keeps, particularly "Big Sister" Lulu Xingwana, Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities, who has been around the block a few times, politically and otherwise.
Xingwana recently told everyone who cared to listen that she would rather be dead than be seen spending a night in a "pondok" or flying "lala class" while on official duty.
However, Guluva believes flying "lala class" would, in fact, do her a lot of good.
It would at least make her stay wide awake when she reports for work the following day.
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