Mokaba's mom cast into desert
WHEN he is in a jovial mood, which is not very often, the Inconvenient Youth, aka Woodwork Boy, aka Juju, tells whoever cares to listen that he was groomed and nurtured to be the firebrand leader that he is today by the legendary late ANC Youth League leader Peter Mokaba.
He says Mokaba, who sent shivers down the spines of many of our white compatriots with his inspired singing of the controversial Kill the Farmer, Kill the Boer struggle song in the mid-1990s, taught him to be fearless in the face of adversity.
The former youth leader is just about the only person whom Juju genuinely respects - in life and in death - and he will seemingly do anything to protect his name and legacy.
But Guluva was surprised a few weeks ago when the Inconvenient Youth did not raise a finger after Mokaba's mother, a respected member of the ANC Veterans League in the Peter Mokaba region, was not afforded the opportunity to cast her vote during the recent fractious Ain't Nothing Yet's Limpopo provincial elections, ostensibly because she was "not a member in good standing".
For a fearless leader like the Woodwork Boy not to stand up for her when she was denied the opportunity to exercise her right to vote as a struggle heroine in her own right smacked of betrayal of the worst kind. Unless, of course, the Inconvenient Youth knew or suspected the old lady was not going to back the Mathale-Malema slate.
Just when Guluva was about to let the matter ride, the Woodwork Boy reared his shiny head again - this time to disband another Ain't Seen Nothing Yet's kindergarten region for openly challenging his leadership and authority.
The region is, incidentally, Peter Mokaba, named after his hero. The region's executive was dissolved after it refused, in a democratic process, to support the Inconvenient Youth's instructions to re-elect his friend, Jacob Lebogo, as provincial secretary.
To many people, the Inconvenient Youth's undemocratic tendencies that are beginning to define his political career are like spitting on Peter Mokaba's grave. The late fiery youth leader, who respected his elders and religiously subscribed to his organisation's democratic values, must be turning in his grave.
Mind your tenses
GULUVA's heart was with Mzansi's overworked and underpaid teachers, particularly primary school ones, as the country's inland schools reopened earlier this week.
You have to feel sorry for them, especially when the bell rings, signalling the end of the school day. The chaos that emanates from that is unmanageable as the pupils rush to the gate all at once, falling over each other in the process.
It is a stressful and nerve-racking experience, which forced a teacher at one of the so-called model C schools in Gauteng to pen this appeal to parents: "Due to the excessive amount of noise at home time which is very disruptive to our senior classes, we have decided not to open the big gate at 12:50. The learners will be lead (sic) down to the waiting area gate where you will be able to pick them up."
Guluva knows it's tense out there, but that does not mean teachers must not mind their tenses . and punctuation marks.
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