TOKYO Sexwale must wish he was American. His style of politics is certainly lost here, where we like our politicians dull and grey, unless circumstances cause them to develop a penchant for breaking into song about a machine gun.
A more kind observation will find that Sexwale's decision to sleep in a shack in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, means that he is a man of the people.
Cynics will say for a man who spent time as a prisoner on Robben Island and only became a millionaire less than 15 years ago, he must have a poor memory of how tough life can be.
But whatever one makes of Sexwale's night out, he surely knows how to capture the imagination of the media and voters. No one can pretend they did not notice him.
His style will be textbook material should South Africa one day decide on directly electing presidents.