SA politicians in trouble: The losers and survivors
South African politics is a game of win and lose, and sometimes even if you lose, you can still win. As Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi waits to hear his fate, Carien du Plessis looks at a few political survivors and those who didn’t survive so well. Now reincarnated as the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, an ANC Youth League breakaway force that has some in the governing party worried, Julius Malema is proof that rejects can be winners.
He has survived several embarrassments since, including fathering a child with soccer boss Irvin Khoza’s daughter, whom he apparently had no intention of marrying. Twice has this former MP and ANC head of education had a brush with the law for drunk driving, and once got off after his blood sample was lost.
Yengeni lost his position as MP and ANC chief whip after being convicted of fraud, but he still managed to get elected on to the ANC’s national executive committee last year. The sports minister was accused of philandering by a model in 2011 in the run-up to the ANC’s bruising Mangaung conference in December last year.
Despite having rooted for the wrong team – those opposing Zuma – Mbalula managed to play his cards right and although he didn’t make it to the ANC’s national executive committee again, he’s managed to survive a few reshuffles. After being forced to resign as DA KwaZulu-Natal leader in 2010, Steenhuisen was sent to become a party whip in Parliament.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at City PressSimilar Stories