Many, many South African politicians in a nutshell.
Basically, the story runs:
Julius Malema, the grossly overweight, grossly undereducated and grossly badly informed president of the ANC Youth League, visited a school in Limpopo province almost 2 years ago. Upon seeing the unshod nature of the students there, he made a promise to buy 100 pairs of shoes – which promise was later inflated to 200 pairs – but so far, despite the school calling the man, no shoes have emerged from his promissory note.
In steps Bob Skinstad – not a favourite of mine, as he’s an ex-Boks Rugby captain – who hears about this and promptly gets leather shoes delivered to all the pupils at the school.
Shame on Julius Malema? Not a bit of it. This is what his essence is, all promises and no results, driven by a huge greed for power, wealth and the trappings of chiefdom.
Shame on his supporters? Closer.
Two people arrested for possessing khat. You know, the leaves of that bush, Catha Edulis ,which grows in my garden? That bush which is a protected species in this country – which means I may not remove it from my garden. Neither may I possess its leaves, apparently.
Make up your minds.