It’s like a bad dream. Carl Niehaus is back and he is spokesman for the ANC, which means he is all over the radio and TV like a bad rash. He had disappeared for a few years, for Mbeki‘s term in fact; apparently Mbeki‘s bunch gave him the cold shoulder but now that they’ve gone he’s back in the spotlight. I caught a bit of him on 567 the other day and immediately my blood started curdling. He was spouting forth about how the critics of Mr I took a Shower still bring up the rape charge that Shower Man was acquitted on. And I was driving at the time or else I would have phoned in to tell him that critics were not calling him a rapist, but an irresponsible, risky kind of non role-model, who had unprotected sex with a young HIV positive woman who is not one of his four wives and then took a shower. That’s why he is hard to listen to when he goes on about teenage pregnancies. Actually, come to think of it, if you have four wives does that mean extra-marital sex is allowed and acceptable behaviour? Oh, it’s just too bizarre to think about and I don’t want this guy talking to me about morals.

Today Carl was on e news when I got in from rehearsals (although I’m only posting this now, this morning), moaning about how COPE would be taken to court to be stopped from using that name because the Congress of the People is part of the ANC calendar and because ANC voters might get confused with COPE being something to do with the ANC. Interestingly, John Maytham was talking about exactly that to a blah blah blah lawyer who was explaining how unlikely it is that the ANC will stop Shikota from using the name COPE when a caller phoned in to say he would be most insulted as an ANC member that Carl Niehaus thinks he is that stupid that he could possibly confuse the two. It was very funny.

Having Carl Niehaus as a spokesman for the ANC is not doing them any favours. Just like calling those who have left the ANC to join other parties names is not making them very attractive. But what is interesting and rather telling about it all is that it gives me such a clear idea of what the ANC has become.

I am excited for next year’s elections. I think a brand new circus has come to town.