The medal for SA’s poor turn at the Olympics goes to the ANC

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The medal for SA’s poor turn at the Olympics goes to the ANC

The party has had 27 years to get its house in order, but it will always find something else to blame for its failures

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Three paltry medals. Won by two women. All offshore, one in surfing and two in swimming. Too dangerous on land, mused one wit. One gold, two silver. Even the traitorous Judas Iscariot held more silver in his hands. A disaster. Poorer neighbours fared much better. Uganda and Ethiopia got four medals each and Kenya a whopping 10. A Namibian woman ran so fast (silver in the 200m finals) that a one-time Polish sprinter requested “a thorough test to find out if she definitely is a woman”.

Even Cuba, an economically starved country of less than 12-million people, got 15 medals. No doubt our illustrious cabinet is considering buying off Cuban athletes with much-needed foreign currency to join their engineers and teachers already working here.

Talking of cabinet. Our minister of sport and poorly timed humour thought this was the moment to comment on our Olympians with this gem: “The team that represented SA at the Olympics was not reflective of the demographics of the country.” Bloody hell. What have you been doing about that for 27 years as the ruling party? It gets worse. As the Olympic torch was being doused in Tokyo, there was a reshuffling of the cabinet in Mzansi...

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