What do the leaders of the ANC kindergarten imbibe? I really have to ask. Sometimes when members of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) speak you begin to wonder: do they sip different water to the good old Jo’burg supply the rest of us get? I mean, something has to be seriously wrong for an organisation of young people to be so consistently wrong on so many counts.
Last weekend, the league emerged from a meeting to declare that public protector Thuli Madonsela is an agent of the CIA . No proof was proffered for this calumny. The league’s 36-year-old president, Collen "Oros" Maine felt like hogging headlines, so he spewed it out.
The last time someone said exactly this sort of thing it was the man who leads the ANC’s MK Military Veterans’ Association, Kebby Maphatsoe.
Maphatsoe is the man who deserted from Umkhonto weSizwe, yet leads the peace-time equivalent of that organisation. He is also the man who claimed that Ronnie Kasrils engineered the rape claims against President Jacob Zuma back in the 2000s. In court last month he admitted to lying, and paid Kasrils R500,000 for the insult. This is the man in whose footsteps the ANCYL is following.
The league also stuck the knife into finance minister Pravin Gordhan.
"He [Gordhan] must never be taken as a Jesus of note. We want to discourage him from seeking public sympathy by going and rushing straight to the media. He must go and account to those law enforcement agencies‚" said ANCYL deputy secretary-general Thandi Moraka.
This is exactly the call made by the four-day finance minister, David Des van Rooyen, last month. Hmmm.
There is a link here. Maphatsoe has confessed that his veterans’ league is in business with the Gupta family. That family arranged for Maine to buy a house in Pretoria. Oh, and Des? He visited Dubai for just one day — on holiday. Bless him.
Thankfully our future is in the hands of people who are more astute than the ANCYL. You’ll find them at 1 Fox Street on a good day, sampling beer at Mad Giant brewery or eating and making sense at Urbanologi, one of the coolest restaurants I’ve been to in Jo’burg.
Urbanologi is nestled within the Mad Giant brewery, maker of The Guzzler (a pilsner), Electric Light (a weiss), Killer Hop (pale ale) and True Grit (amber ale). You can sample all four for R10 a tumbler. Nice. Or you could sample the very nice selection of wine. My lovely wife had the Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvèdre —a winner.
She wanted to buy more on the spot. Thankfully they have a shop, so you can go to town.
You are in town — 1 Fox Street is part of the precinct that houses Market@TheSheds, which I have raved about before. Urbanologi is a fabulous new addition.
It essentially offers Asian street food with a twist of brewery, urbanity and loads of style. The space is gorgeous — stylishly conceived and beautifully executed, adding a fresh urban twist to the brewery space.
The food is even better. My brood so loved the tuna tataki (with pickled octopus, raw turnip and a wasabi and lime dressing) that they asked for seconds. We also ploughed throughyakitori chicken and sirloin kushiyaki (the food is served tapas style, so we shared). Some dishes weren’t great — the lamb rib was outrageously fatty.
In all, however, this was a fantastic Sunday outing to a restaurant that should become one of Jo’burg’s most-loved destinations. Go now.
1 Fox Street
Ferreirasdorp, Johannesburg CBD
Tel: (011) 492-1399
***** Thuli Madonsela
* Collen Maine