The battle for control of Mogalakwena municipality, which has two mayors leading warring ANC factions, is far from over as each faction has resolved to have the opposing mayor removed from office.
Zimbabwe Vice-President Joice Mujuru has been ousted from the ruling party’s powerful central committee after being accused of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.
Taxpayers have forked out over R80 million so far to fund the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into allegations of corruption in the multi-billion rand 1999 arms deal, says Justice Minister Mike Masutha.
The South African Communist Party suspected that there were remnants of apartheid-era spies working to destroy the party long before claims that Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza was a spy surfaced.
The ANC Youth League was not politically ready to have its elective congress this week, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa has said.
Police have denied taking sides in the raging political battle between two mayors claiming to be at the helm of the troubled Mogalakwena municipality in Limpopo.
Authorities must make haste in finding the university students who allegedly assaulted a 52-year-old woman in Cape Town, the ANC in the Western Cape has said.
Hot or Not
Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC deputy president and leader of the ANC’s political committee in Parliament, made an effort to rise above the petty politics of political parties to provide a solution to arrest the decline of the institution. Although his deal fell apart after reaching the parties’ caucuses, his efforts were a step in the right direction and should continue.Not:
Political parties in Parliament should be ashamed of themselves for further dragging down the name and reputation of the institution. Even with attempts to mediate a solution to restore Parliament’s dignity, the hostility among MPs appears to be deep-seated. At this rate, we’re not far from open violence in the House.
Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke deserves kudos for asking uncomfortable questions and provoking discussions about how power is dispersed in our democratic dispensation. He is correct to ask if we need future presidents to have sweeping powers, and his critique of land reform, the access to justice and inequality is pertinent.Not:
Unpatriotic and “prima donna” behaviour will take you nowhere. Bafana Bafana midfielder May Mahlangu this week shunned the national team’s call, citing fatigue. Mahlangu has no one else to blame but himself if he does not feature for Bafana ever again after Safa imposed an immediate ban on him from playing for the team.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is really something special. This week, he equalled Raúl González’s Champions’ League goal tally of 71 and did this after just 90 games in the competition. His rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is not far off the mark with 70 goals after 111 games. Both will clearly beat the record, but Messi is likely to do this in fewer games than Ronaldo.Not:
Igor Gamula seems determined to entrench racism in sport. The coach of FC Rostov, the Russian Premier League outfit, said this week his club was not going to sign any more black players
because they had “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things” and that they would spread Ebola. What a pillock!
Lindiwe Zulu. In three months, the new small business minister has been a bundle of energy, even though she does not have a budget. This week, Zulu told Parliament her department had ensured R400 million was paid to small and medium businesses by defaulting government departments.Not:
Siphelo Makeleni and Siphakamise Ngxowa of Cosas are surely the two most stupid students in the country. This week, they vowed to continue with the vile campaign to place pigs heads at Woolworths stores as part of a solidarity campaign with Palestinians. Oink!
Not all of us can deliver bad news in a way that makes it sound positive, or proactive and certain. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene did it this week. He said we were going to pay more tax and told his colleagues in government their belts would be tightened. And no one seemed that angry. This was probably because his speech was not hot potatoes; it was just plain hot.Not:
“Doesn’t it just blow your mind,” CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour asked a guest, “to see a township black judge handing down a sentence?” What is a “township black judge”, Ms Amanpour, and why would Judge Thokozile Masipa’s calm, capable handling of the Oscar Pistorius trial blow anyone’s mind? She’s just doing her job.
The Mpumalanga legislature spent nearly R11 million on food for the year of 2013-2014.
The ANC has disbanded its youth league’s national task team and called off the league’s elections of national leaders.
A second bid to broker a peace deal for Parliament has failed at a meeting between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and opposition parties.
A deal brokered between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and opposition parties is off, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has said.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and a security officer had a scuffle in Parktown, Johannesburg, today when opposition parties met Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The ANC has told struggle stalwart Pallo Jordan he is free to resign from Parliament and the ANC’s national executive committee, but not from the ANC itself.
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza says litigation against former ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa will clear him of accusations levelled against him, including those linking him to political assassinations.
The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right.
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Wednesday. I’m hungry. I’m thinking about Doctor Hunter S Thomson.
The recent behaviour displayed by our parliamentarians is disturbing, with the name-calling, shouting and refusal to obey the rules of the House.
There is nothing as sweet as a hard-earned victory. Ask Bafana Bafana. They should be over the moon at qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.