Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini is out of order when he rages and points fingers at the media, accusing it of twisting his words when he said foreigners must leave South Africa and go back to their countries.
Cosatu spin doctor Patrick Craven will be remembered as one of the best propagandists who marshaled the federation in supporting Jacob Zuma’s march to power.
Wandisile Warra Maneli writes an open letter to the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Do not blame King Goodwill Zwelithini for purchasing Mercedes-Benzes at R5 million. He “did not know”. Blame officials. A fall guy will be created.
It is rather disappointing that we have only realised now that the apartheid and colonial statues are no longer suitable to be displayed in public.
It is disgusting to learn that there have been more than 280 break-ins in Gauteng schools, from which many computers, tablets and other valuable goods were stolen.
AfriForum, as the custodians and vanguard of Afrikaner supremacy, will do anything to preserve the status quo – even go as far as depicting themselves as victims.
I start by stating that South Africa and Africa belong to all those who live in it, irrespective of race, gender, religion, colour or social background.
Friday marked the 22nd anniversary of the brutal murder of a true struggle icon, Chris Hani.
What a pity that those of us who predicted the eventual discomfort with symbols of an unhappy past did not replace street names, town names and statues with a more neutral disguise.
I am responding to the poorly researched column on traditional leaders, “The chiefs are losing SA’s vote” by Mondli Makhanya (City Press, March 29 2015).
It is interesting to see how the South African media, never known for its support for trade unions in general or for Cosatu in particular, has overwhelmingly come out in support of Zwelinzima Vavi who, for some years, has appeared to be the personal owner of Cosatu.
The recent cancellation of the Cape Times subscription by Helen Zille’s provincial government tells us a lot about Zille’s character as a politician and her party.
I hardly ever agree with Mondli Makhanya. However, in the article “The decline in the relations of race” (City Press, March 22 2015), he is spot-on.
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The kid-glove treatment of King Goodwill Zwelithini by leaders takes South Africa backwards, so Inkosi Mandla Mandela’s call for traditional leaders to “desist from inciting shameful acts” is a welcome relief. If only others like him and those in elective positions in government could stand up and call out the xenophobic attacks for what they are.Not:
An ability to apologise when you’re wrong is a sign of good leadership.
However, this seems not to apply to King Goodwill Zwelithini, whose statement a fortnight ago sparked the attacks on foreigners in Durban. The king has not seen fit to correct his wrong and apologise. His words sparked the attacks, and his words can help stop them.
The brilliant #147MoreThanANumber social-media campaign started by Kenyan tech activists has ensured the 147 people killed by al-Shabaab at a Garissa university have not become a footnote to terrorism’s ugly story. The campaign has given them names, faces and stories – and it has reinforced public antagonism towards this most cruel of organisations.Not:
A gruesome video of a US cop shooting and killing an unarmed black man has again raised questions about the use of lethal force by US police against black men. Officer Michael T Slager has been charged with the murder of Walter L Scott in South Carolina. But this is another black mark against US cops.
Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart later this year as the host of The Daily Show, the top-rated US late-night talk and news satire television programme. Full stop.Not:
Vusimuzi Windvoel. Thandi Shongwe. Who? Until this week, nobody knew. Windvoel, an Mpumalanga legislator for the ANC, objected to his fellow DA member Jane Sithole’s dress, saying she looked like a sex worker because she was wearing “see-through things”. Shongwe, the speaker, agreed. Words fail us.
This week Angelina Jolie had a second round of preventive surgery after gene testing revealed vulnerability to ovarian cancer. Twice now, this superstar has written publicly about her decision to undergo surgery to protect her life and keep cancer at bay. By doing this, she turned a private battle into public health education. She intends to meet her grandchildren, she says.Not:
Vindictive, dishonest, lacking integrity and honour and making false statements under oath. Judge Elias Matojane had nothing good to say about acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza’s conduct in a bid to suspend the unit’s head in Gauteng, Shadrack Sibiya. How can we now trust Ntlemeza to do his utmost best to protect and serve?
JP Duminy for taking a hat-trick of wickets as the Proteas booked their semifinal spot in the 2015 World Cup with a victory over Sri Lanka this past week. JP’s hat-trick was the second in South African one-day international history, but the first at a World Cup. He was also the second spinner to take a World Cup hat-trick, behind Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq.Not:
The world would be better if people like Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu weren’t in power. For a long time now, neighbouring Palestine has been living under Israel’s oppressive rules. In the run-up to the election this past week, Netanyahu vowed not to create a separate state for Palestine. Clearly, power corrupts – absolutely.
I’m busy working on Saturday’s babalaas when I get an SMS from a government spin doctor: “King Goodwill Zwelithini is going to talk about the xenophobia at KwaHlongwa near Maphumulo in a couple of hours’ time.”
Kenneth Kaunda’s Government recognised that xenophobia needs to be pre-empted from childhood.
President Jacob Zuma has failed us. He has not protected us.