We, as South Africans of Jewish descent, strongly condemn the Israeli bombing of the Palestinian Gaza Strip.
I have been a black consciousness political activist for more than 20 years. Had it not been for your antiblack and racist advert, our paths would have probably never crossed.
Seeing the brutalised face of Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian boy kidnapped and murdered by Jewish extremists, gave me a painful emotional shock.
I do not want to go into the merits of the review and say who said what and did not say what, but I wish writer Charles Cilliers could have handled it in a more sensitive manner.
It is outrageous of Mondli Makhanya to accuse whites of carrying on with lives as normal and not feeling the need to assist in redress.
Firstly, let me congratulate you on your recent appointment as minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
It is a very good thing to help poor people. This will encourage other tenderpreneurs to do the same.
Mondli Makhanya’s column (“A meeting of church and state”, City Press, June 8 2014) makes a weak case in defending Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
Once again, the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has caused a stir. Regarding the educational quality indicators, it is important to bear in mind that the WEF does not use a standardised testing system in producing its report.
Referring to Percy Mabandu’s article titled “What’s the Bible doing at the inauguration” (City Press, June 1 2014), the issue of slavery is mentioned as one of the discrediting factors to this book.
One may be splitting hairs here, but to say Nhlanhla Nene is the first African to be appointed as finance minister in South Africa since the dawn of democracy, cannot, strictly speaking, be correct.
We write to you, President Jacob Zuma, with great concern for the wellbeing of all sex workers in South Africa.
Two weeks before South Africans voted in the 2014 general elections, Jaconia Rahube recounted the story of how his brother Osia died at the hands of the police during the Madibeng municipality water crisis.
In 1981, they told you we weren’t in Angola. We were!
Hot or Not
Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.Not:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.
After hammering hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinal, Germany’s national soccer squad could have chosen to gloat. Instead, the team posted a message on its official Facebook page thanking the country for its hospitality, praising its amazing football tradition and telling Brazilians not to lose heart. Good sportsmanship is worth celebrating.Not:
New Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has started off her term in the worst possible way. Muthambi decided to lend credibility to a dubious process to hire Mr Teflon himself, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Muthambi did not have to be bound by an SABC board decision that has more to do with factional politics than competence.
After being in office for only a few weeks, Panyaza Lesufi, the Gauteng education MEC, has to be commended for dismissing 10 teachers who were “found in compromising positions with girl children”. For years, teachers have taken advantage of vulnerable schoolgirls without paying the penalty. Lesufi’s new broom must sweep clean and be a deterrent to others.Not:
The wanton violence perpetrated by National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members on strike is purely criminal. It is not enough for Numsa leaders to say they are “unaware” of the violence. Numsa is the largest trade union in the country and the strength should be in their numbers and voluntary solidarity, not violence.
Africa sent five nations to the soccer World Cup in Brazil. After the first round, three of them have returned home. It is not an easy task ahead, but Nigeria and Algeria carry the hopes of the continent’s population to advance further than the second round. With a crowd as huge as ours, nothing can stand in the way. Go Nigeria, go Algeria, go!Not:
He has done a sterling job in ensuring his country advanced to the knockout stages, but Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, aka Jaws, went and did it again – exposing his teeth on the pitch. As he struggled to find the net, the striker bit an opponent on the shoulder. Fifa’s nine-game ban and fine are welcome, but maybe he deserves more.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez – because even total jerks can be hot sometimes. So he’s bitten two players, is fond of diving, and stopped Ghana’s shot at the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup. But in Brazil this week, he scored twice against England, a side with several of his Liverpool mates. Hand it to him, the dude has sizable cojones. Even if he is a prize jerk.Not:
Lindiwe Sisulu apparently harbours ambitions for higher office but has been shunned and demoted by her party over the years. But that has not stopped her from singing for her supper. This week, she repeated (and later withdrew) the old line about the DA’s black leaders being “hired natives”. C’mon Lindi, that line is so, so tired.
Saturday. The Croc and I are up bright and early. Impolitely so, if you ask me, but we don’t have a choice. The Commander in Chief is in town so that’s that.
President Jacob Zuma has written to AbaThembu King Sabata Dalindyebo regarding his certificate of recognition as king.
An 11th Commonwealth medal is something special.