Pravin Gordhan is a master propagandist who speaks good things and writes speeches that receive space on front pages of newspapers.
Jacob Zuma said that South Africans tend to exaggerate the extent of their problems as they wait for government to do everything for them instead of helping themselves.
Most people will remember the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his death in the hands of the rebels and foreign forces in Libya.
South Africa is a democratic state. It is governed by the Constitution, domestic and international laws as well as declarations signed within the United Nations. It is reported that his majesty the king, Goodwill Zwelithini, made statements over the weekend in Pongola that foreigners should leave the country because they are the direct cause to immorality and unruliness.
Hendrik Verwoerd and the Broederbond must be happy that Africans have accepted the term ‘blacks’.
Generosity of spirit and goodwill vibrated throughout South Africa after liberation from apartheid. With high hopes for reconciliation, it seemed acceptable to tolerate monuments of past oppressors as historical artefacts.
Was Cecil John Rhodes a racist? Yes. A narcissist? Yes. A colonist? Definitely.
In my opinion, Mama Winnie is pursuing her customary rights enshrined in the Constitution of this country. There is a general practice that spouses can celebrate a customary marriage and, on the same day or a short while later, have it solemnised in a civil registry office.
A tribute to Skwatta Kamp’s Flabba.
On the basis of a shaky and anaemic argument, the article, “Black lawyers blast Mbete” by Charl du Plessis and Maryna Lamprecht (City Press, March 1 2015) casts aspersions on the commitment to transformation by Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete.
The article, “Agang SA founder Mamphela Ramphele moves on” by Biénne Huisman (City Press, February 22 2015), contains some serious inaccuracies. In particular, I point to the claim that “The money owed to former staff members ranges from R10 000 to R30 000 for the months of July and August”.
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s recent call for Africa to dissociate itself from the International Criminal Court will only deny the African people the justice they deserve.
The call by the minister of arts and culture for South Africans to learn the African Union (AU) anthem as a means of eradicating xenophobia is not enough.
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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.
Sizwe Nxasana, the man with the Midas touch, has announced his decision to step down as FirstRand CEO. Under his tenure, FirstRand has become a top-eight firm on the JSE and is Africa’s largest bank by market value and earnings. The group reported stellar profit, a trend that has followed Nxasana through a star-studded career. A role model for generations to come.Not:
Speaker Baleka Mbete has never been everyone’s cup of tea. This week she vindicated her critics. When President Zuma ignored her intervention in Parliament – four times – she made excuses that he could not hear her “pleas for him to sit”. To top it all, she told MPs they were not equal to Zuma. Has she ever read the Constitution?
South Africa loves a bunch of winners. The national Under-17 soccer team reached today’s CAF Junior Championships final, where they meet Mali. They also qualified for the Fifa World Cup in Chile in October when they beat giants Nigeria in the semifinal on Wednesday. We can only say “well done, boys”. Bringing the cup home will be the cherry on top.Not:
Anyone who has heard Mohau Pheko speaking of matters political and economic would testify that she is well schooled. She understands these issues and speaks with authority. Why then did she have to embellish her qualification? It is such a pity she thought she needed to be called “Dr Pheko” to be taken seriously.
South Africans aren’t known for their “put up and shut up” attitudes, which the ANC should have remembered before it arranged to have the 3G signal jammed in Parliament during the state of the nation address. Ordinary citizens, civil society and journalists collectively lost their tempers – and signal was restored. Just a reminder to our leaders: we won’t be silenced.Not:
State Security Minister David Mahlobo left the National Assembly when chants of “Bring back the signal!” reached fever pitch on Thursday night. When he returned, so did the cellphone signal. Coincidence? We think not, Mr Minister. South Africa needs leaders, not mindless securocrats who try to throttle dialogue and dissent.
Our sister paper, the Daily Sun, tells some of SA’s most important stories. One of the best things about this flagship tabloid is its sense of humour, as evidenced by a poster that we imagine nearly led to a number of multiple car pile-ups on Wednesday. “Tokoloshe blow job terror!” it shouted from lampposts. Sadly, the tokoloshe could not be reached for comment.Not:
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for telling the Proteas “Don’t be like Shakes Mashaba” before they left for the World Cup. While his office has tried to play down the comment, saying it was made in jest, this was not a cool thing to say. Mbaks should know better and should look no further than his “bunch of losers” comment about Bafana Bafana.
Rhodes was a nasty piece of work. The statue should have been pulled down and given to the Apartheid Museum in about May 1994.
South Africans should thank Tim du Plessis for coming out so honestly about his Afrikaans heritage and its place in South Africa today – in a manner that was self-affirming of this ethnic group – in a very healthy fashion.
No political ambition can justify violence or the shedding of the blood of our people.