There are three things that cannot be hidden for long: the sun, the moon and the truth. These are the words of Buddha. President Jacob Zuma should be made to take responsibility for the allegations of corruption that have been thrown at him.
Why not conduct an audit first, ask concerned citizens.
Readers responded overwhelmingly that the hearings into the security upgrades at President Zuma’s Nkandla home should be open to the media and it’s in the public interest to know what happened.
During its national congress at the weekend, teacher union Sadtu rejected progressive and much-needed steps aimed at addressing challenges and shortcomings in our education system.
I have watched the deliberations of the ad hoc committee considering the recommendations contained in the Public Protector’s Nkandla report with amazement, shock and awe.
After having read my Sunday papers last week, one of the stories that caught my attention was the story with the headline “Dolus what?” (City Press, September 14 2014).
The chaos we see in Parliament is unprecedented and never in the sitting of the National Assembly have we had such non-intellectual debate as we have seen since the start of Jacob Zuma’s presidency.
I heard with shock when insults were elevated to another level by Kebby Maphatsoe, a leader of government who audaciously called Public Protector Thuli Madonsela a CIA spy and accused her of undermining the ANC.
There must be no segregation in education. All children must receive free primary and secondary education from the state.
As usual, your newspaper alone got the point: “Point. Seven. Percent” (City Press, August 31 2014).
I now understand why President Jacob Zuma looks frail in his second term of office. The man looks exhausted and unable to sing Umshini Wami. His legal woes don’t help.
Hot or Not
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.
Shakes Mashaba for turning no-hopers Bafana Bafana into a respectable outfit. They are unbeaten in four matches, and are on course to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals after a 3-0 away victory over Sudan, a goalless home draw against Nigeria, a 2-0 away win over Congo Brazzaville and a goalless draw at home. Bafana have yet to concede a goal under Mashaba.Not:
A media monitoring company reported on Friday that Brett Kebble’s killer, Mikey Schultz, snapped up 30% of the previous day’s media coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial – just by being in court. This may be the highlight
of Schultz’s life because his only claim to fame up to now is getting away with murder.
He was hot as director-general in the Treasury and hotter as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank. But you can’t get much hotter than having your signature on every SA banknote. Lesetja Kganyago will succeed Gill Marcus as Reserve Bank governor next month. It was only a matter of time before someone of his calibre was rewarded with a top post.Not:
Lonmin has failed to show it did all it could to improve labour relations at its Marikana mine, which exploded into mayhem in 2012. Its executives performed dismally at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry when they took the stand. This week, it gagged an NGO that sought to present findings of transfer pricing and tax dodging.
National Under-17 side Amajimbos for completing a hat-trick of SA soccer teams to qualify for next year’s major continental competitions. It has been a fairy tale for the national teams since Banyana qualified for the African Women’s Championship, followed by Amajita (U-20) and now Amajimbos, who are going to Niger. Bafana have many reasons to follow suit.Not:
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane attributed the three weeks of water stoppages around Gauteng to “a technical glitch”. Clearly, the minister lives in a bubble. Water is a basic right and being deprived of this for three weeks while officials try to figure out the problem, is just
Since the collapse of the guesthouse at Nigerian preacher TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, the South African government has been there to lend its hand. Even through a difficult time to get information from its counterpart in Nigeria and from Joshua, our government has looked after the South African victims. A caring government leads from the front.Not:
God comes in different forms and is worshipped differently. First, Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries in Tshwane made his congregants eat grass. But his latest stunt is really worrying. His church members are now drinking petrol, which he claims he has turned into juice through prayer, all in the name of the lord.
With back-to-back fashion weeks in Johannesburg, Malibongwe Tyilo maps out the treacherous fashion week ecosystem and its various species
A draft report by the parliamentary committee on the Nkandla controversy has concluded that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings against President Jacob Zuma on misspending on his private home were not binding.
His lips turned blue, and he took a deep breath.