The ANC has lost moral authority. The public, even its voting public, no longer believes the party will do the right thing.
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Does the deep split in Cosatu really matter? It’s time to ask tough questions about the country’s largest labour federation.
Twelve lawyers began their final arguments on Wednesday before retired Judge Ian Farlam at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.
Imagine it is June 2024. The ANC has narrowly won the latest election – its victory was cast at just more than 52% of the vote on the lowest voter turnout in 30 years of democracy.
Yes, there is good news on Ebola. Nigeria and Senegal have been declared Ebola-free. This is a reflection of good governance. Nigeria learnt from a previous polio outbreak to lock down a breakout to prevent a pandemic.
In a week in which Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene sent a strong message about belt-tightening, it is outrageous that funds that are sorely needed for detective work are being reallocated to the police’s VIP protection units.
It should be increasingly difficult for South Africa’s top executives to justify their enormous pay packages, given the furore over excessive pay, the country’s high level of unemployment, and the huge disparity between the highest- and lowest-paid employees at companies.
Nelson Mandela’s final years on earth were marred by rather unseemly behaviour by some of his family members.
The offer by an unknown group of individuals calling themselves the “public members’ unit team” to pay whatever share President Jacob Zuma owes for the costly Nkandlagate debacle is not something that should be encouraged.
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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.
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.
Tuesday. I’m catching up on some reading after a week of higher learning. A pretty damned fine gig. Hanging around Wits, learning shit from cats not much older than my offspring, Small James and Big James.
The silence is about protecting white male privilege, which is under scrutiny in South Africa’s university system.
If there was an election tomorrow, the ANC would lose in Gauteng.