We think it’s safe to declare an independent public broadcaster dead and buried. This week, the SABC was forced into a humiliating
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Yes, each instance of President Jacob Zuma being booed on the stumps this election campaign can be explained in perfectly rational ways.
The annual reports of the Commission for Employment Equity are depressingly interchangeable.
For a long time, decision-makers at the SABC have come to regard the public broadcaster as their little fiefdom they run on behalf of Luthuli House.
It’s open again. Or perhaps it never closed.
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula has become a point of attack for several opposition parties who believe she should resign after two reports found she was involved in an improper leasing deal for IEC offices.
On Tuesday, two civil rights organisations will ask the North Gauteng High Court – once again – to compel the government to do its job and provide textbooks to all pupils in Limpopo.
Yes, you read the headline correctly. There is good news.
Nothing substantial will come from the Public Protector’s report into Nkandla.
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Julius Malema or Juju, as we have come to know him. He is a master at the stumps. Last week, he boobed by going from place to place in a chopper. Not quite the right image for the radical Bolivarian revolutionary he wants to be. This week, Juju was a political Jesus of Nazareth of sorts. He arrived at an election pit stop on a donkey cart!Not:
Roger Dixon, the geologist who testified about ballistics, crime scene reconstructions and human anatomy for the defence in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Experts like Dixon charge thousands of rands. But the experience of hearing your expert witness admit that he’s a “layman” when it comes to ballistics? Priceless.
National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu for at least setting up the ad hoc committee to consider the president’s submission on the Nkandla matter. His ANC colleagues wanted the issue buried and forgotten, but Sisulu has ensured it will be transparently considered by a multiparty committee, even if the ANC has a majority in Parliament.Not:
Clearly a high-profile individual accused of murder deserves high-class treatment from our government. The R2.9 million spent on a private jet to fly Shrien Dewani to the country from the UK shows the justice department paid way too much. We all want justice in this matter, but several cheaper options could have been explored.
Police constable Beauty-Queen Nchabeleng donned a school uniform and posed as a pupil to catch a brutal serial rapist in Limpopo. She was among the winners at the SAPS’ annual National Excellence Awards late last week – a well-deserved honour for an officer who went above and beyond to remind us just how much good cops can achieve.Not:
Shinawaaz Ahmento and Kyle Fredericks, both 21, were convicted and sentenced this week for
the rape and murder of young Eldorado Park mother Tracey-Lee Martins. The two posed for
reporters outside court, grinning proudly as though they were at a party. Criminals as self-made
Female leaders in the ANC don’t often publicly challenge the sexism that’s endemic across the political spectrum. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula deserves praise for defending Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. She criticised those in the alliance who decried Madonsela’s “big nose”, saying Madonsela’s detractors should play the ball, not the woman.Not:
Reading up on a subject lends credence to anyone who wants to speak with authority on a matter. So ANC parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani should have known better when he called a press conference to discuss Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla spending. Sizani had not read the report.
During the course of the Nkandla investigation, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was stymied, bullied, insulted and threatened by governing party leaders and supporters.
She stood her ground and proceeded to fulfil her duties of safeguarding the public interest. South Africans are fortunate to have someone of her integrity and courage in that office.Not:
How does one begin to describe Thulas Nxesi? Puppet? Suck-up? Manipulator of truth?
As the frontline man in the defence of the Nkandla plunder, Nxesi has dreamt up wild stories that would make residents of the Weskoppies mental institution envious. He is really working hard to hold on to his R2 million salary.
Wednesday. We’re in Langeloop in Mpumalanga. Langeloop’s very appropriately named, given that it’s nearly in Mozambique.
As the IFP mourned one of its members in Ulundi, who was allegedly murdered by the National Freedom Party (NFP), this paper ran an article (“Ballot bullies”, April 6 2014) that explored a recent research report by the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (Case).
Don’t be voting cattle. Think before you make that cross.
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