The annual reports of the Commission for Employment Equity are depressingly interchangeable.
City Press Says
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.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, in an interview with City Press this week, warned of a growing culture in the public service that fuels the view that “if the man upstairs wants it, it must be done; what the costs are or what the law says does not matter”.
South African politics this week bade farewell to stalwarts of the liberation struggle and architects of our democratic state.
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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.
We think the ANC needs more elders like Ben Turok, who was bold enough to question the party’s inclusion of the likes of Dina Pule on its parliamentary candidate list despite damning findings against her by the Public Protector and Parliament’s ethics committee. Turok has challenged the ANC to uphold the best standards of ethical conduct.Not:
A year ago, the Mkhondo municipality in Piet Retief dug holes for toilets but left them open. The
incessant rain filled the open holes and two-year-old Innocent Mambane drowned in one this week. Whatever answer the municipality supplies as to why it left the holes open, it will never bring back little Innocent.
Tuesday morning. Zeelah – that’s what the Commander in Chief’s members in Nxamalala call Helen Zille – is on TV.
The call by opposition parties for the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Advocate Pansy Tlakula, to resign is most certainly worrying before the general elections.
It’s a victory for common sense.
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- Julius Malema says it was a mistake to oust Mbeki in favour of ‘domkop’ Zuma
- The question Gwede Mantashe couldn’t answer: Did Nkandla harm ANC image?
- Speakers at Chris Hani lecture preoccupied with Zille, Malema
- ANCYL distances itself from Mzwandile Masina’s ‘hoe’ comment