Honestly, do we really need the department of public works? Has it brought us anything but embarrassment and scandal?
City Press Says
Last May, Sky News reported that many poor South African teenagers were drinking heavily while pregnant to harm their unborn children and later claim disability grants.
It has been a week of blood and fire in Palestine as Israeli forces responded to escalating rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip with intense air strikes.
The national crisis generated by the presence of one seemingly invincible man at the public broadcaster is a case of sheer audacity and disrespect for the country.
In October 2012, just two months after the Marikana massacre, President Jacob Zuma and key Cabinet ministers met top leaders of South Africa’s trade unions and the business community.
It is trite to say that our leaders should think before they open their mouths.
When the rural development and land reform department’s new land reform proposals first came to our attention in early April, some folks at this paper thought it was a delayed April Fools’ joke.
The promise by new Gauteng Premier David Makhura to review e-tolls should be welcomed. Although he has made no firm undertaking to scrap e-tolls, this is a step in the right direction.
The ruling by the Electoral Court this week against Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chair Pansy Tlakula was as damning as damning can be.
Hot or Not
Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.Not:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.
After hammering hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinal, Germany’s national soccer squad could have chosen to gloat. Instead, the team posted a message on its official Facebook page thanking the country for its hospitality, praising its amazing football tradition and telling Brazilians not to lose heart. Good sportsmanship is worth celebrating.Not:
New Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has started off her term in the worst possible way. Muthambi decided to lend credibility to a dubious process to hire Mr Teflon himself, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Muthambi did not have to be bound by an SABC board decision that has more to do with factional politics than competence.
After being in office for only a few weeks, Panyaza Lesufi, the Gauteng education MEC, has to be commended for dismissing 10 teachers who were “found in compromising positions with girl children”. For years, teachers have taken advantage of vulnerable schoolgirls without paying the penalty. Lesufi’s new broom must sweep clean and be a deterrent to others.Not:
The wanton violence perpetrated by National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members on strike is purely criminal. It is not enough for Numsa leaders to say they are “unaware” of the violence. Numsa is the largest trade union in the country and the strength should be in their numbers and voluntary solidarity, not violence.
Africa sent five nations to the soccer World Cup in Brazil. After the first round, three of them have returned home. It is not an easy task ahead, but Nigeria and Algeria carry the hopes of the continent’s population to advance further than the second round. With a crowd as huge as ours, nothing can stand in the way. Go Nigeria, go Algeria, go!Not:
He has done a sterling job in ensuring his country advanced to the knockout stages, but Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, aka Jaws, went and did it again – exposing his teeth on the pitch. As he struggled to find the net, the striker bit an opponent on the shoulder. Fifa’s nine-game ban and fine are welcome, but maybe he deserves more.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez – because even total jerks can be hot sometimes. So he’s bitten two players, is fond of diving, and stopped Ghana’s shot at the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup. But in Brazil this week, he scored twice against England, a side with several of his Liverpool mates. Hand it to him, the dude has sizable cojones. Even if he is a prize jerk.Not:
Lindiwe Sisulu apparently harbours ambitions for higher office but has been shunned and demoted by her party over the years. But that has not stopped her from singing for her supper. This week, she repeated (and later withdrew) the old line about the DA’s black leaders being “hired natives”. C’mon Lindi, that line is so, so tired.
Saturday. The Croc and I are up bright and early. Impolitely so, if you ask me, but we don’t have a choice. The Commander in Chief is in town so that’s that.
Set the example against corruption, Mr President. South Africans need to know that no one is above the law, and most of all not you, Mr President.