Two decades ago in Oslo, Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s last apartheid president FW de Klerk stood side by side in Oslo and accepted the Nobel peace prize, a moment that epitomised the reconciliation of enemies.
There has been mixed reaction to the booing of President Jacob Zuma at the FNB Stadium during former president Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.
Electioneering came to a standstill as South Africans paused to mourn the death of their beloved former president Nelson Mandela.
Writing about Mandela’s mistakes never seems to be welcomed, but we cannot forget that he was also a flawed man, writes Zama Ndlovu
To sanctify Madiba is to detract from the scope and magnitude of his achievements.
Now that Nelson Mandela is gone, those he left behind in positions of responsibility should champion his legacy, says Tokyo Sexwale.
From around the world celebrities, dignitaries and political leaders voiced condolences on Madiba’s passing.
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He was a father – not to his children alone. He was a father – not only to South Africa. He was a father – not only to Africa, but to the entire world. God gave us 95 years to share with him in this world. His passing should ignite the world to live with the ideals that he lived by. We are thankful for the time we had with him. Thank you, Madiba.Not:
All lawyer Nomzama Zondo seemed to be doing wrong was celebrating with her clients after winning a court case for traders to return to their spots. Instead, Joburg metro police arrested her and ignored the judgment of the Constitutional Court against the council. But courts are the final arbiters of disputes and their decisions should be respected by all.
Bafana Bafana’s win over the world champions could have counted for nothing. But this week, soccer governing body Fifa ruled that the game – in which the Spanish team tried to reduce it to nothing by making more substitutions than required – will stand as an official friendly. The nation now has every reason to celebrate beating the world champions. Hooray!Not:
President Jacob Zuma could not possibly be hot, knowing that he can cool down in a R550 000 swimming pool at his Nkandla home. According to Public Works documents, the “fire pool” doubles up as a second water reservoir for fire-fighting purposes and was funded by tax money. Pity the pool can’t put out the fire of public opinion.
Like that David versus Goliath fight in the Bible, Bafana Bafana made the country proud by beating world champions and top-ranked team Spain on Tuesday. Winning the game with a gutsy performance brought joy to many South Africans. Now, we need our boys to treat each and every game they play with the same vigour and determination.Not:
They could be the top team in the world, but Spain showed little respect for South Africa. Making seven substitutions in a single match, thereby flouting Fifa’s rules on the matter, is inexcusable. Their arrogance on Tuesday clearly shows they forget the little team when they are on top. But being on top is not a permanent spot you occupy.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has displayed that she takes her job seriously. She will not buckle under pressure from anyone. This week, she took on security-cluster ministers – who went to court to stop her from releasing a preliminary report into state spending at President Jacob Zuma’s private residence of Nkandla – and won. We need more of her ilk.Not:
Government’s responsibility is to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent correctly to address the many challenges the country faces. In our case, the opposite is true. The Auditor-General found that R30.8 billion has either been wasted or irregularly spent. As long as our public services are open to this kind of misspending, fraud and corruption will thrive.
Registering to vote in next year’s general elections is the right thing to do. This is the chance for people to vote in or out those they want to lead them. By registering, South Africans would be making sure that the freedom fought for so hard over the many years was not in vain. So, let us all register to vote and make our mark. That way, your voice is heard.Not:
Education should encourage critical thinking and creativity. Spokesperson forthe department of basic education Panyaza Lesufi showed he does not encourage either by saying “derogatory art” won’t be tolerated in government schools like Westville Boys’ High. What Mr Lesufi called derogatory art, some might consider a legitimate attempt at satire. So much for opening up minds.
It came almost as the clock struck midnight. A sombre President Jacob Zuma, dressed in a mandarin-collared jacket, made the announcement we have expected all year. “Our beloved father has departed.”
The ANC has welcomed Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s intention to meet with the party to set the record straight regarding “incorrect statements” made by the party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, and his deputy, Jessie Duarte.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has called for the release of the Public Protector’s report about the security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.
The ANC has denied there will be a call for a special national general council at its national executive committee (NEC) this coming weekend.
The Futurefact 2013 survey’s most recent findings show a massive slide in trust and confidence in President Zuma to a score of 37 from a high of 257 five years ago.
“Your twenties are the only time in your life when your life truly belongs to you. I’ve learnt not to take that for granted.”
The Freedom Front Plus says it wants clarity from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on her findings relating to President Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
Only Mr Mandela, Madiba, Tata, could bring everyone together like this.
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- MT @mawandemvumvu: Mbalula: We don't celebrate plastic & flukes, substance is non-negotiable and Baby Jake embodied that. #BabyJakeMemorial 3 hours ago
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