The appointment of President Jacob Zuma’s 25-year-old daughter as the head of a Cabinet minister’s office has become a talking point.
More than 900 police officers were charged in the past three years for helping with escapes, but only 40 of them have been fired, according to Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says nothing will make EFF representatives shed their signature red regalia because “if you take off the overall, you are going to look like the rest of them”.
President Jacob Zuma has rebuked MPs, reminding them of the importance of respecting each other and of adhering to decorum when in the National Assembly.
Calling for a patriotic media does not amount to censorship, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has said.
- Cyril Ramaphosa: Parliamentary tensions ‘nothing to fret about’
- Take a leaf out of Nelson Mandela’s book – Cyril Ramaphosa
- Cyril Ramaphosa ‘used Nathi Mthethwa to exert political pressure’
- Cyril Ramaphosa Twitter accounts fake, says presidency
- Black business must create own opportunities – Cyril Ramaphosa
After more than two years of investigating South Africa’s controversial multi-billion rand arms procurements, another two evidence leaders employed by the commission of inquiry have called it quits.
DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has dared President Jacob Zuma to show leadership or step aside.
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.
Members of an Afrikaner group who call themselves the Boere-Afrikaner Volksraad view forthcoming talks with the government as a step closer to their “right for self-determination for our own people in a peaceful way”.
One in two young South Africans believe the current legal drinking age of 18 should be lowered.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rocketed into Parliament and the country’s provincial legislatures on a ticket of revolution, evolution and genuine social change.
A prominent grouping of South African lawyers has supported the ANC in Parliament’s call for Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk, to be expelled.
Police witness Mr X has “nothing to contribute” to the Marikana commission, Advocate Dali Mpofu told the Marikana Commission of Inquiry today.
President Jacob Zuma is to send a “special team” to Israel and Palestine as fighting in the Gaza strip intensifies, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has said.
The sale announced by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) of some of its mines will lead to job losses, the Workers’ Association Union (Wau) has warned.
In politics, symbolism is important. No one should tell you to take off what identifies you because if you take off the overall, you are going to look like the rest of them.
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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.
Honestly, do we really need the department of public works? Has it brought us anything but embarrassment and scandal?