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SABC exec gets the chop

@City_Press 23 November 2014 18:00

Hlaudi Motsoeneng has allegedly suspended the SABC’s group head of technology after he wrote a damning report saying the broadcaster’s infrastructure was so broken and outdated it could not keep its own TV channels on air.

Thuli Madonsela fights for the authority of her office

@City_Press 23 November 2014 15:00

As chaos reigned in Parliament in the wake of the findings of her Nkandla report, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela turned to the courts in a bid for clarity on what exactly her office’s powers entail.

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    Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC deputy ­president and leader of the ANC’s ­political committee in ­Parliament, made an effort to rise above the petty politics of political parties to provide a solution to arrest the decline of the ­institution. Although his deal fell apart after reaching the parties’ caucuses, his efforts were a step in the right ­direction and should continue.

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    Political parties in Parliament should be ashamed of themselves for further dragging down the name and reputation of the institution. Even with attempts to mediate a solution to restore Parliament’s dignity, the hostility among MPs appears to be deep-seated. At this rate, we’re not far from open ­violence in the House.

  • Previous Weeks

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    Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke deserves kudos for asking uncomfortable questions and provoking discussions about how power is dispersed in our democratic dispensation. He is correct to ask if we need future presidents to have sweeping powers, and his critique of land reform, the access to justice and inequality is pertinent.

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    Unpatriotic and “prima donna” behaviour will take you nowhere. Bafana Bafana midfielder May Mahlangu this week shunned the national team’s call, citing fatigue. Mahlangu has no one else to blame but himself if he does not feature for Bafana ever again after Safa imposed an immediate ban on him from playing for the team.

  • Previous Weeks

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    Barcelona star Lionel Messi is really something special. This week, he equalled Raúl González’s Champions’ League goal tally of 71 and did this after just 90 games in the competition. His rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is not far off the mark with 70 goals after 111 games. Both will clearly beat the record, but Messi is likely to do this in fewer games than Ronaldo.

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    Igor Gamula seems determined to entrench racism in sport. The coach of FC Rostov, the Russian Premier League outfit, said this week his club was not going to sign any more black players
    because they had “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things” and that they would spread Ebola. What a pillock!

  • Previous Weeks

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    Lindiwe Zulu. In three months, the new small business minister has been a bundle of energy, even though she does not have a budget. This week, Zulu told Parliament her department had ensured R400 million was paid to small and medium businesses by defaulting government departments.

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    Siphelo Makeleni and Siphakamise Ngxowa of Cosas are surely the two most stupid students in the ­country. This week, they vowed to continue with the vile campaign to place pigs heads at Woolworths stores as part of a solidarity ­campaign with Palestinians. Oink!

  • Previous Weeks

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    Not all of us can deliver bad news in a way that makes it sound positive, or proactive and certain. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene did it this week. He said we were going to pay more tax and told his colleagues in government their belts would be tightened. And no one seemed that angry. This was probably because his speech was not hot potatoes; it was just plain hot.

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    “Doesn’t it just blow your mind,” CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour asked a guest, “to see a township black judge handing down a sentence?” What is a “township black judge”, Ms Amanpour, and why would Judge Thokozile Masipa’s calm, capable handling of the Oscar Pistorius trial blow anyone’s mind? She’s just doing her job.

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