The ‘fake’ sign language interpreter at the Madiba memorial did not even know the recognised sign for South Africa, writes Charl du Plessis
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has taken to Twitter to defend his party against suggestions that its members were booing President Jacob Zuma at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service at the FNB Stadium yesterday.
Do it for Madiba, the ANC has urged voters ahead of the first by-elections to take place after Nelson Mandela’s death last week.
While TV news broadcasters across the world led their bulletins with the booing of President Jacob Zuma at the memorial for Nelson Mandela yesterday, SABC’s prime-time newscasts all but erased the incidents from history.
What goes around, comes around – sometimes in the form of a soccer substitution sign. And for those who missed it when the big screens in the FNB Stadium showed President Jacob Zuma arriving the first time, the booing was repeated at least four more times, when Zuma’s face appeared on the screen.
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning “selfie” with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz.
Republicans were left steaming after President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban leader Raul Castro, with one senior lawmaker likening the act to appeasement of the Nazis.
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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.
US President Barack Obama’s tribute of former president Nelson Mandela was the highlight of his memorial service for many South Africans.
While President Jacob Zuma was booed by sections of the Joburg crowd during the official memorial for former president Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium, the few hundred gathered on the Grand Parade in Cape Town clapped and cheered as he came forward to begin his speech.
There has been mixed reaction to the booing of President Jacob Zuma at the FNB Stadium during former president Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.
President Jacob Zuma brushed off an embarrassing booing brigade to bid farewell to former president Nelson Mandela and make a promise to honour his legacy through the African Union.
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President Jacob Zuma’s keynote address delivered at the official memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela on Tuesday (December 10 2013). Full speech – Tribute by President Jacob Zuma delivered at the memorial service in honour of former preside…
Nelson Mandela’s death should propel everyone in the world to search for their own strength inside, just like Mandela did in the fight against injustice, US President Barack Obama has told mourners at the FNB Stadium in Joburg.
Cuban president Raúl Castro has been hailed by ANC leaders as a comrade and a fighter in South Africa’s struggle for freedom.
Only Mr Mandela, Madiba, Tata, could bring everyone together like this.
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