Readers react cynically to the news that Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi is cracking the whip over Nkandla spending
We, as South Africans of Jewish descent, strongly condemn the Israeli bombing of the Palestinian Gaza Strip.
I have been a black consciousness political activist for more than 20 years. Had it not been for your antiblack and racist advert, our paths would have probably never crossed.
Seeing the brutalised face of Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian boy kidnapped and murdered by Jewish extremists, gave me a painful emotional shock.
I do not want to go into the merits of the review and say who said what and did not say what, but I wish writer Charles Cilliers could have handled it in a more sensitive manner.
Firstly, let me congratulate you on your recent appointment as minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
It is outrageous of Mondli Makhanya to accuse whites of carrying on with lives as normal and not feeling the need to assist in redress.
It is a very good thing to help poor people. This will encourage other tenderpreneurs to do the same.
Mondli Makhanya’s column (“A meeting of church and state”, City Press, June 8 2014) makes a weak case in defending Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
Once again, the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has caused a stir. Regarding the educational quality indicators, it is important to bear in mind that the WEF does not use a standardised testing system in producing its report.
Referring to Percy Mabandu’s article titled “What’s the Bible doing at the inauguration” (City Press, June 1 2014), the issue of slavery is mentioned as one of the discrediting factors to this book.
One may be splitting hairs here, but to say Nhlanhla Nene is the first African to be appointed as finance minister in South Africa since the dawn of democracy, cannot, strictly speaking, be correct.
We write to you, President Jacob Zuma, with great concern for the wellbeing of all sex workers in South Africa.
Two weeks before South Africans voted in the 2014 general elections, Jaconia Rahube recounted the story of how his brother Osia died at the hands of the police during the Madibeng municipality water crisis.
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It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.Not:
Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.
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.
In the wake of Mandela Day, Milisithando Bongela questions what the pervasive image of Madiba and the narrative of ‘reconciliation’ really means.
EFF leader Julius Malema has vowed to shut down central Johannesburg with a protest against the Gauteng legislature’s decision to bar his party’s members from wearing their red uniforms.
We cannot allow our nation to be run by thugs.