What a pity that those of us who predicted the eventual discomfort with symbols of an unhappy past did not replace street names, town names and statues with a more neutral disguise.
I am responding to the poorly researched column on traditional leaders, “The chiefs are losing SA’s vote” by Mondli Makhanya (City Press, March 29 2015).
It is interesting to see how the South African media, never known for its support for trade unions in general or for Cosatu in particular, has overwhelmingly come out in support of Zwelinzima Vavi who, for some years, has appeared to be the personal owner of Cosatu.
The recent cancellation of the Cape Times subscription by Helen Zille’s provincial government tells us a lot about Zille’s character as a politician and her party.
I hardly ever agree with Mondli Makhanya. However, in the article “The decline in the relations of race” (City Press, March 22 2015), he is spot-on.
Pravin Gordhan is a master propagandist who speaks good things and writes speeches that receive space on front pages of newspapers.
Jacob Zuma said that South Africans tend to exaggerate the extent of their problems as they wait for government to do everything for them instead of helping themselves.
Most people will remember the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his death in the hands of the rebels and foreign forces in Libya.
South Africa is a democratic state. It is governed by the Constitution, domestic and international laws as well as declarations signed within the United Nations. It is reported that his majesty the king, Goodwill Zwelithini, made statements over the weekend in Pongola that foreigners should leave the country because they are the direct cause to immorality and unruliness.
Hendrik Verwoerd and the Broederbond must be happy that Africans have accepted the term ‘blacks’.
Generosity of spirit and goodwill vibrated throughout South Africa after liberation from apartheid. With high hopes for reconciliation, it seemed acceptable to tolerate monuments of past oppressors as historical artefacts.
Was Cecil John Rhodes a racist? Yes. A narcissist? Yes. A colonist? Definitely.
In my opinion, Mama Winnie is pursuing her customary rights enshrined in the Constitution of this country. There is a general practice that spouses can celebrate a customary marriage and, on the same day or a short while later, have it solemnised in a civil registry office.
Hot or Not
Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart later this year as the host of The Daily Show, the top-rated US late-night talk and news satire television programme. Full stop.Not:
Vusimuzi Windvoel. Thandi Shongwe. Who? Until this week, nobody knew. Windvoel, an Mpumalanga legislator for the ANC, objected to his fellow DA member Jane Sithole’s dress, saying she looked like a sex worker because she was wearing “see-through things”. Shongwe, the speaker, agreed. Words fail us.
This week Angelina Jolie had a second round of preventive surgery after gene testing revealed vulnerability to ovarian cancer. Twice now, this superstar has written publicly about her decision to undergo surgery to protect her life and keep cancer at bay. By doing this, she turned a private battle into public health education. She intends to meet her grandchildren, she says.Not:
Vindictive, dishonest, lacking integrity and honour and making false statements under oath. Judge Elias Matojane had nothing good to say about acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza’s conduct in a bid to suspend the unit’s head in Gauteng, Shadrack Sibiya. How can we now trust Ntlemeza to do his utmost best to protect and serve?
JP Duminy for taking a hat-trick of wickets as the Proteas booked their semifinal spot in the 2015 World Cup with a victory over Sri Lanka this past week. JP’s hat-trick was the second in South African one-day international history, but the first at a World Cup. He was also the second spinner to take a World Cup hat-trick, behind Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq.Not:
The world would be better if people like Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu weren’t in power. For a long time now, neighbouring Palestine has been living under Israel’s oppressive rules. In the run-up to the election this past week, Netanyahu vowed not to create a separate state for Palestine. Clearly, power corrupts – absolutely.
Sizwe Nxasana, the man with the Midas touch, has announced his decision to step down as FirstRand CEO. Under his tenure, FirstRand has become a top-eight firm on the JSE and is Africa’s largest bank by market value and earnings. The group reported stellar profit, a trend that has followed Nxasana through a star-studded career. A role model for generations to come.Not:
Speaker Baleka Mbete has never been everyone’s cup of tea. This week she vindicated her critics. When President Zuma ignored her intervention in Parliament – four times – she made excuses that he could not hear her “pleas for him to sit”. To top it all, she told MPs they were not equal to Zuma. Has she ever read the Constitution?
South Africa loves a bunch of winners. The national Under-17 soccer team reached today’s CAF Junior Championships final, where they meet Mali. They also qualified for the Fifa World Cup in Chile in October when they beat giants Nigeria in the semifinal on Wednesday. We can only say “well done, boys”. Bringing the cup home will be the cherry on top.Not:
Anyone who has heard Mohau Pheko speaking of matters political and economic would testify that she is well schooled. She understands these issues and speaks with authority. Why then did she have to embellish her qualification? It is such a pity she thought she needed to be called “Dr Pheko” to be taken seriously.
Rhodes was a nasty piece of work. The statue should have been pulled down and given to the Apartheid Museum in about May 1994.
President Jacob Zuma has declared Chris Hani’s grave a heritage site, on the 22nd anniversary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) leader’s assassination in Boksburg.
It is true that transformation with architecture is not happening fast enough, but destroying the figures is not the solution.