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28th Jun 2012, 06:41
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Mac the Knife
28th Jun 2012, 08:16
SRT, your first long quote is interesting (the link is wrong BTW), but I think that it attributes far more clear thought and ability to set (and follow) long-term goals to the ANC (and, though they are marginally smarter, the SACP), than is evident.

The NDR is a lot of wooly verbiage, directed mostly at internal committee point-scoring - our current political masters have no concrete concept and even less idea how to bring it about. Never attribute to malice what can equally be explained by stu/cu-pidity.

What they ARE interested in is entrenching the current kleptocracy where generally incompetent cadres are appointed to responsible positions that they have neither the interest or ability to perform, while dispensing lucrative contracts to equally venal and incompetent friends and family (this happens in Westminster too).

But quite apart from the jobless and pissed-off youth whom Malema so ably tapped into, a steadily increasing black middle-class is getting equally pissed-off and disinclined to support the ANC.

As the paper points out, there ARE constraints outside the ANC, as well as a small number of influential members who are more clear-sighted.

I wouldn't regard it all as a fait accompli just yet.


Solid Rust Twotter
28th Jun 2012, 09:23
One can only hope, Mr Knife. It would be unwise to hold one's breath though.

Solid Rust Twotter
28th Jun 2012, 10:29

29th Jun 2012, 07:15

Solid Rust Twotter
29th Jun 2012, 15:12
On top of plans by the thieving wuckfit to screw even more out of the hard pressed productive sector to pass along to the unproductive in order to cling to their votes, idiot boy now has delusions of adequacy. I'm beginning to think this megalomaniac will make Mugabe appear sane and reasonable once he gets into his stride. We're in deep trouble.

New R2bn jet for Zuma

June 29 2012 at 09:00am

SECRETARY of Defence Sam Makhudu Gulube is in the US on a two-week trip to finalise the purchase of a mega-bling VIP jet for president Jacob Zuma.

The jet will cost taxpayers $235 million (nearly R2 billion) if the purchase goes ahead.

The 300-seater Boeing 777-200LR earmarked as “ZA1” will cost $80m to reconfigure to Zuma’s specifications on top of a $150m purchase price, The Star has learnt.

Also included in the deal is a $28m Global Express 600 for the deputy president’s use, bringing the total bill for the VVIP transport to $183m (more than R2.2bn).

The Star has information that the deal, though negotiated on the basis of cabinet approval, has failed to follow normal requirements that such procurements be put out to competitive tender.

“It’s simply wrong to spend nearly R2 billion on President Jacob Zuma’s new Boeing 777-200 LR business jet when so many people in our country are poor,” DA defence spokesman David Maynier said.

“I hope delegates at the ANC’s national policy conference ask President Zuma to explain how a R2 billion presidential business jet will help our country tackle the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality.”

Negotiated directly with Boeing, according to evidence in The Star’s possession, the Zuma jet was secured at a price, before reconfiguration, of $155m – knocked down from $305m.

Originally destined for another buyer, the 777 apparently became available when that deal fell through.

But after the South African shoppers – with ministerial policy adviser and political commentator Professor Sipho Seepe serving as a go-between – missed an earlier deadline for a “definitive agreement” to be signed and sealed by May 30, the temperature went up.

New deadlines were set for the middle of June, with Boeing negotiators J Miguel Santos and Carlos Horan threatening to pull the plug if the South Africans did not make concrete commitments.

Seepe confirmed to The Star he had acted as a middleman between the ministry and Boeing in pursuit of cabinet directives in respect of the aircraft.

It remains unclear whether the Treasury was approached to invoke special powers to override the competitive tender specification on the basis of urgency.

Also unclear is what budgets would be called upon to stump up on a shortfall of $183m identified by former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

This was after Sisulu indicated last month that the Department of Defence (DoD) could find the $80m required to reconfigure and refurbish the earmarked Zuma plane.

She was also of the opinion that the DoD could cover the hefty operational costs for the two planes if it reprioritised budgets and expenditures.

The Treasury, however, has remained tight-lipped on whether authorisation was given to the rerouting of government funds as suggested by the Defence Ministry.

Another deviation from normal practice mooted in the Defence Ministry’s apparent haste to push the contracts through was to acquire the planes via SAA – as opposed to the SA Air Force, the relevant authority mandated for VVIP air travel.

Such a procedure would be possible, The Star has learnt, under Treasury regulations – which allow for other organs of state to be used for procurement purposes.

However, such procedures do not obviate the overriding requirement for going to a competitive tender process.

Finance Ministry spokesman Jabulani Sikhakhane said: “National Treasury was consulted, as is normal with matters of this nature.”

However, the Treasury was not in a position to disclose its specific recommendations, he said.

The government’s planned spending spree comes at a time when earlier blunders and misadventures around VIP air transport could cost the country billions in months and years to come.

Nigerian-owned Adonai Aviation – awarded a five-year lease contract to the value of R826m in 2010, which was subsequently summarily cancelled – continues to be in litigation with the DoD, demanding a review of the cancellation of its contract. If successful, the review would open the door to multibillion-rand damages claims.

Meanwhile, the current presidential jet, Inkwazi, was returned to service at the beginning of this year after being out of service for most of last year for routine upgrades and maintenance.

DoD spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said there was a new minister (Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula) at the helm, who was still being briefed:

“These briefings are to allow the minister to familiarise herself with issues that need to be attended by her department. Once these are concluded, we will be able to engage,” Dlamini said.

Solid Rust Twotter
2nd Jul 2012, 09:03
Like squabbling children. They're all intent on destroying the country, just the method remains to be decided. No wonder SA is spiraling around the drain.

2012-07-01 20:41

City Press politics team

Johannesburg - Last week’s ANC policy conference saw President Jacob Zuma taking a series of knocks that have left serious doubts about how much support he still has in the party he leads.

Zuma was defeated on almost all the policies he championed, signalling that the ANC was divided in its support for him.

Policies linked to him include:

» The proposed “second transition” document, which delegates decided should instead be called “the second phase of the first transition”;

» The youth wage subsidy, which Zuma mooted for the first time in his 2010 State of the Nation Address, but which was rejected by delegates; and

» The controversial traditional courts bill, which was dusted off by Zuma and which was seen as an attempt to win the support of traditional leaders in rural provinces.

In a further dent to his ambitions, the policies which Zuma opposed were pushed through during the Midrand conference.

For example, the party agreed to “strategic nationalisation”, which meant the state could take over assets it felt were necessary to its development, such as Telkom.

Second transition

Zuma was at pains to explain during the conference that the second transition was not his idea, but delegates saw it differently.

A member of Zuma’s executive said it was clear in commissions that speaking in favour of the second transition meant you were supporting Zuma.

The source said: “It was so bad. It was clear that if you get up to talk, you are going one way or the other way. Even if you supported some parts of the [second transition] document, you couldn’t say it, because then you’d be lumped with the other side.”

The source also said that ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and Zuma took part in the debates, but were divided about what the second transition meant.

“They went from commission to commission. [Motlanthe] was asking questions about the second transition and number one [Zuma] was just there to reinforce his stance that the second transition was a good thing.”

Another delegate said the issue was “over-personalised” by delegates from provinces like KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Free State as being about Zuma. This had affected the depth of the theoretical debate, according to the delegate.


A Gauteng anti-Zuma delegate said the word from the president’s camp was that there was “a high level of panic” among his supporters and that Zuma was “uncomfortable” as a leader after last week.

Sources said the agreement in conference was that the second transition would be merely “appreciated”.

The party’s policy head Jeff Radebe told journalists on Thursday that all commissions accepted the content and thrust of the strategy and tactics document, of which the second transition formed part.

A pro-Zuma national executive committee member said it would be unfair to describe the dropping of the term “second transition” as a setback for Zuma: “[ANC secretary general Gwede] Mantashe himself said you can call this a dog, or a white cat. The name changed, but nothing else in the document changed.”

Instead of Zuma’s youth wage subsidy the party pushed the job seekers’ grant which, rather than pay companies to employ young people, would pay a grant to young job seekers.

The ANC’s ally Cosatu resisted the youth wage subsidy from the start, but the idea initially seemed to enjoy support within the party.

Last week it was rejected outright.

Zuma could now be forced to reroute the already approved budget of R5bn allocated to the youth wage subsidy.

Traditional courts bill

The controversial traditional courts bill, which originated during Thabo Mbeki’s presidency but which was pushed by Zuma in recent months, came under fire in the commissions.

Despite Zuma’s warnings to conference about discipline, delegates failed to abide by the rules that forbade divisive behaviour.

They openly sang songs supporting Motlanthe, while others sang that Zuma would win a second term in Mangaung.

In plenary sessions, delegates argued to the point of throwing water bottles at each other and on Friday night a discussion about nationalisation turned ugly as delegates started pushing and shoving each other.

Zuma hurriedly left the meeting hall to go to his holding room – according to some to go and regroup. Others said he was just going to the toilet.

A national executive committee member told City Press these incidents could warrant disciplinary action against the delegates involved.

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd Jul 2012, 15:34

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Jul 2012, 17:08
The plunder and destruction continues. When nothing is left, the regime and their cronies will no doubt blame the past as usual.

Pilgrim's Rest

In what many are describing as the death knell for this tiny tourist town, 18 businesses premises have been ordered to evacuate by the last day of this month.

These include the BP garage, caravan park, golf club, Scott’s Café, The Vine, Pilgrim’s Pantry and Mona Cottage.

During November 2011, the businesses of Pilgrim’s Rest were put out on tender in the government gazette.

According to resident Isabel Jacobs not one business ‘‘owner’’ was informed beforehand that his or her business was up for grabs.

‘‘It was by chance that they learned of the advertisement in the gazette. All the business owners attended the tender meeting and duly completed and submitted their tender documents. And then the waiting started,’’ Jacobs said.

After months of uncertainty and missed deadlines, the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport finally awarded 21 building leases to 14 successful bidders, of which only five are existing owners of businesses.

Commencing on August 1, 18 businesses will have new occupiers, of which 16 are completely new to Pilgrim’s Rest and have never operated a business there. Moreover, the successful bidders will be moving into empty shells, as they were only awarded leases for the business premises, not the furniture or other goods, which remains the property of the current business owners.

According to the new lease agreements, tenants must pay three months rent up front. This, coupled with the thousands and in some cases millions of rands that will be needed to re-establish the businesses has shed grave concern over the ability of the successful bidders to establish Pilgrim’s Rest as a fully functioning, world-class tourist destination in time for the World Gold Panning Championships to be hosted in the village in October.

This concern has been strong for the future of the BP Highwayman’s Garage. It is the only petrol station in town and contains the only ATM. After running the business for 10 years, the current owner, Marius Brummer was unsuccessful in his bid for the business and served an eviction notice last Friday.

According to Brummer the new occupant will need R1.5 million just to fill the tanks and pay security to BP. This is before the three months rent in advance that the new tenant will be required to pay on August 1, and the thousands needed to stock up the shop. The successful bidder for the garage was Mangwanyane Trading. They were also awarded the tender for Scott’s Café.

One bidder, Matletle Construction and Projects, was awarded no less than five tenders, being the Golf Course, Mrs Mac’s Shop, The Daisy, Pilgrim’s Pantry and Caravan Park.

Johnny Reinders has been operating The Vine and Johhny’s Pub in Pilgrim’s Rest for 18 years. The entire reputation and attraction of the pub is rooted in the old man, whose knowledge of the village and its history, as well as his footprint in the community, is vast.

But despite all that he has ploughed back into the community over 18 years and the fact that Johnny’s Pub is one of the most loved and frequented businesses in Pilgrims Rest, Reinders’ was on June 29 served an eviction notice. His business was awarded to Timbhulu Construction and Projects, which also won the tender for Mona Cottage and Chaitows.

The DA has expressed concern over the entire bid allocation process. ‘‘The fact that one bidder was awarded five leases and two others three and two respectively is certainly not broad-based empowerment,’’ said Provincial Leader Anthony Bendadie.

While the impact of this dramatic change is written on the brows of all the ‘‘current owners’’ who have been ordered to pack up their lives and livelihoods at the end of the month, it has been a devastating blow to the local community, whose job security has vanished overnight.

The new lessees have not been put under any obligation to employ former staff members. ‘‘Half the town will be without work at the end of the month,’’ said Brummer.

Hendry Nonyane was born in Pilgrim’s Rest. He is 66 years old and has been working at the Highwayman’s Garage since 1982. ‘‘I am very worried because I won’t have a job at the end of the month’’. He is the breadwinner of his household.

15th Jul 2012, 22:16

Multimedia Video: PIMPLES: I gotta get that jet! - Mail & Guardian Online (http://mg.co.za/multimedia/2012-07-03-i-gotta-get-that-jet-1)

Solid Rust Twotter
16th Jul 2012, 08:53
Not far off the mark, I'm afraid. We forget how important the role of the court jester was in nudging the boss back onto the rails.


Solid Rust Twotter
16th Jul 2012, 14:11
A picture is worth a thousand words.


Solid Rust Twotter
20th Jul 2012, 10:07
After seven months, spent mostly in hospital away from prison, the thing is now being released on medical parole.

Jackie Selebi granted medical parole | News24 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Jackie-Selebi-granted-medical-parole-20120720)

Jackie Selebi granted medical parole
2012-07-20 10:55

Pretoria - Corruption-convicted former police commissioner Jackie Selebi will be released from prison on Friday, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele announced in Pretoria.

"Mr Selebi will be going home today [Friday]," he told a media briefing in Pretoria.

"The department has limited capacity to provide for palliative care needed by some offenders," said Ndebele.

Palliative care meant he would be kept comfortable until his death, as there was no hope of him recovering.


An 11-member medical parole advisory board met on June 20 and recommended the release of six offenders, including Selebi, who needed dialysis for kidney failure.

Three of them had since died, said Ndebele.

Selebi was the president of Interpol at the time of the investigation into claims that he received money from convicted drug trafficker and police informer Glenn Agliotti.

He was convicted of corruption on July 2, 2010, and handed a 15-year jail sentence.

Selebi appealed against the corruption conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal. His appeal was denied.

In December 2011, he collapsed at home in Waterkloof, Pretoria, while watching the judgment on television.

The appeal outcome meant he had to begin his 15-year jail sentence for corruption. It was decided he would stay in Pretoria Central prison's medical wing indefinitely.

At the time he had not instructed his medical team to apply for medical parole. Selebi had also been trained to administer his own treatment. He suffered from diabetes and kidney disease.


Meanwhile, he's been getting his fat state pension while in prison(sic) and having a good laugh at the piss poor crony friendly justice system in SA. You would die of an overdose before you got enough drugs in you to make up shit like this...

Selebi still getting state pension | News24 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Selebi-still-getting-state-pension-20120531)

Selebi still getting state pension
2012-05-31 08:48

Johannesburg - Corruption-convicted former police commissioner, Jackie Selebi, is still receiving a state pension and medical aid, according to a report on Thursday.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa revealed this while responding to a written question from the Democratic Alliance in Parliament, The Star newspaper reported.

Selebi's employment contract was simply allowed to lapse in August 2009, instead of him being dishonourably discharged. This meant he still receives a "huge, fat pension and medical aid", DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said.

Selebi lost his appeal against a corruption conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal in December.

He is currently serving a 15-year jail term, but has been in and out of hospital with kidney problems.


Is it worth betting on how long it takes him to join Shaik on the golf course?

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Jul 2012, 12:49
From Hayibo...

ANC slams racist weather for turning Eastern Cape white - Hayibo | Hayibo (http://www.hayibo.com/anc-slams-racist-weather-for-turning-eastern-cape-white/)

ANC slams racist weather for turning Eastern Cape white

The ANC has slammed “racist and colonialist” weather for trying to turn the Eastern Cape white this week. “It is not surprising that much of the Western Cape is white, seeing that it is the kingdom of the Ice Queen Zille,” said a spokesman, “but for these bloody snowflakes to come and bring their white tendencies to the Eastern Cape, man, that’s cold.”

According to party spokesman, Voicebox Vilakazi, the whiteness was up to one meter deep in many ANC strongholds.

“Historically, this whiteness does not belong here,” explained Vilakazi. “It is traditionally part of Europe, and we reject it bringing these freezing tendencies into our province.”

He said there was also evidence that Helen Zille’s administration in the Western Cape was exporting the whiteness as part of its “hellish programme to cut off roads and freeze service delivery” in the Eastern Cape.

“Using a sophisticated surveillance technique we call ‘Watching The Weather Report At The End Of The News’, we have noticed that all these so-called cold fronts start over Cape Town,” said Vilakazi. “We don’t know how Zille is making this so-called snow, but we suspect some sort of machine that sucks ubuntu out of the atmosphere and freezes it in a giant fridge of colonialism.”

However, trade union Solidarity defended the snow this morning, saying that although it had been formed in a weather system beyond South Africa’s borders, it now had a right to settle anywhere it chose within the Republic.

“Of all forms of precipitation, snowflakes are the tiniest minority in South Africa,” said Solidarity’s Piepie Poggenpoel. “As such, their rights need to be protected.”

But the ANC hit back, saying that plans were already being developed to destroy the snow wherever it lay.

“Intensive research by our Science Brigade has revealed that snow is extremely vulnerable to hot air,” explained Vilakazi. “Like all reactionary imperialists, it crumbles and then runs away once subjected to the hotness of our revolutionary zeal.

“Which is why the ANC’s senior leadership has been mobilized, and will be deployed to deliver election promises at the snow. Given the amount of hot air they can produce in a few hours, the snow is doomed.”

Mostly Harmless
23rd Jul 2012, 02:16
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Solid Rust Twotter
23rd Jul 2012, 10:05
David Bullard was one of those journos who thought all this would be a good idea. Funny how things change. Those who warned these things would happen were a little more farsighted than we thought, eh?


David Bullard
18 July 2012

The ANC's "selfless strugglemobile"

The opportunity was too good to miss. As I drove into the basement parking to drop off some dry cleaning earlier this week another rather more eye-catching car than mine entered the garage. I couldn't help noticing the number "100" prominently displayed on the side of the vehicle in ANC colours. Being a nosy sort of bloke I decided to take a closer look so, once the driver was safely out of the way, I went up to inspect the parked vehicle more thoroughly.
It was a Mercedes-Benz E500 convertible (with Free State plates) which sells for around R1m without any optional extras. On the side of the car were the words "ANC-Celebrating 100 Years Selfless Struggle" with the ANC logo liberally displayed on various other parts of the car. The rear bumper carried the same message. Obviously I had to photograph it and put the picture up on Twitter and Facebook just to gauge reader reaction. Not surprisingly it was much the same as mine had been which was sheer disbelief.
Now, with hindsight, I suppose it's possible that the DA had a whip round, bought a very expensive convertible, covered it with this 100 year congratulatory message and are driving it around the northern suburbs in the hope of discrediting the ANC ahead of the next election. But that wouldn't explain the Free State plates and, besides, if you want to discredit the ANC you don't drive around the northern suburbs of Joburg where the party has long been discredited.
You drive through the townships in the hope that the people on the ground might see the irony of the driver of a R1m motorcar claiming to be a member of a party involved in a selfless struggle. But that would also be a colossal waste of time and petrol because the people on the ground have had the wool pulled over their eyes for the past eighteen years and will still vote ANC simply because it was the party that liberated them back in 1994.
In a way you have to admire the brutal honesty of anyone who plasters his high performance car with ANC decals advertising 100 years of Selfless Struggle because it perfectly encapsulates what the post 1994 ANC are all about. Long gone are all the noble ideals of uplifting the downtrodden and poor and in their place is a hard edged get rich quick culture. But it's a rather limited get rich quick culture so if you're not on the loyal cadre list forget it.
It's a culture that embraces a whole range of evils, all designed to weaken democracy and keep the riff raff in their place. The most obvious is the dubious tender system which allows well connected members of the ruling party and their relatives to win lucrative government contracts to perform tasks they are clearly incapable of. Anybody who has attempted to drive on the road to Royal Natal National Park recently will understand exactly what I mean.
It's been under construction for well over a year now so either the funding has dried up or, just as possibly, the company awarded the contract has never built a road before. It may even be (perish the thought) that part of the upfront contract payment was splurged on a Mercedes E500 convertible which didn't leave enough to pay the workers.
If you're not well connected enough to be awarded a tender you might be lucky enough to get a cushy job with a fancy title in one of the many boondoggles the ANC has set up over the years. If you're caught with your hand in the cookie jar don't despair because you will be suspended on full pay while the meandering legal process takes its course. That means you can stay at home for at least five years without having to worry about doing a stroke of work.
The problem with waste and corruption on the grand scale that we are experiencing it is that it cannot be sustained. Eventually the cupboard will be bare. I often compare what is happening in South Africa to the tins of Quality Street toffees and chocolates that used to be a Christmas treat in our household.
There were so many different coloured sweets that it was possible to pinch a couple, shake the tin, and nobody would be any the wiser. Then the sweet thieving got to a level where some of the tin began to show so it became necessary to push the remaining sweets up the side to hide the bare metal. Eventually it became obvious that persons unknown had been raiding the sweet tin which was the signal for everyone to swipe a sweet.
By that stage there was no need to cover up the crime because everybody was in on it. Our economic plundering has reached that stage. The feeling seems to be that if you don't get your share now then don't complain when there's nothing left. Since very few politicians appear to get prosecuted for corruption in this country it has become a popular way of making a fast buck with a very acceptable reward to risk ratio.
It also carries bragging rights which is why it's obviously not considered bad form to plaster the words "Selfless Struggle" on the side of an expensive car.
One wonders what Nelson Mandela, who celebrated his 94th birthday yesterday, makes of all this. Does he look fondly on the leaders of his beloved ANC, believing that they represent the true ideals of the party he fought for? Or does he, like so many others in this country, wonder how it could have all gone so wrong?

Solid Rust Twotter
25th Jul 2012, 16:16
Twenty years down the line (or 45 from when the zombification took place)...

ANC mobilizes zombie hunters as Zuma blames education crisis on Verwoerd - Hayibo | Hayibo (http://www.hayibo.com/anc-mobilizes-zombie-hunters-as-zuma-blames-education-crisis-on-verwoerd)

ANC mobilizes zombie hunters as Zuma blames education crisis on Verwoerd

LIMPOPO. A day after Jacob Zuma blamed Hendrik Verwoerd for the Limpopo education crisis, the ANC has dispatched a crack team of zombie hunters to track down the apartheid leader. “If we understand the President correctly, there’s a 111-year-old undead white supremacist hijacking textbooks out there,” said a spokesman. “And we’ve got a silver tapeworm with his name on it.”

Zuma dropped the macabre bombshell during an interview on Talk Radio 702 on Monday, saying that what was currently taking place in Limpopo school was the work of Verwoerd.

“At first we thought he might have been implying that Bantu education has left officials and teachers without basic administrative skills,” said education expert, Dr Ivor E. Tower. “But even a Limpopo 2nd Grader can figure out that the textbook scandal isn’t about historical injustice. I mean, how hard is it to turn the ignition key of a delivery van?”

He said the only logical explanation for Zuma’s statement was that Verwoerd was actively preventing the delivery of textbooks.

Lead zombie hunter, Eton De Bruyns, said that his team was leaving nothing to chance.

“If Verwoerd is active in Limpopo, we have to assume that he has been living an openly zombie lifestyle since his death in 1966,” said De Bruyns. “And as such he has learned all the survival tactics you need to get by unnoticed as a rotting centenarian Broederbonder. Little tricks like not lurching too much, and not moaning ‘Braaaaains!’ during Sunday lunch with the family.”

He said that his team had been issued with silver-plated tapeworms, but added that if the worms failed to bring down Verwoerd, they would “escalate to plan B”.

“Basically we corner him in his lair, then blast him with the collected speeches of Thabo Mbeki at full volume until his head explodes,” said De Bruyns. “You could picture it as a kind of cranial Separate Development.”

Meanwhile, the Presidency is set to blame Verwoerd for a wide range of other social ills.

“The racist media tries to make us believe that the honest, hardworking, revolutionary public service stole R3-billion last year,” said spokesman, Spokes Mann. “That’s obviously rubbish. Anyone with half a braaaain could see that it was this Verwoerd abomination, embezzling billions to decorate his lair with lampshades made of human skin. Seriously. For real. Cross my heart.”

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd Aug 2012, 08:19
You couldn't make this up. Those who keep them in power are kept in the dark to further a political agenda.

As Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga fights to keep her job, it emerged this week that she would contest the widespread view that the Constitution guaranteed immediate basic education rights.

In the same step she has also backtracked on her previous promises to publish minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure.

Both these moves are part of her long-awaited response to non-governmental organisation Equal Education's application to the Bhisho High Court in March seeking to force her to publish these standards. Her first two requests for an extension to file her answering affidavit were granted, but the third was denied.

Equal Education's application to the court argued that "the right to a basic education is immediately realisable and is not subject to progressive realisation in the light of available resources".

By contrast, Motshekga's affidavit refers to "budgetary constraints" and "the limitation of available resources" in arguing why she will not promulgate the much-anticipated minimum norms and standards.

"[T]he right guaranteed by section 29(1)(a) of the Constitution is the right to a basic education [and] account has to be taken of socioeconomic realities," her response states.

The minister's stance was "perplexing", said constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos. The Constitutional Court, he said, had previously distinguished between education and other socioeconomic rights, such as housing and healthcare, by saying that "the right to education is not qualified by available resources and is not subject to progressive realisation".

"Children need to be provided with basic education now. It is not about waiting for money to do this," De Vos said.


3rd Aug 2012, 10:08
FW de Klerk: South Africa reconciliation spirit is fading - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/9429462/FW-de-Klerk-South-Africa-reconciliation-spirit-is-fading.html)

Mr de Klerk, ....... said that ........ the spirit of reconciliation and non-racialism that the two men helped to foster during the 1990s transition was fading.

The 76-year-old former politician said he believed Mr Mandela would be sad about how racism has once again come to the fore through politicians “at the highest level using aggressive racial rhetoric”.


.............. Mr Zuma also said recently that the scandal of children in Limpopo province attending schools without textbooks this year was the fault of apartheid architect and 1960s president, Hendrik Verwoerd, because it stemmed from his racist policies.

Mr de Klerk said playing the race card was damaging for all South Africans. “Racialism is called up, to my mind, in order to create a smokescreen behind which to hide the failure of good management and effective governance,”

William Gumede, an author, said Mr de Klerk was right about the racial rhetoric.
“Racial divisions appear to have heightened because of continuing inequality along racial lines and you will always have opportunistic politicians exploiting that,” he said. But he said Mr de Klerk and members of the old apartheid regime still had a role to play in defusing the argument and taking responsibility for their policies.

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Aug 2012, 09:26
And the stink of corruption just grows stronger...

Iran helicopter deal stink grows

AN audit report has slammed high-ranking government officials for "placing South Africa at risk" of breaking United Nations sanctions when they issued letters of support to a company trying to sell helicopters to Iran.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's romantic partner Gugu Mtshali and her close associates stand accused of peddling political support for the Iran deal - in return for a promised R104-million.

The Grant Thornton report, commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry, is the first independent proof that officials delivered on their side of a deal to solicit political support for the company, 360 Aviation.

It found that officials of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) were guilty of "gross negligence" by providing a government support letter to 360 Aviation for a R2-billion helicopter deal with Iran.

"The officials failed to protect the interest of South Africa at large ... thereby placing South Africa at risk of engaging in sanctions-busting deals with Iran," the report said.

The Sunday Times first exposed that 360 Aviation MD Barry Oberholzer was promised "government support" in return for a payment of R104-million at a secret meeting at a Johannesburg restaurant in February 2011 attended by Mtshali, her business associate Joe Mboweni, and former De Beers executive Raisaka Masebelanga.

A recording of the meeting, obtained by the Sunday Times, reveals Masebelanga negotiating R10-million for a departmental endorsement letter, and another R94-million in shares for continued government support for the deal - saying "there is nothing for mahala". (Mahala = gratis, for nothing.)

In the recording, mysterious North West businessman Joe Mboweni says he works "on instructions from mama", understood to be Mtshali, and adds that he is "obviously" interested in discussing the profit share. Mboweni adds: "When you are a politician you are not just political, you must also look at the commercial side."

Two months later, 360 Aviation obtained the support letter from DTI acting deputy director-general Riaan le Roux through the lobbying efforts of former Land Bank executive Herman Moeketsi, a cousin and business partner of Masebelanga. Moeketsi is known to be close to Motlanthe.

Oberholzer told the Sunday Times the company believed it was being asked for a "bribe... in exchange for [government] support", and that Motlanthe's partner had been brought on board to lend political clout to efforts to clinch the deal, including a planned trip to Iran she was to undertake.

An e-mail Moeketsi sent to Oberholzer a week later, with the subject "Iran trip" and containing copies of the passports of Mtshali, Moeketsi and Masebelanga, appears to confirm this. Also attached was a "commission agreement" that specifies Moeketsi and Masebelanga would be paid a R10-million fee "to obtain a support letter from the South African government".

When the Sunday Times broke the story, Moeketsi and Masebelanga denied they had acted improperly. Mtshali said she never attended a "formal meeting" with 360 Aviation, but would not comment on the recording. She said she was "firmly of the view" that she had done nothing wrong. Mboweni could not be reached for comment.

In the end, no money changed hands because the deal never went through. But this cloud continues to hang over Motlanthe in the lead-up to the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung.

The deputy president asked public protector Thuli Madonsela to probe the claims in February. Motlanthe will get a "provisional report for his comments before the end of next week," Madonsela's spokes-woman told the Sunday Times this week.

This week's Grant Thornton report, obtained through a Promotion of Access to Information request by DA MP David Maynier, found major irregularities in how the DTI letters were issued.

The report recommends disciplinary action against Le Roux. DTI spokesman Sidwell Medupe confirmed this week the report had been submitted to the public protector but did not say why no action had been taken against Le Roux.

Maynier said the report highlighted the need for "a policy review on the whole question of 'letters of support' " which, he said, made the DTI vulnerable to corruption.

When interviewed as part of the probe, Le Roux said that "in hindsight, [he] would not have issued the letter, or would have followed a different process".

The report also confirmed Moeketsi personally lobbied DTI officials, including Le Roux. Moeketsi could not be reached for comment this week.

While Le Roux told the Sunday Times in February that the letters were only given after a thorough due diligence, Grant Thornton said this "can be viewed as a misrepresentation".

Le Roux denied receiving any bribes.

He told the Sunday Times this week: "The letter was signed based on the collection of background information and the fact that two such letters were signed [in earlier years] by the former deputy director-general of Trade Investment SA, Mr Iqbal Sharma".

Sharma this week told the Sunday Times that, "had sanctions been in place [at the time, in 2008 ], I certainly would not have issued any letter, as that would be sanctions-busting".

Source: [email protected] Iran helicopter deal stink grows - Times LIVE (http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2012/08/05/iran-helicopter-deal-stink-grows)

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Aug 2012, 11:57
Meanwhile in the Glorious Liberators' Utopia...:rolleyes:

5 000+ dumped textbooks found in Limpopo
2012-08-07 07:15

Johannesburg - More than 5000 textbooks were found dumped in Majeje, in the Phalaborwa region, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said the books were dumped in an open veld on Monday morning and were in a good condition.

"The between 5 000 to 6 000 books range from Grade 0 to Grade 9 for various subjects," Otto said.

"Police along with the education department will launch investigations in order to determine where the books came from and where they were supposed to go."

Some grades in Limpopo received textbooks seven months after the school year started, while others were still waiting. Earlier in the year, lobby group Section27 obtained a court order for textbooks to be delivered to Limpopo by June 15.

In a meeting between Section27 and the department on June 21, a revised date of June 27 was set. The textbooks were finally delivered on the revised date.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma received a preliminary report from a presidential task team that investigated the late delivery of textbooks in Limpopo.

Zuma is studying the report and urged the task team to continue and conclude its work. He said he would pronounce on the report once the matter has been concluded.

Otto said some of the books were still in their boxes and all the books were taken to the police station for safekeeping.

No criminal case had been opened, she said.

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Aug 2012, 11:38
While millions live in poverty and the country spirals around the drain, the regime and their cronies are still living the life of Riley.

Nelson Mandela’s controversial grandson Zondwa Mandela has run into trouble with financial services giant Investec, allegedly refusing to pay the bank for his luxury Mercedes Benz – or to hand it over to the bank’s recovery department.

This emerged after Investec hired private investigations firm, The Sequestrator, to find Mandela and the vehicle, a 2008 model Mercedes Benz S320 CDI worth R669 000.

But investigator Howard Blumenfeld apparently got the run-around from Mandela to such an extent the he still doesn’t know where he lives, nor the car’s location, after nearly a year.

A sheriff is said to have visited the home of even Nelson Mandela in Houghton, and another belonging to Zondwa’s grandmother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, in an effort to find the car.

Zondwa Mandela is already embroiled in a massive mining scandal alongside the nephew of President Jacob Zuma, Khulubuse Zuma. As the bosses of Aurora Empowerment Systems, they are accused of destroying the infrastructure of two mines in Gauteng, resulting in 5 300 workers losing their jobs.

Zondwa, 28, is one of Mandela’s 17 grandchildren. He is alleged to have bought the Mercedes in 2010, but stopped paying the instalments.

Investec Private Bank head of risk and recovery Howard Tradonsky, confirmed that Investec obtained a judgment and attachment order for the return of the vehicle in October.

“He may have paid a few instalments in the beginning,” Tradonsky said, denying that Zondwa had received preferential treatment.

“Obviously when it’s a high-profile person, one is careful to be sensitive. But we try to be sensitive to all our clients. We’re not dealing with Mr Mandela any differently from other debtors who are unwilling or unable to pay.”

Blumenfeld said his investigations had revealed that Zondwa was living in his grandfather’s Houghton home, which the sheriff of the court had visited. “But that house was empty, and had been for 18 months,” he said.

Then someone reported seeing Zondwa staying with his grandmother, Winnie. “The sheriff went there and couldn’t find the vehicle. He left a note for [Zondwa] to contact the sheriff, but he never did.”

Blumenfeld added that they had no address at which to serve the summons because no one appeared to know where he was.

However, Blumenfeld said he was in telephonic contact with Zondwa, and had even met him in person in coffee shops to discuss the vehicle, pleading with him to hand it back, but without any luck.

“I talk to him daily. I sent him an SMS this morning. I told him if he doesn’t hand over the car, we’re going to report the vehicle as being driven without the bank’s consent.

“He keeps promising me money is coming in and he will pay the bank. But it never happens.”

Efforts to contact Zondwa Mandela for comment proved fruitless.


Solid Rust Twotter
20th Aug 2012, 16:06
You couldn't make it up...

Textbooks dumped for joyride
2012-08-19 14:30

Johannesburg - A Limpopo education official dumped textbooks meant to be delivered to schools so he could use a state vehicle for joyrides, according to Sunday's Rapport newspaper.

"He did it because he had to return to the warehouse with an empty vehicle," basic education department director general Bobby Soobrayan told Parliament on Tuesday.

In addition, a corrupt contractor, using an old letter from the provincial education department, went to schools to collect superfluous textbooks. These were then shredded. According to Soobrayan it was illegal to destroy state property.

"But the service provider continued shredding and burning the books."

The provincial department paid him according to the weight of books he collected.

Such contractors were a "generic problem", he said. Systems in Limpopo's education department had collapsed, and corruption and dubious contracts were merely one symptom of this, he said, according to Rapport.


Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Aug 2012, 18:59
More Hayibo. This time regarding the cost of Zuma and his multiple wives to the economy. Rome burns but the emperor fiddles on (in more ways than one).

Zuma explains R77m is for wives’ Hungry Hungry Hippos

After it emerged that Jacob Zuma’s wives will cost taxpayers R77-million by the end of 2014, the President has gone on the offensive. “I know some people think I should be the Presidential Spousal Support Unit, given that I earn three million bucks a year,” said Zuma. “But I don’t wanna and I’m not gonna.”

Taxpayers, known in Government as “the gift that keeps on giving”, were stunned this week when it was revealed that Jacob Zuma’s first term as President will have cost them over R500-million.

However, this morning the Presidency hit back, branding the estimates as racist and imperialist.

“This is why President Zuma is overseeing the slow and methodical dismantling of education in our country,” said spokesman Facepalm Nyanda. “If it wasn’t for counterrevolutionary maths teachers, showing children how to undermine our democracy by adding up numbers, Msholozi could rule forever.”

However, Nyanda conceded that the figure of R77-million for Zuma’s wives was more or less accurate, with the bulk of the expenditure going towards thousands of Hungry Hungry Hippos games.

“The First, Second, Third and Fourth Ladies simply adore that game,” explained Nyanda. “But they get a bit rough, pounding away on their respective hippos, jabbing out those little plastic necks to grab the foie gras truffles they use instead of plastic balls. There’s a lot of breakage.”

However, insiders believe that the truth is stranger than fiction, although not JM Coetzee’s fiction, which isn’t very strange.

“None of the wives know that the other three are also married to Zuma,” said an unnamed sauce, widely suspected to be Monkey Gland. “So he needs to maintain four totally separate households, dashing between bedroom doors between ‘business trips’. There’s this permanently fraught sexual frisson, with lots of implausible dialogue between really tedious people. So basically it’s 7de Laan.”

Monkey Gland also confirmed that Zuma was having to be “extra nice” to his wives as “one of them has nicked the launch codes for his prototype ‘Spear 2′ intercontinental ballistic dildo, and he doesn’t know which one did it so he’s placating them all”.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Helen Zille has slammed the expenditure.

“I would never take four wives,” she fumed. “We Zilles either take one wife, or a hundred. Or, in the case of my great grandfather Heinrich, seven, but only because that was the whole female population of West Bad-Huffenpuffensachsenblott.”

Asked how she would spend the Presidential allowance were she to become President, Zille said it would be divided between “upkeep on the army surplus Panzer tank division I got as a Christening present in 1951 from an uncle in Argentina”.

“Plus there would be the monthly payments on the slab of carbonite in which I am going to imprison my enemies.”

Source Hayibo

4th Sep 2012, 08:40
From the Mail and Guardian...

Sums it up really.

Working in and out of SA over the last year has left me more depressed about the future in SA than I have felt since the 1980s.

Coup by the connected and corrupt | Opinion | Comment and Analysis | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2012-08-31-00-coup-by-the-connected-and-corrupt)

Sheesh! :(


4th Sep 2012, 09:10
Truly so, there was corruption, nepotism and racism under the Nats but we had a structure that worked, to a greater or lesser degree, for most people.

Under the ANC, it's all worse and doesn't work for most people.

We now have a cabal of few politically well connected blacks and their cronies who have done enormously well at the expense of the majority, for whom living conditions, security and wellbeing have declined. We now have a larger underclass of deprived whites too, whilst many whites feel insecure and unsettled in their own country.

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Sep 2012, 10:02
SA is a de facto one party state, although the fluffy West will squeak and whine that it's a democracy. It's as close to a single party state as one can get with a tiny minority in opposition (around 12% of parliament IINM), and the civil service, military, police and education politicised and stripped of opposite views by the regime. The judiciary is barely hanging in there in the face of moves to make them subject to govt interference, although most of the top people are ANC aligned. The secrecy bill gives venal and corrupt ANC cadres carte blanche to rape the country even more, with those exposing the corruption at serious risk of prosecution from the thieves they're exposing.

As for the much lauded constitution, it serves as nothing more than a salve to the conscience of the liberal West, and is waved about when it suits govt, trampled under foot when it doesn't.

You thought Zim was a problem? You ain't seen nuthin' yet. More farmers have been murdered in SA than in Zim, yet the foreign press, so strident in the past, remains silent.

6th Sep 2012, 13:09
Honk if you agree!

With Brendan O'Neill. The Telegraph.

Try to imagine the global outrage there would be if the police in Russia or China shot and killed 34 protesting workers. And just think what follow-up fury there would be if those Russian or Chinese police then arrested and charged the workers lucky enough to survive the massacre with the "murder" of their fallen colleagues. World leaders would hold press conferences so that they could be photographed solemnly shaking their heads and wringing their hands over those nasty, brutal coppers Over There. Amnesty International would have to hire extra part-time staff just to have enough people to stand sad-faced outside every Tube station in London while wearing t-shirts saying "Protect the Human" and pressing anti-Chinese or anti-Russian leaflets into commuters' hands. Twitter would go mental.
And yet when those very things happened in South Africa – first the massacre of 34 miners in Marikana on 16 August and then the arrest of the surviving miners under a warped Orwellian law of the apartheid era that allows protesters to be charged with murder if the state kills some of their fellow protesters – the global gatekeepers of the human-rights culture said barely a peep. Amnesty issued a feeble statement, hidden deep on its website, about the need for the ANC government to institute a judge-led inquiry into the killings. And then it went straight back to organising global protests to have Pussy Riot released from their Russian jail. For Amnesty, three pretty white chicks are clearly way more important than 34 dead black blokes. Britain’s liberal broadsheets, which pride themselves on speaking truth to power, have published no thundering editorials about the massacre, no stinging critiques of the ANC. World leaders are also keeping schtum.
Of course, the West’s self-styled defenders of human rights are infamous for their double standards. They are always far more agitated by Chinese police brutality than by any other nation’s police brutality, for example, because they think the Chinese are especially evil. They always describe wars fought in Africa – whisper it: by black people – as “genocides”, whereas the wars fought by Washington or London are always just “wars”. And they lose far more sleep over Russia’s imprisonment of Pussy Riot for two years on trumped-up charges of blasphemy than they do over Britain’s imprisonment of a tweeter for two months, or our imprisonment for four years of two blokes who wrote nonsense about rioting on their Facebook pages, because they think Eastern rulers are, unlike us, naturally mafia-esque and inherently authoritarian. So it isn’t a massive shock to find them downplaying one major massacre in favour of focusing on other, less pressing human-rights problems.
But there is more to the conspiracy of silence over the Marikana massacre than double standards. More fundamentally, the reason there is so little fuss about this act of state terror is because Western leaders and their mates in the human-rights lobby have for years been telling us that the New South Africa, this post-apartheid “Rainbow Nation”, is a living, breathing testament to the values of truth and reconciliation over political conflict and to the elevation of respect for cultural diversity and human rights to the top of the political agenda. And this massacre shoots that myth down. It calls into question, in the most dramatic fashion imaginable, the idea that the New South Africa is a paragon of virtue and an advert for making “human rights” the lingua franca of political life, as the ANC has done. What this massacre reveals is that, in truth, there are deep, seriously unresolved divisions in South Africa, continuing and profound inequality, and rising disgruntlement among black workers with their black rulers. None of that reality is palatable to politicians or commentators over here, who for years have been behaving as if every problem in South Africa was fixed by the reforms that followed the unbanning of the ANC and the institutionalisation of a new kind of PC politics, and so they just ignore it – they ignore the massacre and they ignore the divisions that nurtured it.
Anti-apartheid activists used to argue that those Western leaders who refused to condemn the apartheid regime were cynically putting their own interests, usually their business interests in South Africa, above the lives and liberties of black South Africans. By the same token, the human-rights lobby that has said barely a word about the Marikana massacre is now promoting its own interests, its investment of so much overblown hope and hype in the New South Africa, above the lives and liberties of the black workers who live there.

Probably not politically correct to say Honky. It's a derogatory name used by blacks of whites and might offend the latter even though many of the former
wouldn't even recognise the word as an insult.

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Sep 2012, 16:27
The emperor fiddles around buying new toys, while Rome burns...

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is set to meet her finance colleague, Pravin Gordhan soon to start a new acquisition process for a new “VVIP” fleet for the South African Air Force.
In an oral reply to a question last week, Mapisa-Nqakula said “both the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans and Minister of Finance are scheduled to meet before the end of the month to take forward discussions on this matter.”

She added that in early July the defence ministry “Hosted a media conference wherein we announced that although the need and requirements for air transportation for our VVIPs [very, very important people; the President and Cabinet] remain urgent, and that at some point a new procurement process will have to be embarked on, the department will have to first conduct a consultation process that takes into consideration all our circumstances before a new process start.

“Such a new process will include all the relevant stakeholders, in particular the Air Force in outlining the specifications of aircrafts to meet our requirements, as well as the National Treasury in relation to the procurement and budgetary processes to be considered in this regard.”

Mapisa-Nqakula added that she was “certainly committed to come back to the House [the National Assembly] and report on any decision going forward.

She also noted “recent media reports relating to the overall costs of flights for VIPs between 2009 and 2012”, saying: “We share the concern relating to the high costs, particularly with regard to ferry flights. We intend to investigate how these could be reduced to the minimum. We want to ensure that the travel of VIPs, while it needs to be managed effectively, and with due consideration for the necessary security requirements, it is also done with a complete commitment to the prudent use of public funds. At the end of the day, as a department, we are accountable for both.”

Mapisa-Nqakula’s opposition shadow, David Maynier, welcomed the comment. “I do welcome the statement made by the minister that she shares my concern about the high costs of VIP flights and recognizes that there is a need to be prudent with public funds. … This is a welcome change from former Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu, who seemed to spend much of her time zooming around the country on VIP aircraft, including luxury Gulfstream business jets, operated by the SAAF.”

Maynier was commenting too on the transport of VIPs on-board helicopters operated by the SAAF. He noted replies to a series of parliamentary questions last week reveal that between 2009 and 2012 the SAAF provided 590 helicopter flights for VIPs at the cost of R50 million.

The SAAF provided 147 VIP helicopter flights in 2009/10, 194 VIP helicopter flights in 2010/11, 211 VIP helicopter flights in 2011/12 and 38 VIP helicopter flights in 2012/13 as follows:


Of the 590 VIP helicopter flights, 228 VIP helicopter flights were “ferry flights”. “That means there were no VIP passengers on board the VIP helicopter for 228 of the flights,” he says. The 590 VIP helicopter flights cost R50 981 806.70 broken down as follows:
· 362 VIP helicopter flights at the cost of R 44 822 319.60; and
· 228 VIP helicopter “ferry flights” at the cost of R 6 159 487.10.
“That is an average cost of about R85 000 per flight on VIP helicopters operated by the SAAF.”

This follows revelations last week that R34.5 million had been spent on 700 “ferry flights” for VIPs on aircraft operated by the SAAF. This included R 4.9 million that was spent on 58 “ferry flights” undertaken by the Boeing Business Jet (“Inkwazi”) used by President Jacob Zuma.

Meanwhile, as the country spirals around the drain, they're still trying to shift the blame for their greed, venality and incompetence on to something that hasn't been around for almost 20 years.

6th Sep 2012, 18:38
Apart from the Happy Hollow Hallucinators who live in Cape Town, the poor afflicted Afrikaner who can go nowhere and the aggressively retentive gold digger who works in Johannesburg, a lot of whites are preoccupied a great deal of the time with the mechanics, mostly financial, of leaving.
But Malema might be about to make an omelette of many peoples' plans. There are plenty of smart young blacks around who are totally disenchanted with the ANC. While they may not support Malema they could well see his little revolution as being the catalyst craft on which to hang their aspirations. It has been said before that the whites need to watch out for themselves when the blacks start fighting amongst themselves. We might now be about to see whether that will be so. The summer is coming and it might be a trifle warm on the surface let alone down at the pit face. Julius has turned the tables on Jacob it will be interesting to see how far the screw turns before the pips squeak.

6th Sep 2012, 19:01
If, and it's a big if, Jacob has any sense, Julius' car will suffer a brake failure on the highway or on a road ending in a sharp drop. Couldn't happen to a nicer person.

Mac the Knife
6th Sep 2012, 20:57
Julius is going to jail for fraud and tax evasion - and unlike Selebi and Shaikh he'll stay there (at least until the revolution...).


6th Sep 2012, 22:10
And make him the next "Mandela"? (martyr)

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Sep 2012, 06:55
Reckon he'll be diagnosed with a life threatening illness minutes before he clocks in to the clink, Mr Mac. It seems to be par for the course.

The most surprising bit will be if it even gets that far, IMO.

unstable load
7th Sep 2012, 09:38
If Juju does end up in the clink for anything, he will be out the day of the election result posting at the very latest. Meanwhile, lots of blood will have been shed in his honour.
Marikana and it's aftermath is nothing more than settling of political imbalances in the run up to the big ANC pow-wow later on when JZ has to stand up and be counted by his peers.
All those poor souls had done wrong was join a non-Cosatu affiliated Union and the Ruling elite can't have that happen as it's Cosatu that has their hand up JZ's fundamental orifice, making his lips move in sync to their script.

8th Sep 2012, 13:16
South Africa: It (http://www.economist.com/node/21562202?fsrc=nlw%7Cwwp%7C9-6-2012%7C3374406%7C36004083%7C) 's not just the mines

The rainbow nation and its ruling party are failing to live up to their ideals

At the next general election, in 2014, the DA hopes to make inroads in Gauteng, the country’s richest and most populous province, which includes Johannesburg, where a growing number of middle-class blacks are disillusioned with the ANC for what they see as incompetence and corruption. But the DA is still miles away from having a real chance of taking over.

Though strikes at places such as Marikana have become common in mining, they have not yet spread widely into other parts of the economy, as they did in the struggle against apartheid. But they have drawn attention to South Africa’s many painful problems, especially poverty and low wages, poor policing and questionable judicial authority. Above all, as the gap between poor and rich yawns, they point to the smell of corruption.

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Sep 2012, 09:06
It's sad that the folks who took most of the crap under apartheid are once again under the cosh from the ANC, along with the minority groups. Very little is being done to fix the deep rooted problems, the focus being more on staying in power and self enrichment by the ruling elite. Short term gains won't last, yet there is a lack of long term planning to make things better for all. Reading the EU threads, that appears to be universal among politicians, but Africa has its own unique problems to complicate things even more.

Mike X
9th Sep 2012, 12:15

So much is taken as "conspiracy." Yet, every developed country is sinking. Who holds the reigns ?

South Africa IS a first world country at the gat-end of the world. And yes, the leaders (sic) are ruining it.

What to do ?

Solid Rust Twotter
10th Sep 2012, 08:00
Elect new leaders? Unfortunately the population is being kept uneducated and in fear of anyone who challenges the regime, so it'll be a long time coming, if at all.

10th Sep 2012, 08:08
allAfrica.com: Africa: South Africa Now Like Animal Farm (http://allafrica.com/stories/201209080085.html)

It wasn't only the killing of 34 miners by South African police in August..............What shook everyone, especially the South Africans, was the idea that in this brave new democracy, with its high ideals and Bill of Rights, agents of the state should rely on the brutal methods and repressive legislation of the apartheid era.

Perhaps it shouldn't have been so surprising, certainly not to anyone who has read Animal Farm, George Orwell's celebrated allegory on revolutions. As most school-children know, it's the story of some farmyard animals who overthrow their tyrannical human farmer, only to discover that their leaders, the pigs, have adopted his clothes, moved into his house, and are walking around on two legs, carrying whips, protected by ferocious dogs. Not only have the new leaders assumed the lifestyle of their former master, they have also abandoned their revolutionary ideals: their founding principle that all animals are equal, has become the cynical dictum all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

The heady rhetoric of the ending of apartheid, the uplifting messianic epic of Nelson Mandela, tended to mask what was really going on in South Africa. While most people saw it as a handover of power from a minority to a majority, what actually happened was a handover from one minority to another - a change of ruling elites. A few black South Africans have grown richer over the past few years: some have grown fabulously rich. ............................... most black South Africans, who, under the new 'majority' regime, have remained in poverty.

Solid Rust Twotter
11th Sep 2012, 09:11
Truth in jest? The circus rolls on.

Anti-Zuma candidates reveal their vision for stuffing up South Africa

As senior ANC leaders jostle for position ahead of the Mangaung elective conference, the leading contenders have put forward their own visions for completely stuffing up South Africa. “Jacob Zuma has stuffed up this country for too long,” said one. “It’s time he stepped aside and let new people stuff it up.”

This morning the ANC announced that it had never been more united, prompting speculation that the party could disintegrate within the next 48 hours.

“There are no factions inside the ANC,” said spokesman Whitewash Woza. “Unless you are referring to the Comrades who want to unseat President Zuma, and the Comrades who want to unseat the Comrades who want to unseat President Zuma, and the Comrades who want to unseat anybody who unseats anybody who unseats either President Zuma or the previously mentioned Comrades, depending on which option is more lucrative.

“But apart from them, we are entirely united as a party. And when I say ‘we’, I mean me and my nine colleagues in the Pro-Zuma Semi-Pro Mbalula Anti-Motlanthe Anti-Anti-Zuma camp, which is the real ANC, by the way.”

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe also denied speculation that he would mount a challenge to Zuma, saying, “This is completely false, and I will dismiss all these allegations once I am elected President next year.”

However, he said, if he was “forced” to become President – “either by the will of the people or by my carefully orchestrated election campaign” – he would be a wise leader.

“I will listen to the people,” said Motlanthe. “And by ‘people’ I am of course referring to my four advisors and the dude who brings me the latest instructions from the Youth League, scrawled on an Etch-A-Sketch.”

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League has announced that it will never abandon fellow challenger Tokyo Sexwale, causing the tycoon to burst into tears.

“That’s it , I’m screwed,” sobbed a gutted Sexwale. “I mean, everybody knows that when the Youth League swears loyalty to you, they’re about to dump your ass.”

Asked if he was concerned about being recalled at Mangaung, Jacob Zuma said he never worried about “people or things being recalled”.

“I try not to recall anything, in fact,” he said. “Like promising 500,000 jobs, or promising to uphold the Constitution…nope, don’t recall a thing.”


Solid Rust Twotter
12th Sep 2012, 16:30
The instigator of the trouble at Marikana and other mines being interviewed on CNN. No way in hell responsibility for those deaths will be shouldered by him though. Between Malema and the ANC regime, SA is well screwed. He now has disaffected soldiers who rioted and stormed the Union Buildings in 2009 on board.

VIDEO: Malema on CNN | News24 (http://www.news24.com/Multimedia/South-Africa/VIDEO-Malema-on-CNN-20120912)

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Sep 2012, 09:43
The Village Idiot speaks! It appears that despite some animals being more equal than others, and with racist employment policies set down in law, it's still not enough.

You don't understand democracy, Zuma told
2012-09-14 10:36

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma left opposition MPs infuriated on Thursday when he told the National Assembly that minority groups have “less rights”.

Zuma was responding to a question from DA parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko, about wage negotiations at Lonmin mine, Sapa reported.

Mazibuko had asked if he would consider changes to the labour relations regime, which pegged the union representation threshold at 51%.

She said this had led to the situation where AMCU (the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union) was not a recognised union at Lonmin's platinum mine, and therefore excluded from wage negotiations.

Zuma said that within a democracy the majority prevailed.

"We operate within regulated society... Between workers and employers there have been negotiations and agreements, and those agreements must be respected," Zuma said.

"In a democratic situation, it is the majority that prevail. I can't change the rules because you want to make a particular point. You can't then say, smaller unions must then be compared to the bigger unions in the same way."

The president said workers who did not join the majority union could not expect the same privileges.

"You have more rights because you're a majority; you have less rights because you're a minority. That's how democracy works," he said, provoking a huge outcry from opposition benches.

Zuma told MPs it was "a question of accepting the rules of democracy, and operating within them".

An unidentified MP responded from the opposition side of the House: "You don't understand democracy!"

- News24

Meanwhile, the empire building and nepotism continues. Useless airports for small villages ring a bell, anyone? Eldoret, perhaps?

President defends 'Zumaville'
2012-09-13 19:17

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma denied on Thursday that his home town had been unfairly advantaged with R1bn in taxpayers' funds for the Nkandla Mlalazi Smart Growth Centre.

Responding to question in the National Assembly, Zuma said he saw no reason why Nkandla should be "punished" because he happened to come from there.

"Should they be punished because they are neighbours to Zuma? I don't think that is the correct approach," he said.

"Developing that area does not trouble me, it makes me very proud."

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko asked how the president could justify spending money in an area "just 3.2km from your homestead" when other impoverished parts of KwaZulu-Natal were left without basic services.

She said within a 100km radius, villages like Ebizimali and Eqhudeni lacked water and electricity.

Zuma responded by naming 23 poor districts nationwide which had been identified by government as recipients of upliftment programmes.

"Development goes where it goes at a given time," he said.

He denied he had instructed government to give priority to the development project, which would give rise to a new town, dubbed "Zumaville" in media reports.

The project is expected to cost R2bn, with half of the funding coming from the state.

It will reportedly include a school, libraries, a sport centre with tennis courts, housing, and communal gardens and is linked to a rural development organisation Zuma chairs.

The rapid state-sponsored development has resulted in the president being accused of putting his interests, and those of his family, above those of other poor communities.

The ANC Youth League has called it "a case of selective development".


14th Sep 2012, 09:50
It will be interesting to see how Zuma responds to Malema's ongoing provocation. Whatever else all this does, it brings the very precarious nature of South Africa's supposed democracy into sharp focus.

Ultimately the people who actually suffer in all this, the low paid miners, the unemployed etc. will just be shafted again as the fat cat politico's jostle for power.


15th Sep 2012, 06:40

Solid Rust Twotter
16th Sep 2012, 21:23
Stephen Mulholland in the Sunday Times business section today...

NO MATTER who imposes them, racial quotas are odious. It is thus sad that Woolworths, one of numerous South African businesses created and managed by Jewish entrepreneurs, should endorse an approach favoured by the likes of Josef Stalin, Hendrik Verwoerd and Adolf Hitler.

It is a treacherous path, calculated to drive out talent, distort the workplace, visit injustice on the innocent and deprive society of some of its most effective minds. This was certainly the case in Nazi Germany's despoliation of its Jews, 1% of its population.

It is ironic that principal targets of the Nazis were Jewish retailers such as the Wertheim and Tietz families. Aside from being Jewish, their sins were to bring to millions of Germans a wider and cheaper range of goods in spacious, well designed shops (warenhaueuser). Some sin.

Hitler hated the fact that Jews were, to paraphrase Jimmy Manyi, "over-represented" in German society.

Hitler resented the success of Germany's Jews in medicine, accounting, law, academia and business, where they created modern retailing, as well as in science, where they won Nobel Peace Prizes, and in the arts, such as in the literature, music and painting that made massive contributions to civilisation.

The Nazis' Law against the Overcrowding of German Schools and Higher Institutions has an eerie resemblance to policies now being pursued here.

Should not Hitler have been proud of Germany's Jewish citizens, so highly productive, skilful and valuable to society and the economy as they were? No. He hated them for their very success. He was happy to drive them out.

Under apartheid, the distinguished Progressive Party MP Alex Boraine attacked the concept of racial quotas imposed on our universities by the Nats.

In parliament he said: "Whenever ... a student was admitted [in Germany] after the rise of Hitler ... they had to produce a birth certificate to determine whether they had any Jewish blood. This was a racial decree ... this quota system is nothing more and nothing less than an approximation of the Hitler decree."

In our brave new South Africa, highly qualified white kids are denied entry to, for example, UCT, in Boraine's words, "purely and simply on the basis of race". Woolworths and others have succumbed to a relic of Nazism and apartheid.

Clearly, because race and political affiliation today rank above ability in SA, we have folks in jobs that they cannot perform, as vividly illustrated in our broken education system, festering hospitals, rape of the defence budget, corrupt tenders, crooked police force, soaring power costs and nightmare of municipal and provincial incompetence.

One fears that in a century's time the ANC will still be blaming apartheid while generations of descendants of white South Africans will be flourishing in the UK, Australia, Canada and the US.

19th Sep 2012, 06:07
In view of the fact that what the current cabal is doing in SA makes apartheid look like a vicarage tea party, this is only right. It would be nice to think that a major nation will take stand against the oppression and blatant racism of the ANC – but they won’t. In the eyes of the world, blacks can do no wrong towards whites.

If they do, good for the Aussies!

Monday, 10 September 2012 08:01

The new South African government's racist policies and affirmative action has led to calls for sanctions against SA.
The National Chairman of the Australian Protectionist Party, Andrew Phillips called upon both the Federal Labor government and the Opposition to unanimously support the re-introduction of sanctions upon South Africa.

"It is becoming increasingly clear the situation in South Africa warrants international attention once again", Phillips said. "Despite noble announcements by the African National Congress (ANC) of its intent to make South Africa an egalitarian society in which all people could live in harmony and have equal opportunity-the reality is quite different."
His calls follow Woolworths SA asking that only "African Black candidates" apply for certain posts in job advertisements and South African Airways saying it will only appoint black pilots to its cadet pilot training programme.
Phillips said "Australia is dragging its feet in recognising the reality of the New South Africa. Euro MPs Barry Madlener and Lucas Hartong have already called for the EU to cease giving millions in aid to South Africa and have already raised the issue of what can only be described as cultural genocide in that country." See our story "EU take on SAA in pilot racism".
The Australian Protectionist Party recognises the right of all people, irrespective of racial, cultural or religious background to a safe homeland, self determination and the opportunity to control their national destiny in an increasingly globalised world.
"With the advent of so-called majority rule, minorities such as the Afrikaner communities are experiencing ever increasing disadvantage and persecution based on the colour of their skin" Phillips said.
"The South African government has done little to protect the lives of the nation's farmers and their families, actively promotes the on-going Anglicisation of the nation's government sector with the current debate of the "Languages Bill" and has reduced an estimated 10% of the nation's Afrikaner community to the poverty line through the introduction of a race based Affirmative Action policy - a situation President Zuma described as both "shocking and surprising", yet has done nothing to address".

"Australia was quick to take the moral high-ground against South Africa decades ago, now is not the time to expose our hypocrisy by refusing to re-introduce sanctions and apply meaningful diplomatic pressure upon the ANC regime," Phillips said.

21st Sep 2012, 18:00
BBC are reporting (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19680419) that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of firebrand South African politician Julius Malema on corruption charges, his lawyer says.

unstable load
22nd Sep 2012, 17:47
Anyone here notice the irony of WHO his lawyer is?......
Not your much championed Black lawyer...... Oh no, only
a White lawyer is worthy of representing our Juju....

http://www.iol.co.za/logger/p.gif?a=1.1388594&d=/2.225/2.226/2.232Hot shot attorney on Juju’s case

September 22 2012 at 11:44am
By Kashiefa Ajam

http://www.iol.co.za/polopoly_fs/malema-sep-19-1.1386204%21/image/3198699025.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_300/3198699025.jpg REUTERS
Former ANCYL leader Julius Malema at a media conference.

Julius Malema will be hauled before court next week - but he will not go down without a fight. Not with attorney Nicqui Galaktiou in his corner.
Law enforcement authorities will have to ensure that they have crossed their T’s and dotted their I’s if they want any charges against Malema to stick.
The attorney, who was described today on Twitter as a “fire eater”, has successfully defended the likes of IT service company, Gijima, SA businessman Robert Gumede and Zambia’s former first son, Henry Banda.
Gijima had asked the court to prevent what it described as the “unlawful” cancellation by the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) of a R19.6 million-a-month contract it has with the SA Police Service (SAPS).
She also got the Sunday Times to apologise for a column linking SA businessman Robert Gumede to election fraud in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Earlier this year Gumede and his firm, Four Rivers Trading, complained that the column, written by Greg Mills and published on January 1, sought to link them to a plot to ensure president Joseph Kabila’s victory in the country’s 2011 elections. The newspaper was ordered to print an apology.
Zambian authorities wanted Banda extradited after fraud allegations were levelled against him. Banda, who has permanent South African residency, was being sought for questioning by Zambian authorities in connection with a number of state deals concluded when his father, Rupiah Banda, was president.
And now Malema is hoping that Galaktiou can work her magic for him – again.

According to Brian Kahn Incorporated Attorneys’ website Galaktiou has 12 years experience in motion and trial work and disputing resolution matters involving a wide range of commercial and contractual disputes for corporate clients in various commercial sectors.
She is the head of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Her experience covers liquidations and sequestrations. She is a member of the International Bar Association and is now a director at Brian Kahn.
Saturday Star

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Oct 2012, 21:01

Just goes right over the heads of those with their snouts embedded in the gravy trough. It's becoming more of a third world joke by the day.

Top cop: Officers hire guns out for crime
2012-10-03 22:28

Cape Town - Some Western Cape police officers have sided with gangsters and other criminals, provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer said on Wednesday.

He told the Cape Town Press Club that 87 officers were arrested in the last financial year alone for corrupt activities such as selling drugs to gangsters and participating in armed robberies.

Of these, 20 had been dismissed. The rest were still involved in criminal procedures.

"We also know that some of our police officers hire their guns out to people to commit crimes," Lamoer said.

The department had registered all service firearms on a database to combat this trend.

Lamoer told reporters the province was afflicted by gang-related violence, substance abuse and illegal firearms.

The latest crime statistics released for the province showed a leap in drug-related crime between 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, from 70 588 reported cases to 77 069.

Illegal possession of firearms dropped slightly in the same period from 2 551 cases to 2 395 cases.

Gang-related crime was not indicated in national crime statistics.

Lamoer said the perceptions of communities were a more reliable indicator of crime than national statistics.

"I don't believe in decreases and increases of crime of more than 10% to 15%, to 30%, 40% because something must be seriously wrong in crime [statistics] for it to fluctuate that way," he said.

"We can celebrate the decreases in crime, but what difference does it make to a baby girl of 18 months who was raped? It doesn't make any sense."

He said the job of the police was to ask how they could go back to a community and change the perceptions of where they lived, or of the government that was tasked with protecting them.

Partnerships with various non-governmental organisations played a key role in keeping an ear to the ground and identifying victims, especially women and children.

Lamoer said these crimes were "sad and also very serious", with victims of sexual offences getting younger.

He said on Wednesday morning alone, he had heard of three girls, aged four, five and 10, who were raped in separate cases.

"It is with people that they know: their fathers, their step-fathers."

He said the police had "excellent partnerships" with non-governmental organisations such as Rape Crisis and The Pink Ladies, but more was needed to fight such crimes.

The partnership with the provincial social development department, for instance, was "not up to scratch" when it came to abuse.


5th Oct 2012, 23:36
Amplats fires 12,000 South African miners as man dies in violence - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/9590666/Amplats-fires-12000-South-African-miners-as-man-dies-in-violence.html)

Nou gaan die poppe dans!


Solid Rust Twotter
7th Oct 2012, 12:17
While the gravy train careers ahead. Eventually they'll run out of track and the disaster will be indescribable. Unfortunately those with their snouts in the trough who caused it will be least affected.

De Klerk denies Nkandla-style benefits
07 Oct 2012 08:29 - Sapa

Former president FW De Klerk has denied receiving benefits similar to those of President Jacob Zuma.
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According to the Sunday Times, the properties of FW De Klerk did not have work done on them similar to that carried out at Zuma's Nkandla residence.

De Klerk reportedly told the paper the state had paid to increase the height of a perimeter wall around his property in Fresnaye, Cape Town.

It also paid for the installation of security cameras and the construction of a room and a toilet for his guards.

When De Klerk retired, the government paid for a security guard's hut on the pavement of his Pretoria residence.

On Friday, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi claimed the upgrades at Zuma's residents were similar to those of former presidents.

He refused to disclose how much money had been spent on the security and other construction at Nkandla.

Protector launches probe

Meanwhile, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has opened an investigation into publicly funded construction at Nkandla, City Press reported.

"Yes, an investigation is under way," Madonsela told the paper.

Madonsela said her office began preparing for an investigation after an official complaint was made a few months ago.

She said Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko also made a complaint last week.

"Because of our resource constraints, the investigation hasn't gone further than contacting the presidency," Madonsela told the paper.

"We are asking the presidency who makes what decisions and who is accountable. This involves more than just [the department of] public works.

The Mail & Guardian reported on Friday that the Nkandla homestead appeared to have been declared a national key point and was consequently subject to blanket secrecy.

The government's own figures show that nearly R240-million is being spent on the homestead. This emerged as the government ratcheted up attempts to suppress the information using apartheid-era secrecy legislation.

A document published by City Press last Sunday revealed that in March 2011 the state approved a security upgrade for an amount of R203-million at Nkandla.

But department of public works director general Mandisa Fatyela-Lindie refused to comment in City Press, claiming the homestead was a national key point and thus subject to blanket secrecy.

Skirting draconian defence laws with ease in Zuma's sleepy hometown

Nxesi then defended the enormous expenditure and announced that the mere possession of the "top secret" document was illegal and he would investigate how it had reached the newspaper. However in May this year, Fatyela-Lindie herself supplied Nkandla's detailed cost allocations and projections in a briefing before Parliament's National Council of Provinces. This document can be freely accessed online. It suggests the department and Nxesi's claims that the information is "top secret" could be a recent construct, designed to prevent embarrassment for Zuma in the run-up to the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

The cost schedule presented to the council reveals the following:

Contractor fees at Nkandla are expected to total R193-million;
Consultant fees at the homestead are projected to cost an extra R44-million. Three engineers canvassed by the Mail & Guardian expressed concern that, at 23% of the contractor's fee, this figure was very high. Consultant fees on such projects typically range between 10% and 15%;
Several security upgrades for ministerial private residences are priced at exactly R100 000, which is consistent with the ministerial handbook regulations. The only two exceptions are Zuma's Nkandla, totalling R238-million and former President Nelson Mandela's Qunu residence, at R23-million, a fraction of what is being spent on Zuma;
The department misled the M&G last November when it claimed it was spending only R36-million on Nkandla. In the cost schedule, it does reveal that R36-million was spent on contractor fees in "previous years". But the schedule also reveals that during the same period the department spent another R26-million on consultant fees.
In addition to this glaring omission, the department was obfuscatory by failing to make reference to the enormous projected costs. - Staff reporter and Sapa

De Klerk denies Nkandla-style benefits | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2012-10-07-de-klerk-denies-nkandla-style-benefits)

Solid Rust Twotter
8th Oct 2012, 16:39
"...Staggering from disaster to disaster..."

Zuma is above mere middle-class morality
Justice Malala | 08 October, 2012 00:30

It is truly amazing to what levels of depravity President Jacob Zuma manages to make men stoop.

On Friday we had the incredible spectacle of the Minister of Public Works, the until-then-relatively-credible former trade union leader Thulas Nxesi, making a complete ass of himself as he tried to defend the fact that taxpayers' money is being used to build the president a R238-million palace in his home village, Nkandla.

Nxesi - instead of being absolutely outraged that his department is being abused to build the president a private palace while the man has the use of at least three massive residences in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal - used all manner of excuses to try to justify this blatant looting of the taxpayers' money. First we heard that Zuma deserves such largesse because he is the president of the country and therefore his security needs to be ensured.

Then the man said he would hunt down and prosecute whoever leaked this story to the City Press newspaper. The whole thing makes one want to puke.

So the outrageous spending of R238-million of taxpayers' money is not worth investigating but the whistle-blower will be hunted down and punished by the minister? Is this really the ANC of Oliver Tambo?

Any self-respecting head of state who had overseen what Zuma's administration went through in the past week would step down immediately. Scandal is everywhere.

The former wife of the "key" security minister in Zuma's cabinet was sent to jail for 20 years for drug trafficking.

Then the smell of the Nkandlagate looting continued to spread and was defended by the president's spokesman and Nxesi.

Then nearly the entire board of SA Airways resigned, citing government incompetence for their decision. A man linked to a dodgy company was then appointed chairman of the new board of SAA.

Zuma's appointment of Menzi Simelane as head of the National Prosecuting Authority was declared invalid by the Constitutional Court.

Strikes continue to spread like wildfire throughout the mining industry, with transport workers becoming increasingly violent. The police reportedly stood and watched them break the law.

Two leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers were killed in the most horrific way in North West.

As all this takes place, the Department of Education still has not delivered textbooks to some pupils in Limpopo - with only a month to go before examinations start. Non-government organisations had to go to court for the third time last week to force the government to deliver the textbooks.

Take all these incidents, all within a week, and you realise that Zuma is not a leader. He is not even a Mickey Mouse of a head of state. This administration is a nightmare, a horrific accident lurching from one disaster to the next every single day. It is no wonder that the Financial Times declared that ours is a country that is in political drift.

We cannot afford this sort of thing. About seven million of our fellow countrymen are unemployed. Nearly 16million of us are receiving social grants. A small minority enjoy extraordinary lifestyles, making us one of the most unequal societies in the world.

What this means is that we are a country on a knife-edge. The levels of inequality and poverty we have here, if left unaddressed or in the hands of the likes of Zuma, mean that we are headed straight towards social upheaval.

Here is the depressing thing, though. Last week Zuma sent out Nxesi to do his dirty work for him. It is not the first time that Zuma has done this - hundreds of ANC leaders did exactly the same thing for him in the run-up to the ANC conference in Polokwane in 2007.

In the next two months many ANC leaders, like Nxesi, will work for Zuma to ensure that he gets a second term as ANC president and therefore a second term as president of the state.

And the devastation Zuma has wrought on the country for the past three years will continue.

8th Oct 2012, 16:46
If it hadn't been Zuma it would have some other corrupt mercenary self-interested unreconstructed savage despot. Zuma happened to be in the right place at the right time to be 'elected' by people who knew no better.

That's African 'democracy' for you. I often wonder what all the Peter Hains and the liberal handwringers and do-gooders of the world who postured against the Rhodesian and former SA governments think now when they see what's going on. Are they proud of the damage they've wrought? Do they believe they have improved life for the majority?

unstable load
10th Oct 2012, 06:12
African democracy has always been "He with the biggest stick is the Democrat of the day".
That stick is being wielded to good effect, now.

10th Oct 2012, 10:40
Email received from a friend in CPT :

My brother and a couple of labourers have spent the day at the house, cleaning, painting etc. He comes into town from the plaas with the bakkie loaded with bricks, rubbish, rubble, an old gearbox etc etc, things that I need to move from the house to the plaas.

He called me to say that he had been stopped on the N7(Malmesbury road) at the weighbridge and that they had issued a R3 000 fine plus impounded the vehicle until the load was reduced to the legal limit.

So I shot through to meet up with Ian. We loaded the other car up with bricks and I took two loads to the dump which fortunately was still open. Once the load was down they allowed him to proceed but only on payment of a 'fee' to cancel the R3000 ticket. The 'fee' requested was R1500 cash in hand, I told them I'd rather pay the R3000 and do it officially.

It seems that the vehicle was overloaded by more than 400 kgs but they were unable to show me any proof of that.

Coming back home I had to drive through Dunoon (squatter camp) which is a nightmare, taxis cutting in front of one, overtaking blindly in the face of incoming traffic etc, but not one cop to be seen.

At the weighbridge there were several traffic vehicles and loads of cops sitting back doing nothing just watching it all happening and waiting for other people - white - to come up with 'fees' to fix traffic tickets.


10th Oct 2012, 13:01
" I often wonder what all the Peter Hains and the liberal handwringers and do-gooders of the world who postured against the Rhodesian and former SA governments think now when they see what's going on. Are they proud of the damage they've wrought? Do they believe they have improved life for the majority?"

Looking at the decline in social cohesion of those bastions of " equality " that railed against SA / Rhodesia ( UK, NZ Australia spring to mind ) and were culpable in SA's destruction, there is a certain poetic justice in " As you sow so shall you reap ".

Mac the Knife
10th Oct 2012, 14:16
In what other African country, past or present, would the Public Protector have been allowed to publish a report such as this?


Don't write us off just yet!



Solid Rust Twotter
12th Oct 2012, 05:14
One can only hope you're correct, MtK. Unfortunately, this is not the first damning report to be published. It'll end up being ignored, just as the others were. There is no conscience or sense of shame among the pilferati, merely a very strong sense of entitlement and no regard at all for those they see as powerless to stop them. Any sanction will come about as a result of internal politics and backstabbing among the ruling elite themselves, as they jockey for position at the gravy trough.


12th Oct 2012, 12:58
Mac, why the sudden outrage? Tenders have been up for sale since Noah put the first one out for the Ark. The ANC has been brazen about selling favors.

I guess the point must be it is ok to sell tenders, as long as you stay favorable to the party bosses.

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Oct 2012, 13:14
What did the west think would happen when this lot were put in charge? It was never about anything but power and access to the fiscus. Reality must come as a complete surprise to some folks....

14 Oct 2012
Sunday Times
Mondi Makhanya

Nkandlagate and Zuma’s monument to corruption

The president has dug deep into the taxpayers pocket to build his grand pad

HOPEFULLY sometime in the future, the leaders of our republic will see fit to declare the infamous Nkandla homestead a monument to corruption.

If they have the wisdom to do so, then South African citizens — young and old — will traipse through the Nkandla complex and learn about the dangers of entrusting your nation’s fortunes to an individual who is always in the hunt for a free meal.

They will be reminded how the development — which started as a R1-million money-laundering scheme involving a certain Jacob Zuma, his business mates and a French weapons company — ballooned into a R238-million burden on the South African taxpayer.

It will be important for the nation to remember that when the Nkandla homestead was conceived, it was to be financed via a bribe from French arms company Thales. The bribe, arranged by fraudster and erstwhile Zuma financial adviser Schabir Shaik, was to get the then deputy president of the republic to protect Thales from the arms deal investigations.

In the end, the French came through with only R250 000, much to the frustration and disappointment of Zuma, who had — according to investigators — begun construction of his multi-house complex in anticipation of the French money coming in.

In a sordid twist to an already very sordid tale, a desperate Shaik temporarily diverted about R1-million from a Nelson Mandela Foundation donation to Zuma’s charities to fund the building of the

Hresidence. Most of this diverted money was later repaid.

In order to complete the project, Zuma turned to his friend and personal funder Vivian Reddy, who then arranged a bank bond and paid instalments on his behalf.

He also received help from Mpumalanga businesswoman Norah Fakude-Nkuna, whom he apparently liked to visit when the moon and stars were already out.

There were also other benefactors that the spongy Zuma turned to at that time.

As forensic auditor Johan van der Walt pointed out: “He could not pay his debts. The only alternative was that he incurred them with the knowledge that somebody else would pay them for him.” It should therefore not surprise anybody that Zuma has dug deep into the South African taxpayer’s pocket to turn the Nkandla home into a grand pad. It is his way.

Zuma embarked on the refurbishments to his Nkandla home fully knowing that he would not be able to carry the costs on his R2-million annual salary.

In his life, money always comes from somewhere.

To underline the fact that he has little concept of right and wrong, Zuma came out guns blazing in defence of his brazen raid on the fiscus. He really does not get what all the fuss is about.

As the Nkandlagate story grew and the defence of the project by Zuma and his acolytes got more preposterous, my mind turned to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech, in which he eloquently spoke of the need for “haircuts” in these unstable economic times.

In that speech, he urged his government colleagues to be more prudent and productive in their handling of the public purse. “We need to constantly remind ourselves that this is taxpayers’ money that we are talking about and that taxpayers are becoming impatient with the fact that we are not adequately providing value for money,” said Gordhan.

I also thought of Planning Minister Trevor Manuel’s call for South Africa to build a “capable state” that is responsive to the needs of the people.

“To achieve the South Africa that we all desire, we require leaders to put the country first, to put the future ahead of today, ” Manuel said at the launch of the National Development Plan.

And then there were the ANC’s own self-assessment documents, debated at the party ’ s policy conference in June.

The documents made frank acknowledgments about the diseases eating the ANC and called for the party to renew itself as it entered its second century of existence.

They placed great emphasis on competence, integrity and service.

“We are creating a new type of ANC member,” Gauteng provincial secretary David Makhura told journalists at the policy conference.

The questions we now should be asking ourselves are: how does the government meet Gordhan’s call if the head of state is being embarrassingly profligate? How do you build a responsive, capable state whose leaders “put the country first” if the number one citizen’s primary concern is his own comfort? And how do ordinary members of the governing party buy into the renewal gospel if their leader is being gluttonous?

As we ponder these questions, it will be worth reminding ourselves over and over again that the very genesis of Zuma’s Nkandla complex was corrupt. That is why we should always see it for what it is: a monument to corruption.

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Oct 2012, 15:15
Now where would they get police issue weapons and a marked police vehicle? I suppose he should be grateful they didn't murder him.

'You f**king white dog...'
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 9:01 AM

A factory owner from Edenvale was robbed of more than R450 000 by a gang of men posing as Hawks members, according to a report on Monday.

Deon Nell told Beeld that he was confronted on Saturday afternoon by eight men in a marked BMW police car and two other cars as he left his factory to drive home.

Some of the men wore police uniforms and carried R5 rifles.

"They knew my name, accused me of money laundering, and told me they were investigating me," Nell said.

He was told to get into one of their vehicles and direct them to his house.

At Nell's home, the criminals helped themselves to money totalling R450 000, as well as jewellery, a computer, and the factory keys.

They forced Nell back into one of their cars, saying they were going to "arrest" him, then dumped him next to the road a few kilometres away.

"They said, 'you f**king white dog, we are going to take all your money. F**k off'."

Police spokesperson Captain Pinky Tsinyane said no arrests had been made, but an investigation was underway to establish whether bona fide police officers had been involved in the crime.

Solid Rust Twotter
17th Oct 2012, 16:23

Robert G Mugabe
17th Oct 2012, 21:37

18th Oct 2012, 05:46
bona fide police

Moot point in SA these days!


Solid Rust Twotter
18th Oct 2012, 21:09
The downward spiral continues.


18th Oct 2012, 21:26
It's deliciously ironic that the Economist should choose as a banner headline to illustrate the destruction of a great country, the title of the book, written in 1948, by the founder of the South African Liberal Party (SALP).

Sad South Africa: Cry, the beloved country | The Economist (http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21564846-south-africa-sliding-downhill-while-much-rest-continent-clawing-its-way-up)

Mike X
18th Oct 2012, 22:29
Indeed cheetah.

However, living here in the burbs of Cape Town and surrounds, all is OK.

It's crazy what's going on in government. Used to be Natal was the last outpost, 'tis the Western Cape now.

Rest assured, the resistance exists. Trust me. ;)

19th Oct 2012, 08:12
Some sadly salient points from the above mentioned article in this week's Economist.

The ANC'’s incompetence and corruption are the main causes of South Africa’s sad decline.

Since Mr Mandela retired in 1999, the country has been woefully led. For nine years it endured Thabo Mbeki’s race-tinted prickliness.

Mr Mbeki’s denial of the link between HIV and AIDS cost millions of lives.

Mr Zuma has had close shaves with the law for grand corruption and squalid sexual behaviour........ he has drifted and dithered, offering neither vision nor firm government.

Worse, Mr Zuma has failed to tackle the scourge of corruption.

The ANC under his aegis has sought to undermine the independence of the courts, the police, the prosecuting authorities and the press.

Nearly two decades after apartheid ended, South Africa is becoming a de facto one-party state.

South Africa needs political competition. Its neighbours to the north are moving away from the one-party systems that dragged them to corruption and stagnation for decades.

South Africa is heading in the opposite direction. The best hope for the country in years to come is a real split in the ANC between the populist left and the fat-cat right to offer a genuine choice for voters.

Until that happens, South Africa is doomed to go down as the rest of Africa goes up.

South Africa has made progress since becoming a full democracy in 1994. But a failure of leadership means that in many ways, South Africa is now going backwards

Since black-majority rule began its people have made progress. Many more now have access to clean water and electricity.

Between 1996 and 2010 the proportion living on less than $2 a day fell from 12% to 5%.

The starkest measure of South Africa’s failure is the yawning gap between rich and poor.

Since apartheid came to an end, a tiny black elite has accrued great fortunes. But that has only widened the wealth gap. South Africa’s Gini coefficient—the best-known measure of inequality, in which 0 is the most equal and 1 the least—was 0.63 in 2009. In 1993 it was 0.59. After 18 years of full democracy, South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world.

South Africa is 132nd out of 144 countries for its primary education
143rd for the quality of its science and maths.
(World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report)

Only 15% of 12-year-olds scored at or above the minimum proficiency on the language test. In maths just 12% did.

Only 20% of schools have libraries, and only 7.5% actually have any books.

Almost half of all schools rely on pit latrines instead of proper toilets.

South Africa needs 25,000 new teachers a year but only around 10,000 qualify.

There is little political will when it comes to improving education.


Mike X
19th Oct 2012, 09:12

All well and fine to cut and paste and be able to run, but what are you going to do when the proverbial hits the proverbial ?

So many are stuck here.

19th Oct 2012, 09:46
Mike : I try to be as positive as I can about SA but in the face of stuff like this, and worse, in the media, it's hard to be as positive as I would like to be. When I'm in SA I don't sense the negativity that this type of article conveys, but as you said earlier : living here in the burbs of Cape Town and surrounds, all is OK. When I'm in SA that's where I spend my time, and Riebeek Kasteel.

I'd love to think we had a future as whites in SA, but do we? I know that many whites are not as fortunate as I am and don't have a choice, but in some ways having that choice is not a blessing, because it means we don't commit fully to life in SA, as we know we have the escape route. If I didn't have the escape route, things would have been very different.

Many of my friends living in SA would dearly love to get out, but can't, and many who left have returned.

Long story ......... maybe one to be shared over a bottle of Stellenbosch's finest one fine day.

Mike X
19th Oct 2012, 10:03

Thanks for a balanced response.

I embraced the 'New South Africa'. (Always am a "live and let live" type.)

However, I've become soured over the years with the nonsense from the 'previously disadvantaged'.

On the ground, whites are a non entity, yet if it weren't for them, there would be no riches to steal from.

This bottle or three... https://www.cabriere.co.za/cabriere-wines/haute-cabriere/chardonnay-pinot-noir

19th Oct 2012, 10:07
Mike : My particular poison is Muratie Shiraz!

The 'previously disadvantaged' have painted themselves into a corner and will remain 'disadvantaged' as long as they have that atittude.

I'll PM you later.

Mike X
19th Oct 2012, 10:13
The 'previously disadvantaged' have painted themselves into a corner and will remain 'disadvantaged' as long as they have that atittude.

Correct, but they don't understand it (crows and bling come to mind).

Shiraz is my favourite red.

Solid Rust Twotter
19th Oct 2012, 12:47
Meanwhile, he wants everyone except himself and his mates to take a salary freeze. You couldn't make up this shit.


Solid Rust Twotter
20th Oct 2012, 07:47
The chickens are coming home. More foreign interference as well. Have they learned nothing?

"These hooligans threw stones at us," National Union of Mineworkers regional coordinator Madoda Sambatha said.

Sambatha said earlier on Friday their entourage had travelled to two other mines. At Kopanong workers told them they were going back to work on Monday and at the other, Vaal reefs number eight, they said they would not.

Both meetings were peaceful.

"We [then] went to Vaal reefs Moab Khotsong and were told that before we arrived, this woman from the Socialist Democratic Movement had already addressed those workers, and said they must not listen to the general secretary of Cosatu."

However, they went ahead and spoke to them. They left their cars and walked in on foot. As they approached they saw two groups – a NUM group waiting for Vavi, and a second group "who are the permanent disrupters", said Sambatha.

"We were on foot. As we were advancing, these hooligans threw stones at us. We retreated."

They drove back to the union's regional offices.

"We are okay. The car was not damaged," he said.

Detained and interrogated
Earlier, the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), a Trotskyist organisation that helped form the joint strike coordinating committee across many of the mines beset by strikes say they were detained and interrogated after addressing a crowd of over 1 500 striking workers.

Liv Shange, an executive member of the organisation, said the group had been invited by the mine's strike committee and began addressing workers by midday. Following the address, they met with committee members at one of the mine's hostels.

As they left, Shange said four members of the organisation who were travelling together in a car were followed by mine security vehicles, about five police vans and what appeared to be a security helicopter belonging to the mine. After being stopped, she said they were taken to mine offices where they were interrogated by a team led by a policeman who identified himself as Lieutenant Colonel Pretorius.

"We were stopped aggressively and taken to mine security offices at about 2.30pm and interrogated one by one by a group of 10 men," said Shange. "He said we could only meet with workers if we were a recognised union. I told him we were not a union and had the right to assemble and associate with the workers."

Shange, a Swedish expatriate, said she was also threatened with deportation and asked questions about her family and children.

The DSM, which is part of the UK-based committee for Workers' International, has chapters in over 40 countries. It has been upfront about its role in the ongoing mine strikes which have affected the platinum, gold and diamond sectors. It is also affiliated to the Democratic Left Front, a coalition of leftist organisations. Police have cracked down on the campaign waged in unison with the joint strike coordinating committee by arresting hundreds of striking workers.

The mines have responded by issuing ultimatums to striking workers. Strikes continue however, with workers in many cases disregarding the ultimatums.

George Ntsane, a strike committee member at Anglogold Ashanti said six workers had been arrested for public violence at the mine and that the underground workers would not return to work until their demand of R16 000 salary had been met.


20th Oct 2012, 11:27
Who says that South Africans are always gloomy and set upon by black politicians all the time (most of the time).

Look at Mr Greg Smith who, having dissed Goldmans, has now been paid a large sum for letting the world know that bankers like girls with huge pneumatic tits... Bankers and strippers. Who'd have thought it?

Goldman traders partied with topless models in Las Vegas - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9621139/Goldman-traders-partied-with-topless-models-in-Las-Vegas.html)

Revelations about parties, including one where the traders hired a topless model called Ms Silicone to join them in a hot-tub in a Las Vegas hotel in 2005, are to be revealed in his account of working for the world’s most famous investment bank.

Old Greg goes to prove that not all South Africans are tits...


Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Oct 2012, 11:04
Hayibo again. The ANC regime is truly a target rich environment.

ANC reveals Zille’s Little Britain plot to put one gay in every village
A day after accusing Helen Zille of hatching a plot with Britain, the ANC has confirmed finding incriminating evidence in Zille’s emails. “She has been ordering a documentary series called ‘Little Britain’,” said a spokesman. “Clearly she is trying to turn the Western Cape into a little Britain, and next will try to install one gay in every village.”

The original report by City Press was initially assumed to be an attempt at satire, or the result of senior ANC leaders accidentally taking Robert Mugabe’s dementia medication. However, this morning intelligence spokesman, Spoox Shabangu, confirmed that his agents have been monitoring communications between “the so-called Zille and the imperialist Death Star known as London”.

“Yes, there have been technological challenges,” said Shabangu. “For example, we discovered that when listening in on a phone-call, you mustn’t rustle your packet of Nik-Naks or the subject will be alerted to your presence and shout at you.”

But, he said, the most important information about the plot had come from Zille’s emails, which had been hacked after months of intensives code-breaking. “It took millions of rands and thousands of hours, but we got her username and password: ‘[email protected]’ and ‘password’,” he revealed.

The discovery that Zille had been studying the counterrevolutionary ‘Little Britain’ had sent shockwaves through the intelligence community.

“We immediately watched the documentary series and realised that she intended to install a solitary gay in every village, and to encourage men to masquerade as ladies,” he said.

He confirmed that a special Code Red Gay Alert had been triggered at Nkandla, and another R30-million requested from the Treasury for an anti-gay fence.

This morning the party’s leadership reassured the country that their concerns were real, and not simply a desperate attempt to distract voters from endemic government corruption and an imploding economy.

“We did not jump to any conclusions,” said spokesman Lackey Ledwaba. “We understand that in order to prove an international conspiracy you need evidence, and we have that. British people speak English. Helen Zille speak English. Therefore, Helen Zille is David Cameron. Wait, no, that’s not it…”

Meanwhile, in a surprising twist, Zille has admitted that she is in secret discussions with the British government.

“I didn’t want to go public just yet, but basically it’s a plan to ship thousands of gap-year Capetonian teens to the fleshpots of London to keep the British economy propped up for another six months,” she said.

In return, she said, she would be sent Daniel Craig.

“He’s going to stand in my office, wearing only underpants, and call me ‘Ma’am’,” said Zille.

Mike X
23rd Oct 2012, 21:52
You couldn't make this up. :ok:

Enough. All with a bit of brain understands what's going down.

We'll stand our ground. That's the outfielder, as us whites are, keeping the baboons in comfort.

Seriously, there is a groundswell, mixed race, just waiting to pounce against this corrupt regime.

Ja boeties, I'm moderate, but THAT time comes, and we all know who wins in this type of fight. Laat hulle kom.

Mike X
24th Oct 2012, 10:42
LETTER: Violence tainting everything in SA | Letters | BDlive (http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/letters/2012/10/11/letter-violence-tainting-everything-in-sa)

GARY Stewart’s life support system was switched off on Monday.

The Cape Town-based assistant driver’s skull had been fractured by a stone. Another violent strike, another victim. A few years ago, an assistant nurse from Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital was another. She was on her way to work. As is the case with Mr Stewart, no word of apology was offered to her family from the union bosses. They blame the third force for the violence.

At such times, I turn to the soothing sounds of Afro’traction and Asanda Bam to save myself from the cloud of despondency. Listening to them, one is reminded of the forgotten beauty and talent of this tortured land.

This senseless violence is tainting everything. Former world boxing champ Corrie Sanders is killed for what? What became of us?

As the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once said: "Perhaps this war will pass like the others which divided us, leaving us dead, killing us along with the killers, but the shame of this time puts its burning fingers to our faces…"

Violence, and the daily dose of errors by political leadership, are symbolic of a bigger and deeper malaise. Only those living in cloud cuckoo land will say everything is kosher.

You feel a tinge of sadness as you read of the ostrich approach adopted by the Department of Public Enterprises to the resignation of South African Airways (SAA) CEO Siza Mzimela.

No crisis indeed.

Our country has become a comedian’s paradise. A comedy of errors that is denting our image.

To complete your laugh a minute comedy series, add the following to your list: the bumbling SABC, the miseducation of the Department of Public Works, failure to launch SAA, a blind Department of Justice, the Julius Malema circus, the brand-new republic of Nkandla, etc. Take your pick and laugh your lungs out.

Some of the stuff you hear is so outrageous. Minister Thulas Nxesi is threatening to jail those who ask uncomfortable questions about the republic of Nkandla.

I am speechless when it comes to the Auckland Park towers of the SABC. Democracy is exposing the nakedness of our emperors.

Commentators and analysts are pointing to the lack of political leadership. Everything else is a symptom of an absent leadership. It started with Thabo Mbeki.

Please don’t blame President Jacob Zuma. It is not his fault.

In an ideal world, Mr Zuma should have been banned from entering the Union Buildings. He is not fit to lead this country. Neither are Kgalema Motlanthe, Thabo Mbeki, Tokyo Sexwale and Mat hews Phosa. They are part of the problem and cannot offer any viable leadership solution.

Thanks to the selfishness of the African National Congress (ANC), we have Mr Zuma as a president. Was he the best available talent to lead SA or just a stop-gap tragic figure?

I wish someone could take the present leadership to the nearest jewellery shop. Show them a Patek Philippe watch. Let them read aloud its pay-off line. "You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation." That should be the country’s motto.

Mr Zuma and the ANC, you don’t own the country. You manage it on behalf of the electorate. This means a responsible, answerable leadership.

Why do I even bother writing? No one cares. No one listens. Who gives a damn about what I think? Our leaders are busy enjoying a champagne life and preparing for the Mangaung velvet revolution. The winner gets to build their own Nkandla at taxpayers’ expense. So much for democracy. Sad, sad, sad.

Dr Lucas Ntyintyane


Solid Rust Twotter
25th Oct 2012, 07:42

All this was foreseen and warned against before '94. The liberal left chose to ignore the message and shoot the messenger. Can anyone here say "Zimbabwe"?

Parliament blocks question to President Zuma on Nkandlagate
politicsweb.co.za 24 Oct 2012

My written question to President Zuma asking him how much he will be personally contributing to the revamp of his Nkandla home has been thrown out by Parliament's questions office. This decision, I believe, sets a dangerous precedent in allowing Parliament to protect the President from answering difficult questions, and undermines the objective of written questions, which is to ensure that the executive is held to account.

I have re-submitted the question to the parliamentary questions office, together with an additional two questions directed to President Zuma and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula. I will also write to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, and request that he, as the presiding officer, make a decision on the validity of the question I submitted.

The argument that has been employed by the question's office that the question strayed into President Zuma's private life. I believe it is countered by the precedent that questions can be asked of a member of the executive on a statement they have made.

My question, as submitted, clearly referenced the statement voluntarily made by the President at the New Age Business Briefing on Friday, 11 October 2012, where he announced that he would be covering the bulk of the expenses himself.

The two additional questions to the President and Minister of Defence will ask whether the President received notice in terms of Section 3 of the National Key Points Act of 1980, under which it is alleged that his home has been registered, to cover expenses regarding the security of his homestead.

This provision clearly states that the owner would have to cover the expenses, or a proportion of it, as decided by the Minister.

I will further question the Minister of Defence and Police whether this notice was issued, and whether a decision was accordingly made not to have the President cover the expenses, and if so, why.

It is essential that Parliament performs its constitutional obligation to hold the executive to account to the best of its ability. South Africans want answers on the Nkandlagate scandal, and as Members of Parliament we must use all mechanisms, including questions, to get these answers.

Statement issued by Lindiwe Mazibuko MP October 24 2012

Solid Rust Twotter
25th Oct 2012, 07:57
An open letter from a Cape Town high school principal. I doubt it will mean anything to Zuma, even if there were a faint chance he could read and understand it.

Dear President Zuma

It's two years to the day when Gareth Cliff, a local media celebrity, wrote an open letter to you. It caused quite a stir at the time. And as I was thinking about what I was going to say to the Class of 2012 of my school, his letter came to mind. As I re-read it I realised it was about time for another one. Not quite as controversial perhaps but nevertheless another open letter borne out of my desire to see the 200 matrics that we're about to send you, fulfil their dreams in a positive, dynamic South Africa.

My name is Stephen Price. I am the Principal of Bergvliet High School here in the Western Cape. Some would describe this school as a 'former Model C school'... a description generally used to justify why other schools are underperforming. But that is another discussion.
You see, right now I am addressing close on 1000 teachers, parents and pupils at the Valedictory Service of the Class of 2012 of my school. It is a special occasion, full of excitement and expectation, of joy and sadness, of hope and trepidation, and it will be a day for them to remember. Their last official day of school. I'd like to tell you a little bit about them. But, before I do, consider this.

For the past 12 years or so every single person in this hall has been working towards this one goal. Their educators, their families and themselves. And in the past 5 years it has been our mission at Bergvliet High to develop in these young people, a revival of respect, a unity of purpose, a spirit of participation and more importantly, a sense of hope. Values we believe that will stand them in good stead in the 'big wide world' out there. Values that we should be seeing in the leaders of our country.

In Gareth's letter he outlined various suggestions that he believed you needed to pay urgent attention to. Sadly you, and our Government, have not responded with anything resembling leadership and we have lurched from one crisis to another over the past 24 months. I believe that many of Gareth's suggestions are still valid notwithstanding the crudity of his delivery at times. But I share his deep sense of frustration because, like him, I believe in the future of this country and our youth.

What follows is what my staff and I have taught our 200 matrics at Bergvliet High and I would venture you and our Government could do with a few lessons in this regard. Let me tell you what we have done.

A Revival of Respect - we have taught these youngsters about our shared heritage, about our country, about each other, about the value of treating others with respect, about being proud of who they are and about loyalty and integrity. But this is what we were up against from you and our Government, our elected leaders - continuing rampant corruption, fraud, self enrichment, misuse of public funds, the appointment of family and supporters regardless of ability, the manipulation of the justice system by convicted criminals - Shaik, Selebi come to mind and finally the massacre at Marikana. You let us down at every turn. You did not care. You lacked leadership. But most importantly you have undermined everything we tried to teach our young charges. Our Government has not, under your leadership, developed a revival of respect. Well, we are sending you 200 young South Africans who know what respect is, who know the value of others, who are proud of where they come from, who are proud of this country and who are loyal, passionate and honest. My request to you is that you show them the respect they deserve. They might be young but they are citizens of this country and they will be our leaders one day. Take them but don't mess them around. Provide them with opportunity - they will create the jobs you need - we taught them how. Respect them sir. I do.

A Unity of Purpose - my staff have taught our matrics to work together, to understand that each of them has a different and unique role to play in achieving the common goal, that without a vision people will perish, that if we all pull in different directions we will never achieve anything and that our strength is in the whole not the individual. Again you and our Government have let us down. We have watched in dismay as the unions, the factions within the Government, the personal agenda's of our elected leaders and influential individuals, have dragged the people of this country further apart, ever deeper into a pit of despair and ever backward and away from the vision that we all bought into in 1994. Why did you do that? Is the Alliance more important than the future of our matrics? Is Mr Malema so important that he can do and say what he wants and, by doing so, undermines any unity of purpose? Is it all 'just politics'? Is the culture of entitlement that prevails amongst our people and fostered by union, alliance and populist leaders, worth more than the value of hard work? Again we are sending you 200 young South Africans who know the value of hard work, of having a vision and working towards it and who understand that in order to achieve the vision they have to work side by side, shoulder to shoulder with each other. We are giving you 200 young South Africans eager to be a part of the solution. Please use every single one of them. I personally recommend them. They won't let you down. They will work hard. I know.

A Spirit of Participation - my staff have worked above and beyond the call of duty to provide every opportunity for our children. Clubs, societies, community service, sport, art, music, drama, endurance, debating, quizzes, National Olympiads, culture, recycling, continuing education, incoming and outgoing tours, exposure to exchange students from Germany, USA, Reunion, Canada, Australia, China and the UK, refugees from French speaking Africa and a myriad of extracurricular courses on project management, philosophy, engineering, design, music and art to name but a few. Every one of our students has had equal opportunity to be part of a vibrant 21st century South African school and the benefits have been incredible. Sportsmanship, empathy, understanding, comradeship, connection, health and wellness, competition, talent, strength, intellectual growth, stamina, love of learning, service to others, understanding the needs of others over self, leadership, courage, passion....I could go on and on.

But what example do you set? Instead of building up, you break down. Lack of school sport structures, bureaucratic interference in performing schools, constant changes to curriculum, lack of text books, lack of community infrastructure and your lip service to policy that outlines wonderful aims and objectives. We couldn't wait for you to deliver. So we did it ourselves. Our parents got involved, paid their school fees, supported our teachers, gave them benefits that you should have provided and this allowed my staff to give more and more. Do I hear the hadedas shouting 'former Model C school' at this point? Probably....but that's your fault I'm afraid. You've not done enough to raise the level of involvement in education. We witness the collapse of the Eastern Cape Education dept, Limpopo and instead of solutions we have officials avoiding accountability, scurrying for cover and making excuses.

But here's a thought. We have just produced 200 hundred young South Africans that are not afraid of rolling up their sleeves and getting involved. We've taught them the value of participation. Put them into work programmes.... Helen (Zille) might be able to help you in this regard...... into learnerships.... we have 6 trainee teachers permanently stationed at our school..... into sport and teaching, into apprenticeships, into corporate South Africa and I can guarantee you things will start to happen. But don't delay as many of them are looking to opportunities across the ocean and we need them here, you need them here. Tell them you want them to stay. I would.

And finally Mr President -I've always wanted to say that - A Sense of Hope. Hope - not in the sense of wishful thinking, not simply in the sense of a positive attitude, of being optimistic without reason but rather hope in the sense of confident expectation based on a solid foundation. That's what we've given our children at Bergvliet High. We've given them something to strive for, to look forward to, a vision, a better life for all....sound familiar? Why then does my DUX scholar, scoring over 90% in all her subjects, not get accepted into UCT or Stellenbosch for medicine? Why are her hopes being dashed? They should be knocking down the door to enrol her. Not your fault I hear you say....nothing to do with you. I'm sorry sir but it has everything to do with you.

Gareth Cliff said "India and China are churning out new, brilliant, qualified people at a rate that makes us look like losers. South Africa has a proud history of innovation, pioneering and genius. This is the only way we can advance our society and economy beyond merely coping." She IS one of these people that Gareth is describing…..and, believe it or not, we have 199 more like her. We are giving them all to you. Give them HOPE...because my staff have nurtured, grown and developed this hope in our youngsters. Do everything in your power to make it happen. They are ready and waiting and keen as mustard. Stop focusing on Mangaung. We have 200 matrics that deserve your attention. And they deserve it now…. not after Mangaung.
Thank you for reading this (I hope you do) and I quote Gareth again to end off.

"We know who we are now, we care about our future - and so should you."

Kind regards

Stephen Price

Sadly, it will only get worse under this racist regime.

Solid Rust Twotter
25th Oct 2012, 08:40
The carnage continues, while govt bleats about food security.

Why are Afrikaner farmers being murdered in South Africa? by Leon Parkin & Gregory H. Stanton, President – Genocide Watch 14 August 2012

The following report is the result of an intensive personal inquiry in South Africa conducted July 23 -27, 2012.

Deliberate inaction of the South African Government has weakened rural security structures, facilitating Afrikaner farm murders, in order to terrorize white farmers into vacating their farms, advancing the ANC/S. A. Communist Party’s New Democratic Revolution (NDR.) The South African Government for the last 18 years has adopted a policy of deliberate government abolition and disarmament of rural Commandos run by farmers themselves for their own self-defense. The policy has resulted in a four-fold increase in the murder rate of Afrikaner commercial farmers. This policy is aimed at forced displacement through terror. It advances the goals of the South African Communist Party’s New Democratic Revolution, which aims at nationalization of all private farmland, mines, and industry in South Africa.

Disarmament, coupled with Government removal of security structures to protect the White victim group, follows public dehumanization of the victims, and facilitates their forced displacement and gradual genocide. Afrikaner farm owners are being murdered at a rate four times the murder rate of other South Africans, including Black farm owners. Their families are also subjected to extremely high crime rates, including murder, rape, mutilation and torture of the victims.

South African police fail to investigate or solve many of these murders, which are carried out by organized gangs, often armed with weapons that police have previously confiscated. The racial character of the killing is covered up by a SA government order prohibiting police from reporting murders by race. Instead the crisis is denied and the murders are dismissed as ordinary crime, ignoring the frequent mutilation of the victims’ bodies, a sure sign that these are hate crimes.

However, independent researchers have compiled accurate statistics demonstrating convincingly that murders among White farm owners occur at a rate of 97 per 100,000 per year, compared to 31 per 100,000 per year in the entire South African population, making the murder rate of White SA farmers one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Incitement to genocide is a crime under the International Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, to which South Africa is a state-party.

The ANC government has promoted hate speech that constitutes “incitement to genocide.” The President of the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema, revived the "Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer" hate song at ANC rallies, until it was declared to be hate speech by a South African judge, and Malema was enjoined from singing it. For other reasons, Malema was later removed as ANCYL President. His followers continue to sing the hate song, and the Deputy President of the ANCYL has called for “war,” against “white settlers.”

After the judge’s injunction to halt singing of the hate song, even the President of South Africa, ANC leader Jacob Zuma, himself, began to sing the “Shoot the Boer” song. Since Zuma began to sing the hate song on 12 January 2012, murders of White farmers increased every month through April 2012, the last month for which there are confirmed figures.

There is thus strong circumstantial evidence of government support for the campaign of forced displacement and atrocities against White farmers and their families. There is direct evidence of SA government incitement to genocide. Forced displacement from their farms has inflicted on the Afrikaner ethnic group conditions of life calculated to bring about its complete or partial physical destruction, an act of genocide also prohibited by the Genocide Convention.

High-ranking ANC government officials who continuously refer to Whites as “settlers” and “colonialists of a special type” are using racial epithets in a campaign of state-sponsored dehumanization of the White population as a whole. They sanction gang-organized hate crimes against Whites, with the goal of terrorizing Whites through fear of genocidal annihilation.

What is dehumanization? The process of dehumanization has the effect of numbing and decommissioning the moral sentiments of the perpetrator group. Polarization creates the “us vs. them” mentality, in SA the “Indigenous Black People” group versus the “White Settler Colonialist” group. ANC leaders publicly incite followers using racial epithets. By dehumanizing the White victim group, members of the perpetrator group exclude the victim group from their circle of moral obligation not to kill its members. Dehumanization is the systematic, organized strategy of leaders to remove the inherent natural human restraints of people not to murder, rape, or torture other human beings. Taking the life of a dehumanized person becomes of no greater consequence than crushing an insect, slaughtering an animal, or killing a pest.

The ANC denies its genocidal intentions. But the South African Communist Party is more open about its plan to drive Whites out of South Africa. Gugile Nkwinti, South Africa’s Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform has declared that all “colonial struggles are about two things: ‘repossession of the land and the centrality of the indigenous population.’” Mister Nkwinti is confirming the goals of the South African Communist Party’s New Democratic Revolution (NDR) and stating that the colonial struggle is not yet over in post-1994 South Africa. He is saying that Whites are unwelcome “settler colonialists” with no role to play in South Africa’s future.

The Transvaal Agricultural Union, Freedom Front, Democratic Alliance, IFP, Afriforum and numerous other organizations have on a regular basis called for the South African Government to declare farm murders and rural policing a South African government priority.

The President, who should be the guardian of the constitutional rights of all the people, has deliberately ignored these calls for action. Former President F. W. De Klerk, on 25 July 2012 during the De Klerk Foundation's Crossroads conference correctly accused the current generation of ANC leaders of cynically manipulating racial sensitivities for political ends. In our analysis, the current ANC leadership also publicly uses incitement to genocide with the long-term goal of forcibly driving out or annihilating the White population from South Africa.

This report has explained the rationale for the deliberate inaction of South African government functionaries to prevent, prosecute, or stop the murders of Afrikaner farmers. As a group, Afrikaner farmers stand in the way of the South African Communist Party’s goal to implement their Marxist/Leninist/Stalinist New Democratic Revolution and specifically the confiscation of all rural land belonging to White Afrikaner farmers. Genocide Watch is moving South Africa back to Stage 6, the Preparation stage in the genocidal process.

cockney steve
25th Oct 2012, 16:35
The corrupt politicians need a good dose of lead poisoning.
By the time the top half-dozen have been snuffed, the rest maaaay wke up .....or the "equaliser" may have to issue a warning after Zuma is removed.

All this sanctimonious hogwash and excuses that "there's no-one to take over" just don't fly...
First Gulf war in Q8 could have been settled there and then, but the tosser politico's left the regime to regroup and have another go before finally biting on the bullet and doing what they shirked the first time.
Had they acted honourably, thousands of civilians and Military (reluctant and otherwise) would still be alive today.

Despotic regimes need to learn that there's no place for them in the 21st. Century. sitting on the sidelines, watching the misery and desolation unfold and then shedding crocodile tears, just doesn't wash

Politicians, iwouldn't pi55 on them if they were burning :mad: :mad:

25th Oct 2012, 16:50
So what is needed then is a decent coup!
One led, not by the used car salesman son of Thatcher, nor by the lot that got banged up in the western reaches, but rather one motivated by the likes of Arnie and Sylvester. It'll land in Cape Town, crown Helen Zille as it's Führerin and progress northwards through the beloved country. Strong reinforcements would be provided by the Free State fetishists while an eastern flanking movement would be commenced by the Zulus, who'd be issued with Rolexes so that they could both tell the time and not need to strip corpses.
Johannesburg city would simply be burned to the ground and ploughed under while the business areas of the northern suburbs would be left untouched. All refugees of any colour whatsoever, even fifty/fifty, who were not South Africans would be deported. South Africa doesn't need the dross of Europe and Africa. Ryanair could be given the contract to fly these foreign citizens out. They would be treated mercifully but their squatter camps in Sandhurst, Sandown and Danefern would be destroyed forever and an oak leaf with diamonds carved in marble added to the Voortrekker Monument's sacred plinth.

Mike X
25th Oct 2012, 20:46
Wow Cheetah, you ever been published ? ;)

As I annunciated previously, the calm before the storm, as far as all patriots are concerned. The government underestimates resistance from their own legions.

Mix that in with a bit of military intelligence from experienced vets. Just saying.

When the rulers tried to disarm the law abiding public, I refused and went through the hoops. Licence was renewed, despite a mark to my name. (Not for anything I did, just the law.)

I'll die in my country in defense of it. I'll never harm anyone unless in defence. Us whities have eaten serious crap and still do.

Solid Rust Twotter
28th Oct 2012, 08:26
Words fail me...

A document released on Thursday by the Treasury stated that presidency would receive an extra R28 million, R20 million of which would go towards "legal and executive service costs" according to the Saturday Star.

Chairman of Parliament's Standing Committee on public accounts (Scopa) Themba Godi said his committee had requested a breakdown of the legal costs, but was unsuccessful.

The committee had a meeting with Treasury officials three months ago regarding unauthorised expenditure in three departments, including the presidency.

Godi said government did not have a "bottomless pit of cash" and that it all boiled down to poor planning.

"One would expect the office of the president to lead by example," he told the newspaper.

"But I understand there might have been unavoidable circumstances."


Mike X
30th Oct 2012, 10:45
A letter from FirstRand founder and former executive Paul Harris to a concerned friend has gone viral. Here is an edited version:

Hi Jeff

HOPE all is well with you guys. I will drop you a line later with the family news but I would first like to respond to the e-mail you sent me attaching an article by Clem Sunter, which seemed to concern you about us here in South Africa.

You also sent me an article last year by Moeletsi Mbeki warning about the danger of an "Arab Spring" in South Africa. I often get e-mails like this from "concerned friends" worried about us, which is sweet of you guys. Of course we are concerned. Some worrying things have happened but we have been through and survived much worse in much more volatile environments. Including the Boer War, two World Wars, apartheid, the financial crisis without a bank bailout, the Rindapest, Ge Korsten and Die Antwoord!

However, for as long as I can remember there have always been people who think SA has five years left before we go over the cliff. No change from when I was at school in the sixties. The five years went down to a few months at times in the eighties!

But it seems the people who are the most worried live far from the cliff in places like Toronto, Auckland, London and other wet and cold places. Also from St Ives and Rose Bay in Sydney, Dallas and Europe and other "safe places" that are in the grip of the global financial crisis, which by the way is quite scary. Many of them have survived decades of rolling "five years left" since they left South Africa. So maybe they will be right one day!

My message is, please don't stress about us in South Africa. We are fine. We are cool. We know we live in the most beautiful country in the world with warm and vibrant people. There are more people here with smiles on their faces than in any country I have ever been to.

Young people are returning in droves with skills and a positive attitude. Collectively we bumble along and stuff many things up while letting off a hell of a lot of steam (have you heard of a chap called Julius Malema?). Yet in between South Africans do some amazing things like win a few gold medals, big golf tournaments and cricket and rugby matches.

The South Africans I know get off their butts and do things to build our country rather than whinge from a position of comfort. We actively participate in projects that improve the lot of underprivileged communities. I would not trade for anything last Saturday in a hall full of 1500 African teachers singing at the top of their voices and demonstrating their commitment to improving education in their communities.

We have our challenges and surprises. The standard deviation of our emotions are set at MAX. You are never just a "little bit happy" or a "little bit sad". At one moment you can be "off the scale" pissed off or frustrated or sad or worried or fearful or depressed. The next moment you are "off the scale" exhilarated, or enchanted, or inspired, or humbled by a kind deed, or surprised by something beautiful. It makes life interesting and worth living.

We also have passionate debates about the future of SA. Helped of course by red wine which you must taste again because it is getting better every year! Clem makes a great contribution to the debate as others like Moeletsi Mbeki do. Russell Loubser, the former head of the JSE, made a feisty speech the other day that has whipped up emotions. Up to MAX on the emotions meter of the ANC Youth League whose campaign for nationalisation of the mines was attributed to people who have IQs equal to room temperature.

South African politics has always been volatile, we have opinions that could not be further apart and it evokes emotion on a massive scale. Interesting and stimulating for those that want to take it seriously but noise in the system to me. Fortunately we are rid of apartheid that would have definitely pushed us over the cliff. These are the birth pangs of a new and unpredictable democracy. So buckle up and enjoy the ride and contribute! That is the message I convey to South Africans.

Sad as it is, it is true that the South African diaspora has a largely negative influence on confidence in South Africa. It would not be a problem if their fretting about how long we will last before we go over the cliff was merely a reflection of their concern for us, their friends and family.

The problem is that it does impact foreign investment, which is important for economic growth. A person who is thinking of coming to visit or investing is often put off by listening wide-eyed to the stories of people who have gapped it.

As you know I host many foreign visitors and I have never, EVER, met anyone who has visited for the first time without being blown away by the beauty of the country and the warmth of the people. It is not for nothing that South Africa has the highest ratio of repeat visitors of all long-haul destinations.

So, Jeff, how can I help you stop stressing out about us? Maybe best is that you get exposed to some articles and websites that give a more balanced and uplifting perspective of South Africa. So please don't worry and if you get a chance, put in a good word for us.

All the best


* This article was first published in Sunday Times: Business Times

Don't stress about us in SA | Opinion & Analysis | BDlive (http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/2012/10/28/don-t-stress-about-us-in-sa)

Solid Rust Twotter
30th Oct 2012, 13:32
Question is, how hot does the water in the pot need to be before the frog realises it's in trouble?

How much more needs to be stolen and how many more need to die before those who willed this on SA realise this regime needs to be kicked into line (if not into touch)?

31st Oct 2012, 07:43
As I sit in one of my favourite cafes looking across the bay on a clear day with the unbroken blue of the sky outlining the iconic shape of the mountain, Devil´s Peak, and Lion´s Head, enjoying my breakfast and surrounded by the happy voices and faces, indulging in a little banter with the waitress, it´s hard and sad to imagine how much is wrong with this broken country.

An hour ago, I saw a car nearly taken out by a police vehicle that failed to stop at a ´stop´sign. The driver was on the phone and had his eyes on a young woman in the passenger seat. I´m not saying she was a civilian but she wasn´t in uniform.

One of the biggest worries here is that the police are part of the problem. The state has undermined and under-resourced the police and the judiciary as it strengthens its grip. It keeps the masses uneducated just as the Nats did, the difference is that the Nats made things work and provided a functioning infrastructure for everybody, however basic and primitive it may have been for the majority. This weekend in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, I could feel the fear and tension, something I´ve never noticed before to such an extent.

On Monday we had a 5 hour power cut that affected Paarden Eiland, a busy industrial area, and the surrounding areas. The losses to business and industry are enormous. Now the UPS and generator salesmen are prowling the area touting for business. Every cloud ...........!

Time for a walk on the beach.

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Nov 2012, 10:43
Only charities catering to exclusively black people are worthwhile, according to govt. Those who agitated for this shower of corrupt racists to run SA (into the ground) must be so proud....

Donations could cost BEE points | Fin24 (http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Donations-could-cost-BEE-points-20121101)

Donations could cost BEE points
Nov 01 2012 08:20 Sapa

Johannesburg - Businesses could lose black economic empowerment points for making donations to charities which do not have 100% black beneficiaries, it was reported on Thursday.

This was according to amendments to the BEE Codes of Good Practice, on the trade and industry department's website, and available for public comment until December 2, The Star reported.

"All stakeholders who have concerns and objections are requested to make use of the 60-day period to make their submission," the department said.

Bridget Brun, a Durban BEE agency head, told the newspaper: "This amendment will have a huge effect. It means that if the charity benefits any Indian, white, coloured or even a Mozambican or Zimbabwean child, companies will not be able to claim points on their BEE scorecard. We are going to have segregated facilities."

Childline head Joan van Niekerk said BEE laws were becoming ridiculous.

"We don't know the race of the child who phones us. It's inappropriate to ask, 'Are you black, and how black are you?' This is a different kind of apartheid."

1st Nov 2012, 10:48
This is particularly sad and ironic since the ANC have not only created more poverty amongst black people but have also succeeded in creating a new class of poor whites who are now visible even in previously wealthy areas.

What was that about previously disadvantaged?

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Nov 2012, 12:47

Re your post here http://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/369028-south-african-politics-30.html

Thanks to the services of a shadowy group of anarchists known as WikiLies we have managed to get our hands on a leaked response from Jeff to Paul Harris.:} Read on...

G'day Paul,

Jeez mate....If I'd known my emails to you were going to go public I would never have attached that jpeg of those two obliging dusky maidens who joined us both on my boat on Pittwater. One of the lads down at the yacht club told me that your email to me appeared in some fish-wrap newspaper last Sunday and that I ought to respond because it paints me as a bit of a wowser.

I can take a hint and obviously it was stupid of me to send you copies of articles by the likes of Clem Sunter and Mbeki Jnr when it was perfectly obvious that you would have already read them. So I won't do it again. But what's all this stuff about often getting emails from "concerned friends" and telling us that it's sweet of us to care. I hope I haven't grown thin skinned after all these years in Aussie but I did find that a touch patronising, old buddy. Those quote marks suggest that you doubt my sincerity which is definitely not the case.

I know you're hooked up to that Homecoming Revolution outfit which tries to persuade South Africans to bring their skills back home after they've qualified for foreign citizenship. Purely out of interest, what is the ratio of black to white South Africans that you're tempting back? It would be interesting to know because some cynical bastard once suggested that Homecoming Revolution's main job was to bring people back to fix up the mess caused by the new elite. In which case I hope it's working for you.

Now I know you've survived many things before like Ge Korsten (a joke...right?) and that your land is beautiful, you are all cool people and even manage to win the odd sporting event once you've persuaded your politicians that the team should be selected on talent rather than demographics. I also know that you have some top business brains there and that there are many hard working people in SA (I used to be one of them, remember?) but please don't accuse those of us who criticise SA's politics of whingeing from a position of comfort. And I'm afraid I had to reach for the sick bag when you started beating the drum about all the good works you do for underprivileged communities. So did Jimmy Savile.

You ask if I've heard of a chap called Julius Malema as if I've been going walkabout in the outback these last few years. We do have telly in Oz you know and broadband that is rather faster than yours, so of course I've heard of this thieving layabout. And he worries me more than he seems to worry you.

You've come a long way since those days at Rand Consolidated Investments in the early eighties Paul. I see in the Sunday Times rich list that you are among the top 20 richest men in SA with a fortune estimated at around R2bn. Wow.....who would have thought? I know you live in a very secure complex with 24/7 guards and I am damn sure that your financial affairs have been cleverly structured to legally avoid paying any more tax than you really have to.

That's the privilege of the super rich and I don't have any problem with that. My problem is that I am not sure you are really qualified to speak for the average Saffer when you tell them to buck up and put on a happy face because they're all rainbow children. You're in the very fortunate position of having a lot more choice than the majority of your countrymen and I have no doubt that you have hedge strategies in place should your sunny optimism turn out to be misplaced.

Back in 2007 I recall that you spent R20 million on a campaign to get little Thabo to take crime seriously. I searched the internet and found this piece to refresh your memory. You were forced to withdraw that campaign after government threatened to pull accounts from FNB. It was a PR cock-up of note and to make things worse the rest of the business community put the boot in as well. You were accused of setting up in opposition to the democratically elected government. So it's hardly surprising that your backbone has taken a pummelling and that you are keen to make amends now. But writing complete claptrap and burying your head in the sand is no way to do it.

You claim in your email that you have passionate debates in SA but you know that isn't the case. You know that all the leading newspapers depend on government advertising to survive and that they silence voices they find too strident. You also know that the SABC is a shambles and that Primedia are now seen by many in Gauteng as the national broadcaster. Their saccharine recipe for broadcasting ensures that those too critical of government are labelled un-South African or racist and are, from then on, excluded from the right to debate.

You ask how you can help me avoid stressing about South Africa, Paul. Let me tell you. We ex-pats may sometimes give the impression that we think your politicians are a bunch of incompetent knuckleheads who couldn't pull a greasy stick out of a dead dingo's arse (to coin a local phrase). I assure you that we do this because that's how brand SA comes across after 18 years of freedom. There will be those who demonstrate schadenfreude but many of us still have family there and are genuinely concerned about Clem's 25% failed nation status probability.

What worries me most is that you are a leading business figure and yet you don't seem to be seeing the big picture. On the contrary you seem decidedly laid back and are simply hoping things will work out. I guess if you're worth R2bn and in your sixties, then that's a luxury you can afford. What I cannot understand though is how pretending things are OK when they are so obviously far from OK is a good business strategy. Remember that ghastly Dealstream episode, not to mention SPJi and the vast losses in equity trading during your watch? How could you forget? The analysts suggested after the event that the losses could have been much lower if the problems had been recognised and acted upon earlier.

And that's all I'm asking Paul. Your country is being run into the ground by a bunch of commies who don't even support capitalism. How can you expect them to perform? And the amount that is disappearing out of the back door ought to worry you as much as it worries the rest of your less fortunate countrymen. Kids don't get text books, pregnant women sleep on the floors of ill equipped public hospitals, tenderpreneurs keep the luxury car market buoyant but fail to build the roads they were contracted to.....it's a farce mate. And I won't even mention the succession of dodgy police chiefs you've suffered.

So please Paul, take off those expensive rose tinted specs of yours, smell the raw sewage and stop pretending you have a functioning government. Then I'll be only too happy to put in a good word for you when I get the chance.

See you later


Mike X
1st Nov 2012, 14:45
SRT, gotta love DB.

What I posted was, indeed, to show how naive or conniving people can be. How and why was the e-mail "leaked", me wonders.....

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Nov 2012, 06:44
Yup. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Hate speech allowed by the cops, open intimidation ignored and an illegal gathering sanctioned, while those wishing to go about their lawful business are held up. This is what you get when organs of state are politicised by the regime. Another step closer to Zimbabwe.


A large group of ANC supporters sang as they waited for DA leader Helen Zille to leave the Nkandla police station on Sunday.

She wanted to lay a charge against the ANC for holding an illegal gathering during her failed attempt to visit President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

When the convoy transporting the Democratic Alliance and a media contingent left the satellite police station, African National Congress supporters shouted "hamba" (leave).

An ANC supporter was arrested for drunk and disorderly outside the police station.

Police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said another man was arrested earlier, during a demonstration by ANC supporters, for having an unlicensed firearm.

"The man was in possession of a rifle. He will be charged for discharging a firearm in public and possession of a firearm."

Zille said Zuma had lost the right to call his home a private residence.

"Nkandla belongs to each and every South African who has to sacrifice the basic services they need, so that the president could turn his home into a five-star fortressed palace.

"One day we will look at it as a monument to the fight against corruption."

She questioned how the government could spend R248 million on Zuma's home, when it would not pay to transport the relatives of the victims of the Marikana shooting to the Farlam commission of inquiry.

Earlier police stopped her and her entourage from approaching Zuma's homestead, in the village of KwaNxamalala, saying they wanted to prevent violence.

Zille was told she could not pass the police roadblock as there were ANC supporters on the road to Zuma's home. She said the party had permission to gather on a public road outside a school opposite Zuma's home.

Several cars carrying ANC supporters passed the police roadblock on a side road. They carried sticks and sang Dubhula iBhunu (Shoot the Boer).

Buses full of ANC supporters were allowed to pass on the main road.

When Zille asked officers why they were allowed to pass, she was told they would open a case against the organisers of the ANC march.

"We never intended to go inside Zuma's home, we only wanted to gather opposite his compound on a public road," Zille said.

About 700m from where the Democratic Alliance was stopped, police in riot gear prevented ANC supporters from advancing. Officers formed a human chain across the road.

Police had several armoured Nyala personnel carriers, two trucks with water canons, and a helicopter in the area.

The DA had wanted to visit Zuma's private residence, where an upgrade, reportedly costing over R200 million, and funded with taxpayers' money, was in progress.

6th Nov 2012, 17:45
The government is now using the police in a way that is completely contrary to democratic or civilised norms... murder is endorsed in some circumstances

South Africa mine massacre photos prompt claims of official cover-up | World news | The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/06/south-africa-mine-massacre-marikana)

Asked if he suspected a police cover-up, David Bruce, a senior researcher in the criminal justice programme at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (http://www.csvr.org.za/), said: "To my mind, there is no question about that. When we're talking about a cover-up, we're talking about something very elaborate. There's a massive pattern of concealment that seems to permeate what the government is doing at the moment."

The police had followed an "illegal doctrine" of using maximum force that
could be traced back to the government, in particular to the police minister, Nathi Mthethwa, Bruce added. "The issues of responsibility do go very directly to the minister," he said. "The police said the Friday after the massacre that they used maximum force and you've got several incidents where the minister recommended maximum force (http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/2012/08/08/police-not-backing-down-on-violent-protests-says-minister). As far as I'm concerned, it's an open-and-shut case."


8th Nov 2012, 14:12
Here's a little food for thought.

I give regular presentations about South Africa to international groups of MBA students prior to their departure on study trips to the country (W Cape).

I cover history, demographics, economy, and practical hints and tips. The material is well researched and using authoritative or official sources, and in the most recent case, some points from the recent Economist article. I also mentioned that the opinions I express may be personal and some may disagree.

I received the following email, having invited feedback. She has misinterpreted and misquoted some of what I said and showed in the presentation, and demonstrates a total lack of sense of humour.

I am sick and tired of bloody liberals who have never set foot in the country telling us how much better things must be since 'democracy', when we are becoming a one party state, when the squatter camps grow almost day by day, when there are more beggars and criminals on the streets every day, when parastatals and government are run by an inept kleptocracy and its allies at the expense of the taxpayer.

I have just spent a few days in Johannesburg, for the first time for about 3 years, where the atmosphere of fear is palpably greater than ever before, and where the breakdown of service delivery is more apparent, and the disparity between rich and poor greater.

She may have made some valid points, but the underlying tone is the usual liberal uninformed claptrap. The crap about 'healing' ........ bollocks!

I have to reply fully in a non-confrontional manner whilst pointing out that she is wrong. I have replied briefly saying I would give a full reply in due course but that whilst some points are valid, she has misinterpreted many of my points and I have to disagree on many of her points.


........ I am part of the MBA group...... I attended your presentation 2 weeks ago and wanted to share my thoughts with you , if that is OK. I understand that you, as I , am entitled to your opinion, but I am writing to let you know how things appeared. You said others have called you racist. I don't know you deeply enough, if at all, to make such a heavy claim, but I could see how some of your statements could be misconstrued as such.

When you started off the presentation by asking us who was "afraid to travel to South Africa?' Most of the class responded that we were excited, but you seemed surprised by our optimism and proceeded to give us reasons as to why we should be afraid but then told us not to worry.
That was a little unsettling.

Also when you told us that others had called you racist and they were free to think so and you were free to kill them for thinking that, well that was a little harsh.

I am not going to be as bold as to call you a racist; I don't know you well enough to make that call, but I would be remiss if I did not point out some of the biases that were a part of your speech.

I felt your presentation was mostly painting a negative picture of South Africa failing to mention the strides that have been made since the end of apartheid. I thought it would be beneficial to mention the TRC and how countless devastating events went unpunished in effort to unite the country and tell stories of healing to move the country forward. Nobel Peace prize winner Archbishop Tutu created the first TRC and was model for the world. The fact that channels of communication and press have been opened and South Africa has grown into a truly democratic state was also a positive outcome.

I also question the way you characterized your comments about the tragedy of the the 1500 White farmers who had been killed last year. This is truly saddening, yet you didn't speak to how many murders and horrific killings occurred during apartheid. I think that mentioning the race of the farmers shows a bias. Is a white south african death more tragic than black south african death? I don't think that was your intent but that was how it came off. Any death is tragic, regardless of race and to mention one and not the other insinuates some sort of hierarchy. There should be no hierarchy of oppression and all the deaths should be considered tragic regardless of the color of the people, don't you think? If you mention the death of the white farmers you should also quantify the deaths of South Africans killed during apartheid and to show balance, the brutality was not one sided. It was also startling to insinuate that Steve Biko's death was from neglect while in police custody not by the brutal murder by the police.

You concluded that things are worse now in South Africa after ending apartheid. In fact, you eluded that Black South Africans were better off under apartheid. You stated that the current education was not good and they had access to more education under apartheid although it was not equal education. If this is in fact true, I think conclusive statistics and or voices from the Black South African people to back this up would make it more credible. I think it was a little presumptions to state how things are for black South Africans with out having any of their voices ( or quotes like you had from your friend). Also, in my opinion, I would be helpful for you to be clear that you are stating your opinion and be sensitive to the fact that as a presenter that gives you some weight, some credibility and he should let people know what you are saying is your perspective, as white Afrikaner minority. Many of us have never been to South Africa and we were trusting you would give a balanced perspective.

My grandmother and parents grew up under similar conditions and have made great strides. When my parents were married it was illegal to have inter racial marriage in my country and now , one generation later they have a White American son in law. Despite their many negative experiences with White Americans, they treat him like a son. It was something that they had to overcome. There is healing in South Africa as there was/continues to be in America. I think you should speak to that also. Progress has been made.

I wish you would have spoken to the warmth of the country and the people. The wonderful food and music. The opportunities that exist in South Africa, the growth industries or opportunities for business. I have South African friends back home and I have a vision of a different South African than the picture that was painted and I think that it would excite the class to see both sides of South Africa.

I come to you not only with grievances but with a suggestion. Since, from your talk, it seems that the topic of race is the preeminent issue/force in South Africa's history and present culture, I would suggest bringing in a Black South African alongside yourself , finding a way to have the majority voices represented. I think what needs to be attained is balance. We are all allowed to have our thoughts but I think we should stress they are our opinions as opposed to trying to mask some views as the views of others. We usually can find statistics and quotes that support our views and omit things that work against our opinions. That does not make our opinion a fact, it makes it our opinion with support from others. For instance, I talked with other students who felt similarly about your speech as I but that doesn't mean all the class felt that way. So it would be wrong to write an email stating we all felt that way. I know that I am very aware of "race issues" due to the fact that 1.) I am American 2.) I am multi racial 3.) I have a bi racial son 4.) I am in an inter racial marriage and others may not have seen it as I have. I think the true test, especially in academia, would be to share information that gives a balanced, realistic survey of the current situation. Thank you for letting me voice my concerns.

8th Nov 2012, 15:28
Tableview I often find myself agreeing with some of the negative things that we say and that are said here but there are a lot of positive things to say about the 'new' SA as well. Can't comment on your take as I don't know what you said or teach but I do know I haven't given up on the place while I try and keep an open mind and a sense of humour (with some extravagent exceptions that I usually regret later).


8th Nov 2012, 15:35
Tableview (or shall I call you Kirstenbosch)

I was playing pro cricket in Durbs 87-90, as SA came out of siolation into hope I was actually in the Ster-Kinecor in Newlands when Nelson was relased! When I realised I was not going to make it as a cricketer (c. 88), I started on my PPL there, (due to costs) which led to ...well all the way to an ATPL and I'm going strong now at over 4000 hrs on 744's.

I am not going to say anything overt on here, save for I TOTALLY get where you're coming from. PM me if you want.

8th Nov 2012, 19:01
" I have to reply fully in a non-confrontional manner whilst pointing out that she is wrong. I have replied briefly saying I would give a full reply in due course but that whilst some points are valid, she has misinterpreted many of my points and I have to disagree on many of her points.

Thoughts? "

" There are none so blind as those who will not to see "

Suggest she reads some of the postings from this thread. But maybe not, reading her self described racial profile, she comes across as a well balanced individual, a chip on each shoulder. And then she writes this ;

I also question the way you characterized your comments about the tragedy of the the 1500 White farmers who had been killed last year. This is truly saddening, yet you didn't speak to how many murders and horrific killings occurred during apartheid. I think that mentioning the race of the farmers shows a bias. Is a white south african death more tragic than black south african death?

It's unsettling that someone studying for an MBA can have such a thought process.

Products of US affirmative action / entitlement programs, such as she appears to be, would find redeeming social qualities in Mugabe. Perhaps she should visit Zimbabwe to study further evolutionary progress.....alone.

8th Nov 2012, 19:19
Possibly suggest she visits Zimbabwe to study further evolutionary progress.....alone.

On the subject of Zim, I heard today they've announced a new national anthem:

Old MacDonald Used to Have a Farm.

(I'll get my hat....)

Mike X
8th Nov 2012, 21:08
Yes, Mr go-around, ever done it ?

If you are not disposed to the sh1tE everyday, then stay in your happy heaven.

The only comments that count are from those whom live here and must put up with the crap, day to day, and earn a living free of prejudice of any form.

Come on over, we'll convert you, like it or not.

8th Nov 2012, 23:33
Guys (or Girls) admit it, we miss Africa...

Green Leader - Rhodesia 1978 - YouTube


9th Nov 2012, 05:34
As Caco has mentioned this, I thought it worth pointing out that 'Green Leader', Chris Dixon, passed away in Harare (Salisbury) on 21st. October last year.

Also that this Sunday is the anniversary of Ian Smith's Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965. We shall be celebrating at a farm up the west coast and I suspect that many cold beers will be downed as we reflect on the miserable state that 31 years of Mugabe's 'democracy' has inflicted on what was Rhodesia and its people, who now have the world's shortest life expectancy.

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Nov 2012, 06:14
From the breadbasket of Africa to a basket case. Who would have thought...?:rolleyes:

Meanwhile, down south, more smoke and mirrors to disguise what is probably a done deal. It'll be big and it'll be expensive and the poor can bugger off and eat cake. Quite honestly, how can the president of Gabon be allowed to arrive somewhere in a bigger and flashier aircraft than our own Glorious Leader? The present BBJ with gold fittings is obviously not good enough.

Things go from bad to worse for Joe Average, but he'll continue voting to keep this shower snuggled up to the trough. They'd vote for the Ebola virus if it wore ANC colours. The spiral round the drain tightens....

Defence minister says jet purchase not cast in stone
November 8 2012
Babalo Ndenze

THE SA National Defence Force urgently needs new jets to transport President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, but the exercise will be properly costed before it gets the green light, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has assured Parliament.

She said it would take at least three months before a “scoping” process was completed and a report was sent to her and the head of the defence force.

Mapisa-Nqakula recently cancelled the acquisition of a Boeing 777-200 long-range aircraft for Zuma and a Global Express 6000 aircraft for Motlanthe – at a reported cost of R2 billion – to make way for a new procurement process.

In the National Assembly yesterday, DA defence spokesman David Maynier asked Mapisa-Nqakula whether the department had started this new process.

“The answer here is no. Although the need to enhance the VVIP transportation of the SA Air Force remains urgent, a new procurement process has not been started by the Department of Defence,” she said.

Mapisa-Nqakula said the air force was still busy with establishing staff requirements and the costs involved.

“This process will take a period of three months. Once that is done, a report will be given to the defence chief and myself on whether we go on or not,” said Mapisa-Nqakula.

Maynier said in a follow-up question that everyone knew the previous minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, was a “big shopper” and had wanted to buy a R2bn jet for Zuma.

“The real question here is whether you think it’s justified to spend billions on VIP jets,” said Maynier.

Mapisa-Nqakula reiterated that the process would be properly costed before a decision was taken on whether to proceed.

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Nov 2012, 07:33

10th Nov 2012, 07:09
I must admit that I nearly popped a vein laughing at this wonderful rant by an old style Afrikaans headmaster (mine was certainly like this) as he deals with the new dispensation, lack of discipline, lack of canes, 'human rights, the flag, the government and worst of all soccer.

Skoolhoof - Poena is Koning - YouTube


12th Nov 2012, 04:30
Marvellous, reminds me of many characters I know. A pity many are excluded from enjoying this as it's in 'die Taal' and a translation would lose the impact.

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Nov 2012, 08:22
You couldn't make up this stuff. Zuma and the Communist Party are deeply involved with each other, so much so that the SACP now want to outlaw anyone taking an interest in what Zuma is wasting taxpayers' money on this week.

Outlaw JZ insults - SACP
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 7:35 AM

The SACP in KwaZulu-Natal has called for a law to protect the dignity of the office of the president.

"This happens in many countries; once a person is appointed the president, some respect needs be given to that person," provincial secretary Themba Mthembu said on Monday in Durban.

"Such an office needs to be protected."

Mthembu said President Jacob Zuma had been the subject of a barrage of attacks which were unfair, and lacking in fact and truth.

"Things such as 'The Spear' painting tend to insult the president. We want to prevent criticism which is an insult to the office of the president," he said.

"They can criticise, as long as they don't insult and undermine the head of state."

The SA Communist Party condemned the visit by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille to Zuma's private home in Nkandla.

"We believe this was cheap, political point-scoring by Zille and her stooges," Mthembu said.

Zille visited Nkandla on 4 November to "inspect" the upgrade to the president's private residence, which reportedly cost R248-million.

Mthembu said development in Nkandla was part of rural development, one of the five priority areas identified by the Polokwane conference.

"We demand that people of Nkandla should not be discriminated [against] in government programmes to develop rural areas, simply because they have the president of the Republic as one of their residents."

The SACP said it would hold a march on Saturday in Nkandla in support of rural development.

"The purpose of the march is to demand development in rural areas to be respected and also fast-tracked. We'll be saying that kind of development must be rolled out in other areas."

Areas which had been identified as priority areas for rural development included Nkandla and Msinga, Vhembe District, Limpopo and Pondoland, and the Eastern Cape, Mthembu said.

He said the extension of the president's home could be seen as part of rural development because issues which had been raised in the media included the roads built in Nkandla.

Mthembu said the SACP was worried about the price of the upgrade to Zuma's residence.

He commended the Department of Public Works for asking the Auditor General to investigate the cost.

And awkward questions in parliament attract little hissy fits from the glorious leadership. How can anything as small minded and petty as this be allowed to affect decisions regarding the defence of the country?

Sisulu slams 'flea-infested' MP
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:48 AM

Article By: Rahima Essop, EWN

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Tuesday responded to criticism about her use of VIP jets by insulting the Democratic Alliance MP who dug up the dirt.

Member of Parliament David Maynier was questioning Sisulu in the National Assembly about the use of private jets while she served as Defence Minister.

It emerged in a written response to a Parliamentary question Maynier submitted that Sisulu allegedly flew 203 times on private jets — and that 69 of those flights were ferry flights used to fetch her.

But Sisulu said she only used private aircraft 35 times. She added that Maynier's claims were "hogwash and balderdash".

"So you can keep your flea-infested body at peace and sit down."

Another opposition MP then called on Sisulu to withdraw her statement.

"The minister indicated that the Honourable Manyier had a flea-infested body, which I think is a verbal insult on an honourable member's integrity. I would like her to withdraw that statement."

Max Sisulu, who is the speaker of the house and the minister's brother, had to repeatedly call members to order.

He now has the task of ruling whether Sisulu's comments were against Parliamentary conduct.

If he finds that to be true, the minister will have to withdraw her comments.

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Nov 2012, 08:28
Meanwhile, the regime continues with their usual intimidation and thuggery, even inside their own party. You can only imagine how they treat those who are not favorable to them. How low does SA need to sink before those who agitated for this admit they're complicit in the destruction of the country?

Armed gang storms ANC branch
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:47 AM

An armed gang stormed an ANC branch meeting in Ekurhuleni and allegedly threatened to shoot anti-Zuma supporters, The Star reported on Wednesday.

Eyewitness Sbongile Ntlonti said the gang, nine men and a woman, intimidated branch members at Rondebult, near Spruitview.

This was because they believed these members wanted to nominate Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as the ruling party's new leader, instead of President Jacob Zuma.

The pro-Zuma group claimed they were from the ANC's Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association.

African National Congress Gauteng spokesperson Nkenke Kekana confirmed the incident to The Star and said it would be investigated.

"We have also advised the members to lay charges against the people who threatened them either verbally or with weapons," Kekana told the daily.

The ANC elects its new national leadership at Mangaung in the Free State in December.

Earlier this month, the Dispatch Online in the Eastern Cape reported that an ANC branch meeting, in the Gonubie and Beacon Bay areas, ended with chairs being thrown and two people being hospitalised.

At the time, ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the party would take action against any of its members involved in violence.

"The ANC has never condoned violence. If any of its members are found to be using violence to put forward their own interests, they will have no home in the ANC," Mthembu said.

Also this month, in Vereeniging, three ANC members were reportedly assaulted after a branch meeting was aborted when the quorum was not met, according to The New Age newspaper.

The Star reported that armed men, singing pro-Zuma songs, arrived at another branch meeting in Vosloorus in Ekurhuleni earlier this month.

'ANC treating voters like kids'
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:45 AM

Former anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele said the ANC treated voters like children, The Times reported on Wednesday.

"Come election time, it will appeal to you to vote for the party of Mandela, [it will] appeal to you to vote for the only liberation movement [and] appeal to you not to vote for the DA because they will take you back to apartheid," she was quoted as saying.

"It's almost treating you like children and, unfortunately, we don't have civic education — where people understand that it is not possible to be taken back to apartheid. If you are poor and uneducated, you wonder if it is not possible that it can happen again."

Ramphele, who is chairperson of Gold Fields, was speaking at the University of Cape Town's School of Business on Tuesday on the "Marikana Fallout".

According to the newspaper, Ramphele also spoke about the mining and grape-farm strikes in Western Cape, and the role of labour unions.

She said that, unless the unions evolved, they were committing "suicide".

The strikes leading up to Marikana showed workers' increased lack of faith in many trade unions.

Ramphele said South Africa needed to reinvent itself after the Marikana tragedy, but warned of "opportunists who are riding on the back of Marikana and agricultural labour problems".

15th Nov 2012, 19:24
The news in Cape Town has been dominated in the last few days by the farm workers' riots and the shooting and violence in the Worcester and de Doorns areas. Both the maor national roads have been closed, and lives have been lost. It is all looking very ugly indeed.

Other articles in yesterday's Argus indicate that the police are part of the problem, rather than part of the solution. That is particularly worrying.

The international media seem to be ignoring all this.

Solid Rust Twotter
16th Nov 2012, 03:29
Well, of course. It's the glorious liberators doing it this time, innit?:rolleyes:

16th Nov 2012, 04:25
The problems in Worcester and De Doorns flared up earlier in the year and even the SA press, for the most part, underplayed these issues then.

Truth is that the ANC is quietely delighted about the strife in both areas because it occurs on the DA watch as it were and puts the service delivery riots in ANC 'managed' areas 'into context'. The problems are exacerbated because of the ugly racial (i.e. coloured versus black) nature of the conflict.

Underpinning this situation is grinding poverty and the actions of ANC government provocateurs as well as a simmering racial mix (very different cultures and political histories and allegiances) compounded by an incompetent (to be kind) or absolutely violent and partial police force as well as a generally moribund DA response.

Very worrying and it is time international observers and investors took note of what is happening.


Solid Rust Twotter
17th Nov 2012, 06:18
Back to the stone age...

Brutal child murders: 10-year-old suspect
2012-11-16 22:26

Johannesburg - Six boys from a village, including one aged 10, have appeared in a Limpopo court on Friday, charged with rape and the murder of three other children.

The group were arrested on Thursday for the August murder of three siblings: two boys and a girl aged between nine and 12.

The bodies of the three were found bound with shoelaces, said police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

They had been stoned to death. Bloodied stones, covered by a blanket and tree branches, were found near their bodies.

The girl had been raped.

"The boys are charged with rape and murder, their case has been postponed till Monday," said Mulaudzi.

"Our investigation led to them. It is now up to tthe court to decide their case," Mulaudzi told AFP, adding that this was the most "violent and heinous" case he had seen involving children.

The boys, who are between the ages of 10 and 14, are being held in a secure location, as required by the provisions of the child Protection Act.

Mulaudzi said police were still investigating if the children had been working with others.

"We have not ruled out that possibility, sadly we had to arrest these children, as much as we sympathise with them. They are suspects in a crime" he said.


Solid Rust Twotter
18th Nov 2012, 04:55
More attempts to deny those bits of history which don't suit the current regime.

Castle told to remove historical flags

By Dean Wingrin

The Castle of Good Hope has been ordered by Parliament to remove the old South African flag that was flying above the Castle.
The history of the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679) shadows that of the Cape of Good Hope itself. Occupied by the Dutch since the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in Table Bay in 1652, the colony was taken over by Britain in 1795. The colony was later handed back to the Dutch until the second British occupation of the Cape in 1806.

The flag of the respective administration always flew from Leerdam Bastion. Although South Africa became a Union in 1910, the first South African national flag (the Vierkleur) was only introduced in 1928. The present South African flag was introduced in 1994.
As a consequence of its history, the Castle displayed all the aforementioned flags above Leerdam Bastion to indicate the different reigns of government during the past four centuries.

However, the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans has taken issue with the presence of the old South African flag flying alongside the new flag. At a meeting on 31 October to discuss the Castle Control Board 2011/12 Annual Report, it was noted that an instruction had been issued for the old flag to be removed.

The Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PAG) reported that Ms N Mabedla (ANC) commented that the sight of the old South African flag flying next to the new flag during the budget vote disturbed her. She said the old flag needed to be stored somewhere in the museum together with other artefacts that related to that era. PAG noted that Mabedla complained that the old flag should not fly high with the (new) South African flag and that the old flag should not be seen after so many years.

Major General Justice Nkonyane, Chairperson of the Castle Control Board, replied that the Chief of the National Defence Force had raised the issue of the old flag and it was indicated to him that most flags hoisted at the Castle reflected regimes in history during which the Castle functioned.

An instruction had been issued that only the new SA flag should be flown above the Bastion, with all the other flags to be taken to a museum.

By the evening of 31 October, all the previous flags had been taken down from Leerdam Bastion.

Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. Today the Castle is the seat of the military in the Cape, and houses the Castle Military Museum and the Iziko Museum.

The order of these flag flying from Leerdam Bastion was as follows (from the right):
1. Dutch flag
2. Union (British) flag
3. Dutch flag (again)
4. Union flag (now with St Patrick's / Irish stripes)
5. Old SA flag
6. New SA flag

The Castle is managed by the Castle Control Board as a public entity under the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans and mandated by the Castle Management Act (Act 207 of 1993).

Multiple queries to the Castle, the Department of Defence and Parliament have remained unanswered.

The flags of the respective administrations flying from Leerdam Bastion


Leerdam Bastion last week, showing only the new SA flag


18th Nov 2012, 10:05
Sad to see that lone flag flying on the Castle. The ANC is trying to rewrite history (as usual) and is being completely tone deaf to tourism and showing a particular virulence and hostility towards the Western Cape where the DA still holds sway.

In truth the SA military has become a kind of social care in the community enterprise (read employment sump) and is a pale shadow of the force it once was. Having spent some time this year in Simon's Town it was rather depressing to see the ebb and flow of flabby ratings wash in at 08:00 hrs and wash out (literally) at 16:00 hrs having accomplished who knows what during their day?

Billions of Rands worth of kit floats idly in the dock and is only taken out once or twice a week for a tour around False Bay while one of the brand new German submarines whose electrics were terminally torched when she was inappropriately attached to the quayside power ouput is not likely ever to be be operational and even it it was, there wouldn't be enough submariners to crew it.

New SA sub damaged by sheer stupidity (http://praag.co.uk/news/southern-africa/557-new-sa-sub-damaged-by-sheer-stupidity-.html)

Submarines: South Africa Fades Away (http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/20101123.aspx)

Across the peninsular at Ysterplaat airbase the runway stands unused for hours at a time and it is said that some pilots are unlikely to see more than 2 hours flying time a month...

Sheesh, I am depressing myself here on this cold but sunny English day... :sad:


18th Nov 2012, 20:23
Question is: how the hell do those of us that want, nay, NEED, to leave - go about it?

Robert G Mugabe
18th Nov 2012, 20:29
I was fortunate or not to have done some military service ( national service ) in 1986-1988. Started in Kimberly then Pretoria and finished in Cape Town. A slight diversion into Angola via Rundu. I find it extremely sad that SA is slowly going the way of Africa. I still remember serving in Wynberg and the Castle and get a very nostalgic feeling about the Cape. The winter drizzle. The Pitcher and Piano..... Some Reggae night Club in the city.So much more.

Bugger no hope really.

18th Nov 2012, 20:32
NEED, to leave - go about it?

Struggle, nay, enjoy, getting an ATPL. After that, as your ex wife demands money, fly newspapers. When your new partner gets sick of you muttering about her new life... smile and tell her you are a pilot...


18th Nov 2012, 20:44
ATPL - check
Decent type ratings and time in type - check

The right to live or work anywhere while being a captive of the Green Mamba passport - .......... Que the crickets....

The Rio Grande swim is looking better and better. Why use my visas when they mean I have to Leave again after a stipulated time frame?

Or perhaps I should stone my wife, convert to Islam and await my invitation to the UK.

Solid Rust Twotter
19th Nov 2012, 06:30
No end to the corruption in the SA regime....

Zuma 'misled' Parliament: Opposition
2012-11-18 19:30
(Khaya Ngwenya, City Press)

Johannesburg - Opposition parties on Sunday lashed at President Jacob Zuma for "misleading" Parliament about the bond he had on his house in Nkandla.

"As the President was speaking under his oath of office he seem to have knowingly misled Parliament and the nation that he had a bond and this amounts to perjury.

"This is a very serious offence under the Constitution and the law as indicated in Section 89 of the Constitution of the Republic," said Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota.

The City Press reported that the land on which Zuma's home stands was owned by the Ingonyama Trust, headed by King Goodwill Zwelithini, which managed 32% of all land in KwaZulu-Natal on behalf of the state for the benefit of its occupants.

On Thursday Zuma told Parliament: "I took the decision to expand my home and I built my home with more rondavels, more than once. And I fenced my home. And I engaged the bank and I'm still paying a bond on my first phase of my home."

The newspaper said it had been unable to locate public records to support Zuma's claim that the Nkandla property was bonded.

The deed document for the property showed that the Ingonyama Trust was the owner.

Belinda Benson, Ingonyama Trust's property manager, confirmed to City Press that the deeds office records, uncovered by the newspaper, were for Zuma's homestead.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said: "Serious consequences must follow if President Zuma misled Parliament this past week about having a bond on his private home in Nkandla.

She said what Zuma did reflected negatively to his office and warranted the most urgent and immediate consideration by the National Assembly.

"I will today [Sunday] write to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, and urge him to request clarification from the Presidency as to the reports in the City Press today, as they seriously risk bringing Parliament into disrepute," Mazibuko said.


...And the cover ups continue. May as well get them all now. The Secrecy Act will make it illegal to report on the shenanigans of the ANC regime in future.

Radebe stifled arms probe - report
2012-11-18 21:15

Adriaan Basson, City Press

Johannesburg - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe blocked senior prosecutors working on the arms deal investigation from travelling to Switzerland to investigate secret bank accounts held by arms deal “playboy” Fana Hlongwane.

City Press has obtained a memorandum, signed by Radebe in July 2009, in which he rejects a request by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for two senior advocates to accompany the Hawks.

Because of the disbandment of the Scorpions, Radebe said the NPA had “no jurisdiction over this matter” and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa was now dealing with the arms deal.

The memorandum, signed by former acting NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe, was also turned down by Advocate Menzi Simelane – then the director general of the justice department – who said it was an “unfortunate” request.

Simelane wrote: “The NPA cannot continue as if there have not been changes.”

The two advocates, Anton Steynberg and Elize le Roux, were both part of the Scorpions’ arms deal investigations team that included detectives, analysts and prosecutors.

Radebe’s decision meant no law-enforcement agents ever visited Switzerland to inspect the approximately R100m held by Hlongwane.

City Press understands the State’s inability to properly scrutinise Hlongwane’s role in the arms deal will be a central feature of the Seriti Commission into the R70bn transaction.

A former adviser to late defence minister Joe Modise, Hlongwane made millions from the arms deal and has been living a luxurious, but private, life for the past decade.

He owns luxury properties in Johannesburg and Durban, and apparently has a fleet of sports cars at his Hyde Park mansion – the house that was once described on a blog as a “playboy mansion”.

Hlongwane has always argued that the more than R200m he received from British arms dealer BAE was legitimate income for consultancy work.

Canoeing accident

Hlongwane became BAE’s main agent in South Africa after the death of Richard Charter, the former chair of BAE Systems SA, in an Orange River canoeing incident in 2004.

BAE was the biggest winner in the arms deal, scoring two multibillion-rand contracts worth more than R40bn for fighter jets and training planes.

In the letter to Radebe, Asset Forfeiture Unit boss Willie Hofmeyr and his NPA colleague, Advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi, disclosed that the Swiss, “through a spontaneous disclosure”, provided the NPA with information about monies held by Hlongwane in three Swiss bank accounts.

They wrote: “According to the Swiss authorities, Fana Hlongwane is the beneficial owner of the approximately $11.4m (R101m) which are in these accounts.

“Hlongwane was employed as a special adviser to the then minister of defence at the time when the beneficiaries of the various arms contracts were being selected.”

They further disclosed that the British Serious Fraud Office provided the Scorpions with information showing Hlongwane’s companies received “in excess of £20m” from BAE.

The Swiss had 16 large boxes of evidence they were willing to give to the South African investigators.

The NPA asked that Steynberg and Le Roux accompany an investigator from the Hawks, because they had been involved in the matter from inception.

“It is essential the continuity of investigations ... be maintained. This would be best served by a cooperative venture between the SA Police Service and the NPA,” they wrote.

There was “strong reason to suspect” the money held in the Swiss accounts represented “both proceeds of crime and evidence of the commission thereof”, Hofmeyr and Mzinyathi wrote.


The trip was approved by Mpshe, but turned down by the NPA’s former chief executive Khotso de Wee, Simelane and Radebe.

Asked why he had turned down the request to travel, Radebe’s spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the investigation of corruption is the responsibility of the police, not the justice department.

Radebe declined to answer questions about his relationship with Hlongwane or whether he would testify before the Seriti Commission.

Meanwhile, the slaughter continues. Govt doesn't care for anything but holding on to power and filling their pockets. The police are inept and quite often in league with criminal elements. SA is a failed state by any normal standards.

Dad killed in front of wife, son
2012-11-19 08:46

Johannesburg - A Gauteng father was shot dead in front of his new wife and son - five years after his first wife was brutally killed in front of him during a robbery.

Jacques Botha, 51, was shot by robbers in cold blood, in front of his wife Anél, 45, and son Neo, 3, on their smallholding Muldersdrift, reported Beeld.

It was the second violent attack in two days on the smallholding.

Botha’s daughter Tanya, 22, said she and brother Reinhardt, 18, were struggling to cope with their father’s death.

Anél Botha revealed on Sunday how she heard a noise at about 20:00 in the house they were renting on the smallholding.

She saw three big men overpower Botha and shoot him six times. She fled with their son but the robbers found her and threatened her with a knife, demanding her laptop and cellphone.

“I thought they were going to kill us,” said Anél.

“My husband was busy dying on the floor but they clearly had no conscience or respect.”

A gang of robbers was thought to be operating in the area and was believed responsible for another attack on a family living in another house on the smallholding.

- News24

Solid Rust Twotter
19th Nov 2012, 19:33

Solid Rust Twotter
21st Nov 2012, 07:33

Zuma vows to save blacks from cleverness

After warning that black South Africans were losing respect for tribal chiefs by becoming “too clever”, President Jacob Zuma has vowed to fight cleverness in all its forms. “I will not rest on my leopard tails until I have rid myself, my family, the ANC and all South Africa of cleverness,” he said, before retreating to his intellect-proof bunker in Nkandla.
Zuma stunned South Africa on the weekend by telling traditional chiefs in Parliament that some blacks were getting “too clever”, apparently not a reference to his education policies, which have made a total of zero South Africans more clever.
This morning South Africa’s clever blacks reacted with shock and disgust, saying that they were embarrassed to be represented to the world by a man “who makes Mitt Romney look like a radical feminist intellectual”.
However, Zuma has defended his statements, saying that cleverness was a major threat to democracy in South Africa.
“Cleverness puts ideas in people’s heads, and before you know it they are asking where their tax money goes, and then you have anarchy,” said Zuma.
He urged black citizens to be on the lookout for the first symptoms of cleverness in their communities.
“It starts with a creeping suspicion that Late Iron Age customs might not be appropriate for the 21st Century,” explained Zuma. “It then escalates until your children are forming their own opinions, instead of asking their local chief to form them.”
Meanwhile, Zuma has defended the large crowd of ANC supporters that kept a DA march away from his Nkandla compound on the weekend.
“We salute those brave cadres who are ready to lay down their lives to prevent cleverness from reaching our modest home,” he said, adding that he was not angry but instead pitied Helen Zille.
“Deep down, in her woman’s heart, Helen knows that she should have been at home, warming her husband’s slippers, instead of marching,” he said. “It is so sad that instead of being true to her purpose in life, that is, becoming the fourth wife of a man, having babies, and then becoming invisible, she has chosen to learn how to read and in so doing, becoming terminally infected with cleverness.”
He said that it was “tragically inevitable” that clever blacks would gravitate towards her, “because they also like wearing jeans and doing similarly provocative things to flaunt their cleverness, like thinking”.
But, he said, he and the ANC would triumph. “Non-cleverness shall prevail! Liberation before contemplation! Riches before reason! Thuggery before thought! Amandla!”

21st Nov 2012, 07:37
Does the above mean that Hayibo are now facing closure, etc, for taking the pee out of the President?

Solid Rust Twotter
21st Nov 2012, 07:44
He'll probably leave that to the Secrecy Act, which will effectively gag the media when it kicks off.

Meanwhile, the corruption and lies are beginning to show....

Businessman 'lent Zuma Nkandla money'
2012-11-19 14:10

Durban - A Durban businessman says he lent President Jacob Zuma money to pay for the first phase of the upgrade of his Nkandla residence, and that Zuma had repaid the money.

Vivian Reddy told The Mercury that the outcry against the Nkandla development was nothing more than a "political stunt".

This comes amid allegations that Zuma may have misled Parliament when he said he had taken out a loan to finance construction work at his KwaZulu-Natal residence.

"I’m very close to Nkandla. I lent the president the money to pay for the first phase and he paid it back. Now he has taken a new bond,” Reddy told The Mercury.

He added that City Press was wrong in reporting on Sunday that there was no evidence that a bond had been registered.

Reddy also said that when Zuma received visitors, his Nkandla home had to look good.

"We can’t have the president living in a cheap rondavel; it must be befitting of his office."


Reddy company owes R80m

September 4 2012 at 09:19am
By Tania Broughton
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Businessman Vivian Reddy, posing here with his Bentley, faces some tough decisions ahead of the possible liquidation of his company which reportedly owes R80 million.
Durban - A specialist electrical services supplier founded by politically connected businessman Vivian Reddy and which boasts a “successful relationship” with Eskom and municipalities, is under threat of liquidation, with an acknowledged debt of more than R80 million.

The directors of Gauteng-based Edison Jehamo Power – recently renamed EJ Power – say they have a serious cash flow problem and that the bank has called in the company’s overdraft facilities, “freezing” all its bank accounts held at the Durban North branch of First National Bank.

But they are attempting to stave off several winding up applications with a proposal that the company be placed under “supervision” and be allowed to trade its way out of trouble.

Reddy – controversial for his funding of ANC politicians, including President Jacob Zuma, and for the government deals his Edison group of companies have scored – founded EJ Power in 2005 with project manager Russell Broadhead.

A company search shows that Reddy has resigned as a director, but his son Shantan Reddy – his “heir apparent”– is a director along with Broadhead and Simon Wilkinson.

According to various websites, the company has been involved in the erection of power lines throughout SA for Eskom and was involved in a partnership that saw it becoming the first company in Africa to specialise in live-line maintenance using robotic arm technology.

But this year its finances took a turn for the worse.

The first creditor to go to court with a winding up application was Kempston Truck Hire, which said it was owed R1.6 million. This was followed by a similar application by Spartan Truck Hire, which alleged it was owed R1.3m.

Then Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering filed papers alleging a debt of R5.7 million and was recently granted leave to intervene in the two earlier applications.

The Mercury is aware of an application by Aveng Ltd and it has seen documentation relating to R3.5m owed to a KZN-company for work it did on an Eskom project in the Eastern Cape and a project for the eThekwini Municipality. That company says that EJ Power has been paid by Eskom and the municipality, but is refusing to pay on what it owes.

In an affidavit filed with the Johannesburg High Court, Babcock director Ian Whalley expressed concern that EJ Power was attempting to negotiate settlements with other creditors, “preferring some over others”.

He accused the company of “recklessness in playing one creditor off against another”.

“It is imperative that a liquidator seize control of the company before matters are further muddied,” he said.

Babcock set the matter down for Tuesday, but EJ Power did not file full opposing papers.

Instead, on August 16, two of its directors, Broadhead and Wilkinson, asked the court in the name of another company, Power Network Contractors, and in an application also set down for Tuesday, to place the firm under “business rescue”.

In his affidavit, Wilkinson said he and Broadhead were the directors of Power Network Contractors, which owned 33.3 percent of EJ Power.

Power Network, they said, was owed almost R300 000 by EJ Power for the “letting of equipment”.

Wilkinson blamed the company’s financial woes on failed “joint venture agreements”, specifically with Indian-based KEC International, and on the bank’s having called in its overdraft in April.

However, he said, creditors would be better off if the company was allowed to trade its way out of trouble than if it was liquidated.

He said that at present, the company owed banks R18m, the taxman and employees almost R10m, and “concurrent creditors” (subcontractors and service providers) R55m.

He said the company had R46m in assets.

Under a business rescue plan, the banks and the staff would be paid in full and the concurrent creditors would be repaid over 12 months, getting back between 70 cents and 100 cents in the rand. - The Mercury

And just for some perspective.

Zuma is five times more expensive than Obama
2012-07-29 10:00

After the latest 5.5% increase, President Jacob Zuma’s annual salary is now R2 622 561.

British Prime Minister David Cameron takes home only R1 843 884 annually.

French President François Hollande, whose salary was recently cut by 30%, earns just R1.8 million per year.

However, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga can look down on Zuma and the others.

His salary of R3 544 932 is even higher than that of US President Barack Obama, who earns R3 322 080 per year.

However, Obama leads a much bigger population, so per head he actually costs his people five times less than Zuma costs us.

Local Cabinet ministers are also better off than their peers. A South African minister earns R2 006 292, a British minister gets R1 747 340 and a French one R1.2 million per year.

South African MPs now earn R889 383, British MPs get up to R844 032 and French MPs about R780 261 annually.

South African mayors reached the million mark after Zuma last week approved the salary increases proposed by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.

The increases also apply to judges, magistrates and traditional leaders.

Increases will be backdated to April 1 this year.

- City Press

Solid Rust Twotter
21st Nov 2012, 10:52
More Hayibo.

ANC says Zuma was referring to James Bond, not Nkandla bond

As Jacob Zuma is accused of lying over having a bond on his Nkandla home, the ANC has defended the President, saying that he was referring to his box-set of James Bond films. “He never said he had a mortgage, he said he had a Bond,” said a spokesman. Meanwhile, Zuma is reportedly keen to star in a rebooted Bond series, starting with Shaiken Not Stirred.
Speaking to journalists this morning from the west wing of the west wing of the west wing of the sauna in the not-compound, spokeswoman Ms Mani Pedi said that Zuma had been paying off his Bonds for months.
“It’s the box set,” she explained. “He would have paid cash but as we all know, the President is a public servant and only earns R83 a month after deductions for medical aid, insurance, pension, and giant sprawling homesteads with bulletproof gyms and underground bunkers.”
She said Zuma had ordered the box set because he was a huge fan of the British spy, and because “if you put all the films in the right order, you can see a picture of a woman’s leg across them all”.
“The President has always admired 007,” said Pedi. “Just this morning he told his bodyguard, Blokkies, how he wished he could have a submarine shaped like an ice-berg so he could creep into Table Bay and torpedo Helen Zille. Blokkies mistakenly thought he was making a sexual innuendo, and the President deployed a counterrevolutionary judo chop into his neck. Blokkies was out for twenty minutes.”
But, she said, Zuma was becoming frustrated with the “rampant feminism” of the newer films.
“It upsets him that Bond has to take orders from a woman who looks like Helen Zille,” she said. “Which is why he is planning to reboot the series, starring himself. It’s high time we had a 70-year-old Zulu Bond.”
Pedi revealed that Mac Maharaj had already been approached to write the scripts for the reboots, “because he has this wonderful talent for writing outrageous lines that you can say with a straight face”, and that Blade Nzimande would do the editing, because of his “penchant for deleting anything that makes him feel uncomfortable”.
“We’re looking at a 2014 release date for Shaiken Not Stirred, which will see Bond battling a corrupt loan-shark who has a terminal disease but who can’t die. It’s going to be whack.”
After that, she said, Zuma would turn to more traditional remakes of Bond classic, including Spin Dr No, From Nkandla With Love, You Only Rule Twice (Unless We Change The Constitution), and The Man With The Golden Handshake.
“He’s especially keen to do the more physically demanding roles that Daniel Craig brought to the part,” she said. “Which is why he’s probably going to work out a bit before he starts shooting Compound Royal or Windfall.”

25th Nov 2012, 08:09
Isn't it wonderful that South Africa is now a truly democratic country and all this is happening, since it was liberated form the oppression of colonialism and apartheid. See how well people live now.

"A previously disadvantaged black South African enjoys the fruits of democracy in 2012."

UK gives £19million aid to South Africa - its president spends £17.5million on his palace

It is a nation racked by poverty, where 13 million people survive on less than £1 a day, and two million have no access to a toilet.

Yet as his people struggle in squalor, South African president Jacob Zuma has sparked outrage by spending £17.5 million to upgrade his rural family home.

Lavish works – which include the construction of 31 new houses, an underground bunker accessed by lifts and a helipad – will cost almost as much as the £19 million British taxpayers send to South Africa in annual aid.

Not quite right...South African president Jacob Zuma continues to have a lavish lifestyle despite many parts of his country struggling for survival

The costly upgrade to Zuma’s once-humble home in the village of Nkandla includes Astroturf sports fields and tennis courts, a gymnasium and state-of-the art security systems, including fingerprint-controlled access pads.

And nearby roads have benefited from a further £40 million of improvements.

When African journalists revealed the astronomical cost of the work, Zuma’s ministers turned on the whistle-blowers, saying that revealing the details of ‘top secret’ documents was illegal.

Originally the cost of the project, which began two years ago, was put at £500,000 – but it has since skyrocketed. South African taxpayers are footing most of the bill, although Zuma, a polygamist with four wives and at least 20 children, is said to be contributing £700,000 of his own money – a stretch on his annual £185,000 salary.

However, he also receives a controversial £1.2million in ‘spousal support’ for his wives – despite recently calling on fellow politicians to tighten their belts – and pays only a peppercorn rent of £560 on the tribally owned plot in the Zululand hills where his mansion sits.

Zuma has named his residence a ‘national key point’ – a status invented by the previous paranoid apartheid government – which means it is entitled to security measures ‘in the interests of the nation’.

Last week he was grilled in parliament about what he and his family were costing the nation, and struggled to answer, protesting that he was unaware of the scale of the work.

‘All the buildings and every room we use in that residence were built by ourselves as family and not by the government,’ he protested. He did not know the amount spent on bunkers, claiming: ‘I don’t know the figures; that’s not my job.’

Under pressure, Zuma has been forced to agree to two investigations: one to probe the spiralling costs at Nkandla, the other to see if there was a breach of parliamentary spending rules.

‘Nkandlagate’ – as the state-owned media have been banned from calling it – is just the latest scandal to engulf the 70-year-old African National Congress leader. In 2004 he faced trial with his financial adviser Schabir Shaik over racketeering and corruption claims for accepting tens of thousands of pounds in bribes from European arms firms.

Shaik was imprisoned for 15 years, but Zuma’s case was ‘discontinued’ after complicated legal wrangling – even though a judge said there was ‘overwhelming’ evidence of a corrupt relationship between the two men.The following year, a 31-year-old HIV-positive woman accused him of rape. Although he was acquitted, Zuma’s ludicrous claim that he took a shower after sex to prevent contracting HIV made him a laughing stock.

His personal life also came under scrutiny following the 2000 suicide of his first wife, who left a note describing ‘24 years of hell’ with him, and again after the illegitimate birth of another child in 2009. He accused the media of invading his privacy when revealing the scandal.

Meanwhile, South Africa is in an increasingly parlous state, having had its credit rating downgraded following industrial unrest. Workers at the Marikana platinum mine were mown down and killed by armed police last month when they dared to demand better pay. A truck-drivers’ strike later led to more deaths, and last week thousands of farmworkers downed tools in protest at their £4.85 day-rate.

Yet Zuma – who glories in his nickname ‘100 per cent Zulu boy’ – still has substantial support among the people, bolstered by his freedom-fighter credentials, having spent ten years imprisoned on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela.

Britain is committed to spending an average of £19 million a year in aid on South Africa until 2015, mainly aimed at reducing HIV. But the Department for International Development is examining how it spends the UK’s aid budget, and recently announced plans to slash the controversial £280 million a year it sends to India.

Solid Rust Twotter
25th Nov 2012, 08:30
...Zuma has named his residence a ‘national key point’ – a status invented by the previous paranoid apartheid government – which means it is entitled to security measures ‘in the interests of the nation’....

Difference being, the "paranoid" apartheid govt named things like airports, power stations and rail networks national key points, not the underground bunker of a jumped up tinpot wannabe dictator.

sled dog
25th Nov 2012, 08:39
S R T, i thought JZ was already a dictator ?

Solid Rust Twotter
25th Nov 2012, 08:44
I think he's still aiming to achieve somewhat greater heights among his fellow loons. We'll see what comes about after the party conference in a few weeks.

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Nov 2012, 07:32
It takes the brutal murder of a Brit for anyone outside SA to even notice what's going on here.

British engineer who 'fell in love' with South Africa is hacked to death on his remote farmstead by machete-wielding thieves who only took mobile phones

Chris Preece's wife was also injured in the attack which happened after robbers poisoned their guard dogs
This farm attack is the latest in a string of similar incidents and has been blamed on social inequality

By Dan Newling

PUBLISHED: 12:21 GMT, 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 00:50 GMT, 27 November 2012

A British engineer was murdered and his wife brutally beaten at their remote South African farm by robbers who took just £210 cash and a mobile phone.

Chris Preece, 54, who made his home there after ‘falling in love with the country’ was hacked to death in his kitchen by a gang with machetes.

His wife Felicity, 56, was stabbed and hit with a pole, fracturing her skull.

She survived a 12-hour wait for help by treating her own wounds.

The murder, on Saturday evening, is the latest in a spate of violent robberies in South Africa targeting relatively wealthy white farmers.

Mr Preece, originally from Southgate, north London, was attacked at about 7pm as he went to take his seven dogs for a walk at his farm near Ficksburg, on the Lesotho border.

The gang killed him, then attacked his wife.

‘Because the gang had cut the telephone wires and there is no mobile phone reception, she couldn’t get help,’ said friend and neighbour Gavin Hoole.

‘It was only the next morning, at around 7am, that anyone realised something was wrong.’

Mr Preece’s South African daughter-in-law Jeanne Preece said he had gone to the country in 1995 to work as a geotechnical engineer with diamond firm De Beers.

‘He fell in love with South Africa from day one,’ she said yesterday.

Last year he was made principal geotechnical engineer for rival mining firm Snowden in Johannesburg.

He would drive 200 miles home to his wife every weekend.

The couple kept horses and were in the process of transforming the farm into a nature reserve with cheetahs and birds of prey.

Jeanne Preece, who is married to their son, said the couple, who have two daughters, were unaware there had been a murder and four robberies on local farms in the past month.

Felicity Preece was yesterday said to be in a ‘stable but traumatised state’ in hospital.

Mr Preece's death is the latest in an alarming trend of brutal murders on remote farmsteads in post apartheid South Africa.

Since the country's first fully democratic elections in 1994, more than 3,000 white, mainly Afrikaans, farmers have been killed in their homes.

The so-called 'farm attacks' are part of the wave of criminality that has engulfed the country in recent years, something criminologist blame of a number of factors, including inept policing and widening social inequality.

But in the case of 'farm attacks' - which occur far from the crime-ravaged townships - academics also blame a breakdown in the traditional social contract between employer and employee.

Police research shows that the murders are normally carried out by drug-addicted, unemployed black men. Often they have some connection with the targeted farmstead.

Local police said the attack at Mr Preece's farm - called Fleur de Lys - is the fifth such attack, and the second murder, in the district over the past month.

Yesterday Jeanne Preece told the local Volksblad newspaper how Mr Preece had moved to South Africa in 1995 for work, after which he had 'fallen in love' with the country.

He worked as principal geotechnical engineer for mining firm Snowden and was based in the country's commercial capital Johannesburg.

However he spent every weekend on the farm, 200 miles drive away, where he wife Felicity lived.

The couple were passionate about wildlife and welcomed local children to the farm to teach them to ride horses.

It had been the couple's dream to turn the farm, which is set in rolling green hills, into a nature reserve and rehabilitation resort for owls and cheetahs.

He was especially looking forward to seeing all his family over Christmas, Mrs Preece said.

Yesterday a spokesman for the hospital at which Mrs Preece is being treated said she is in a 'stable but traumatized state'.

Local police spokesman Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini said police were alerted to the attack by a worker who discovered the bloody scene as he arrived for work on Sunday morning.

He said the murder weapons were found in the house. Police have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the attack, which locals believe to have been committed by men who crossed the nearby border from Lesotho.

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Solid Rust Twotter
28th Nov 2012, 07:21
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, infrastructure continues its spiral down the toilet, in no small part due to incompetence and patronism...

Masondo's Mess And How to Fix It

2 February 2010


Johannesburg — JOHANNESBURG is in a dreadful state. With potholes now so numerous they are a threat to life and limb, street lights and traffic lights broken for weeks on end, roadworks and pavement diggings started and abandoned, SA's biggest metro is looking about as beaten up as a modern city could be.

Nothing illustrates better its decrepitude than the hole dug many months ago on the corner of 7th Avenue and 6th Street in the suburb of Melville -- it has been so comprehensively abandoned that for nearly a month it has been home to a TV set.

It is a common story. There are literally thousands of unattended holes all over Joburg's pavements and roads. It is an absolute disgrace to SA and to Joburg's own citizens.

It is not that Melville is some upmarket, spoilt, white place. Its homes are modest, and its inhabitants mixed. There would have been a time when the city's black inhabitants would have cheered the tarring of a road in Soweto at the expense of one in salubrious Hyde Park, but if any are still cheering they would be badly misguided. Joburg is increasingly one city.

Partly, even mainly, Joburg's problems are about leadership, starting with the mayor, Amos Masondo. His most striking political characteristic has been to be absent during Joburg's moments of crisis. Given the job by former president Thabo Mbeki as a reward for running Mbeki's first (1999) election campaign, Masondo has distinguished himself primarily as a cutter of ribbons and a deliverer of projects. Not for him the drudgery of also maintaining what he was given.

But a contributing factor in Masondo's failure must surely be the way the municipal machine around him is structured.

In Joburg, the municipality has been corporatised into fragments that enable Masondo to deflect direct responsibility for things like killer holes in the roads. The roads (and traffic lights and street lights and drains) are all the responsibility of the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA). There are other agencies for water, garbage, electricity, buses, development and the like. Their effect is to create a distance between the city's leader and its problems that would take a person much, much more engaged than Masondo to overcome.

But while water shortages, power outages and untidy rubbish collection are common, the JRA is a special problem.

The JRA manages more than 9000km of roads and bridges and 3500km of stormwater drains. That would be a nightmare for the most experienced manager. For JRA MD Dudu Maseko, who made her way to the top as a human resources specialist, it has clearly been an unfair burden.

The JRA's own "Stakeholder" booklet is a clear measure of the problem. It is a result of endless "workshops" building up through the "Customer Charter", the "internal controls being put in place", the Mission Statement ("to provide a sound transit infrastructure management system in support of enhanced mobility"), which must be settled before we get to the all-important Vision Statement.

Here is part of the JRA's: "The JRA's vision is 'the vehicle that makes the City work'. The JRA regards itself as the ultimate catalyst that makes other services in the City realisable ... the means to a better quality of life for all."

So much blather. It costs R100000 to maintain a kilometre of road, a year after it has been built, R1,8m for the same stretch if it hasn't been maintained for five years. Assuming 9000km of roads and that they are all just one year old, Joburg would need a maintenance budget just for roads of R900m a year. Yet the entire JRA budget is less than that. That mayor Masondo can argue that there is money to do the job is beyond belief.

We hope the mayor is replaced at the next local elections. But that doesn't mean he still doesn't have a real job ahead of him. He does. It is to find the money to fix the roads. That's easy, unless you're Amos Masondo, deliverer of projects.

Joburg collects just over 60% of the rates and taxes owing to it. Collect the other 38% and you'd have enough money to make this a world-class city in reality and not just in advertisements.

But that money is largely owed by the ANC's poorer constituency, and collecting it would take political courage and will way beyond anything Masondo has demonstrated in office. President Zuma has made much of ending poor municipal governance. While it is understandable he should care about the backwaters where people struggle for a lifetime against municipal indifference, he ignores large cities at his and our peril.

It's about the hole on the pavement that contains a TV set. The will to collect the money to fill the hole doesn't exist.

And an interview with the culprit before the SWC.


Solid Rust Twotter
29th Nov 2012, 09:02
Extreme violence in farm attacks - experts
2012-11-28 09:18

Johannesburg - Violence perpetrated against victims of farm attacks is far worse than the public could possibly imagine, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Eileen de Jager and Roelien Schutte, two sisters who clean up crime scenes nationally, said on Tuesday at the release of a report by the Solidarity Research Institute that they had seen a definite increase in extreme violence during farm attacks.

They said if the public realised what actually happened during such attacks, it would serve as a wake-up call that would mobilise communities to be more vigilant.

"Victims are often tortured before being dragged behind cars, or they are mutilated with boiling water. It is beyond insane," De Jager said.

Lorraine Claassen, a criminologist, said it was disturbing that farm attacks were still not being viewed in a serious light.

"The extreme terror that people experience when their lives are in the hands of attackers is paralysing and incomprehensible. No person deserves to be murdered in such a barbaric, inhuman and perverted manner," she said.

Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), said it was clear that the government did not view the attacks as a priority, but that a farmer was twice as likely as a policeman to be killed.

"The situation should be viewed as a national crisis, and it should be given focused attention."


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30th Nov 2012, 17:05

1st Dec 2012, 06:53


And on a more serious note :

Nkandla Freeway Corruption Potentially Exposed...

Much has been said, fought and argued over the funding of the R250m Nkandla Compound, and rightly so. But what's received little attention is the funding of the freeway set to run through Nkandla following the development of the president's luxury compound. This freeway is set to cost R1.5bn, so this is no small chunk of change, so Mybroadband's amateur, volunteer, investigative journalists gave it a crack and uncovered what appears to be a case of corruption on an arms deal
scale. See what has been uncovered, click on the following link:

Nkandla Freeway Corruption Potentially Exposed...

Following contact with the HDA official, I have redacted the personal details in respect of their right to privacy. While speculation can be drawn from the coincidences, it is not definitive, as has been pointed out. This is pure speculation on my part based on information in the public domain, as the government continue to shroud all presidency-related matters in secrecy. It should be noted that if you have quoted the original text, or mentioned the HDA manager, it would be better to remove it for the time being until it can be confirmed that there is no questionable relationship there. The claim from the HDA official is that he/she was merely Mr Moeti Mpuru's landlord, and all other aspects relating to the claims in this post are pure coincidence or untrue speculation.

Claim #1

Public Works claim that the freeway is being constructed by a private company called Korong Capital Partners who will, following the road development's end, donate the entire road to the government at no cost to them. Now that sounds incredible. So incredible that it sounds almost too good to be true. That's because it is.


Korong Capital Partners appears to have been a dormant shell company since 1999, and who's only director is Moeti Mpuru, who claims to have secured the funding of R1.5bn for this project. The problem with this scenario is that Korong Capital Partners have no history of this sort of work. In fact, they have no history of any work whatsoever. So they certainly couldn't have secured revenue of around R37bn to place them in a position to fund this internally. This would have made them the most successful company in history (to put this into perspective, this would equate to more than double Vodacom's 2011/2012 revenue, and Korong would have achieved this in about a year of operations). They couldn't have raised this finance in the capital markets either because no financial institution would originate and secure a bond for a company with zero balance sheet strength and zero cash flow. So the only other option is that there was an angel investor involved, and this is the next claim:

Claim #2

An angel investor is funding the entire project at no cost to government whatsoever.


Who was this angel investor? Well the claim is that the cash originated from the USA, through an attorney who is set to make $100,000.00 for simply arranging the transfer of the cash. Apparently Mpuru, after being turned down for a R1m loan to fund a small portion of the project, managed in just a few months to secure R1.5bn in funding for a project that will see absolutely no return on investment. It is a straight R1.5bn loss to whoever funds this project. And why is the donor not being made public? What has he got to hide? And who in their right mind would philanthropically fund a minor freeway in SA through the president's home town? It makes no financial sense, nor logical sense.

So on to brass facts: Korong Capital Partners has its registered offices at the following address:


So this company that apparently has R1.5bn spare to flush down the toilet, or will be managing R1.5bn worth of angel investor cash, is situated at unit 2, Chianti Estate in Sunninghill, a residential complex that does not have business rights for its units. This is a tiny, 60sqm residential complex - not an office park, or the premises you'd expect for a company with R1.5bn to spend and manage. Yet Public Works feel happy for this company to complete this project on their behalf. Ever wondered why?

So who owns Unit #2 at Chianti Estates? None other than [redacted]. Who is [redacted]? He/she is an official of the Housing Development Agency of South Africa. This is the governmental department that oversees investments in housing related infrastructure on behalf of the Human Settlements Department. They also manage inter-departmental projects. Why is Korong Capital Partners' premises at the HDA official's personal premises? The answer to that is simple - he/she owned the shelf CC from the outset. [or it is pure coincidence] This means that the CC used to move the money around to pay for the Zuma freeway is in fact located at the HDA official's house and directed by the man who supposedly secured the funding. This makes no sense in terms of the government's official statements that this is a private entity funding the project through angel investment. What this actually means is that the HDA may have used the CC owned by their official to move Human Settlements money to Korong Capital Partners to fund the Zuma Freeway. If this was angel investment, the investor would ensure that he had board representation to ensure he had oversight over the use of his funds.

[or this is coincidence as per comment from officials]

What does this mean? Well it means that Zuma's compound is only the tip of a very large iceberg. The real corruption may be worth in the region of about R1.5bn, as it indicates that the HDA might have facilitated government cash to be moved to Korong Capital Partners to fund the Zuma Freeway, and the government knowingly lied to the public about how the project was being funded. It indicates that behind the scenes, HDA, Public Works and Human Settlements could have arranged a secretive transaction to spoof legitimate business operations, when in fact they were simply trying to hide their money-trail of corruption, knowing that using public money would cause outrage among South African citizens.

None of this makes any sense in terms of the official story by the government. It makes perfect sense when you add a corruption element to the mix though. Public Works and Human Settlements found cash to fund this project. In order to hide this from the public, they engaged with the official of the Housing Development Agency, who are the middle-man for inter-governmental transactions. Together with a lawyer in the US, they siphoned cash out of the country to make it appear as if the cash was from an angel investor, and would not be subject to disclosure to the public. They then moved the money to a CC situated at the HDA official's premises called Korong Capital Partners who are now officially funding the Zuma Freeway.

[or it is pure coincidence]

On the surface it seems like an extraordinarily unlikely investment - that some unknown source of billions of dollars donated all of the funding capital to a private company that coincidentally happens to be owned by the HDA manager, to build a freeway through Jacob Zuma's Nkandla hometown, with no oversight of the spending, no recourse whatsoever to the cash, no return on investment, while remaining completely anonymous, and then with the intention to hand the entire road over to Public Works upon completion. And that is because this is ridiculous. It reminds me of the SANIP arrangement with SAAB and BAE, where Fana Hlongwane received the bribe payments for the arms deal.

What has happened however is that government appears to have attempted to pull the wool over the eyes of its citizens, in anticipation of backlash for R1.5bn funding of the Zuma Freeway, by hiding cash in an entity they thought would be safe from public scrutiny. As it turns out, this wasn't quite as private as they expected. The crucial oversight was using a private CC at the HDA official's premises and forgetting to remove his/her personal address from the company information records, which are public.

So government has a lot to answer for here and we the public should demand answers. Not only does this appear to be corrupt to its very core, but the spending at Nkandla is outrageous too. See here for more details relating to how exorbitant the Nkandla spend is:

http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthre...projects/page2 (http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/484540-Zuma-s-Nkandla-costs-224-more-than-infrastructure-projects/page2)

And finally, on Cyril Ramaphosa, who is brilliant. The guy knows how to make a buck, he dispenses largesse sensibly, he is a fly fisherman, he is a stunning negotiator, he has a brain, and, most importantly, he is not a raving maniac warding off evil and unfriendly electoral spirits by waving a stick in a bespoke leopard skin shawl. (And don’t be fooled by the attempt to load Cyril with responsibility for Marikana. They have tried to blame almost everyone else; only Madiba seems safe - perhaps... You simply cannot shoot your own people in the back, any more than you can bomb your own children in a Syrian school playground.)

If Cyril were to take over this morning, I would say we might have half a chance of reversing the bobsleigh... Four or five more years of this lot, and he may as well take over the Sahara/Gobi/Namib Desert Group Water Purification Project Inc... He would have less chance than Blade Nzimande would have of winning next year’s Miss World contest.

1st Dec 2012, 06:56
Cyril is a flag

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When I was told earlier this week that Cyril Ramaphosa might be nominated as Jacob Zuma's deputy and there might be a chance that the deputy position could be changed into that of Prime Minister, something went ping in my mind. This could signal a major shift in ANC strategy. Zuma would become the equivalent of non-executive chairman of the country with Cyril as CEO.

This is not a bad idea even for those who passionately support the DA. The latter have virtually no chance of winning the next election as most pundits feel that they can only close the gap by 2019 or 2024. So one has to look at the best case scenario for the next seven or twelve years. Cyril, of course, has to overcome the perception among the masses of being a super-rich beneficiary of BEE and, more recently, of being a Lonmin Director when the company's role in the Marikana tragedy is under the microscope.

Nevertheless, I think if anybody can steer South Africa away from becoming a Failed State and towards a promotion in the ranks of nations that constitute the Premier League, it is Cyril Ramaphosa. I have known him for many years after meeting him for the first time when he was General Secretary of the NUM. In those days, he wore a leather jacket and an NUM t-shirt and was a fiery, young advocate of all the rights that attach to being a mine worker. He fulfilled the position with great distinction and, to his credit, he never let the employing mines down by reneging on an agreement.

He established good relations with all the people with whom he negotiated and I remember he honoured an invitation by the head of the HR discipline in Anglo's Gold Division to attend his retirement party. This took place during the campaign leading up to the 1994 election. He could have easily passed it up, but he didn't.

Why do I think at this stage of South Africa's young democracy that he could play such a crucial role? Here are my reasons:

- He alone among prominent members of the ANC has open access to all the crucial players involved in our economy. He can ring any captain of the industry and ask him or her to attend a meeting and he or she will respond positively. With his union background, he can do the same with most unionists and clearly he can call upon anybody within the ANC. In other words, he has a unique networking skill;

- With Roelf Meyer, he was the engine room of the political Codesas we had in the early 1990s. If we ever decide to have an Economic Codesa, he could use all his experience to structure it in a way that maximizes the chance of it being a success by extracting concessions on all sides; and

- Given his business experience and his track record in being the head of the appeal panel that heard the case of Julius Malema, he could instil real accountability within government and the ANC. Anybody who crosses the line would face instant dismissal from the party and potential criminal prosecution.

Thus, Cyril's nomination to a key ANC position would be a very positive flag and would make the conference in December a much more important affair for the immediate future of the country. Overnight, it would transform foreign perceptions of South Africa being on a downward slide to nowhere. Instead, people might even talk of a second miracle being close at hand - the one that has to take place in the economic sphere.

Solid Rust Twotter
2nd Dec 2012, 04:30
The song sounds familiar. Didn't we hear it when Zuma ousted Mbeki? Unfortunately, it'll only slow the decline, doing little of real value to reverse it. Life support for the corpse to enable the last few drops of blood to be extracted.

Holding our breath on this one while hoping for real change would probably be a futile exercise.

Strange how Sunter, du Preez and other advocates of the current regime back in the day, are now all discussing ways to fix the train smash. Unfcuking something is a lot trickier than turning it into wreckage in the first place, eh fellas?

Solid Rust Twotter
10th Dec 2012, 03:51

Chances of learning how the new Agustas are used are slim. The regime wouldn't want it known that they're little more than a private taxi service for the ruling party, being next to useless for high load mil ops in the hot and high conditions of the interior.


Jakaranda Children's Home, South African Orphanage, Losing Funding Because Kids Are 'Too White' (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/jakaranda-childrens-home-loses-funding_n_2258871.html)

Jakaranda Children's Home, South African Orphanage, Losing Funding Because Kids Are 'Too White'

Posted: 12/07/2012 4:25 pm EST | Updated: 12/07/2012 4:25 pm EST

The Jakaranda Children’s Home, a South African orphanage, says it’s losing funding from large companies because 70 percent of its children are white, news24.com reports.

“To us a child is a child. We don’t discriminate," Elzane van der Merwe a spokesperson for the orphanage told Beeld. "Here we have 250 children between 18 months and 18 years that need care, regardless of race or gender.”

The orphanage houses abused children who are placed in the organization’s care by court order, according to its website. The home needs 25,620,000 South African Rand ($2,954,293) a year to run.

The Jakaranda Children’s Home was told that it will lose funding because its practices don't adhere to South Africa’s policy of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE), van der Merwe told news24.com.

The policy, which was implemented in 2007, is designed to accelerate economic growth by educating and training black citizens -- a large sector of the population that suffered during the apartheid.

A 2001 census showed that 79 percent of the South African population is black, 9.6 percent white and 2.5 percent Indian-Asian. Almost 20 years after the apartheid, a recent study reveals South Africa’s black majority directly owns less than 10 percent of the Johannesburg stock market, the Globe and Mail reports.

Under the BEE policy, businesses are awarded points for contributions made to programs that empower black people, news24.com reports.

Recently, new BEE policy measures have faced scrutiny by South African nonprofits.

In October, changes were made to the BEE Codes of Good Practice. Companies would only qualify for full points for donations made to 100 percent black African beneficiaries, according to The Star.

“This amendment will have a huge effect. It means if the charity benefits any Indian, white, coloured or even a Mozambican or Zimbabwean child, companies will not be able to claim points on their BEE score card,” Bridget Brun, a BEE agency head told the Star.

According to Dr. Rob Davies, South Africa's Trade and Industry Minister, the amendment was needed to transform the demographics in the workplace to better reflect those of society, he said in a statement.

For nonprofit leaders, the news challenged their organizations’ very existence.

“We don’t know the race of the child who phones us," Joan van Niekerk, head of the childhood abuse charity Childline told the Star. "It’s inappropriate to ask ‘are you black, and how black are you?’ This is a different kind of apartheid. It’s extremely distressing.”

But on Nov. 29, after citing media and public misinterpretation of the policy’s intentions, South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry withdrew the controversial section, according to a department statement.

Interesting that they even found it necessary to try to slip it in.

17th Dec 2012, 20:53
A BBC scribe has posted his take on SA Politics, here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20727088):
If South Africa were a television show, it would probably be a Mexican soap opera - raucous, full of absurd, repetitive plots, with the promise of imminent disaster and salvation around every corner.

It is as if the nation cannot quite let go of its genuinely miraculous, dramatic past and accept the fact that it has become just another messy, complicated country.

Of course, this week we have all been reminded of that past with the news that Nelson Mandela, now 94 years old, is back in hospital.

Over time most South Africans have quietly come to accept the fact that he will not be here forever.

But it is striking how many people seem genuinely worried about what will happen when he is gone.

It used to be a few shrill, nervous white people who talked about how it was only Mr Mandela - with his moral authority - who was preventing the black majority from throwing them out of the country or worse. But now you hear black people worrying about what will happen too.
Hmm ...

17th Dec 2012, 21:12
As a white guy I'm reminded that some black chap down here apparently once said that the white's didn't need to worry too much until the time came when the blacks started to fight among themselves for then they would become the universal scapegoat.
Ramaphosa could be an excellent way forward for all sectors of the jolly warped rainbow nation and it shouldn't be forgotten that, lurking like an Orc in the darkness, is the alternative, good old Uncle Julius. He's the one who really gingers up the Hyde Park hosties and has them planning their escape routes.

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Dec 2012, 10:45
Zimbabwe anyone...?


20th Dec 2012, 11:17
Very interesting little gem embedded in that BBC-scribblers' article:

''I spent an hour recently, arguing with a bright student who was convinced that civil war was inevitable.''

20th Dec 2012, 11:24
On a lighter note . . .

When I was a kid, my church used to fund missionary work in Bechuanaland, now Botswana, and in particular in Molepolole. I was chatting to one of the judges here, who also sits as a lord of appeal in Botswana, and thought I'd take a look at Molepolole. First image I found was a shopping mall with KFC prominent in the foreground.

I'd like to apologise to all Botswana if any of the fundraising carried out at the Ebenezer United Free Church in Leith was in any way responsible for inflicting KFC on an unsuspecting population.

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Dec 2012, 12:34
Bang your head on the floor until you're forgiven, Mr P.

20th Dec 2012, 12:43
Missionaries/Africa/Forgiveness? Very oxymoronic.

21st Dec 2012, 01:40
Nelson Mandela Has Gallstones Removed | Stuff.co.nz (http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/8086413/Nelson-Mandela-has-gallstones-removed)

South Africa, a nation of 50 million people, reveres Mandela for his magnamity and being able to bridge racial gaps after centuries of white racist rule.

Where do they find such one eyed, no knowledge of factual history, so called journalists from?

21st Dec 2012, 06:40
Under a stone? Typical leftie trash.

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Dec 2012, 07:16

28th Dec 2012, 07:20
Zuma calls for national cleansing ceremony | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2012-12-28-zuma-calls-for-national-cleansing-ceremony)

Perhaps he should start with himself...........or maybe he took a shower this morning thus aquiring immunity.
The SABC's radio news reported on Friday President Jacob Zuma asked for a national cleansing ceremony to restore what he branded as the moral values of the nation.

Zuma's dog comments meant to 'decolonise the African mind' | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2012-12-27-zumas-dog-comments-meant-to-decolonise-the-african-mind)

Or perhaps he's just lost the plot :
President Jacob Zuma was only trying to "decolonise the African mind" when he criticised caring for dogs as pets as part of "white culture", the presidency said on Thursday.

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Jan 2013, 07:26
Zimbabwe anyone...?

The latest prescriptive profundities of King Jacob concerning the enormity of black South Africans lusting after white/Western norms and values appear to border somewhere between the comedic and the lunatic.

Our illustrious foot-in-mouth leader appears to have outshone his previous efforts at providing low-grade mental stimulation and general resigned hilarity to the peoples of the Earth in general and South Africa in particular.

To deride caring for a pet and walking one’s dog as being a heinous ‘coconut’ crime against black humankind is grossly insulting to black and white folk equally. To espouse, by implication, that ‘curly, black and kinky’ is the only way that a black woman should be identified as a true distaff of Africa is to further relegate women to the chattel lists of aged men, jealous of their fiefdoms and fearful of change.

By inference, King Jacob seeks an idyllic return to the ‘purity’ of an imagined African Golden Age of bare-breasted women, child on hip and another a’ belly, swaying in the rhythm of tilling the fields or pounding the maize in the blazing African sun whilst the loincloth-clad men folk swill sorghum beer and swap lies in the shade of the trees in the village of mud huts and snotty-nosed bare-assed children playing in the dirt, emaciated dogs slinking on the edges of the scene wary of the occasional random stone or kick directed their way.

This latest prophetic vision of one man, tacitly supported by his fellow travelers in power, preferment and politics, threatens to pervert the very dream which brought this man to power. The law-enshrined freedom of choice and freedom of thought and expression as embodied in the Constitution of South Africa is constantly being undermined by the one person in the entire country who owes his position, by way of an Oath of Office under the Constitution, to that very Constitution itself.

King Jacob does not eschew the trappings of his presidential post, nor does he shun the modern conveniences of life – most of which, many will gleefully point out, never originated directly or otherwise from African traditional cultures.

Zuma may fantasize about being a new inspirational Chaka replete with his own harem of Spear-awed wives and concubines, surrounded by his uncountable progeny deep within his underground kraal at Nkandla, ruling his kingdom by edict whilst bestowing his favours upon the yes-men and praise singers of his court, but it is a twisted fantasy, a foetid fetish that he seeks to impose upon his people.
King Jacob is even guiltier than his subjects in his enthrallment with Western/white culture because he has the means to indulge himself whereas most of the citizens of this country do not have those means nor do they have the overarching ambition to possess those trinkets of Western money and status.

King Jacob will always desire to flaunt his five thousand Dollar suits, his cavalcades of SUV’s laden with grim dark-glassed security guards, his ‘spare’ Jumbos trailing in his wake when he travels beyond our borders, his secretive and uniquely exclusive private and public residences with every conceivable protection against the wildest real and imagined threats that the fevered imaginations of his fawning lackeys can possibly dream up; King Jacob is as hooked as a heroin addict on the very things he rails against as being un-African and impure.
Outwardly, then, King Jacob is a self-indulgent hypocrite.


Perhaps, in all this Freudian – and embarrassingly - public 1930’s- Nazi Germany-style penis envy, there lies a cynical and contemptuous hidden agenda of Nazi proportions.

Notwithstanding the collective governance concepts said to be behind the eminently self-styled democratic ANC and its government, Jacob Zuma continues his periodic attacks on the ANC’s traditional opponents without let or hindrance from the ANC or its allies in government. Always following times when the ANC government is caught out in inefficiencies, corruption or outright lies, the ANC defends itself by going on the attack against those it sees as being its age-old enemies – usually the whites of South Africa, the liberal wings of all parties or the West; all are seen as being synonymous. Disconcertingly similar to the Nazi party of the 1930’s and comically indistinguishable from the laager mentality of its old foes, the ANC, through whoever is the favourite mouthpiece of the month, snipes at those it thinks are most despised by the general population and, occasionally, sends out a raiding party to sow a bit of alarm and division amongst the ranks of the enemy. When no obvious target can be trotted out for public ridicule then our old friend the mysterious and ever elusive Third Force is duly paraded, with muttered and ever-vague hints at the threat to the new South Africa and its resplendent democracy, closely followed by the bugle call of national unity and commonality of purpose in the never-ending fight against Colonialism, Imperialism, Capitalism, Revisionism, Intellectualism and any other …ism that can be drummed up at the time.

The parallels with Nazi Germany are worrying. The Jews we all know about. But there were also the Gypsies and the other foreigners. There were the intellectuals. There was censorship of the press and art. There were the book-burnings. There was the political re-education. There was the clarion call to an imagined previous Golden Age of simplicity, romance and chivalry. There was the concept of what constituted the ideal racially pure Aryan – with the later eugenics intended to bring about that perfect model. There were repeated calls for unity of identity and mission. There was a charismatic Leader of limited intelligence and education. There was a militarization of police and other essential services. There was a move to centralization of government and economic planning. There was a nationalization of economic resources. There were clear revisions of history.

Aside from the book-burnings, all these have either happened in South Africa, are in the process of happening or are on the agenda. Maybe the book-burnings will follow – or perhaps the textbook saga of 2012 was the local equivalent.

So, King Jacob, Your Majesty, when starts the Thousand Year Reich? Before or after the genocide?


Not to mention the parallels to be drawn with Mr Schickelgruber in disarming the populace to allow unfettered attacks on the law abiding by his thugs. Meanwhile, nothing but the sound of crickets from those who wished this upon SA.

4th Jan 2013, 16:29
Just lifted this off of News24. :eek: One wonders what the Kumbaya-singers will come up with in defence of the 'wekkas' this time? :hmm:

''Johannesburg - Seven South African schools failed to produce a single successful matric pupil in 2012, according to a report on Friday.

The Star reported that two schools in KwaZulu-Natal, two schools in Limpopo and one each in Gauteng, North West and the Eastern Cape failed to produce a matriculant who passed the final exam..

At Mangala Senior Secondary School in Libode, Eastern Cape, all 56 matrics failed, while at Sunshine Christian Private School in the North West the entire class of 27 matrics failed, according to the report.

The only matric writing exams at Wavelength High School in Johannesburg also failed to pass.

These schools were among the 126 schools across the country that could not achieve a pass rate of 20%, The Star reported.

A 20% to 39% pass rate was obtained at 485 schools, while 1 224 schools had a pass rate of between 40 to 59%.

On Wednesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the matric pass rate in South Africa improved in 2012, with 73.9% of grade 12s passing their final exams.

This was an improvement on the 70.2% pass rate in 2011.''

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Jan 2013, 17:31
30% required for a pass. Everything going precisely according to plan for the ANC. Keep 'em dumb and dependent.:(

5th Jan 2013, 00:06
Twotter, you are pilot, a good man and an animal lover.

Get off your arse and stop whining.

Lest you become inured here.


5th Jan 2013, 01:20
Lest you become inured here

That's a good word, do you mean the thread or the country?

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Jan 2013, 04:57
The regime and their western MSM supporters rarely allow a glimpse into the the basket case SA is fast becoming. The reality of what has been wrought needs to be highlighted, I feel. Hopefully enough pressure will be brought to bear to change things for the better.

Probably a bad idea to hold my breath, though...

Temp Spike
5th Jan 2013, 17:09
Having looked at the Thread original picture, I have a minor question....Why are all the Zulu Warriors Fat?

I never saw a fat warrior in the bush. Not One. Even the mzee's were fit.

6th Jan 2013, 14:36
Why are all the Zulu Warriors Fat?

Just look at the ANC. Not slim (in the Afrikaans or English sense) at all.


Solid Rust Twotter
6th Jan 2013, 15:56
Gravy will do that to you.

Temp Spike
6th Jan 2013, 20:38
I see Solid Rust, I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw.

6th Jan 2013, 21:51
I may have posted this before but it sums up the ANC and African politic in general


7th Jan 2013, 03:13

Police foil plot to assassinate Zuma

.South Africa police foil ANC meeting bomb plot | Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/17/us-safrica-anc-plot-idUSBRE8BG08420121217)

Solid Rust Twotter
16th Jan 2013, 14:49
Open promotion of patronism and corruption. Words fail me...

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma said businessmen who supported the African National Congress would see their fortunes multiply, according to a report on Saturday.

"We're not forcing people... you can support and be a supporter, but if you go beyond that and become a member, [and] if you're a businessman, your business will multiply," the Sunday Times quoted him as saying.

Zuma was speaking at the ANC's 101st anniversary gala dinner in Durban on Friday night.

"Everything you touch will multiply. I've always said that a wise businessperson will support the ANC... because supporting the ANC means you're investing very well in your business."

Organisers for the gala dinner told the Sunday Times seats at the 70-table banquet sold out within 10 days and brought in R8.2m. Seats cost between R5 000 and R600 000.

At the dinner Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu successfully bid R3.7m on a painting of former president Nelson Mandela during an auction, the newspaper reported.

She outbid National Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Joe Hlongwane.

The ANC reportedly offered to commission a similar portrait in exchange for his R3.5m bid.

The auction raised R21.4m.

Zuma: Business which backs ANC will prosper | Fin24 (http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Zuma-Business-who-backs-ANC-will-prosper-20130113)

unstable load
16th Jan 2013, 15:17
Meanwhile, space is soon to be at a premium in the chicken coop as the chickens come home to roost....... and the dear Minister claims "shock" at the news.....:cool:

Amplats jobs bloodbath shocks govt

Johannesburg – Plans by Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] to cut 14 000 jobs came as a shock to the government, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on Tuesday.

"It is regrettable that the company consulted with [my] department less than seven days ago despite the major secio-economic ramifications of its decision," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"We are surprised and shocked today."

The mining giant announced the possible job cuts earlier in the day, saying this would form part of a major restructuring at its strike-hit operations.

The firm would close four shafts and sell a mine considered unsustainable, it said in a statement.

"As a result of the proposed changes to the business, a total of up to 14 000 jobs may be affected, 13 000 of which will be in the Rustenburg area."

Shabangu said her department was approached by Anglo Platinum last year to say it was facing problems and considered restructuring.

She said the company was told to discuss any such plans with the department first.

Yet, the company waited until seven days ago to do so.

The minister said her department regretted the conduct of Anglo Platinum in such an important business decisions that would impact on the country's economy.

She said miners and their families would be hugely affected by such retrenchments as there tended to be minimal work in and around Rustenburg.

"It tends to create a grim future for those workers," Shabangu said.

The company's plans to redistribute retrenched workers in other industries such as brick laying were not sustainable.

"You can't train at the tail end of everything...those skills are not created in a sustainable way. They must not talk about sectors they do not understand," she said.

Solid Rust Twotter
16th Jan 2013, 20:11
You couldn't make it up.

Pietermaritzburg - A KwaZulu-Natal man arrested an allegedly drunk police officer and locked him up in the back of his police van after watching him drive recklessly through the streets of Pietermaritzburg.

Russell George, of Prestbury, said he was coming down Stott Street and about to enter Mayor’s Walk at about 20:00 on Sunday when he noticed a police van driving fast and recklessly.

“He was driving towards oncoming traffic as he turned into Victoria Road.


“At this point I was concerned about the safety of other road users,” self-employed George told The Witness.

“He suddenly jammed on his brakes and came to a complete stop.

“I got out of my car and went towards him and I asked him if he knew what he was doing. He started his car and carried on driving,” he said.

Continuing to drive recklessly, the policeman turned into Logan Road and came to a stop at the Howard Road intersection.

George decided it would be best to call 10111. He was told the police would be there shortly.

“After five minutes, no one had arrived. So I jumped out of my car and I approached the driver’s side and asked him to come out. He looked at me and I could smell that he had been drinking.

“I asked him again, and he refused.

“I then grabbed his keys, pulled him out and locked him in the back of his own van,” George said.

He added that the police van was badly damaged, as if it had been involved in an accident.

Birthday celebrations

Khanyi Mnikathi, a witness who lives on Howard Road, also said the policeman was drunk when he was pulled out of the vehicle.

She said: “He was quite sloshed. He was weak enough for him to be pulled out and into the back of the van.

“When he was put into the back [of the van], he started crying.”

She said the police officers who arrived there “were quite embarrassed”.

“It was ironic because it was a citizen who put him in the back of his own van,” she said.

Mnikathi said that when her mother approached the officer to ask him what happened, he said he had been celebrating his birthday and that all his friends had bought him a bottle of alcohol. “He did not deny that he was drunk,” she said.

Another witness, who gave his name as Sbu, agreed that the officer was very drunk.

The policeman was taken to Loop Street police station.

It was alleged that police had recently been called to a nightclub in the city where the officer had held up his girlfriend at gunpoint.

George said that while he was giving his statement, “two men came into the station to report that a police van had crashed into [their vehicle] and fled”.


Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan confirmed that the policeman had been taken into custody.

“He will be charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol,” she said.

“While he was in custody, we received a report that he had been involved in a collision in Prestbury.

“He is also going to be investigated for reckless and negligent driving,” said Jeevan.

She added that police were aware of an incident “where there was a problem with his girlfriend”.

She said an investigation into an assault was pending and that the officer’s firearm had been taken away.

Zweli Mnisi, spokesperson for Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, said justice should prevail and that the investigation should take place without prejudice.

- The Witness

Solid Rust Twotter
18th Jan 2013, 10:37
More dishonesty from the inner circle.

Johannesburg - A R1.25bn contract to supply electricity meters to the City of Johannesburg was manipulated to benefit Durban businessman Vivian Reddy, said to be a close friend of President Jacob Zuma, according to a report on Friday.

The Mail & Guardian reported that a number of key discrepancies in the contract had been uncovered.

There were detailed allegations that an initial technical evaluation scoresheet was amended to improve the results for Reddy's company, Edison Power.

The revised scoring had pushed another bidder, Hefcom, below the cut-off 70% technical score.

When price was factored in, Hefcom would have scored better than Edison. Hefcom's bid was also half the cost of Edison's.

According to the Mail & Guardian, a letter informing Edison it had won the bid was dated before City Power supply chain management even received the bid recommendation or the chair of the adjudication committee had signed off on the decision.

Edison's share of the contract was increased from the initial recommendation of a R600m share of an R800m contract to an exclusive contract for R1.25bn.

The City and its utility City Power, which procured the meters, had denied any irregularities, according to the newspaper.

According to the report there was no evidence suggesting foul play on the part of Reddy or Edison.


Solid Rust Twotter
20th Jan 2013, 08:45
...And the gravy train rolls on, fueled by corruption in all tiers of govt...

Johannesburg - Three of the country’s biggest state-owned companies are paying millions of rands to bankroll *business breakfasts hosted by President Jacob Zuma’s close friends, the Gupta family.

The Guptas, who own The New Age newspaper, have been hosting speakers like Zuma, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba for publicly broadcasted interviews.

City Press can reveal that:

- Transnet forked out R17.5m for 18 breakfast sessions;
- Eskom paid R7.2m to sponsor six sessions (at R1.2m each) between November 2011 and last year; and
- The SABC doesn’t charge The New Age a cent to broadcast their breakfasts live on SABC2.


It was previously reported that Telkom sponsored 12 business breakfasts to the tune of R12m in the 2012/13 financial year.

The revelation comes in the same week the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) held *public hearings into Eskom’s *proposed 16% tariff hike.

Eskom’s sponsorship for The New Age breakfasts was paid from its 49M energy-efficiency initiative budget.

Gupta family spokesperson Gary Naidoo said he found it “very strange and unethical” that City Press focused on their clients.

“These same clients appear in your newspaper and it would seem your questions are driven by the fear of losing market share.

Chilling effect

“It would seem that your motive is one of finding a mechanism to place a ‘chilling effect’ on those *clients who have bought into our vision of being proudly South *African, and fiercely independent through the publication of news in a balanced fashion."

The multimillion-rand sponsorships were revealed by Gigaba in response to a parliamentary question by DA MP Kenneth Mubu.

Mubu said the newspaper was an “ANC Gazette”, and Transnet and Eskom’s dealings with it compromised the government’s image.

“The New Age’s owners have a very close and cosy relationship with President Zuma,” Mubu said.

He said it was wrong for government to sponsor the newspaper’s business breakfasts.

Official circulation unknown

Zuma is a family friend of the Guptas and his son Duduzane serves on at least nine boards with members of the Gupta family, *including Sahara Holdings and Shiva Uranium.

One of Zuma’s wives, Bongi *Ngema, is the communications and marketing head at the Guptas’ JIC Mining Services.

The Mail & Guardian reported in November that there were “three sets of Gupta fingerprints” on a R3.8m bond registered on Ngema’s Waterkloof Ridge property.

The New Age’s official circulation is unknown as the paper is yet to register with the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

(ABC)ABC vice-president Gordon *Patterson estimated last year, in a report by the Daily Maverick, that the paper sold between 7?800 and 13?000 copies a day.

Both Transnet and Eskom *defended their sponsorships of the breakfasts this week.

Millions spent

Transnet received a proposal, which it says was considered through the company’s normal channels, according to spokesperson Mboniso Sigonyela.

Eskom’s Hilary Joffe said the *decision to sponsor the briefings was reached after mutual discussion over a period of time.

Transnet and Eskom claim the 24 sessions they sponsor “encourage thought leadership, highlight the need to conserve electricity and build their brands”.

Transnet has also spent more than R8.5m on advertising with The New Age between *October 2011 and November last year, according to documents in City Press’ possession.

Eskom has spent about R4.4m on advertising with The New Age between December 2010 and October last year.

Brand awareness

Sigonyela said Transnet saw the breakfasts as a branding opportunity in the newspaper and on SABC2.

Joffe said the main benefit for *Eskom and its shareholder was brand awareness and highlighting the need to conserve electricity.

“We did not pay the SABC for the Morning Live broadcasts. This was one of the benefits of the *sponsorships,” Joffe said.

In October, the Sunday Times *reported the 45-minute briefings were broadcast for free, when the SABC normally charged R18?000 for 30 seconds on the programme.

Two inside sources confirmed to City Press that the newspaper did not pay for their SABC TV slots.

Not free

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago, however, said the broadcasts were not for free.

“The agreement between the SABC and The New Age is a win-win agreement as we get content that helps us inform the public.”

Naidoo said other newspapers were jealous of their success.

“We know that our loyal partners will see through this bullying by competitors and continue their support of our newspaper.”

He didn’t deny that the SABC gave them free publicity.

“Using the cover of journalism to understand our model is not the way we choose to do business and we would urge yourselves to consider the ethics of your *approach.”

- City Press

Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Jan 2013, 05:21
Another own goal for the ANC regime. The bullying and intimidatory tactics used to get the advertiser to withdraw the ad only serves to highlight the paucity of their argument and shows the ANC for the thugs, thieves and liars they are.

ANC bodies round on FNB over 'disrespect'
2013-01-21 22:24

Johannesburg - The FNB "You Can Help Campaign" is an attack on the ruling party and its leadership, the ANC said on Monday.

"The African National Congress is appalled by First National Bank (FNB) advertisements in which the ANC, its leadership and government, is under attack on an commercial masqueraded as youth views," said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

"What is of concern to the ANC is that the advert content is undisguised political statement that makes random and untested accusations against our government in the name of discourse."

The ANC said the bank should not use children to make political statements in a manner disrespectful to elders that disregarded sacrifices made in the 18 years of democratic government.

The FNB campaign features children reading their hopes for the country.

One of the children reads: "The challenges before us cannot be solved by money, petty politics, protests or violence. All the great things we've done, we've done by helping each other."

Mthembu said it was evident from the advert that the views presented had been "engineered and doctored".

He said the ANC leadership would engage FNB management to seek a better understanding of the advertisement and its intended objectives.

There was mixed reaction from political parties on Monday on the "You Can Help Campaign".

The ANC Youth League called the campaign "treacherous".

"FNB, in an obviously lame attempt to recreate an Arab Spring of some sort in South Africa, uses children to make unproven claims of a 'government rife with corruption'," spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said in a statement.


The Democratic Alliance said the ANC and its Youth League's objections were reminiscent of apartheid censorship.

"One can only surmise that the ANC felt threatened by the school girl’s references to greed, corruption, crime and illiteracy," DA national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

Maimane thought the advert was inspirational and positive.

The SA Communist Party said the advert was a "regime change" agitation.

"The SACP strongly condemns this action as highly irresponsible, reckless and unbecoming of any institution calling itself a bank," spokesperson Malesela Maleka said in a statement.

FNB said it never intended to attack government or the ANC, but to call on South Africans to help create a better country.

"The allegations of treason are particularly tasteless and we strongly deny that FNB has acted in any manner which gives rise to such malicious allegations," FNB said.

The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) demanded an apology from FNB.

"We are pleased FNB acted swiftly once the advertisements' offensive natures were highlighted.

"However we further demand an apology as well as an explanation from FNB, more especially for the most offensive video clip, where the president of the women’s league was said to be without brains," said spokesperson Troy Martens.

"President Angie Motshekga is a highly educated woman who has lectured at a University level and holds a number of degrees related to education. To have a school child slur scripted insults over an international platform is unacceptable and FNB should be ashamed of themselves."

She said it was insulting for a child to be seen reading a script insulting an elder.


ANC bodies round on FNB over 'disrespect' | News24 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/ANC-bodies-round-on-FNB-over-disrespect-20130121)

Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Jan 2013, 15:54
Very interesting, albeit a little lengthy. Hard to fault the conclusion drawn that SA has been savagely screwed under the ANC regime for the benefit of the ruling elite. No different to any other third world basket case.

The ANC after Mangaung
RW Johnson
21 January 2013

RW Johnson questions whether Cyril Ramaphosa can save the party from itself

Since the Mangaung conference of the ANC there has been a good deal of comment suggesting that the re-appearance of Cyril Ramaphosa in the top leadership offers a major chance of renewal in the party, especially since Gwede Mantashe has said Ramaphosa will effectively become the new prime minister.

Already there is a good deal of speculation of Ramaphosa even taking over as President just four years from now, in 2017, or even sooner, thanks to Zuma's continuing legal difficulties. Such speculation, I would argue, is not only wishful and naïve but reveals a fundamental ignorance about the nature of ANC rule.

The folly of the "Good Guy-Bad Guy" theory

A great deal of popular commentary (including that by the DA) suggests that the first five years of ANC governance under Mandela was a golden age, something we should strive "to get back to"; indeed the DA appears to believe this so thoroughly that it continually tries to situate itself as Mandela's true heirs. This golden age, again following popular commentary, was then followed by a silver age in which South Africa was led by a brilliant intellectual, Mbeki, with particular distinction in the foreign affairs field, but, sadly, with perplexing folly when it came to Aids and Zimbabwe.

When Mbeki was thrown out there followed an age of even baser metal in which the country was ruled by a corrupt and uneducated know-nothing who provided no leadership at all. Hence the drama of Ramaphosa's return to the scene, a partial return to the golden age.

Such a perspective represents a complete misreading of our recent history. Mandela's presidency was anything but a golden age. The old man had not the slightest idea of how to run a government and it was a mess, saved only by Mbeki's frantic back-stopping. An early casualty was the rule of law. The Shell House shootings - murders carried out in public view in the middle of Johannesburg - were successfully covered up by Mandela's bluster.

Mandela himself started out full of reconciliatory forgiveness but soon got fed up with whites who left and said "good riddance" to them. His speech at the ANC's Mafikeng conference was the most reactionary and anti-democratic ever given by an ANC leader. In it he attacked opposition parties and NGOs as part of a "counter-revolutionary conspiracy" which was encouraging crime, stealing weapons, subverting the economy and building up "alternative structures including intelligence machineries as well as armed formations". The speech only just stopped short of calling for the complete suppression of all opposition.

Meanwhile, at an early stage all cabinet co-ordination was lost. Ministers did much what they liked and they were certainly not going to tolerate an RDP Minister interfering in their departments, a major reason for the early demise of the RDP.

Policy was, inevitably, haphazard and blundering. The enforced retirement en masse of the country's best schoolteachers was a blunder of historic proportions, permanently downgrading the whole education system. This was followed by continual hammer blows to the educational system, of which the imposition and then abandonment of Outcomes Based Education was the greatest. Aids was simply ignored, allowing the virus to spread like wildfire.

For the first few years the government had no economic policy at all. It then lurched into Gear but never had the guts to implement that policy fully. Mandela delighted in telling business audiences that he "hadn't the first idea about economics". They applauded his frankness but it hardly helped the credibility of his government's policies.

Meanwhile, affirmative action boomed and the systematic ruination of the civil service, the parastatals and the entire state machine began. Corruption also really took off under Mandela, with the notorious arms deal a high point. Mandela more or less lost interest in being President after 1997 and needed continuous prodding to do his job for the two years after that.

What was really different about the Mandela period was that most whites and the media were so relieved to find that ANC rule meant a dear old man, full of generous instincts, firmly non-racist and eager for reconciliation and also with a nice sense of humour, that they were swept up into a sort of feel-good enthusiasm for the New South Africa. This was all very nice but as has been observed, "The operation was not a success and the patient was left in a much weakened state. But no one noticed because not only the patient but all the observers were under anaesthetic at the time."

The Mbeki period which followed saw the continuation of all these disastrous policies and the generalisation of affirmative action to the private sector. Worse, BEE began - a form of licensed corruption and crony capitalism. Mbeki's admirers continually emphasised his giant intellect, a praise-song Mbeki very much wanted to hear.

He liked to pontificate about colonialism in, for example, Haiti and Sudan, but any examination of his writings showed many gross historical inaccuracies. His intellectual ambitions far outran his real capacity. Mbeki attempted to centralise all power in his own hands and the media ran scared before him. Worst of all, of course, was his wilful Aids denialism, which cost an estimated 365,000 lives, and his persistent support of Mugabe.

The Zuma period has essentially been a further continuation. Corruption and factionalism have raged ever more openly, but all the seeds of this had been sown long before Zuma's arrival in power. The two great gains were a noticeably tougher attitude towards Mugabe and a complete reversal of Mbeki's Aids denialism. Credit for this last development is often given to the Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi. He doubtless deserves much of this praise, but it should be realised that the key decision was Zuma's. He may be an uneducated man but on this subject he was simply far more sensible than the more educated Mbeki.

By simply reversing Mbeki's policy and ensuring that anti-retroviral drugs get to those who are HIV+ Zuma has brought down Aids deaths in 2005 (under Mbeki) of 257,000 to 194,000 in 2011. In the same period life expectancy has risen from 54 to 60 and mother-to-child transmission of HIV has fallen from 8.5% to 2.7%.[1] This is, of course, just another way of measuring Mbeki's genocidal policy. He is extremely fortunate not to be on trial either in Johannesburg or in the Hague. The demise of Mbeki's folly has also seen the disappearance from the scene of the crazy international Aids denialists (as well as the local Traditional Healers Organization) who were subsidized by Mbeki, deeply disgracing South Africa in the eyes of the world.

Zuma will probably never again do such a fine thing: he has saved hundreds of thousands of lives and removed a great stain from South Africa's international image.

The other great gain was mainly inadvertent. Under Mandela and Mbeki the press had been subservient and scared and it was extremely difficult for the Opposition to get its views heard. Once the Mbeki vs. Zuma battle opened up, however, the press seized its opportunity and became far more independent and critical. Having won power, Zuma inevitably wanted the press to retreat back inside its old kennel, but the deed has been done and, as Hillary Clinton observed of her husband, "that's a very difficult dog to keep on the porch".

Indeed, Zuma is criticized and ridiculed far more than any preceding South African President. Most to blame are his failure to lead on many policy areas and the persistent reports of corruption within his closest circles, together with the wider pandemic of corruption which envelops the ANC as a whole. The party now is merely a federation of corrupt warlords, all exacting money from their subjects like so many medieval barons.

It is only when they are unwise enough to oppose Zuma that any notice is taken of their corruption. Zuma's triumph at the ANC's Mangaung Conference was essentially the triumph of a Tammany boss, punishing foes by cutting them off from favours while distributing patronage to his own loyalists. A corrupt provincial congress here, a corrupt warlord there, a rigged election here and there, the careful packing of branch meetings and every other sort of shenanigan became merely routine.

A single garment, cut from whole cloth

The key point to realise is that African nationalism is a garment made from a single whole cloth - in the same way that Afrikaner nationalism was before it. There is in such parties a sort of bubble, a closed-off world of a national ethos perceived in one very particular way. It matters not that a Malan or Strijdom comes or goes (or an Mbeki or a Zuma): there is a single, confident guiding ethos and it is quite impervious of the fact that the rest of the world thinks it is wrong or mad. In that case, by definition, the rest of the world is wrong.

Inside that parochial bubble everything is always for the very best. Moreover, the changes which happen within that bubble - the gradual evolution of apartheid from a mere slogan into a fully philosophized and implemented religion - are always immanent. What the ratings agencies are really telling you - just as they told apartheid governments in the 1980s - is that your assumptions and those of the rest of the world are increasingly at variance. Sooner or later, one has to awake from that parochial dream.

But the ANC is not ready - yet - to do that. In that sense it really doesn't make any difference whether Motlanthe or Zuma is President: nothing very much could or would change. Just as it is wrong to regard the Mandela period as a lost golden age - the downward slide began then in earnest - so much of the speculation about the elevation of Ramaphosa is unwarranted.

It is true that he is a competent and modern man, economically literate and, perhaps above all, part of the internal struggle, the democratic and multi-racial UDF, a very different pedigree than that of the Robben Islanders and exiles who have ruled South Africa since 1994. But a moment's thought suggests that the idea of a Prime Minister Ramaphosa driving through the National Development Plan is highly unlikely.

Should he attempt this he would be following exactly in the shoes of the RDP Minister, Jay Naidoo. He would come up hard against the fact that implementing the NDP would mean interfering in almost every ministry and that the breakdown in cabinet co-ordination under Mandela has now had twenty years to dig in. Forcibly overcoming those resistances would mean offending many different interest groups and institutional interests. This is not something Zuma has ever been willing to do and Ramaphosa would have no hope if Zuma did not support him all the way.

Cyril Ramaphosa and the failure of ANC governance

Beyond that there is the simple fact that ANC policy has been fundamentally mistaken in many areas. Affirmative action has destroyed the state machine and the parastatals; BEE has encouraged corruption; labour legislation has helped hobble industry and lower productivity; land policy has seen the destruction of food production; and the legislation on mining threatens to kill the golden goose on which the entire country depends. What is needed is someone bold enough to roll back these mistakes in one area after another. This would require great determination and political strength. Would Ramaphosa really do that?

Perhaps the most dramatic sign of national decline has been the continuing fall in the country's credit ratings. Listen to Ramaphosa on that: "If the rating agencies were to pause and look closely at the direction that the ANC is taking this country in....I am confident that the (recent) downgrading should be turned into an upgrade. We have great policies." and "I would like the business community and the rating agencies to look closely at the policies, not just look at the reports and the headlines...study our policies."[2] In other words, the same old ANC nonsense, a blithe confidence that the ANC has got it right and that we all just need to see things their way.

This sort of denialism is almost as absurd as Mbeki's Aids denialism. The facts are that South Africa is running an increasing budget deficit and current account deficit, that both poverty and unemployment have increased vertiginously under ANC rule, that the government is in the ridiculous situation of having an economy which provides 80% of the world's platinum and yet still can't run profitable platinum mines, that the state machine has been destroyed, that the country's armed forces, something like the 10th strongest in the world in 1990, are now as weak as a baby, that our once cheap and plentiful electricity has become rare and expensive, that local authorities throughout the land are being looted, that cadre deployment is crippling the parastatals. And so, on and on. ANC policies have been a complete disaster, inaugurating a period of unprecedented national decline. This is clear to almost everyone, including the rating agencies - but not, apparently, to Cyril Ramaphosa.

It is worth pointing out that the problems we are confronting today are not just what has happened to pop up as "events, dear boy, events", as Harold Macmillan would say. They are the result of the cascading effects of ANC policy failures over nearly 20 years. True, Zuma's selection of Ramaphosa as his deputy is a sign of a recognition within the ANC that some sort of turn-around is needed, not least in the ANC's disastrous public image. But it is this cascading, cumulative effect of governance failure which makes our current problems so difficult.

Moreover, it is important to realise that the ANC and SACP never foresaw any of these problems - in a sense they weren't meant to exist. Those who drew up the Freedom Charter spoke of how the doors of learning would be opened, for example: the assumption was that there would be good schools (and hospitals) and that all that was required was a splendid and sweeping removal of all restrictions on free access. There was absolutely no thought that the standards of educational and health provision would collapse under ANC governance, any more than there was any discussion as to how to control corruption.

Indeed, it was assumed that in the new, democratic and post-apartheid society, corruption would not exist. The naiveté of such thinking now seems breath-taking. There was similarly no thought of how policing and law and order would collapse under ANC rule. True, towards the end of the struggle there were claims that the ANC had witnessed the failures of many governments in Africa and would therefore know how to avoid their mistakes.

In fact the ANC has repeated virtually all the mistakes of African governments elsewhere - right down to the wrong-headed refusal to invest sufficiently in power stations so that South Africa has joined the long list of African countries to have problems over power supply. This was the one and only time that Thabo Mbeki apologised to the electorate, for he knew all too well how symbolic - and how representative of Africa - such a failure was.

That is to say, to reverse current trends would not only require the repeal of a great deal of the ANC's legislation of the last nineteen years but it would also require a sharp alteration from the ANC's historic mind-set. In ANC terms, what is required is nothing less than a South African Gorbachev who abandons the failed initiatives of decades past and consigns his own party to the scrap-heap. There is very little likelihood of such a figure emerging within the ANC leadership and, as he himself would be the first to declare, there is no reason to believe that Cyril Ramaphosa is such a person.

The ethnic dimension

It has often been observed that while the ANC has a numerical majority, it is still culturally a minority. The truth of this has seldom been more apparent, for the Zuma government has had to endure a torrent of criticism and mockery unprecedented in South African history. After all the facile talk of "high roads", of being a "winning nation", and foolish attempts to persuade Pretoria that South Africa should behave like an Asian Tiger, there is now open talk of the tipping point to failed state status.

The South African media can see that we are at present quite obviously a losing nation and they do not like it. Their particular bile is vented on the blundering, foot-in-mouth Zuma: even the Malema-ites mock him with gestures of a shower poised over his head - Zapiro's mockery has sunk in even to the furthest left reaches of the ANC coalition.

Unsurprisingly, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC sees a media conspiracy of bias in such attacks. The barely coded message is "This is how you treat a Zulu President: when we had Xhosa Presidents you treated them with respect." There is some truth to this. Among both black and white, and perhaps partly to offset the alarm occasioned by the Zulus' warrior reputation, there has long been a tendency to dismiss the Zulus as "peasants" and "stupid".

I remember all too well how Anthony Sampson, who spent much of his time in the company of ANC-supporting Xhosas, upbraiding me for attempting to give equal treatment to the ANC and IFP during their bitter war in Natal. I argued that each side deserved a fair crack of the whip. He was contemptuous: "let's face it, the Zulus are just bloody stupid" (a ridiculous comment for both sides were Zulus). In all other matters Anthony would have been a pillar of political correctness but when it came to Zulus it was perfectly OK to indulge in tribal vilification.

This is a not an uncommon bias and so the fact that Zuma is a Zulu has licensed a far more unrestrained style of criticism. The pent-up frustration felt by so many at the follies of ANC rule now has an outlet. In fact, as above, ANC rule is cut from a single cloth, but it is "legitimate" to tear into Zuma as an uneducated Zulu peasant, in a way that would have been unthinkable under Mandela or Mbeki.

It is worth pausing to consider Ramaphosa's ascent in the light of the ethnic factor. One Zulu former cabinet minister told me "We might have a Venda president (i.e. like Ramaphosa) one day, but not in this generation. It's like America having a president who is a gay Jewish lesbian. It could happen one day, but no way can it happen now." It is worth remembering that only in the 1950s did the ANC show signs of becoming a mass movement, of posing a genuine challenge to the government: hitherto it had not really mattered, which was why it was never banned.

Once it became significant an Nguni (Luthuli) took over as its President in 1952. Over the past sixty years the party's president has changed five times but the one constant is that an Nguni has always held the presidency. Once the ANC returned home there was an inevitability about the leadership passing to a Zulu, for the Zulus are not merely the largest Nguni group but they are far more cohesive and self-confident than the Xhosas.

They have no doubt that they are a nation in their own right. They have two Zulu-language newspapers and Zulu is the lingua franca even of most Reef townships. The Xhosa Nostra seemed impressive only as long as Tambo, Mandela or Mbeki was in charge. Once the presidency was lost they seem disunited, at odds with one another and with no natural leader.

The glad assumption that Ramaphosa would immediately take over as Deputy President has been dispelled: Motlanthe will remain in office until May 2014. And it is too easily assumed that Ramaphosa will then take over. If Mangaung made one thing clear it was the complete dominance of KwaZulu-Natal. (Where will the BRICS summit be held? Pretoria? Jo'burg? Cape Town? No, Durban.) In the end the KZN slate was simply voted through intact to become the ANC slate. Ramaphosa owes his position to that - and to Zuma's decision to deploy Ramaphosa's credibility in his own cause. No wonder Ramaphosa has quickly set out on a charm offensive in KZN. But it is not difficult to imagine that, come the crunch, KZN will want one of its own to succeed Zuma.

Already there are mutterings that Zweli Mkhize may contest the Deputy Presidency in 2014 and one may be assured that when it comes to the actual succession to Zuma, to be decided in December 2017, there will be not one but quite possibly several Zulu hats in the ring - Mkhize, Jeff Radebe, perhaps even Blade Nzimande. Jeff Radebe has served in every government since 1994, is thus the most senior man in Cabinet, and was elected in first place to the National Working Committee. It would be a brave punter indeed who bet on Ramaphosa surmounting that obstacle.

There is, finally, age to consider. Zuma is already 70, Ramaphosa 60. Average African life expectancy is 60. In May 2014, when he takes office for his second term, Zuma will be 72. The risk that he will either die or no longer be making sense before his second term expires must be considerable. This may be Ramaphosa's best chance for if the presidency fell vacant in mid-term, Ramaphosa would succeed automatically, Venda or not. If not, in 2019 Ramaphosa will be 67, surely rather old to be starting a presidential term? Mkhize would be 63. (Jeff Radebe would be 66.)

For, of course, the ANC is ever more clearly becoming a male gerontocracy. It should be recognised that authoritarian parties quite normally became gerontocratic and, ultimately, dynastic, with family members privileged to succeed. In the Soviet Union of the 1980s the old joke was "Why is the Politburo so full of octogenarians?" Answer: "Because the nonagenarians keep dying off." Similarly, when Todor Zhivkov was finally overthrown in Bulgaria he was 78, and had been attempting to bring in his son to succeed him.

Mao died in office at 82 and his wife, Jiang Qing, attempted to succeed him. In Rumania, Nicolae Ceaucescu was 71 when he was overthrown and shot by a firing squad, along with his wife, Elena, whom he had made into a virtual co-ruler. The couple went to their death in comic opera style, singing the Internationale. In North Korea Kim Il Sung ruled until his death aged 82 and was succeeded first by his son and now his grandson - a perfectly monarchical succession.

In Cuba Fidel Castro ruled for 49 years when he retired, also aged 82 - and was succeeded by his brother, Raul, already aged 77. The pattern is too pronounced to be accidental. Already we have had rule by Thabo Mbeki, son of a movement aristocrat. Perhaps we had better steel ourselves for rule by Mandla Mandela, Lindiwe Sisulu or one of Zuma's huge and still growing clan.

RW Johnson

23rd Jan 2013, 16:45
A singer, a dancer, a herd boy, a philanderer, a pathological liar, village idiot, a polygamist, a chauvinist, a communist, a rapist, a racist, a tribalist, a semi-literate and a black guy walk into a pub in Durban.

Bartender: " What'll it be Mr. President

Mac the Knife
23rd Jan 2013, 19:32
The other day I went with my son Tom to a school recognition ceremony for the top 15 matriculants in his class (he was one of them).

These talented young people were an agreeable mixture of black, brown and white.

I'd like to hope that all these great kids, part of the Born Free generation, will remain here and re-energise our wonderful country.

But I'm not holding my breath.




Solid Rust Twotter
24th Jan 2013, 06:09
It would be unwise to do otherwise, Mr Mac.:(

Dear Dr Phil.

I'm a 64 year old man with 22 kids, 6 wives and I just slept with my best friend's daughter. Should I marry her?


Dr Phil's reply -

F**k off Zuma, I know it's you!

Mac the Knife
24th Jan 2013, 17:18



Solid Rust Twotter
25th Jan 2013, 11:01
Does anyone still doubt where SA is headed?

South Africa's helicopter gift for Mugabe
25 Jan 2013 00:00 - Craig McKune, Stefaans Brümmer

Fears have surfaced that retired military helicopters from the South African National Defence Force will be used to prop up Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF.

The South African National Defence Force is about to send a gift of helicopters and spares to its Zimbabwean counterparts, raising the spectre they will be used in a military-backed campaign to put President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party back in power in polls expected this year.

The Mail & Guardian has seen the confidential minutes of a meeting in Cape Town two months ago between defence chiefs of the two countries.

Under the heading "disposal of Alouette III helicopters and spares", the minutes noted that "the administrative processes in the SANDF have been finalised and the equipment will soon be handed over to the ZDF [Zimbabwe Defence Forces]".

The department of defence confirmed shortly before going to press that "all processes for the disposal have been completed and the airframes and spares are ready for dispatch to that country as a donation".

Zimbabwe is scheduled to hold elections by the end of March, although they are widely expected to be delayed for some months. Apprehension is building in civil society and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) that the military will step in, as it did during the violent 2008 presidential run-off to save Mugabe.

The aged but versatile Alouette III, operated by the military in both countries since the 1960s, would be a force multiplier for the ZDF, providing fast access to rural areas.

Zimbabwe is under European and United States weapons sanctions, hampering its air force's efforts to keep its handful of Alouette III and Agusta-Bell light utility helicopters in the air.

Military meddling
The ZDF notoriously stepped in to back Mugabe in the 2008 presidential run-off after the MDC beat Zanu-PF in parliamentary elections. Operation waVhotera Papi (For whom did you vote?) reportedly involved a systematic, brutal crackdown on MDC supporters.

ZDF chief General Constantine Chiwenga openly backs Zanu-PF, and is alleged in media reports and by the MDC to be preparing a campaign to support Zanu-PF's election efforts and to have undermined the current unity government.

The minutes seen by the M&G appear to reflect the ZDF's disdain for power-sharing. The Zimbabwean delegation was quoted as reporting: "The smooth governing of the country remained untenable owing to divergent political ideologies of the political parties in the inclusive government."

The minutes are of the defence committee of the seventh session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security, a standing bilateral body. Meeting at Cape Town's Mount Nelson Hotel between November 21 and 23, the committee was co-chaired by South African army chief Lieutenant General Vusi Masondo and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda.

Following allegations that his troops were campaigning for Zanu-PF in rural areas when elections were expected in 2011, Sibanda told the state-owned Herald newspaper: "We have troops in various parts of the country doing training and … assisting in various government departments like health and agriculture. It is unfortunate that we have some people who think that when they see army officers in a particular area ... they are undertaking political activities."

Acquisition spree
More recently, allegations surfaced of the military going on a vehicle shopping spree in anticipation of elections. The Zimbabwe Independent reported in November that the ZDF was buying about 1 000 Isuzu bakkies, complementing Zanu PF's acquisition of 550 cars, the latter "to ensure its officials and foot soldiers reach all corners of the country to mobilise voters".

The quantity of Aloettes airframes and spares to be handed to the ZDF could not be establishedthis week.

The South African Air Force retired its fleet of Alouette IIIs between 2005 and 2007, when they were replaced by Agusta light utility helicopters ordered in the arms deal. The defence department said in Parliament in 2008 that 17 Alouettes had been stripped of their guns and were for sale.

The Zimbabwe arms embargo is not binding on South Africa, because the Russians and Chinese vetoed a 2008 United Nations Security Council attempt to extend sanctions.

No permit
Exports of military hardware from South Africa must be sanctioned by the Cabinet's National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), chaired by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe. Radebe's spokesperson, Mthunzi Mhaga, said the Alouettes and spares did not "fall within the NCACC's parameters of control" under its enabling legislation.

The NCACC is apparently relying on the classification of the helicopters as "civilian" after their guns were stripped out, though both the giver and the recipient are military.

Modise decided
The defence department on Thursday defended the donation, saying that it stemmed from "a decision that was taken by the former and first minister of defence, Joe Modise, in 1997 when [the Alouettes] were being phased out. How the donation of the spares to the ZDF relate to the forthcoming elections in that country is difficult to understand.

"The SANDF would like to place it on record that it has a bilateral agreement with the Zimbabwe Defence Force and a number of exchanges in various fields between the two defence forces have taken place and will continue."

Zimbabwe army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Alphious Makotore asked for questions to be physically presented to Colonel Overson Mugwisi based at Zimbabwe Defence House in Harare. For safety reasons, the M&G's Harare correspondent did not do this.

MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said on Thursday his party was aware of a plot to beef up the military before elections in support of Mugabe.

"The military chiefs have already stated their objectives and who they will back for president.

"In our respectful view the military is political and it is evident that it will neither respect the views of the people, nor recognise an MDC victory in the coming election." – Additional reporting by M&G Harare correspondent


26th Jan 2013, 08:54

27th Jan 2013, 16:26
You may not be surprised, on reaching the end, to see who wrote this.

Real Cause of Black South Africans’ Poverty (http://www.zimeye.org/?p=72197)

Most readers will be aware that 2013 marks the Centenary of the 1913 Land Act. It is a date all South Africans should commemorate, in order to better understand this law’s tragic consequences, and find ways to make redress meaningful. The 1913 Land Act was apartheid’s “original sin” because it reserved 87% of South Africa’s land exclusively for white ownership, as the basis of the “Bantustan” policy. It not only dispossessed many black South Africans of the land they owned, but also sought to prohibit black people from ever acquiring land in so-called “white” South Africa. The ultimate aim of the National Party government was to strip black South Africans of their citizenship.
This Act, and its successor, the 1936 Land Act, are a major cause of dispossession and endemic poverty in South Africa today.
It is appropriate that public debate in 2013 should focus on this tragic legacy and our failure, since the advent of democracy, to address it.
One of the many reasons for this failure is that the national government’s restitution strategy has primarily targeted the declining number of commercial farmers who, in the face of tough international competition (and without the state subsidies their competitors enjoy), still manage to maintain South Africa’s food security, generate exports, underpin our agri-processing industries and generate much-needed foreign exchange. Since 1994 the number of commercial farmers has dwindled from 120 000 to 37 000. And even more alarmingly, the number of jobs generated by the agricultural sector has declined by almost 400,000 over the same period. If this trend continues, South Africa will soon become a food importing country and the thousands of unskilled workers whose only access to the economy is through jobs in the agricultural sector, will be destitute.
Contrary to common perception, commercial farming is rarely lucrative. In fact, farmers reap the lowest return in the agricultural value chain. Research conducted by “Capturing the Gains” project found that many farmers are struggling. For example, industry data shows that 30% of grape farmers in the Hex River Valley in the Western Cape have sold their farms between 2007 and 2011. Hex River farmers who sold their table grapes to the UK in 2011 only received 18% of the final retail price while supermarkets took 42% and distributors 22%. Furthermore, according to industry reports the net income per 750ml of wine has dropped from R1 in 2004 to 38c in 2011.
Any discussion on sustainable land reform needs to acknowledge that our remaining viable, productive farms are a precious resource. We must seek to extend their number among farmers of all races, not diminish them.
It would, therefore, be a disservice to the cause of redress to make productive farmers the target of attack during the centenary commemorations of the 1913 Land Act. The real goal should be to try to understand why the government’s attempts at land reform have failed so far, and what we must do to redress the legacy of the past while retaining and increasing the productivity of our agricultural land.

This is a complex debate. It is not reducible to a simplistic black-versus-white/good-versus-evil analysis. But, if President Jacob Zuma’s January 8th statement is anything to go by, the ANC will milk this commemoration (yet again), for the purpose of racial mobilisation, in order to deflect attention from the real reasons for 20 years of failed land reform. And this diversion will merely perpetuate these failures.
Before South Africans fall for this con-trick, we would do well to ask the following questions:
1) Why is 90% of the 5.9-million hectares of land bought by the state for emerging farmers no longer productive? (according to Minister of Land Reform and Rural Development, Gugile Nkwinti).
2) Why does the government blame the “willing-buyer-willing-seller” principle for its failure to meet its land reform targets, when the money squandered on failed projects could have purchased 37% of all farm land in South Africa at market value? (according to Mr Theo de Jager, Deputy President of AgriSA).
3) Why, almost 20 years since the dawn of democracy, is the audit of state-owned land (which is needed for the potential release of millions of hectares into productive use), still incomplete? Why has the deadline for this audit repeatedly been extended?
4) Why is 30% of South Africa’s most fertile agricultural land so unproductive that it yields hardly any food and almost no jobs?
If we can use this centenary commemoration to grapple with these questions, and answer them honestly, we will take a significant step towards sustainable restitution. This is the least we owe to dispossessed South Africans who could make a living off our fertile soil, if land reform were tackled properly.
At the outset, it is important to note that only one third of our country receives more than 500mm of rainfall per year. That means that more than two-thirds of our country is semi desert or desert.
Most of the high yield agricultural land lies on our eastern seaboard. And a full 30% of the most fertile land is controlled and allocated by all-powerful traditional leaders in feudal communal land tenure systems. The rural peasants who live on the land are dependent on the Chief’s patronage and have no independent rights to the land.
As the historian G Findlay correctly noted: “tribal tenure is a guarantee that the land will never properly be worked.” That is why hundreds of thousands of people migrate from very fertile land (under tribal tenure) to less fertile provinces to seek work on productive farms.
Ironically, the ANC already recognised the urgent necessity of reforming tribal tenure systems as far back as the 1940s when its President, Dr AB Xuma, said: “The fundamental basis of all wealth and power is the ownership and acquisition of freehold title to land.”
An even greater irony was President Zuma approving use of this quote in his 8th January speech — despite the fact that the ANC has, since 1994, moved in the opposite direction, entrenching the power of tribal chiefs, in return for their commitment to secure their subjects’ political support for the ruling party. Tightening his grip on power is a far greater priority for the President than tackling land reform.
Against this background, the ANC’s lamentations about the slow pace of land reform ring hollow. If President Zuma really takes the National Development Plan seriously, as he professes to do, he would take note of its analysis that “insufficient tenure security” for black farmers in communal areas is “the first major risk” to “integrated and inclusive” rural economies. The NDP concludes that “better land use in communal areas has the potential to improve the livelihoods of at least 370,000 people”.
If the ANC simply applied the NDP’s proposals for transforming communal land tenure, it would more than quadruple the yields of the most fertile land in the country, meet its numerical land reform targets, create thousands of jobs, and extend food security. This surely, must be a priority, rather than the continued destruction of once productive farms, in an escalating race to the bottom.
But this shift cannot happen without limiting the patronage and power abuse of the tribal chiefs. And the ANC refuses to take this risk, even though the National Development Plan (which the ANC adopted at Mangaung) identifies it as a priority.
It would also be too much to expect our President to publicly acknowledge that the only successful model of land reform to date has been the Western Cape’s equity share schemes. Over 90 farms in the Province have opted for these schemes and are now under the co-ownership of farmers and farmworkers. Approximately 80% of these deals have succeeded in maintaining the productivity of the land, while turning farmworkers into successful farm owners. Again, the National Development Plan seeks to develop this model further.
The NDP’s proposals should be the centrepiece of public debate during this centenary commemoration, so that we can avoid the tempting detours of political expedience that has resulted in past failures. The saga of failed land reform projects makes heart-breaking reading, such as the account of 20 top crop and dairy farms in the Eastern Cape, bought for R11.6-million, which have ceased production. Several have become informal settlements, according to the Sunday Times.
But given the emotive value of the land issue in achieving the ANC’s goal of mobilising its electoral support base by exacerbating racial divisions, this may be too much to hope for.
The odds are far greater that President Zuma will continue to duck the issues, blame the past to avoid dealing with the realities of the present, and destroy one of the most important pillars of our economy.
It would be an even greater tragedy if the centenary commemoration of the 1913 Land Act merely entrenched its bitter legacy.
Helen Zille

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Jan 2013, 18:00
Classic divide and rule tactics. Hold up a minority as the focus of hatred to deflect attention from the failings of inept and corrupt government.

Solid Rust Twotter
29th Jan 2013, 18:19

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Feb 2013, 10:37

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Feb 2013, 12:05
Just another third world slow motion train wreck. It appears those who predicted all these things back in the day may have been on to something.

The Sunday Times reports that communications minister Dina Pule’s boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa was paid R6-million in management fees for the 2012 ICT Indaba.

The report further suggests that the conference organisers were forced by the Department of Communications (DoC) to hire Mngqibisa.

The Sunday Times cited two forensic documents which showed that Mngqibisa was not really involved in the organisation of the event, despite being paid R6-million.

News emerged last year that the DoC pressured Telkom, MTN and Vodacom to sponsor the event. These sponsorships amounted to R25.7-million.

According to the Sunday Times report last year, Mngqibisa withdrew millions from event sponsorships within days after the money was paid.

The Sunday Times reported that Mngqibisa was “very evasive when questioned on how he arrived at the amount of R6-million as a management fee”.

High fraud rate in health depts - NGO
2013-02-04 11:35

Cape Town - There was a high incidence of tender fraud in provincial health departments, information received by Corruption Watch has shown.

According to the Times Live, the NGO says a third of anonymous tip-offs revealed staff awarding tenders to friends and relatives.

Reports also showed that hospitals in small town were rife with nepotism, with managers hiring family members and human resource officers “selling jobs”.

Meanwhile, an investigation by the Wits School of Public Health found kitchen staff preparing patients’ meals at a Gauteng hospital pulling meat off the bone, serving the bones to patients and then selling the meat.

According to health sector employees interviewed by the school, fraud is "at uncontrollable levels" and is being "committed by people who know how to cover their tracks".

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has apparently already admitted that "most or all depots are hotbeds of corruption", resulting in hospitals running short of medical supplies.

- News24

High fraud rate in health depts - NGO | News24 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/High-fraud-rate-in-health-depts-NGO-20130204)

Solid Rust Twotter
10th Feb 2013, 08:40
In context, a R5 million scandal almost sank the previous govt. Strangely enough, you can walk up to what that R5 million bought, all 1000 units, and actually touch them. They exist and if you turn the tap (those that haven't yet been broken or stolen) water pours out.

How do this lot get a pass? Is it just what we've come to expect from the shower of shoite running SA, thus the lack of raised eyebrows, or does it run deeper than that? Collusion of the media? I have no doubt they'd have spun themselves into a self righteous froth were it the old lot caught doing this.

Cape Town - It seems as though South Africa could be losing the fight against corruption.

Paul Hoffman, director of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, has warned that the estimated R675bn lost to corruption since 1994 could be just the beginning.

Hoffman said this in a presentation on the impact of corruption and inequality at the Towards Carnegie 3 conference at the University of Cape Town, Die Burger newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Hoffman based the figure of R675bn on government's admission that the economy loses R30bn per year to corrupt activities.

The disclosure elicited visible shock among conference goers. Some spoke of a war between values enshrined in the constitution and those set out in the ANC's national democratic revolution.

Questioned over losses to corruption which cannot be measured in money, such as government credibility in the eyes of the public, he affirmed the relevance of this type of damage.

Hoffman said the energy that goes into covering up corruption in for example the arms deal creates "permanent structural damage" to the country. "The R675bn is just the beginning," Die Burger quoted him as saying.

According to Hoffman, the government's efforts to stop corruption are not only insufficient but also trip up its ability to finance social welfare, which could be used to alleviate poverty.

If tender fraud and corruption could be eradicated, that would already make an extra R30bn available for social upliftment, said Hoffman.

He also said clean civil service governance could act as a buffer against corruption if conducted according to the values set out in the constitution, but these values are practically dead.

Instead, there is cadre deployment "which is not only illegal but unsustainable".

Cadre deployment automatically leads to a conflict of interest, as cadres hang on to their jobs at any cost, said Hoffman

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Feb 2013, 08:54
You couldn't make up this stuff. Meanwhile, farmers continue to be slaughtered while these clowns get rich.

South African intel officials faked threats to increase spy budget
June 15, 2012 by Joseph Fitsanakis - intelNews

The tendency of some spy agencies to overstate security threats in order to secure governmental funds is hardly novel. But officials in the South African Secret Service appear to have gone a step further: they allegedly paid some of their informants to make bogus threats against the government, in order to prompt an increase in counterterrorist funding.

According to Pretoria News, which is owned by The Independent, South Africa’s largest newspaper consortium, the bogus threats were aimed at creating “a false impression of imminent, unprecedented attacks on black people and African National Congress (ANC) members”. The ultimate goal of the perpetrators, says the paper, was to benefit personally from an increase in counterterrorist funding, which is said to run at around R600 million (US$72 million) per year.

The plan was carefully designed to coincide with the run-up to the ANC’s centennial celebrations, which took place in January of this year. In one case, an informant was paid by Secret Service officials to record a video message threatening an uprising by whites against the country’s black-majority government, unless the latter put an end to the occupation of white-owned farmland by landless peasants.

One video, which made “chilling threats” against black Africans and members of the ANC, was made publicly available on YouTube, causing widespread concern and prompting the government to beef up security measures around ANC facilities in several areas of the country.

The threats also led to an extensive government investigation. During stage two of the plan, the culprits asked for cash funds in order to remunerate a number of informants that had allegedly tipped them off about the individuals or groups behind the threatening videos. However, instead of using the money to pay off the informants, the intelligence officers used it to enrich themselves.

According to Pretoria News, government investigators have produced a five-page report about the scam, which lists the names of the perpetrators and the informants, and details the methods they used to secure government funds. The paper says it spoke to an unnamed “senior national police official”, who said that some of the perpetrators had agreed to collaborate with government investigators in exchange for immunity from prosecution. The revelation of this latest scam is expected to fuel widespread concern about the increasing corruption in South Africa’s security and intelligence agencies.

SA already has a Secrecy Bill to keep govt corruption under wraps, muzzle the press and put a lid on whistle blowers. Now this, so they can use the politicised intelligence service to spy on their own citizens. Those pro ANC agitators who wrought this must be so proud.

Spooks bid for new powers
03 Feb 2012 00:00 - Staff Reporter

The alarm has been sounded over a proposed law that will create an intelligence monolith and allow wider bugging of SA citizens without a warrant.

A storm is brewing over a draft Bill to be processed by Parliament this year that will legalise the bugging of citizens without a warrant in some circumstances and widen the scope of “counterintelligence” activities.

The Intelligence General Laws Amendment Bill has been attacked as “a major U-turn in government policy” and for largely ignoring the recommendations of the 2008 Matthews Commission, which highlighted unconstitutional provisions in South Africa’s intelligence laws.

Against the backdrop of other planned legislation that bolsters spies and weakens civil society, including the Protection of State Information Bill (the secrecy Bill), fears were expressed that the legislation is part of a broader drift towards a “security state” under President Jacob Zuma.

It is seen as marking the transformation from an intelligence mindset where the intelligence services are neutral gatherers of information which is passed to the executive to adjust policy or take action, to a state security mindset in which the agency views its role as countering “enemies of the state”.

Published in the Government Gazette late last year, the Bill seeks to create a single intelligence body, the State Security Agency (SSA), by amalgamating existing intelligence structures, including the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the South African Secret Service (SASS).

It also gives legal recognition to the activities of the National Communications Centre, which has the capacity for bulk interception of communications and will be subject to minimal legal restraint. The NIA is responsible for domestic intelligence gathering and the SASS for intelligence gathering abroad.

‘Excessively secretive’
This week intelligence expert Laurie Nathan, director of Pretoria University’s Centre for Mediation, called for the Bill to be the subject of public hearings and added that the joint standing committee on intelligence, whose members would dominate the ad hoc committee that would process the Bill, was “excessively secretive”.

“The parliamentarians on this committee are reluctant to play a rigorous oversight role, which is their constitutional obligation, and there’s a failure to involve Parliament and the public in the oversight process,” Nathan said. The standing committee had refused to discuss the Matthews Commission report on the grounds that “it had not been properly presented to Cabinet by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils”, he said.

Nathan served on the commission.

Standing committee chairperson Cecil Burgess, who also led Parliament’s ad hoc committee on the secrecy Bill, could not be contacted for comment this week.

Brian Dube, spokesperson for State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, said on Thursday that the Matthews report had been taken into account in drafting the Bill, which was “a critical step in the quest to provide a sound legal footing for government’s efforts to develop a new intelligence dispensation — geared for the dynamic and evolving challenges of the 21st century”.

The Bill amends three existing intelligence laws and repeals another to accommodate the establishment of the SSA. Its purpose, it says, is “to address the proliferation of security structures” that had “the unintended consequence of duplicating several support functions” and “a negative effect on service delivery of the intelligence services”.

However, the proposed concentration of power prompted complaints by the Democratic Alliance’s spokesperson on intelligence, David Maynier, that the government was reversing the approach of the 1995 white paper on intelligence, which stated that the most significant departure from the apartheid dispensation was that, “instead of one centralised, national civilian intelligence organisation, there will be two”.

This arrangement, according to the white paper, “will not only ensure that the new intelligence dispensation in South Africa corresponds with general international trends but will promote greater focusing, effectiveness, professionalism and expertise in the specialised fields of domestic and foreign intelligence”.

Maynier, one of the DA’s representatives on the ad hoc committee, said his party was still studying the legislation.

Boss is back
“But,” he said, “it takes us back to the bad old days of the Bureau for State Security—Boss is back.

“What worries me is that there seems to be a process of ‘Stasification’ under way in the state security department. The spooks appear to be becoming more centralised, more politicised and more secret.”

Likely to cause controversy is a provision in the Bill allowing the interception of “foreign signals intelligence” by the SSA. This will, for the first time, give a legal basis for the work of the National Communications Centre (NCC), an obscure, high tech facility set up in Gauteng during the 1990s. By 2008 it boasted a staff complement of some 300.

The NCC’s telcecommunications and computer equipment can intercept and analyse large volumes of voice and internet traffic, both indiscriminately by listening for keywords, and in a targeted way by focusing on individual phone numbers, email addresses and even voice prints.

To date, the NCC has operated outside the bounds of national legislation, including the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-related Information Act (Rica), which allows interception only with a judge’s warrant. The NCC, has relied on the loophole that it supposedly intercepts “foreign” communications only, which is not regulated by domestic law.

Et tu, Twitter?
However, in practice the NCC has defined “foreign signals” to include cross-border communications where one of the parties is in South Africa and the other abroad. And because of the globalized nature of internet traffic, many emails, voice-over-internet conversations and communication via social media such as Facebook and Twitter—even if both end parties are in South Africa—would also be susceptible.

Now, the Bill attempts to introduce a definition of “foreign signals intelligence” that will allow the warrant-free tapping of cross-border communications to continue. The definition includes “any communication that emanates from outside the borders of the Republic, or passes through or ends in the Republic”.

The NCC’s capabilities have been abused in the past to target South African citizens. The inspector-general of intelligence’s 2005/6 investigation of the “hoax emails” saga—a bitter example of the intelligence services being dragged into the Polokwane succession battle in the ANC—found that the NCC had been used to target individuals domestically.

“The voice communications of at least thirteen members of the public including senior members of the ruling party, the opposition, businessmen and officials in the public service were so intercepted.” This, said then-inspector general Zola Ngcakani, “constituted a gross abuse”.

A first attempt to give legal status to the NCC’s work was an amendment bill submitted to parliament in 2008. It contained the same definition of “foreign signals intelligence” as in the present Bill, but went further to set some parameters for the NCC’s activities.

The 2008 Bill was ultimately withdrawn at the behest of the ad-hoc committee processing it, after four months of deliberations in which MPs repeatedly questioned the apparent breach of constitutional rights.

‘Incomplete ... vague ... problematic’
Among the MPs was Siyabonga Cwele—now minister of state security and sponsor of the present Bill—who, according to the minutes, “found incomplete and vague things to be problematic.”

The 2008 Bill would have restricted “foreign” interception to purposes including to identify security threats, serious crime, and the arguably overbroad “to advance international relations and the economic well-being of the Republic”. The present Bill, by contrast, contains no such limitations.

At the time, the only external submission was from the Matthews Commission, which expressed serious concern that South Africans’ constitutional rights, including the right to privacy, would be breached.

It recommended that the NCC’s “foreign” interception be brought under RICA, necessitating judicial warrants, and that provision be made for personal information, gleaned due to the facility’s ability to intercept indiscriminately, to be discarded. Neither of these recommendations were taken on board in the new Bill.

Said the Matthews Commission at the time: “Given the constitutional right to privacy, the state may not intercept private communication routinely and lightly. Infringements of this right must be a matter of last resort when non-intrusive means are unable to achieve a legitimate objective.”

Nathan said this week that he was concerned that the Bill failed to address other constitutional defects identified by the commission, including the failure of intelligence statutes to regulate all intrusive operations.

Merely by its definition of key terms, the draft legislation conferred ‘substantive powers on the intelligence services”, he said.

Widening definitions
An analysis of successive intelligence laws underlines the gradual widening of the counterintelligence function in legislation.

The National Strategic Intelligence Act of 1994 defines counterintelligence as “measures and activities conducted, instituted or taken to impede and to neutralise the effectiveness of foreign or hostile intelligence operations, to protect classified intelligence and to counter subversion, sabotage and terrorism aimed at, or against personnel, strategic installations or resources of the Republic”.

This was amended in 2003 to extend the protection of intelligence from classified intelligence only to any intelligence, to add treason to the activities to be countered, and to add security screening to the counter-intelligence function.

The current Bill broadens the concept of counterintelligence by adding sedition to the activities to be countered, widens “terrorism” to “terrorist and related activities”, and removes the requirement that the subversion, sedition, treason, terrorist and related activities must be directed at personnel, installations or resources of the state.

Nathan said that a further problem was that the terms “impede”, “neutralise” and “counter” were not defined.

But in one respect, the Bill was an improvement on existing intelligence law, Nathan said: it borrowed almost verbatim the definition of national security proposed by the Matthews Commission. This excluded “lawful political activity, advocacy, protest or dissent” from the list of threats to national security.

* The online version of this article has been edited for purposes of clarity.

27th Feb 2013, 09:17
It's taken a long time for the liberal idealists to realise that the New South Africa is, for most people, a worse place than the 'old' one.

Why did it take the killing of a pretty white woman for Western liberals to realise the New South Africa isn't a bed of roses? – Telegraph Blogs (http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100204085/why-did-it-take-the-killing-of-a-pretty-white-woman-for-western-liberals-to-realise-the-new-south-africa-isnt-a-bed-of-roses/)

To the critical observer, it should have been clear for years that this so-called Rainbow Nation, born of the end of Apartheid and the election of the ANC in 1994, is a dark, unpleasant place. The unhinged police assault on those striking miners last year was only the most graphic manifestation of the ANC's creation of an even more unequal, unpredictable society than that which existed under the racist rulers of the Apartheid era. As a Yale University study found recently (http://www.yale.edu/macmillan/apartheid/seekingsp2.pdf), in the New South Africa "income inequality has probably grown". Certainly life expectancy – that basic measure of a nation's fortunes – has declined in the New South Africa, falling from 62 years (http://www.newstatesman.com/south-africa-life-expectancy) in 1990 to a truly depressing 49 years (http://www.indexmundi.com/g/g.aspx?c=sf&v=30) in 2012. Life for most blacks in ANC-ruled South Africa (not those blacks who were on the ANC's gravy train to power, of course) is harsh, unequal, brutish and short; and as those miners learned last year, anyone who fights back against the new system risks being mown down by the cops. It is not surprising that such living conditions, that the glaringly unrealised hopes of the post-Apartheid era, have nurtured much fear and violence in the New South Africa.
So why is the lived reality of this mythical Rainbow Nation only becoming apparent to liberal observers now, in the wake of the Steenkamp killing? Partly it is because they can relate to Steenkamp in a way that they could never relate to a poor miner demanding more money from his employers. Western feminist writers look at Steenkamp and see someone like themselves – a woman who works and who is confident and professional. Oh, and white, too. So her killing hits them way harder than the killing of an alien poor black ever could. Western observers' elevation of the persona of Steenkamp in the Pistorius debate – through their campaigning slogan "her name was Reeva Steenkamp" – is meant to show how caring and empathetic they are. But their failure even to talk about the victims of the Marikana massacre six months ago rather shoots down in flames their current moral preening. It suggests the real reason they have turned Steenkamp into the tragic poster girl of the failures of the New South Africa is because, in their minds, the killing of a blonde is more shocking than the killing of a black; the killing of someone like us is somehow worse, more demanding of serious political analysis, than the killing of someone who is not like us.
And the other reason liberals have been reluctant to criticise the New South Africa until now is because they remain enamoured of the ANC. Pointing a harsh, questioning finger at the Marikana massacre would have meant exposing the ANC's authoritarian, poverty-spreading, violent tendencies, which is not something that right-thinking Westerners, who fantasise that they helped bring the ANC to power, are willing to do. For them, it is far easier, and less morally taxing, to focus on a violent incident that unfolded in one South African home than it is to raise questions about the violence done to all of South Africa by the ANC.

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Feb 2013, 11:04
Not to mention this little circus. Rape of six month old babies, anyone?

JOHANNESBURG - Minister Lulu Xingwana has come under fire from opposition parties after telling Australian media Afrikaners are brought up in a Calvinist religion.

The Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities said it is because of their religion that Afrikaners believe they "own" women.

Xingwana was speaking to the ABC Network in Australia on the Oscar Pistorius premeditated murder case when she made the comments.

“Young Afrikaner men are brought up in the Calvinist religion believing that they own a woman and that they own a child.”

The Christian Democratic Party has called for President Jacob Zuma to fire Xingwana, saying her remarks will lead to the polarisation of communities.

Party leader Theunis Botha said the Minister’s remarks are unacceptable.

“We believe that her remarks were extremely irresponsible on Australian TV, leading to the polarisation of communities.

“It’s hard to imagine how a Minister could make up comments such as this.”

The Blade Runner is accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day.

The state argues the shooting was premeditated, but he says he mistook the model for an intruder.
- See more at: Eyewitness News: Xingwana blasted for Afrikaner comments (http://ewn.co.za/2013/02/27/Xingwana-blasted-for-Afrikaner-comments#sthash.Tn1Gy6Pk.dpuf)

'Xingwana not fit to hold office'

February 27 2013 at 09:54am

Johannesburg - Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana “abused her office” and does not reflect honour or dignity in her position, the Afrikanerbond said on Wednesday.

“This minister has proven beyond any doubt that she is not fit to hold office in a constitutional democracy,” Afrikanerbond secretary Jan Bosman claimed in a statement.

This comes after Xingwana told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that young Afrikaner men were brought up in a way where they believed they owned women and children.

“Young Afrikaner men are brought up in the Calvinist religion believing that they own a woman, they own a child, they own everything and therefore they can take that life because they own it,” she said.

“We also have cultural differences as well in our own communities where we have women who are forced into marriage and we are dealing with all those issues.”

Xingwana was interviewed on the arrest of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on February 14 in connection with the shooting of his law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In the ABC report, that aired on Monday, the focus was on how Pistorius' case highlighted gun violence in South Africa.

“I would ask him to tell the truth. I would ask him to respect women,” Xingwana said.

“I would ask him to get rid of all his guns. Because I believe if he did not have guns in his home, Reeva Steenkamp would be alive today.”

Bosman said Xingwana's statements were an “extreme verbal attack on the integrity of Afrikaners”.

“It is unwarranted, uncalled for and without any substance. At the very least the minister owes Afrikaners, men, women and children, an apology without any reservations,” Bosman said.

“We can only deduce that she chose to attack Afrikaners to create a smokescreen for her total lack of any programme of action whilst (minister) and to deflect from the serious allegations of corruption and mismanagement in her department and her failure to provide a report with details about these allegations to parliament.”

Bosman said the statement by Xingwana was in direct conflict with the oath she took when she was sworn in as minister, that she had “abused her office” and did not reflect honour or dignity in her position.

The Afrikanerbond would take up the matter with the office of President Jacob Zuma for the president to “act against one of the most incompetent ministers in his cabinet”, Bosman added.

Meanwhile, Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum said on Tuesday it was considering bringing a complaint before the Equality Court against Xingwana.

“Xingwana's remarks boil down to a blatant contravention of various sections of the Promotion of Equality and the Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act,” spokesman Ernst Roets said in a statement.

“She has discriminated on the basis of race, faith and gender. On top of that, she clearly lacks the necessary expertise to talk knowledgably on the topic.”

Roets said AfriForum had submitted the matter to its legal team. - Sapa

'Xingwana not fit to hold office' - Politics | IOL News | IOL.co.za (http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/xingwana-not-fit-to-hold-office-1.1477630#.US30c_IcOtg)

I suppose it's better than ordering a bizjet to visit mates in prison in foreign countries like other ministers.:rolleyes:

Xingwana denies k-rant
2012-04-01 16:45

Johannesburg - Women and Children Minister Lulu Xingwana has dismissed as "sensational hot air" a report that she demanded to be upgraded from economy to business class on a flight from Accra, Ghana, her office said on Sunday.

The City Press reported on Sunday that Xingwana allegedly shouted at a white air hostess "shut up, shut up, is it because I am a kaffir?" when her request to be bumped up from economy to business class was refused.

"This one-sided and biased journalism sacrifices the truth at the altar of sensational headlines," said Xingwana's spokesperson Cornelius Monama.

Xingwana had denied the allegations, but the newspaper chose to ignore her version of events, he said.

"The minister dismisses the allegation that she shouted at anyone. She denies having said what she is alleged to have said. The minister never used the k-word nor anything relating to SAA's shareholding."

An unnamed passenger told the newspaper Xingwana refused to let her hand luggage be stowed away for take-off in the incident on Thursday.

"The minister was like a naughty child. She snatched the bag and put it on her lap with her arms locked around it," the passenger said.

"I was shocked and embarrassed. This was a national minister."

When an air hostess told her she could not be upgraded to business class because she held an economy class ticket, Xingwana allegedly responded: "But I am a shareholder of this company." (As is every other South African, arrogant hag.)

In a statement, Monama said Xingwana had "politely" asked to be upgraded to business class and was "shocked by the rude and disrespectful attitude she received".

Another SA Airlines employee apologised and explained that the business class section was full.

Monama said it was not clear why the air hostess wanted to take Xingwana's handbag away: "We don't know why it is wrong to put a small hand-bag on one's lap".

In November, Xingwana said in Parliament that, due to her health, she could not fly "la-la class".


Solid Rust Twotter
27th Feb 2013, 16:51
Budget speech today. BOHICA.


1st Mar 2013, 14:02
If this incident (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21627554)had happened during the days of apartheid, with white policemen the perpetrators, there would have been international uproar.
But apart from it being a news item, I do not see much in the way of protest from those were instrumental in campaigning for a "fairer" South Africa.

1st Mar 2013, 14:15

the Peter Haines of the world are comfortable in their own satisfied hubris, they of course wont stir themselves to condemnation.

1st Mar 2013, 14:17
Indeed sitigeltfel, a place where the savages still rule in everyday life. It's a few years now since SA held the FIFA World Cup back in 2010, plenty of time to allow all the usual suspects to regain the upper-hand after some good behaviour all-round.

SA - yet another place not to visit (much as I admire nature, cultures etc.), to add to the USA, most of central and south of America, most of Africa and central Asia. Still leaves me some destinations. Will try all the former again once reborn in 2160. :ok:

1st Mar 2013, 14:24
The Peter Hains of the world have crawled back under their stones. To call them reptiles is an insult to the animal kingdom.

On the topic of visiting South Africa, it is, despite perceptions, safe for the average tourist who takes the usual precautions one would take anywhere. Most of the crime occurs in areas where tourists would not normally go, and the tourist areas are generally safe. In fairness, it's not Singapore or Switzerland, but bearing in mind that it's Africa, the standards are still pretty high, but declining as the nepotism reaches into every sector.

6th Mar 2013, 10:02
Queenstown - Not a joke…. ( it genuinely happened recently.)

A former Queenstown (Eastern Cape) town councillor asked one of the
present councillors what the current state of affairs was regarding
our water supply considering that we have not had much rain lately.

He was told it was the fault of the ‘previous regime ’....

When the previous councillor asked how he worked that one out he
" You built the dams too big , so they take a long time to fill. You should have built them smaller, they would fill quicker and we would have plenty of water and never run out."......... ????

I cannot vouch for the veracity of this but it would not surprise me in the least to find it is true.

7th Mar 2013, 07:14
This article illustrates dramatically the extent to which savagery has taken over South Africa and Zimbabwe and contratst the situation with New Zealand.

Who killed Charlene Makaza? | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-02-01-00-who-killed-charlene-makaza)

"I think nobody in Christchurch could believe that such a thing [as child rape] could happen,"

Dr Graeme Carpenter, who was on duty at the clinic, immediately identified Charlene's condition as critical................... when a nurse administered a suppository to lower the girl's temperature, her glove revealed fresh blood. Carpenter struggled to face the possibility of sexual assault in a child ....

"I don't know what the exact child rape statistics are for New Zealand," said Martin, "but most doctors there have never seen it." Carpenter admitted in court that the thought of Charlene having been assaulted had hit him "like a sledgehammer" and he could not even bring himself to write it in the notes...

There are only three HIV-positive children in Christchurch

Mac the Knife
7th Mar 2013, 17:42
THE LIMPOPO Health Department has failed to account for R739 million of taxpayers' money spent illegally on tenders and contracts. This relates to the financial year that ended last March, and the department is unable to provide Auditor-General (A-G) Terence Nombembe with documents detailing how the money was used.

The latest irregular expenditure comes after the department failed to provide Nombembe with documents about how R2.3 billion was spent in the previous financial year that ended in March 2011. When Nombembe wanted documents in 2011, among them a file relating to a multimillion-rand waste management tender, he could not find them.

This was because the bid document file had been "misplaced" in the office of former department head Aggrey Morake, said his successor, Daisy Mafubedu. Mafubedu admitted that her filling system was in a shambles as she appeared with MEC Norman Mabasa before the province's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa). The ineffective record-keeping made it impossible to retrieve vital information required, she said. Mafubedu told Scopa that the documents could not be retrieved "because of the challenges in our filing system".

Fiery Scopa chairman Derrick Ngobeni retorted by saying Mafubedu was presiding over a collapsed department. He said: "We are told there are no medicines in hospitals. Maybe this money has gone down the drain through fraud and corruption, and you don't have answers." Ngobeni added that there were no consequences. No one was fired, which presented a picture that the department was dysfunctional. He also said some officials conducted business with the same department, while others adjudicated on tenders that were awarded to their friends and families. Ngobeni said it was in the interest of some officials that the situation was like this. He said it was a fertile ground for fraudulent activity.

Mafubedu responded by saying her department had suspended chief financial officer (CFO) Friday Mushwana for failing to provide essential documents required by the A-G. Ngobeni asked if other officials involved were being disciplined. He also demanded that their names be disclosed. But Mafubedu said it was the CFO's responsibility to take action against them and that they worked in the supply chain management and finance units. Ngobeni insisted that Mafubedu stop wasting Scopa's time, but she asked that she be allowed to provide names at a later stage.

Moloko Moloto: The Star


7th Mar 2013, 17:56
How the hell could anyone stand there, with a straight face, and say the person that is suspended and therefore not able to carry out his work is the only person who could take any sort of action against anyone (else) who was dipping into the kitty?

unstable load
8th Mar 2013, 07:31
Perfect situation. Who can do anything about it.
I bet you he/she is suspended on full pay, too....

Got to love it. :{Cry, my beloved country.

Solid Rust Twotter
8th Mar 2013, 12:04
As is usual with this mob of clowns, no censure will be forthcoming, the guilty (party faithful) will be rewarded and the country will continue to spiral down the toilet while everything is blamed on a system that hasn't existed for 20 odd years now.

You couldn't make it up.:rolleyes:

8th Mar 2013, 12:13
everything is blamed on a system that hasn't existed for 20 odd years now.

Whilst they continue to refer to, and consider themselves as, previously disadvantaged instead of moving on, they will remain disadvantaged. They have painted themselves into a corner. Nobody who was born in SA after about 1992 can justifiably use that excuse, but they will continue to do so for generations.

unstable load
9th Mar 2013, 08:11
Cape, that is so true. I have been told about slavery being to blame for
some of the woes that Nigeria suffers, so the 20 odd years Apartheid
has been dead is a drop in the pond.....

Think about it, this way, a good few generations will at least be able to suckle the tit of the EU/USA donation system until someone either rumbles them for the shams they are, or the West simply grows tired.... or goes broke...

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Mar 2013, 17:53
Ah, reality.....

Silly twisted children. You know fluffies don't do reality....:}

9th Mar 2013, 18:46
Oh yes, in terms of the woes of today, this little portal has much to answer for.

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ0ORaIvWiuvKiMVUvIbFVHN1EIoCBWZ77evNPwBNs Z4KGMg21BdQ

9th Mar 2013, 19:07
.. what is the most advanced artifact or invention from sub-Saharan Africa in the 2500 years leading up to European colonisation.

9th Mar 2013, 19:14

9th Mar 2013, 19:34
That's a bit disappointing.

Nothing like this, then ..?

The Chinese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_people) invented technologies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_science_and_technology_in_China) involving mechanics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanics), hydraulics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulics), and mathematics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics) applied to horology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horology), metallurgy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metallurgy), astronomy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomy), agriculture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agriculture), engineering (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineering), music theory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_theory), craftsmanship (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craftsmanship), nautics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maritime_history), and warfare (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warfare). By the Warring States Period (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warring_States_Period) (403–221 BC), they had advanced metallurgic technology, including the blast furnace (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blast_furnace) and cupola furnace (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupola_furnace), while the finery forge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finery_forge) and puddling process (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puddling_(metallurgy)) were known by the Han Dynasty (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Dynasty) (202 BC – AD 220). A sophisticated economic system in China gave birth to inventions such as paper money (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banknote) during the Song Dynasty (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_Dynasty) (960–1279). The invention of gunpowder by the 10th century led to an array of inventions such as the fire lance (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_lance), land mine, naval mine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_mine), hand cannon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_cannon), exploding cannonballs, multistage rocket (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket), and rocket bombs with aerodynamic wings and explosive payloads (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huolongjing#Fire_arrows_and_rockets). With the navigational aid of the 11th-century compass and ability to steer at high sea with the 1st-century sternpost rudder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudder), premodern Chinese sailors sailed as far as East Africa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Africa) and Egypt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt). Etc Etc.

9th Mar 2013, 19:53
Rabbit hutches were in widespread use long before the colonial era.

Mac the Knife
9th Mar 2013, 20:27
Ife - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ife)

High-functioning culture between 1200 and 1400 A.D.

Highly skilled and beautiful art.



9th Mar 2013, 20:32
That's all?

Mac the Knife
9th Mar 2013, 21:05
Pretty much

[I stand to be corrected]



9th Mar 2013, 21:34
Aeneas was not alone in fleeing the burning wreckage of Troy sometime around 1150BC. There has long been a legend of a white tribe in Africa descended from those Trojan refugees who, having passed through the Pillars of Herakles, turned southwards down the coast of Africa until they made a landfall.
The Chinese now proliferate throughout sub saharan Africa and that's not all.
China is the one nation that has the ruthlessness, the means and the intelligence apparatus to be able to literally cut off the rhinoceros horn trade throughout the Far East. Snow Leopard units, utilising China's very considerable electronic information gathering technology could infiltrate Chinese and Vietnamese dockyards and simply exterminate the smuggler route at point of contact.
Next time you fancy a Chinese meal consider that perhaps an international boycott of all Chinese, Vietnamese and even Oriental restaurants along with a lot of embassy protesting and burning might convince the Chinese government that there is something to be gained in face by supporting the rhinoceros and taking out the men behind the poachers .

9th Mar 2013, 21:49
Amen to what cavortingcheetah says!

The Chinese must wake up to their obligations in the real world. What they do with the fable called the pumpkin kingdom is their own damned problem.


Mac the Knife
10th Mar 2013, 05:45
"China is the one nation that has the ruthlessness, the means and the intelligence apparatus to be able to literally cut off the rhinoceros horn trade throughout the Far East."

Why on earth should they care (or bother)?

And why would they wish to antagonise Vietnam?

What ARE you smoking??



Solid Rust Twotter
10th Mar 2013, 05:59
China is in it for China. Very little altruism there, I'm afraid.

10th Mar 2013, 07:40
As I have said before, the Chinese takeover of Sub-saharan Africa is going to make colonisation look like kiddies feeding the ducks in the park. They are ruthless, efficient, cohesive, and utterly self-interested. I fear for Africa more under the Chinese than I do if it were left to its own devices.

Mac the Knife
10th Mar 2013, 09:08
Capetonian, they're not going to "take over".

They've no interest in the people's welfare or politics or the internal squabbles of the ruling cliques. They don't have a "mission civilisatrice" and all they aim to do is keep the "Government" and Chiefs du jour happy and compliant.

The local workforce is largely unskilled and unreliable and they're not interested in training people up or doing good except to a cosmetic degree that encourages acceptance of their presence.

They bring in their own management and supervisory cadres and rely on mechanisation to reduce their dependence on the local workforce.

Raw materials is the name of the game - they're hardly going to set up local factories for consumer goods when they have a threatening unemployment situation at home and wages may be even lower than in Africa.

But they may well do some good - if they think deforestation runs against their interests they'll just stop it (by proxy force if necessary) and the same for other destructive behavior.



10th Mar 2013, 12:46
Perhaps take over and take away are synonymous in Chinese, both implying rapine and plunder?

Mike X
10th Mar 2013, 16:51
Being on the ground and having feedback from family in other 'burbs, I'd say it's a concerted effort to, eventually, take control. Parallel this with the rest of Africa. No rocket science required.

But the good-looking bitches are just that. Be careful.

The myth of 'wisdom from the East' is eclipsed by their own modern culture.

Go figure...

Either way, it's about education.

Solid Rust Twotter
10th Mar 2013, 18:09
Maybe it's time to hit the big red button to get rid of these clowns.

ANC will exist for life - Mabe

March 10 2013 at 02:19pm
By Sapa

Johannesburg - The ANC would exist as long as there is life on earth, ANC national executive committee member Pule Mabe said on Sunday.

“As long as there is life, there will be the African National Congress. It is part of our DNA,” he said.

“This is the ANC you were fighting for. This ANC will continue to remain relevant when it responds to the people's needs.”

Mabe, who also serves as ANC Youth League treasurer general, was speaking at an ANC Havana City ward 96 branch meeting, north of Johannesburg.

He said ANC members should not compromise the integrity of the party.

“The ANC is the future. If you taint the ANC today, you are compromising the future. Many others have died for this ANC. It is not ours, it belongs to the people.”

He explained to members the policy resolutions taken by the party at its national conference in Mangaung in December.

Earlier about 150 members sang “Indelendlela esiyihambayo” (The road we are travelling is long). President Jacob Zuma sang it at the conference. - Sapa

10th Mar 2013, 18:33
I find myself in a very awkward situation.

I accepted a lunch invitation for later this week from a South African woman who is an acquaintance of a friend. She is of Indian descent, I have absolutely no problem with that, quite the opposite.

What I do have a major problem with is that my so-called friend, after I accepted the invitation, tells me that not only is this woman an ANC supporter with political views on SA as diametrically opposed to mine as possible, but her father was a 'freedom fighter' (i.e terrorist and potential or actual murderer, in my view).

I see three choices :

Cancel the meeting (cowardly, not my style)
Go, and tell her I do not wish to discuss South African politics (a cop out, also not my style)
Go, and allow the conversation to drift, as it inevitably will, to SA politics and give her my views on the total stuff-up that the ANC have made of a wonderful country, as I am not capable of keeping my views to myself, nor should I have to, and thus risk an unpleasant confrontation.

I feel there's a certain inevitability about this and it will the last option!

10th Mar 2013, 19:49
You cannot, in all good manners, do other than allow your hostess's political opinions to go unchallenged under the circumstances. It would be the height of bad manners to insult her father, in her own house, as her guest and you would perhaps lose the friendship of your friend who is her acquaintance.
It's a challenge and should be regarded as an exercise in diplomatic conversational evasion. You might amuse yourself however by winding her up and watching her tick tock?

There is nothing wrong with reminding your hostess of the historical importance of the events of the coming week some decades ago.
It might perhaps perplex her initially were you to steer the conversation along the following lines.

Tuesday, March 12th marks the 75th anniversary of the annexation of Austria by Germany while Thursday, Match 14th marks the day that German troops crossed into the country to a rapturous welcome from 99% of the population.

(This article is of some interest in the context.)

Over half of Austrians think the Nazis would be elected if the party was readmitted to politics - Europe - World - The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/over-half-of-austrians-think-the-nazis-would-be-elected-if-the-party-was-readmitted-to-politics-8528218.html)

You could follow on in an idle sort of way by mentioning, apropos of nothing, that many badge wearers of German socialist persuasion had their escape routes and bank balances planned and organized long before the fall of their great empire and many settled in Argentina in the mountains near the town of Bariloche. By some extraordinary coincidence SAA has recently improved and uprated their Johannesburg-Buenos Aires route structure which is very convenient for those, such as you yourself, who find Argentina such an interesting place. Does she think perhaps that Mr Mugabe might consider retiring there when the time comes for that charismatic (for that he surely is) leader decides to retire even the present leader of South Africa. Perhaps Mr Malema already has a chalet in the mountains and is there an extradition treaty? No I thought not.

On another tack, you could initiate a conversation by asking for her opinion on the construction, in a country so poor, as this slightly extravagent home named Antilia, the Bombay residence of Mukesh Ambani, his wife and for all I know many more than 600 servants.

World's Most Expensive Homes : Bornrich (http://www.bornrich.com/entry/top-10-most-expensive-homes-from-around-the-world/)

Oh yes, and does she think that tribal inadequacies in South Africa have any comparison to the caste system which you understand is still widespread in India much to your abhorrence, of course?

And then, if it all goes badly perhaps an extrication card? The family cousin of whom you were very fond but who was a bit of a British black sheep, ended up fighting with the Mau Mau up north, shot by the British for his anti colonial activities or at least, that's the family story. No way of knowing if it's true of course, family scandal, hushed up.

Enjoy the lunch.

Edit to add: Sorry I forgot to mention it earlier but it's very good to have you back again.

11th Mar 2013, 12:26
Eight-year-old boy marries 61-year-old woman because the ghost of his grandfather told him to do so - Africa - World - The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/eightyearold-boy-marries-61yearold-woman-because-the-ghost-of-his-grandfather-told-him-to-do-so-8528831.html)

While this type of stuff can go on, there is no hope for these primitives. This took place in Tshwane, the new name for Pretoria, one of SA's capitals.

Solid Rust Twotter
11th Mar 2013, 12:32
No doubt the ancestors will be calling the shots when it comes to which party he votes for in a few years' time.

11th Mar 2013, 14:21
Back to the lunch, thanks for the ideas. I have a fair amount of 'ammunition' as I am quite used to dealing with liberal idealists, it's just that this is a little more personal which makes it uncomfortable. It's quite easy to defend my views with stuff like this going on :

Bad cop, bad cop routine
The death of a taxi driver highlights failings throughout the police
Mar 9th 2013 | JOHANNESBURG

WATCHED by a gathering crowd, two police officers argue with a man in a T-shirt and jeans on Empilweni Street in Daveyton, a rough township east of Johannesburg. When the policemen try to arrest him the man resists and three colleagues join in and wrestle him to the ground. They tie his hands to the back of a police van and try to drive off but the man’s feet and backside on the road impede them. Two officers lift his body to let the vehicle gather speed, dragging the screaming man behind it. Two hours after the start of his ordeal, Mido Macia, a 27-year-old taxi driver from Mozambique, lay dead in a police cell. Mobile-phone footage of his treatment has drawn attention to the ill-discipline and brutality of the South African Police Service (SAPS). As a result of a furore in the press, eight officers face charges.

The police commissioner, Riah Phiyega, tried to play down the incident, saying, “What is in the video is not how the SAPS in a democratic South Africa goes about its work.” Official figures tell a different story. Last year 720 people died in police custody or because of police action. Deaths involving the police have risen since 2005, while the number of reported murders has been falling (see chart), although South Africa still has one of the highest rates in the world. A commission of inquiry into the deaths last August of 34 miners at the hands of policemen has yet to report.

The police have never been trusted much in black townships such as Daveyton. During the apartheid era they were seen as the enforcers of a racist regime. Since then the proportion of whites in the police has shrunk to 12% of the total, yet the SAPS still lacks authority. Two-thirds of South Africans think the most corrupt officials are in the police. The force is known for playing by its own rules. Officers encountering the worst criminals should “shoot the bastards”, said a police minister in 2009.

Ill-discipline in the ranks has scarcely been helped by disarray at the top. Ms Phiyega, with no prior experience of policing, was given the top job in June after the previous commissioner, Bheki Cele, had been sacked by President Jacob Zuma amid allegations of corruption. Mr Cele’s predecessor was jailed for 15 years for taking bribes. A special anti-corruption unit known as the Scorpions was disbanded in 2008 despite—or perhaps because of—its success.

The Democratic Alliance, the main opposition to the ruling African National Congress (ANC), has published a list of five senior criminal-justice posts that have gone unfilled for more than a year. One reason for this sense of drift is that too many important ANC officials have been implicated in serious crime—and are reluctant to improve the performance of the police, at whatever level.

Solid Rust Twotter
11th Mar 2013, 17:23
No surprises there, then.

11th Mar 2013, 22:40
Macia the Mozambican or perhaps Mozambician was an illegal immigrant operating a mini bus taxi. Irrespective of how many lives he endangered on an hourly basis in plying his trade, you will find that neither illegal immigrants nor the drivers of those taxis get a great deal of sympathy from anyone down here. Macia's death was an accident with probably less premeditation of negligence involved than his passengers faced on a daily basis as they rode around town in his blood wagon.

maybe CC was right :

Defence attorneys have now alleged that Mr Macia may have been involved in an accident just days before his death in which five schoolchildren were killed. They gave few details of the incident, but insinuated that some of the taxi driver’s injuries may have been a result of this accident.

Solid Rust Twotter
12th Mar 2013, 06:05
Still doesn't give the cops the right to do what they did, but in a country where the rule of law is only applicable to those who choose to obey it, what do we expect? The breakdown of society will follow the typical path until SA is indistinguishable from the rest of the continent.

12th Mar 2013, 10:35
Society is not doing too well in Britain at the moment where you can pretty much kill anyone you like anyway if you're a copper. This is something they frequently do with utter impunity because there seems always to be the customary whitewash of a hearing.
If you wish to live in a democracy, then what the majority of the society want to happen must surely become what does happen and thus a right of that society. It is hardly surprising that had Macia been involved in the killing of school children using the lethal weapon known as a Special K (toasted preferred) taxi, then the police were doing no more than exercising the right of society to punish the guilty man according to the laws of that society which, in the event of a referendum, would probably vote for all sorts of nasty thing to happen to perverts and the like. Excisions which would raise the hackles of Liberty and Amnesty International who are surprisingly quite upon the subject of female genital mutilation, no doubt lest they endanger their field workers on their exotic year outs in Burma and other equally steaming warm places.

Mac the Knife
12th Mar 2013, 15:47
Someone sensible wrote:

"For those of you who did not understand this and are posting culturally offensive remarks, let me explain this ceremony to you. This was a ceremony to appease his grandfather's deepest regret, the fact he could never have the wedding he wanted under apartheid laws. In his eyes, he died as a bachelor and his dying wish was for his family to stage the wedding he never had.

Furthermore the boy is not betrothed to the woman. He went home with his parents the same day and will never be expected to co-habit with her. Neither is their 'marriage' legally recognised. The sole intent of the marriage was to let their grandfathers spirit rest peacefully in the after life. The western media are choosing to spoil something that was done with the best of intentions by all who took part and mocking a very benevolent act."

How about separating out understanding of cultural traditions from the current rape of our country by the African National Cancer?



And no, I don't believe that shagging a virgin will cure me of AIDS or that muti will make me invulnerable to bullets or the ancestors when they tell me that holding my hands in boiling water will purify me.


12th Mar 2013, 16:20
I'm rather in favour certain cultural traditions when it comes to dealing with some of the nastier criminal element. That's women chattering on their mobile telephones as they swan, in their 4x4s, through the sewage filled quagmires that pass for roads in the Sandton/Hyde Park/Rosebank areas of Johannesburg.

12th Mar 2013, 17:53
One comment on this article was, "kak", but I'll post it for your delectation anyway.

"SA government not given enough credit for what it does" | The South African (http://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/sa-government-not-given-enough-credit-for-what-it-does.htm)

Mac the Knife
13th Mar 2013, 11:57
The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the SANDF [SA National Defence Force] is a major issue. “Although exact figures are not available, it is safe to assume HIV rates are higher than the current 17% national average for the ages 15-49, based not only on the demographics of the SANDF, but also the nature of military work which makes it ‘a vulnerable organisation’,” according to ISN Security Watch.

“To substantiate this claim, a comparison of death statistics show a higher proportion of deaths for corresponding age categories in the SANDF than in broader society – and these are not war related,” ISN Security Watch said. “Although the SANDF claims infection rates are lower than national average, this is disputed and general estimates place infection rates anywhere between 19 and 24%.”


14th Mar 2013, 10:02
Anybody like to guess as to how long it will be before a package of 12 Gripens and spares will sold on as a nice little earner for somebody?

14th Mar 2013, 13:42
At least 28% of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive compared with 4% of boys because "sugar daddies" are exploiting them, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has said.

A scary statistic. The figure amongst those not at school is likely to be higher as they are often the victims of abuse, usually from family members, in the townships, which is one reaon why it is so important to get them into schools.

Another failure of the 'democratic' government of the new South Africa.

14th Mar 2013, 14:22
At least 28% of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive compared with 4% of boys because "sugar daddies" are exploiting them, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has said.
I just wonder if the 28% figure is taken across all racial groups ?
If not, I would suspect that amongst the self-declared "African" community it could be considerably higher.......

Mac the Knife
14th Mar 2013, 14:46
"I just wonder if the 28% figure is taken across all racial groups?"

No it isn't. Mostly black with a some coloured and the rare white or indian. The "sugar daddy" phenomenon is almost exclusively black.

"At least 28% of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive compared with 4% of boys because "sugar daddies" are exploiting them, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has said. He said 94,000 schoolgirls also fell pregnant in 2011, and 77,000 had abortions at state facilities, The Sowetan newspaper reports."

A recent study to find out whether taking ARVs would protect HIV-ve partners of HIV+ve patients from seroconverting failed. Although the HIV-ve partners maintained that they were taking their medicines as per plan, urine tests showed that most of them were not.



14th Mar 2013, 14:50
Even if it were across all racial groups, given that 80% of the population is black, it doesn't really change very much.

In fact, as that 80% doesn't include hundreds of thousands of mostly black illegal aliens, whose inclusion would make the percentage higher, it changes even less.

Mac the Knife
15th Mar 2013, 10:27
"Forty-five percent of teachers found guilty of sexual misconduct against pupils are still allowed to teach, according to a report on Friday.

The Star newspaper reported that this had been revealed by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in an oral reply to a Parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance.

Motshekga said 136 teachers were found guilty of sexual abuse-related cases between 2009 and 2012. [Tip of the iceberg I reckon]

Of these, only 62 had been struck off the teachers' register. The others were suspended for a certain period, on condition they were not found guilty of misconduct during their suspension."

If some South African teachers applied themselves to their duties as enthusiastically as they shag their pupils then we'd near the top of world rankings in education rather than at the bottom.




"Statistics show 94,000 schoolgirls fell pregnant across the country in 2011 with 77,000 having abortions at public facilities. According to Mr Motsoaledi many of the pregnant girls - who were aged betwen 10 and 14 - tested positive for HIV."

"Last year an investigation in South Africa's rural Eastern Cape revealed how girls as young as 12 were being forced to 'marry' older HIV-positive men because of the myth that having sex with a virgin will cure them of the disease."


Solid Rust Twotter
15th Mar 2013, 11:54
...If some South African teachers applied themselves to their duties as enthusiastically as they shag their pupils...

Or put as much energy into their jobs as they do toyi-toying and burning/looting the property of others. We could be an economic powerhouse in the ideal universe.

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Mar 2013, 18:34

Solid Rust Twotter
23rd Mar 2013, 06:48
Thieves falling out...?

Sapa | 22 March, 2013 07:34

Johannesburg-based Zanu-PF youth have accused the ANC of being sell-outs and of complicity in the murder of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

According to The Star Chairman Gift Mtete attacked the African National Congress while addressing Pan Africanist Congress of Azania supporters at a Human Rights Day event on Thursday.

"You cannot separate political freedom from economic freedom. They [the ANC] proclaim that South Africa is a democracy, but they agreed with the Western powers to attack Libya," Mtete was quoted as saying.

"They gave a mandate to the Western powers to attack and kill the Libyan leader. There they are. They must be told that they are sell-outs."

Mtete criticised the Gauteng government for organising music festivals as part of Human Rights Day celebrations.

According to the report Mtete said South Africa was not a fully liberated country and those who had gathered at the cricket oval next to the George Thabe Stadium, where the Gauteng government was hosting its event, were enjoying crumbs left for them by the "colonialist regime".

Solid Rust Twotter
23rd Mar 2013, 07:05
Meanwhile, the genocide continues with the approval of the regime, who have chosen to do nothing except sweep it under the carpet. Once again the rest of the world stands idly by and watches.

Extreme violence in farm attacks - experts
2012-11-28 09:18

Johannesburg - Violence perpetrated against victims of farm attacks is far worse than the public could possibly imagine, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Eileen de Jager and Roelien Schutte, two sisters who clean up crime scenes nationally, said on Tuesday at the release of a report by the Solidarity Research Institute that they had seen a definite increase in extreme violence during farm attacks.

They said if the public realised what actually happened during such attacks, it would serve as a wake-up call that would mobilise communities to be more vigilant.

"Victims are often tortured before being dragged behind cars, or they are mutilated with boiling water. It is beyond insane," De Jager said.

Lorraine Claassen, a criminologist, said it was disturbing that farm attacks were still not being viewed in a serious light.

"The extreme terror that people experience when their lives are in the hands of attackers is paralysing and incomprehensible. No person deserves to be murdered in such a barbaric, inhuman and perverted manner," she said.

Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), said it was clear that the government did not view the attacks as a priority, but that a farmer was twice as likely as a policeman to be killed.

"The situation should be viewed as a national crisis, and it should be given focused attention."


23rd Mar 2013, 10:49

At least you can see where the taxpayers' money is going.

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Mar 2013, 11:15

Mac the Knife
27th Mar 2013, 12:19
Written by defenceWeb Wednesday, 13 March 2013 10:15
http://www.defenceweb.co.za/images/stories/AIR/Air_new/Gripen_Cape_Town_Frans_Dely_400x300.jpgTwelve of the South African Air Force’s 26 Gripen fighter jets are in long-term storage, according to defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, as the Air Force does not have the funding to fly them.

This emerged yesterday in reply to a parliamentary question posed by the opposition Democratic Alliance party’s Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans David Maynier.

“The South African Air Force (SAAF) has 12 Gripen Fighter Aircraft placed in long-term storage. These aircraft are placed in a storage as a planned activity in line with their utilization and budget expenditure patterns/flow of SAAF,” Mapisa-Nqakula said.

“The Gripen fighter jets are supposed to provide the air combat capability for the South African Air Force (SAAF). However, the Gripen fighter jets are effectively grounded because the operating budget has been stripped to the bone and the SAAF cannot afford to operate the ‘Gripen system’,” Maynier said.

Already in 2010 there was great concern that a lack of money would ground the Gripen. Then-defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu warned that the Gripens could be mothballed if the military failed to get hold of extra funding. The Department of Defence annual report released in 2010 warned that “Combined with the recent funding cuts for the medium-term expenditure framework period, the air force will only be able to sustain the Hawk system.

“Without adequate funding levels being provided, the air force will not be able to meet its mandate in terms of defence or its support of government initiatives in the medium and longer term. The unwanted reality is portions of aircraft fleets may have to be placed in long-term storage, and certain capabilities, units or bases may have to be closed down.”

The lack of money for the Gripens has also affected flying hours and pilot training. In April 2011 then-chief of the Air Force Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano said the Air Force was not going to fly the required number of hours due to a lack of funding and in its 2010/2011 report, the Department of Defence said that due to underfunding, the number of flight hours per Gripen aircrew member was reduced from 224 to 110 per year.

At present the SAAF can only muster six qualified Gripen pilots who only have 150 flying hours available across the whole Gripen squadron this year, according to Maynier. The annual target for fighter flying hours was 250 for the 2011/2012 period, according to the Department of Defence’s most recent Annual Report.

Chief of the Air Force Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang when asked about Gripen flying hours earlier this year, said that the Air Force had never failed to deliver what was asked of it.

Defence analyst Helmoed-Römer Heitman noted the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) requires fighter pilots to log at least 20 flight hours per month (240 flight hours per year per fighter pilot) to remain qualified.

“One of the biggest scandals of the Arms Deal is that we bought military equipment we could not afford to operate. And there is no better illustration of the point than the Gripen fighter jets in long-term storage,” Maynier said. “It is imperative that the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, reviews the allocation of the operating funding to the “Gripen system” in the SAAF.”

In 2007 it emerged that the Gripens cost R19.08 billion, up from the original R17.8 billion estimate for both 26 Gripens and 24 Hawks.

It is unlikely that the Gripen situation will improve anytime soon, as the defence budget for the 2013/14 financial year stands at R40.2 billion, just R1.8 billion more than the previous year’s.

South Africa bought 26 Gripens (17 single-seat Gripen Cs and nine two-seat Gripen Ds) as part of the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (in 2005 reduced to 26), becoming the Gripen’s first export customer. Deliveries concluded in September last year. The Gripens replaced the Cheetah fleet, which was withdrawn four years early due to funding constraints.


What an unbelievable waste!

[Well, the submarines (only one of which is currently semi-seaworthy) are even worse...]

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Mar 2013, 12:36
Not to mention one working frigate left. The rest are so much junk aground on empty bean cans.

Solid Rust Twotter
28th Mar 2013, 07:14
Another example of the greed and venality of the ANC regime. Anyone who thought the whole hair pulling exercise carried out under the moniker "liberation struggle" was about noble ideals was either drunk or out of touch with reality.

Central African Republic: Is this what our soldiers died for?
28 Mar 2013 00:00 - AmaBhungane Reporters

The lure of arms deals and diamonds – and possibly other mineral resources – sucked the ANC into the Central African Republic.

South African military involvement in the Central African Republic has from the start been entwined with ANC-linked deals, raising questions about the motivation for the disastrous deployment of South African troops to the troubled country.

The figure at the centre of the web is the politically connected businessperson and fixer Didier Pereira.

Pereira is currently partnered to the ANC security supremo and fundraiser, Paul Langa, and former spy chief Billy Masetlha. Their group has initiated several business projects in CAR, including some involving diamonds

Previously, he partnered with ANC hard man Joshua "General" Nxumalo and the ANC funding front, Chancellor House, in an initiative that involved security and attempts to gain a diamond export monopoly in the CAR.

Pereira, originally from Congo-Brazzaville, is a special adviser to the recently toppled CAR president, François Bozizé.

He has maintained business ties with powerful ANC security and intelligence figures during both the Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma presidencies.

Although the ANC figures who Pereira does business with has changed between presidencies, the nature of his dealings have remained consistent.

Quid pro quo?
As the security situation in the CAR deteriorated in October last year, Pereira brokered direct access to Zuma for Bozizé's son and CAR defence minister, Francis Bozizé, in a bid to "unlock a sensitive weapons delivery issue", the specialist publication Intelligence Online reported recently.

Bozizé Jnr does not appear to have got what he came for because of South Africa's statutory weapons trade controls, but Pereira's reported role as a facilitator of this key meeting is noteworthy.

A CAR diplomat in Pretoria, who did want to be named because of the fluid political situation back home, said that Pereira had lived in South Africa for "more than 20 years" and that he was a recognisable figure among embassy staff.

He also previously partnered with a notorious Zimbabwean arms dealer, John Bredenkamp, according to sources with a detailed knowledge of the central African region and company searches in South Africa.

Other South African-linked interests in the CAR include the Canadian-based gold exploration and mining company, Axmin. Its president and chief executive, George Roach, was also associated with UraMin, a politically well-connected uranium prospecting company, which is said to have enjoyed Thabo Mbeki's backing when it won a concession in the CAR.

The concession was later sold to the French nuclear multinational, Areva.

The oil exploration company, DIG Oil, which also enjoyed Mbeki-era political support, has an oil concession in the south west of the country.

To the rescue
Bozizé's rule of the CAR has been precarious after he toppled his predecessor, Ange-Félix Patassé, in a coup in 2003, which was condemned at the time by both Mbeki and his then-deputy, Zuma.

Bozizé won an election in 2005 that excluded Patassé from the ballot, but his grip on power was soon threatened by Patassé-linked rebels. As Bozizé's military situation worsened, he sought help from South Africa.

A joint South African Defence Force (SANDF) and defence department "fact-finding mission" went to the CAR in January 2006. A flurry of diplomacy between Pretoria and Bangui in April that year culminated in the then-defence minister, Terror Lekota, signing a co-operation agreement in defence, minerals and energy at the end of that month, which he followed up with an "onsite assessment" trip to the CAR in May.

Pereira was quick off the mark. On May 18, a week after Lekota's return, he signed a memorandum of understanding with the CAR mining ministry. It envisaged the creation of a public-private partnership, Inala Centrafrique, according to documents of Inala and its business partners, which were obtained by the Mail & Guardian.

ANC stake
Inala Centrafrique was formally registered in August 2006. Over time, its shareholding was settled at a 35% stake for the CAR government and 65% going to a South African company, Serengeti Group Holdings. The latter was majority-owned by Nxumalo, whose notoriety during the ANC underground days was underscored by his part in the Virodene vitamins-for-Aids scandal.

Significant stakes also belonged to Pereira and the Chancellor House Trust, share registers show.

An Inala Centrafrique business proposal to the CAR government, dated July 6 2007, retrospectively confirmed that "the joint venture is a culmination of the accord signed by both … Mbeki … and Bozizé … during the meeting of the governments in South Africa in … 2006 for the two countries to work together."

It identified Nxumalo as chief executive and Pereira as chief operations officer.

While this deal was being hammered out behind the scenes, South Africa signed a formal, five-year defence co-operation agreement with the CAR on February 11 2007, involving both the deployment of South African troops and the provision of military equipment.

Zuma renewed the agreement in December last year, on the grounds of which, in the face of the growing crisis, he ordered a reinforcement of troops to the CAR in January this year.

Diamonds and arms
The Inala Centrafrique joint venture between the CAR government and Pereira, Nxumalo and the Chancellor House Trust was primarily a mechanism to buy diamonds from the CAR's small-scale miners.

But the plan had two other elements, which, if implemented, would give Inala and its ANC-linked shareholders total dominance of the CAR's diamond market.

The first was an initiative to create and equip, on behalf of the state, a police des mines, or mining police, to combat illegal diamond dealing.

The second element, it appears from the documents and an interview with a would-be Inala business partner, was for Inala to be granted an export monopoly by the CAR government.

In other words, although its majority shareholding was privately held, Inala would have been endowed with part of the form and function of a state agency: a national diamond exporter with an associated police enforcement arm.

Dividends of more than $800-million over 10 years were envisaged.

In a further example of the conflation of South African state and ANC party interests, a Serengeti subsidiary partnered with a South African armoured vehicle business, Mechanology, in September 2007 to revamp decommissioned armoured vehicles that the SANDF had offered to donate to Bozizé.

The armoured vehicle deal broke down, apparently because there was a dispute over who would pay for the refurbishment.

Inala's attempts to control the CAR diamond mining industry fizzled out by March 2008.

New ANC partners
By then, the Zuma-linked faction of the ANC's security and intelligence apparatus appears to have inherited the relationship with Pereira from Serengeti.

At about the same time that Serengeti dropped the ball on the armoured vehicles and the Inala diamond deal collapsed, a company called Bagamoyo Investment Holdings was formed with Pereira as a founding director.

Chief among Pereira's co-directors in Bagamoyo is Langa who, like Nxumalo before him, comes with a heavy-hitting ANC security and intelligence pedigree, but also with strong whiffs of controversy.

He was suspended and later dismissed as chief executive of the Robben Island Museum after a forensic audit found a R25-million hole in the company accounts back in 2008.

Langa was head of security co-ordination at ANC headquarters in the late 1990s. His Zonkizizwe group of companies appear to perform both security and fundraising functions for the ANC.

Other directors in Bagamoyo included:

Fabien Singaye, a former Rwandan diplomat who served as Bozize's personal adviser and is alleged to have played a central role in the purchase of CAR uranium assets by UraMin, a company with a number of South African links; and
John Robertson, an IT specialist who works with Langa in the Zonkizizwe controlled Tsohle Technology Holdings.

Masetlha confirmed that Baga*moyo was set up to exploit opportunities in CAR.

Masetlha said: "Our role was to try and engage South African business persons to invest in the area. Pereira happened to be one of the people who knew CAR well. I agreed to get involved and spoke to Paul []."

Masetlha, who is recovering from a long illness, said he was hazy about the details but added that Lazarus Mbethe was brought in as well, because of his business acumen.

Masetlha, Pereira, Langa and Mbethe appear as directors in two other shelf companies, Evening Star Trading 665 and Universal Pulse Trading 117, both set up in November 2006.

Mbethe is heavily involved in mining. He was part of the Pitsa ya Sechaba consortium that partnered with Chancellor House and the Russian company, Renova, to form United Manganese of Kalahari, which controversially got manganese rights in Northern Cape.

Masetlha said he and his partners were trying to get involved in stabilising the country through development. Projects he recalled included the refurbishment of a hotel, which is understood to have been the Oubangui Hotel, with which Pereira has also been associated.

He confirmed Langa had been "there on the ground" frequently – "he's been in and out" – and had concerned himself particularly with security issues.

Most significantly, Masetlha confirmed the group had an interest in diamonds from the region and had owned a barge to be used for alluvial diamond mining somewhere upstream on the Ubangi River where the group had a diamond concession.

He said the group had also discussed upgrading some of the main roads and the airport, but little progress had been made because of the instability in the country.

"The problem was security … the SA government got involved in trying to help Bozizé at least beef up his personal protection," said Masetlha.

No comment
Masetlha and another South African businessperson who has contact with Pereira independently supplied the same cell number for him.

When the M&G contacted the number and asked for Pereira, the man who answered the phone said he was Pereira. But when the M&G identified itself and indicated it wished to talk about the CAR, the person who answered said it was a wrong number. He refused to give his name and hung up.

Mbethe said he was in a meeting and then hung up the second time the M&G phoned him.

Robertson said he was not involved in Bagamoyo and referred questions to Langa.

Attempts to contact Langa by phone were unsuccessful. Written questions faxed to him at his request were unanswered at the time of going to press.

A spokesperson for the presidency was unavailable to comment.

Central African Republic: Is this what our soldiers died for? | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-03-28-00-central-african-republic-is-this-what-our-soldiers-died-for)

Solid Rust Twotter
28th Mar 2013, 08:21
Recently, in the South African Parliament, an MP told a story during his speech...

"There was a father who gave 100 Rand to each of his 3 sons, and asked them to buy things that would completely fill up a room.

First son bought hay for 100 Rand - but couldn't fill the room entirely.
Second son bought cotton for 100 Rand - but couldn't fill the room entirely.
Third son bought a candle for 1 Rand - and when he lit it, the room was completely filled with light.

"The proud MP declared: "Our President Jacob Zuma is like the third son.
From the day he has taken charge of his office, our country has been filled with the bright light of prosperity"

A voice from the backbench asked "Where is the remaining 99 Rand??

The entire nation now seems to be asking the same question!

Solid Rust Twotter
30th Mar 2013, 07:03
Was it CT who mentioned this a while back? Either way, it does go a long way towards explaining why things are heading down the crapper.


Solid Rust Twotter
30th Mar 2013, 10:06
The mayhem and slaughter continues while Nero fiddles. Things like this would make headline news elsewhere. In SA it only makes the news because he's relatively well known. Joe Average hardly rates a mention unless it's particularly gruesome.

Former Lions rugby player, Johan Kemp, was shot dead in his house in Fountainebleau, Randburg.

Kemp was shot three times in the upper-body when three burglars broke into his house in the early hours of Thursday morning, Gauteng police spokesman Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini told the Beeld.

"We do not know how the burglars entered. There is no sign of forced entry and the dogs did not bark.

"His wife, that was somewhere else in the house at the time of the attack, heard the shots, went to the bedroom and found him dead," Dlamini said.

According to the report, his wife, Elaine, was also threatened by the burglars.

She described her husband as a nature-lover and a peacemaker.

"He lived for his children," Elaine told Beeld.

Their two sons, aged two and four, were unharmed and the two dogs survived after they were stabbed with knives.

Her jewellery, two cellphones and a laptop were taken from the house. The burglars also asked for the keys to the car. They fled in the family Corsa.

Kemp's former team mate Cobus Grobbelaar, described him as friendly with a good sense of humour.

No arrests have been made.

It's doubtful any arrests will ever be made re this case.

30th Mar 2013, 10:28
Someone sent me this recently. It sums up the way many people feel about the way the country is drifting into hopelessness.

My name be Amerula Ramatsele, a black South African preeviyusly disedvanteged Girl who jus got a award for bein the bess speler in class. I gots a 67% on the spelin text and 30 points for being black, 5 points for not bringin drugs to class, 5 points for not bringin guns to class, and 5 points for not getin pregnut at age of 12 during the cemester.
It hard to beat a score of 120%. White stoodent dat sit nex to me is Jacobus van Slabbert from Bloomphonteen. He got a 94% on the text but no extra points on acount of he have the same skin color as the opressirs of 60 years ago. Granny ax me to tank all yo ANC peepl for supportin afermative axion. You be showin da way to true eqwallity. I be gittin in medicol skool nex an mabe I be yo doctor when Juuleyus take over da healfcare in dis contry.

The most worrying aspect is the way that everything is blamed on Apartheid and the Nats/Afrikaners/Whites, and that so many of those who were disadvantaged to some degree under that regime continue to use that particular card as an excuse for their inability to get up and move forward. They have painted themselves into a corner.

31st Mar 2013, 06:30
With the greatest of respect to Nelson Mandela, surely he is no longer politically relevant? We have to face his mortality, but it isn't going to make much difference when the time comes.

One small but stubborn body of opinion refuses to go away: that Mandela's death will herald the unravelling of South Africa. Some believe the anti-apartheid hero and paragon of racial reconciliation is the glue that holds this diverse, sometimes discordant nation together. David Blair of the Daily Telegraph blogged recently: "For as long as he lives, South Africans breathe a little easier and believe in their country a little more. When the day after Mandela dawns, that belief will be shaken, not dramatically or immediately, but slowly and perhaps imperceptibly. South Africa will, quite simply, be a different country."

With less nuance, a persistent myth holds that black people have been waiting for his passing before unleashing a "night of the long knives", a "genocide of whites" to "cleanse" South Africa.

This has reputedly spurred a tiny number of whites to stockpile food in bunkers or prepare to flee the country. They point to murders of white farmers and a perceived threat of Zimbabwe-style chaos.

AfriForum, a racial minority rights group, claimed it was aware of leaflets warning of a "killing spree" and messages on social media such as: "You guys must just wait until the day Mandela dies and then we'll come for you."

Solid Rust Twotter
31st Mar 2013, 18:07
...At the very least, the Presidency, the Minister of Defence and the Minister of International Relations should address concerns that South Africa’s continued presence in the CAR is unlawful, and that this exposes our troops to possible prosecution by international bodies. Statements made by AU officials or in a BRICS communique, affirming the need of States to support efforts to stabilise the situation in the CAR do not change the legal position regarding our troops.

As the original purpose of the deployment of troops to the CAR has now fallen away, President Zuma is also constitutionally required to inform Parliament forthwith whether our troops will remain in the CAR and if so what the legal basis of this continued deployment might be. After all, the last thing we want is a kind of mission creep, something which got the USA into a terrible mess in Vietnam in the first war it ever lost. We might then also be told whether private business interests of ANC aligned individuals played a role in the January deployment and in any decision to remain in the CAR despite the fact that the original purpose of the mission has become impossible to pursue.

On the legality of the continued presence of SA soldiers in the CAR – Constitutionally Speaking (http://constitutionallyspeaking.co.za/on-the-legality-of-the-continued-presence-of-sa-soldiers-in-the-car/)

1st Apr 2013, 14:47
"With the greatest of respect to Nelson Mandela, surely he is no longer politically relevant? We have to face his mortality, but it isn't going to make much difference when the time comes."

I don't think the real answer will be known for a fair while after he goes.

There are more reasons to wonder than just him "holding it together"

I hope you are right, but I won't take it either way until a couple of years have passed.

Usually, nothing is simple or what it appears in SA politics.

Metro man
1st Apr 2013, 16:40
Was it CT who mentioned this a while back? Either way, it does go a long way towards explaining why things are heading down the crapper.

Remember the racist regime also built too many power stations. Black government soon sorted that mistake out so well there were power cuts.:E