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Mac the Knife
1st Apr 2013, 18:28
When Mandela goes it'll make no practical difference to anyone (though he is/was an honest and pricipled leader, quite the exception these days).

The ANC will of course go even more bonkers, with a year-long orgy of weeping and wailing and beating of breasts and a national week of mourning in which no-one will do any work.

Huge processions of ample ladies will uulate and weep and toyi-toyi while the men get go off and get pissed.

The papers will have a field day, with huge memorial issues and adulatory opinion pieces and endless photos from the archives. TV and and radio likewise.

Poor Madiba will be turning in his grave at this exhibition.

After a couple of weeks everything will go back to what passes for normal here.



The ANC will have lost their one credible link with The Struggle so they'd do well to tend to what is left of their image and start producing some visible results.

The masses may be sheep, but they're not entirely blind or stupid.

3rd Apr 2013, 10:02

The police are a major part of the problem. Easy to see why.

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd Apr 2013, 15:20
Why the Secrecy Act is a dangerous piece of legislation. I reckon these turkeys are working hard to put a lid on this.

Zuma: Everyone wants to run the country

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday said there were too many people trying to run South Africa, saying questions about military strategy posed a risk to national security.

Earlier, Zuma spoke at a memorial service at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria to honour 13 soldiers who died in the Central African Republic (CAR) while fighting thousands of rebels.

Close to 30 others were wounded during the battle.

Questions about why the troops were sent to the CAR continued to be raised, with reports that private business deals lay at the heart of the deployment.

The ANC has consistently dismissed the reports.

The commander who led the troops in battle, Steven Jiyane, said the soldiers fought “ferociously like lions” but were ambushed and had to take cover while retreating back to base.

“The crack of the AK47, the rumble of the motors and the thump of the RBG7 only shook their characters. At no moment did they succumb.”

Zuma said there was a deliberate attempt to distort a noble mission.

He said government should be given space to make decisions.

“The problem in South Africa is that everyone wants to run the country.”

Zuma said unfounded allegations and conspiracy theories were being peddled.

“Military matters are military matters. They are not social matters and I wish South Africans would appreciate that and therefore know which line not to cross, for the sake of the country.”

The families of the soldiers said the service brought some relief.

Solid Rust Twotter
8th Apr 2013, 11:32
Such embarrassing and venal fools. No wonder it's heading down the toilet.

Exam cheat is training army

By: Adriaan Basson, City Press 2013-04-07 15:52

Johannesburg - The officer in charge of training soldiers for deployment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is an exam cheat.

And in another embarrassment for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), a top UN official sharply criticised the discipline and combat readiness of South African soldiers in Sudan in a recent letter.

Brigadier General Sithabiso Mahlobo, who was found guilty in 2002 of cheating in exams, is in charge of the training of soldiers who are in the process of being deployed to the war-torn North Kivu province of the DRC.

He is the commander of 46 SA Brigade in Kengray, Johannesburg.

Mahlobo confirmed to City Press' sister newspaper, Rapport, that he is responsible for training soldiers who will join the neutral international force (NIF) to fight the notorious M23 rebels in the DRC.

The NIF is a joint operation of the UN and the Southern African Development Community.


Mahlobo was demoted from general to major in 2002 after he was found to have cheated in a military exam by copying from another candidate.

Despite this, he again progressed through the ranks and was promoted to brigadier general in 2008.

He then took over 46 SA Brigade.

According to military expert Helmoed-Römer Heitman, no officer who has been found guilty of an offence like cheating in examinations should train other soldiers.

Army spokesperson Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga would not comment on this.

In an unrelated development, it has been revealed that a top SANDF commander refused to receive extra training for South African soldiers on duty in Sudan.

In a classified letter, Lieutenant Colonel T Mashalaba, the commander of an infantry battalion of the SANDF, which was until recently deployed in the troubled Darfur region in Sudan, flatly refused to allow his soldiers to receive training from the UN and the African Union (AU) after one of his soldiers died in an ambush last year.

Mashalaba was in command of the 10 SA Infantry Battalion when Rifleman Vincent van der Walt, 23, died in the ambush in October.

Two other South African soldiers were wounded in the attack.

They were stationed at the combined mission of the AU and UN (Unamid) in Darfur.

A UN official in Sudan reliably told City Press that Mashalaba was already on thin ice prior to this incident after ignoring an order to deploy his troops to a refugee camp.

A woman was apparently abducted on August 15 as a result.

Mashalaba allegedly also tried to halt the inquiry into the ambush in October.

“He involved himself personally in the inquiry and tried to halt it despite direct orders to co-operate,” the UN official said.

Soldiers' lack of discipline

A letter from a senior Unamid official, in which the quality of South African soldiers’ training was sharply criticised, had been distributed among senior South African army officers just more than a month ago.

The letter, which was apparently also sent to top officials at the UN headquarters in New York, mentions the soldiers’ lack of discipline and their arrogance.

According to Mabanga, all South African soldiers are properly trained when they arrive at a mission and it is not acceptable practice to receive training from another country.

He said: “If any defects in our training are detected, they must be reported to us. We have not received any such communication from Unamid.”

He said the army has no knowledge of the accusations against Mashalaba.

The Zuma link

In 2010 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) controversially awarded two oil concessions in the east of the country to President Jacob Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse.

The rights were originally awarded to Irish oil company Tullow and South Africa’s Divine Inspiration Group in 2006, but “reassigned” to two Khulubuse Zuma companies, Caprikat and Foxwhelp, which are registered in the British Virgin Islands.

The oil blocks are in Lake Albert in the east of the DRC on the border with Uganda.

In January last year, British oil industry watchdog Platform London reported that Zuma’s companies had begun exploration activities.

In 2010 Mark Willcox, chief executive of Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale’s Mvelaphanda Holdings, confirmed to the Mail & Guardian that they were giving “strategic advice” to Khulubuse Zuma.

Mvela signed two mining deals in the eastern DRC in 2004 relating to the Kilomoto gold project and the Ruashi copper-and-cobalt project.

Reuters reported that Khulubuse Zuma signed the deal with the DRC government on behalf of Caprikat and that Michael Hulley, President Zuma’s lawyer and legal adviser, signed the Foxwhelp deal.

Khulubuse Zuma said Hulley was his legal adviser too.

However, he says President Zuma was not involved in the deal.

City Press

8th Apr 2013, 14:59
Names Are:
The current Silver Falcons team, under the command of Major Roy Sproul (callsign Cougar), is the 73rd of its type. His team members are Major Werner Vermaak (Cruncher), Lieutenant Jacques Poolman (Blackjack), Major Heybrecht van Niekerk (Valiant), Major Beau Skarda (Dusky) and Captain Mark Gentles (Katana).

No Comment (necessary).

8th Apr 2013, 19:27
I was reflecting earlier on the irony that the ANC have done more harm to South(ern) Africa and its people since 1994 than it ever did when it was a banned 'terrorist' organisation trying to achieve the downfall of the regime.

9th Apr 2013, 04:41
Mac. You missed the point totally.
But I won't confuse you as your mind is obviously made up.
Perhaps English is not your first language, Eh bru ?

Mac the Knife
9th Apr 2013, 06:14
It seems that you were insinuating that the Falcons were shut down because they were too "white" - which even in our confused circumstances is improbable,* to say the least.

Many PPRuNErs do not have English as a first language - you insult them.

Jong, I have little doubt that my English is a great deal better than yours.



* - the comma is optional.

9th Apr 2013, 08:06
Come on Mac, that was a bit too Cape Flats.

Besides, even if he was suggesting that the Falcons were shut down for that reason he'd be making a very credible assumption, what with the endless crusade against the honkey.

10th Apr 2013, 06:56
Lies, damned lies, and statistics!

The level of unemployment in South Africa officially decreased in the fourth quarter of 2012 by 0.1%, down from 25% to 24.9% (2012 Fourth Quarter Labour Survey). ......

Sadly though, while any reduction in the unemployment rate is good news, in truth this marginal change reflects more an increase in the number of discouraged work seekers (youths who are no longer looking for work), than an actual increase in employment.

Apparently it's higher in Greece (60%) so maybe SA isn't doing too badly. I have my doubts about the way the figures are calculated.

Solid Rust Twotter
10th Apr 2013, 16:44
Been nudging the turps again, eh gentlemen...? Are you guys trying to kill enough brain cells to qualify for parliament?

Mike X
10th Apr 2013, 19:50
Been nudging the turps again, eh gentlemen...? Are you guys trying to kill enough brain cells to qualify for parliament?

There's a qualification for parliament ? ;)

Solid Rust Twotter
10th Apr 2013, 20:02
Dunno... Read this and tell me how thick you have to be. The line between being qualified and lapsing into a coma must be razor thin.

David Bullard says Brazil, Russia, India and China are just here to give us the biggest screwing over since the arms deal

Our turn to buy the BRICS drinks
I would be very surprised if Goldman Sachs's Jim O'Neill ever suspected that BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China), an acronym he coined when presenting a paper in 2001 entitled "Building Better Global Economic BRICs", would still be in common usage some twelve years later.
His original paper suggested a shift away from the traditional G7 economies towards the developing world and predicted that the BRIC economies would overtake the G7 economies by the year 2027. Interestingly, O'Neill was often quizzed about which other countries might join the BRIC group and rejected the idea that South Africa could become a member at a Reuters Investment Outlook conference held as recently as December 2010. Our economy was simply too small to be of any significance he argued. Shortly afterwards we joined BRIC and it then become known as BRICS.
You probably remember those five piece rock bands where four band members are busy on stage energetically thrashing drum kits, playing lead guitar riffs, knocking out mesmerising keyboard solos and sending out throbbing bass lines. And the fifth band member is on stage playing a tambourine. The tambourine player also doubles up for backing vocals and is occasionally promoted to the bongos but the reason he is there is that he failed his A levels at Stowe and his Dad put up the backing for the band and helped sign their first record contract.
Yes gentle reader, you know where this is heading. We are the tambourine player in the BRICS supergroup. Consider the figures (courtesy of News 24). We have a GDP of $390 bln against China's $8.25 trillion. In fact India, the weakest of the BRIC members, has a GDP of just under R2 trillion. We are a minnow and yet here we are hosting the BRICS conference in Durban and acting as though we are a big shot. Perhaps Jim O'Neill was right about our credentials to join the BRIC grouping.
It was interesting to read an interview by Ryland Fisher with our Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, the double barreled Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. I didn't even know such a minister existed but maybe her past efforts have been eclipsed by the unsavoury antics of her cabinet colleagues.
Fisher asks the Minister whether she feels the debate as to whether or not we should be a member of BRICS is still ongoing. To which the minister responds and gives as justification for our membership a lot of waffle about our untapped mineral wealth (estimated at $2.5 trillion) and the diversity of our economy, whatever that might mean. She also claims that "in world affairs we champion international rule of law, democracy and human rights."
What a load of cobblers. What about Burma? Or the banning of the Dalai Lama? Or our ongoing support for Mad Bob up north. Or indeed our recent escapades in the Central African Republic. Not to mention our cosying up to the late unlamented Col Gaddafi and other extremist scumbags from that area. If support for decency and human rights were a pre-condition for BRICS membership then we definitely wouldn't qualify.
However, it's odd that the minister should even mention this because if she'd bothered to do a bit of homework she would realise that the biggest BRIC of all also disregards human rights and democracy. So, by sheer happenstance, we fit in rather well despite the fact that we are economic midgets. I'm sure the ANC would love to have much more in common with China, particularly with regard to the loose cannon social media and the less patriotic members of the press.
So what are Brazil, Russia, India and China doing here in Durban drinking our tax payer sponsored booze and showering us with friendly words and warm smiles? Well, it should be obvious. They're here to give us the biggest screwing over since the arms deal and who can blame them?
Unlike the other four BRICS members, we have a terminally stupid anti-capitalist government that doesn't understand the first thing about how to get an economy going. The clothes I buy from Woollies and the electronic gadgets I use every day aren't made in South Africa; they're made in China right down to my Apple iPhone.
The sole point of flattering South Africa with BRICS membership is to achieve peaceful colonialism. Our BRICS partners are very interested in what we have underground and in selling us stuff but they know enough about us to understand that we have an unskilled and lazy workforce so they won't be creating any jobs down here any time soon. Not unless COSATU relent and allow local workers to compete with Indian and Chinese labour costs.
Fortunately our BRIC partners well understand that African elites are easily bought and our own sad history of corruption suggests that a few million slipped into the right hands will ensure mining rights for life. By global standards we are a cheap date.
Of course, I could be wrong and this whole BRICS thing may be just what we need to kickstart our economy and create a vibrant South African economy and trickle down wealth for all. But reading over the columns I have written these past eighteen years I have to say that my track record is uncannily accurate. I may be the country's most shameless "unreconstructed" racist but I still reckon I know an arse ripping scam when I see one. And, boy, are we about to have our arses ripped...

14th Apr 2013, 16:29
South African police accused of routinely torturing crime suspects | Law | guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2013/apr/14/south-africa-police-accused-torture-suspects)

Plus ca change, as one might say.

South African police accused of routinely torturing crime suspects

Arrested men say how they experienced police brutality from beatings to suffocation used to extract confessions

The Bloemfontein tourist centre ........... but taxi driver William Dube says that for him the innocuous-looking building will always be associated with his torture at the hands of the police.

Dube, a 33-year-old from Pretoria, is awaiting trial in Bloemfontein's Grootvlei prison ............ he was taken to an unmarked suite of offices in the tourist centre, where the officers cuffed him to a chair.

"They attached wires to my penis and back from something that looked like an old phone," he said. "Then they wound it up to get power to shock me. It was very, very painful. I even wet myself."

Dube said the officers covered his head with a plastic bag and sealed it with duct tape. "They only remove the plastic when you collapse, then they take it off. While they were suffocating me, they put pepper spray inside the plastic bag and sealed it. They kicked and punched me in the eye and ear. I still can't hear properly."

He says he was taken to the balcony and hung upside down over the edge, an officer holding each leg. That is when he agreed to co-operate with the investigation.

and more :

South African cop filmed beating woman - Indian Express (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/south-african-cop-filmed-beating-woman/1101598/)
Free State cop filmed beating woman | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://newsletters2.mg.co.za/servlet/link/6026/236609/6494997/1385619)

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Apr 2013, 09:00
No doubt the regime will get a free pass from those who agitated to put them in power and who used to rail against stuff like this.:hmm:

18th Apr 2013, 15:06
The hidden world of torture in South Africa | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-02-01-00-the-hidden-world-of-torture)

This is not under the pre-1994 Apartheid regime. This is the 'democratic' ANC government which liberated South Africa from Apartheid. Same games, just that the players are now non-reflective and the checks and balances of accountability are swept under the carpet.

Where is that nice Peter Hain who was so instrumental in 'liberating' South Africa and Rhodesia from white rule?

Solid Rust Twotter
19th Apr 2013, 14:11
Can't be having actual independent monitoring of elections now, can we? The usual suspects will no doubt declare it all free and fair, despite evidence to the contrary.

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has withdrawn a request for money from the United Nations to fund elections expected this year after refusing to accept its conditions, including over media reforms and security issues, a minister from President Robert Mugabe's party said.

The comments, which came days after Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Zimbabwe could not afford to fund the vote, could undermine the credibility of the polls in the country which has a history of election violence.

The U.N. assistance was expected to be about $132 million. Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told the state-owned Herald newspaper that the United Nations wanted to interfere in local politics by attaching conditions to funding.

But that's OK. SA has just coughed up US$100 million to fund Bob's next election grab, so no worries there then. Meanwhile, infrastructure in SA continues to crumble and govt ineptitude and corruption becomes more entrenched. How can the liberal West find this acceptable?


20th Apr 2013, 12:27
The ANC is just like the Nats - DA | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-04-19-00-the-anc-is-just-like-the-nats-da)

21st Apr 2013, 10:31
Finally, a word from Permatan Pete.

BBC News - Marikana mine massacre casts long shadow (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22217676)

A long article, and worth reading. He admits that there is corruption but is still spewing out platitudes about the ANC. Almost 20 years later, everything is still blamed on Apartheid and the Nats, although he does admit that for some people little has improved. The reality, which he does not admit, is that for most, it's worse under the new tyranny.

At least under the country's vibrant multi-racial democracy the truth will come out whereas under apartheid, barbarity was invariably covered up.

And above all for me personally, the rainbow nation is still an inspirational star compared with the depravity and brutality of apartheid.

21st Apr 2013, 11:54
Thanks Capie. What you quote from the article stuck in my craw.

22nd Apr 2013, 06:04
Here's more of the same from him. He really is a smug and odious piece of work. Interesting that this article from the Telegraph is subtly different and less harsh about the Nats than the one from the BBC, which goes to show how the press has its own agenda and slant on everything.

Peter Hain: My South Africa, riven by self-interest - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/10007483/Peter-Hain-My-South-Africa-riven-by-self-interest.html)

Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Apr 2013, 07:49
Those fleeting visits are great, aren't they? All that insight from the ivory tower while the reality of crumbling infrastructure and rampant racism and corruption goes unremarked. I notice there's no real effort to live in SA among the people and experience the power failures, foul water quality, poor service from the authorities, daily reports of corruption, milking of the public purse and general decay of what used to be a working infrastructure.

Will the Orange One campaign as vociferously against JZ and the ANC now they've shown their true colours? I won't be holding my breath...

23rd Apr 2013, 09:38
The whole country is asking this same question!!

In Parliament recently, an ANC MP related the following account in praise of the President:-

"There was a father who gave R100 to each of his three sons and told them to buy something that would completely fill up a room.

The first son bought a load of hay for R100 - but couldn't fill the room completely.

The second son bought a load of raw cotton for R100 – he also couldn't fill the room completely.

The third son was wise and bought a candle for R1 – he lit it up and 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 is filled with the bright light of prosperity!"

After the thunderous applause died down, a voice from the DP bench asked:

"So, where is the remaining R99?

23rd Apr 2013, 10:10
If anyone needs an emetic, I would imagine that watching Mr. Pompous Permatan Smug Hain would be pretty puke inducing.

South Africa: The Massacre that Changed a Nation

Peter Hain MP investigates the killing of 34 protesting miners in Marikana.

First broadcast: 24 Apr 2013 2100(Z1)/BST

25th Apr 2013, 10:46
No comment!

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee406/Helios340/Zuma.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Helios340/media/Zuma.jpg.html)

25th Apr 2013, 10:57
any one got any views on Edward Zuma, and his Blockbuster outfit, re them being given a rather big slice of the action (namely 75%) for Fastjet going into SA?

Solid Rust Twotter
25th Apr 2013, 12:32
Greases the wheels, having the boss' kid working for you.

Solid Rust Twotter
25th Apr 2013, 15:47
Meanwhile, the Secrecy Bill has been pushed through. Just in time to block the report on Nkandla too....

No doubt it'll never see the light of day, or if we're lucky a highly sanitised version that has nothing to do with reality will be released. Time for any self respecting journo in SA to start publishing anonymously on foreign web sites. Of course this can then be easily shot down by the supporters of the pilferati as having no reliable provenance.

If you thought draconian legislation was an apartheid thing, you ain't seen nuthin' yet...!

25th Apr 2013, 18:06
Another example of how the ANC have improved life for the poorer black people:

Multimedia Slideshow: Cape Town's dirty secret - Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/multimedia/2013-04-25-cape-towns-dirty-secret)

25% of Cape Town's population live in squatter camps - that's a million people. Of course it's all the fault of the Nationalist Government and no doubt some could find a way to blame Margaret Thatcher too.

unstable load
27th Apr 2013, 08:57
That multitude of shack dwellers were bussed down from the Eastern Cape and dumped there to bolster numbers on election day.
When the ANC controlled the Western Cape not much was heard of them, but as soon as the DA took the province, there was suddenly a lot to be said about service delivery issues and then we had the farm workers going postal and all but killing off the industry that fed them.

All in time for the next round of elections, coming soon.

Cynical, moi??:=

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Apr 2013, 11:56
Like all good socialists, they want total control at any cost. If that means their brainwashed support base get royally fcuked, so be it.

The entire thing has always been about power and money, very rarely about those they purport to have "liberated", who are merely a means to an end.

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Apr 2013, 13:45
No surprises there then...

Last 15 rhinos in Mozambique park betrayed by rangers, killed by poachers

Mozambique's game rangers have helped poachers kill every single rhino in the Mozambique section of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park according to the International Fund for Wildlife Management.

“It is tragic beyond tears that we learn game rangers have now become the enemy in the fight to protect rhino from being poached for their horns," said Kelvin Alie, Director of IFAW’s Wildlife Crime and Consumer Awareness Programme.

The game reserve had 300 rhinos in 2002, only to end up with the last 15 being killed last month.

The administrator of the park says that 30 rangers will appear in court soon, charged with being involved in the killings.

According to South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs 180 out of 249 rhinos in the Kruger National Park have been poached since January 2013. Rhino horn is used by Vietnamese traditional healers who believe it has some medicinal value.

Medical science meanwhile has demonstrated that it is basically the same stuff as finger nails, and doesn't have any medical value at all.

According to livescience, wildlife managers have begun tranquilising rhinos in places like the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger park, and injecting parasiticide and pink dye into their horns. Any consumer who uses the horn will likely suffer nausea, stomach ache and diarrhoea, but probably won't end up dying.

30th Apr 2013, 09:08
The Gupta family (big buddies of Zuma) have been using the Waterkloof Air Force Base for private flights bringing people in from India for a family wedding.

Meanwhile the SANDF have denied that they gave permission for private use of Waterkloof.

Something stinks here!

Solid Rust Twotter
30th Apr 2013, 10:06
JZ's financial backers own him, body and soul. They can pretty much do what they like while things spiral round the drain for the benefit of an elite few. Wonder if the Orange One has any views on this and if there are plans afoot to rally rent-a-mob to kick up a fuss about it?:rolleyes:

I won't be holding my breath.

30th Apr 2013, 11:40
Anyone else read Waterkloof as waterproof and have to go back to check?

30th Apr 2013, 15:10
EWN saying it was an Airbus 330 of Jet Airways with nearly 200 pax o/b, arriving at 0710. Dozens of luxury vehicles, escorted out by Flying Squad and Special Services.

Solid Rust Twotter
2nd May 2013, 09:48
The rhetoric is a dead giveaway. The ideology they embrace doesn't support democracy, preferring a single party state where misery is equally shared. Zim anyone...?

The recent formation of a breakaway political party by ANC veterans was because of "sour grapes", the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association said on Tuesday.

Chairman Kebby Maphatsoe said some of those who set up the party, SA First, were bitter because they did not make it into the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) leadership.

"The enemy has intoxicated them with the taste of a nectar of power. They have been intoxicated to sell our revolution to the highest bidder," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Today they want to parade with fake credentials to betray the cause of the struggles of our people."

A new political party, SA First, was launched in Johannesburg at the weekend. It is made up of former MKMVA members, activists, and civil society organisations.

Maphatsoe said the party was part of continued attempts by "the enemy" to undermine the liberation struggle.

"It is the wider strategy of the Democratic Alliance and the international monopoly capital to use agent provocateurs such as these ones who use their fake credentials to rewrite the history of liberation struggles of our country," he said.

However, MKMVA deputy chair Teenage Monama said the enemy was imperialism, not opposition parties.

Expelled MKMVA member Eddie Mokhoanatse and former member Lucky Twala started SA First.

Mokhoanatse, who was part of a group who took the MKMVA leadership to court, was expelled last year.

"It is important to note that Eddie Mokhoanatse, aka Alex Mashinini, deserted the ANC in the eighties," Maphatsoe said.

"While he was deployed in the German Democratic Republic he skipped to the Federal Republic of Germany attracted by the shine of good life and bright life, while the rest of comrades stood firm in their posts."

However, when Mokhoanatse returned to South Africa the MKMVA accepted him into its structures.

"[Mokhoanatse] and his fellow travellers have no right to associate the creation of his power hungry imagination with former combatants of the glorious people's army, Umkhonto we Sizwe," Maphatsoe said.

2nd May 2013, 10:09
MAphatsOe is alive and well.

Solid Rust Twotter
2nd May 2013, 10:32
You couldn't make it up, Mr P. How about this little gem?

Alleged rhino horn traders walk free
2013-05-01 17:08

Johannesburg - The case against two Vietnamese men accused of smuggling rhino horn was thrown out of the Khayelitsha Regional Court after government failed to provide interpreters, the Star reported on Wednesday.

According to the paper, the two men had been in police custody since their arrest in 2010 and their case had been repeatedly postponed.

They had not yet pleaded.

On Monday, Victor Knoop from the department of justice told the court that one of the interpreters they had found was not registered on the department's supplier database which meant he could not be paid.

Another had problems with his tax certificate and could not be registered on the database.

In addition, computers have been offline since 1 April, meaning the department could not issue any purchasing orders.

The two accused were travelling on a bus bound for Cape Town in November 2010 when police stopped and searched the vehicle.

A dozen rhino horns including one so big it had to be cut in half to be hidden, was found in their luggage.

According to The Star, this was the biggest single haul of illegal rhino horns in the Western Cape.

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd May 2013, 09:22
I wonder if JZ even realises how little regard his owners have for him? You couldn't make up this stuff...

Gupta guests in race row

May 3 2013 at 07:54am

Pretoria -

The controversy-plagued Gupta family wedding became mired in further controversy on Thursday when Cosatu in the North West levelled racism claims against guests attending the event at Sun City.

The wealthy and politically connected Gupta family triggered a storm of fury when a plane carrying wedding guests landed at the Waterkoof Air Force Base, a national key point, ostensibly without authorisation from the SANDF.

“Cosatu is informed that the family does not want to be served by the African staff members who are employed in the resort,” the union federation said.

“The guests demand that their services must be rendered by white personnel, starting from the cleaning of their rooms, the cooking and the drivers of the shuttles they use,” it said.

“Cosatu has been informed that the family is under police protection while they are at the resort and all their trips have police escorts using state vehicles.
gupta couple

“For us as Cosatu this is racism at its worst and this cannot be allowed to continue to take place in a country where racism is a crime.

“At Sun City our members have been facing racial attitudes from some of the service providers such as the 24/7 security company with which we have an outstanding case, as we have with Sun City,” the union said.

“It also cannot be allowed that people who are on a private trip are provided with state security while in the country, and this applies only to this family and not to all the foreign visitors who come and visit our country.”

Cosatu said it was convinced there was a link between the private jet of the Guptas landing at the air force base and the use of police as their escorts.

“This can only mean that this has been authorised somewhere in the security departments of the country, as we believe that the members of the police services take directives from their superiors.”

The federation called on “the government to stop using state resources for private business”.

It also called on all members of the police services who had been “deployed to protect the Guptas to be withdrawn with immediate effect”.

Gupta wedding spokesman Haranath Ghosh denied the family was using police escorts during the four-day wedding extravaganza.

He also rejected the allegations of racism with “the contempt they deserve”.

“The wedding guests are cosmopolitan and made up of all races,” he said.

Meanwhile, the family’s use of Waterkloof Air Force Base has led to investigations by the SANDF, the SAPS, Sars and the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco).

While the first official was suspended on Thursday – Dirco’s chief of state protocol ambassador Vusi Bruce Koloane – it has become clear that several departments and government entities were involved in authorising the landing and subsequent blue-light convoy.

These included Dirco, Defence, the SAPS, Home Affairs – which issued visas – and possibly the Department of Transport’s aviation entities. Defence spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said the SANDF’s investigations would hopefully uncover which officials breached laws when they allowed the Guptas access to the base. “We haven’t reached that stage, it’s too early. That’s what we’re trying to find out. Those are who we’re looking for. That’s what our investigation will tell us.”

SA National Defence Union secretary Pikkie Greeff said the main law that could have been breached was the National Key Points Act, which carried punishments of up to 25 years in jail.

“It states that you can’t be at such a place without the correct permission. It’s a kind of trespassing under the Defence Act,” said Greeff. “The Defence Act has options of a fine, while the National Key Points Act has more serious consequences.”

The Sars and customs breaches were also “more serious”, Greeff said. Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said the landing of the airliner at the base had been “an unfortunate incident”.

“Steps will be taken to deal with the matter,” Chabane told a media briefing in Pretoria.

The SANDF and the Department of International Relations would investigate the matter and take “appropriate action”, Chabane said.

The landing of the airliner at the air force base was not a cabinet matter but a protocol issue, he said.

“We have a situation which has to be dealt with.”

On why the police’s VIP unit was used to escort the guests to Sun City, near Rustenburg, Chabane said the police service had to be approached in this regard.

“Police should be able to clarify this matter,” said Chabane.

He said as far as he could determine, all the passengers on the airliner had valid visas and passports.

Chabane said Zuma had not attended the wedding. He promised action against wrongdoers in the incident, but could not yet say whether there had been an abuse of diplomatic privilege by the Indian High Commission.

Pretoria News

SA should be thankful - Gupta
May 3 2013 at 08:23am
South Africans should be thankful for the investment the Gupta family is bringing to the country, businessman Atul Gupta said on Friday.

Johannesburg -

South Africans should be thankful for the investment the Gupta family is bringing to the country, businessman Atul Gupta said on Friday.

“There is so much you can see... hundreds of people are getting jobs, there is a boost to the tourism,” he told the SABC.

The Gupta family is celebrating the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, to Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia in Sun City, North West.

Atul Gupta is the chairman of family-owned TNA media, which produces The New Age newspaper. The family also owns a large portion of Sahara Computers.

Gupta said he did not understand why there was a concern about the landing of an aircraft chartered by the family at Waterkloof Air Force Base on Tuesday.

“I don't know what they want.... The airplane had permission. No airplane in the world can land without permission.”

Several government departments have denied giving clearance for the jet to land at the base.

The departments have launched separate investigations into the matter. - Sapa

Meanwhile, as the whole ball of knitting unravels...

‘If you’ll be my bodyguard, I can be your long-lost pal’: Security chaos at Gupta wedding

The Gupta clan may have aimed for high-profile security at the now-notorious wedding - complete with bodyguards and designated drivers - but the plans disintegrated into chaos. As the bridal couple exchanged vows at the multi-million-rupee celebration at Sun City, confusion reigned in the wings. The heavies, hired to protect VIPs from India, were off the scene – those who had not already been fired by the organisers, simply deserted as a result of internal squabbles. By DE WET POTGIETER.

Chaos reigned among the security detail at the Gupta wedding, with hired guards calling the arrangements a “joke” and “unprofessional” while management scrambled for some semblance of damage control.

Herman Steyn, the owner of Idol Protection Services (IPS), was hired by the Gupta family to handle transport and personal bodyguarding for the entourage of guests from India. A nervous Steyn refused to comment on the security crisis at the event, saying simply, “It’s a long story.” At the time of being interviewed, Steyn was chin-deep in crisis management, trying to replace the men who walked from the job.

A total of 15 Close Protection Officers (CPOs) and more than 20 designated drivers spoke to Daily Maverick about the dysfunctional security arrangements. As Daily Maverick interviewed the disgruntled group, Gupta Air’s controversial Boeing took off from Waterkloof and could be seen flying overhead on its route to OR Tambo International Airport.

The first mistake, say security sources, occurred several weeks ago at the recruitment stage. Potential employees only had to produce ID documents and cell numbers – no further security or competence checks were done, and despite the transport requirement for the job, nobody checked whether they had valid driver’s licences.

“To be honest, it is a miracle that no lives were endangered by the unprofessional security arrangements,” said a war veteran, who had formerly served in Iraq.

The CPOs were initially offered a fee of R950 per day, which was later changed to R850 per day without adequate explanation. They were supposed to receive three meals per day while at Sun City, but that, too, was changed to only breakfast.

The guards and drivers also complained of never being properly briefed on their duties.

As for what transpired at the actual wedding, the issues started with transportation, where the drivers had to pay toll fees out of their own pockets. The security operation kicked off at eight on Monday night, when the CPOs and drivers gathered at the Continental Hotel at OR Tambo and proceeded to Thrifty’s Car Hire, where they picked up over 20 Mercedes C200 sedans. From there, they visited a second car hire company in Modderfontein, where they were given 10 LandRover Discoverys and 10 brand-new Range Rover Evoques. They took the vehicles home and arrived at Waterkloof at 5 on Tuesday morning.

When the chartered Jet Airways A330-203 plane touched down, the vehicles drove in convoy onto the tarmac, where the visitors were picked up and dropped off at the terminal. Outside, several black BMWs and Volkswagen Golf GTIs of the police blue light squad waited to escort the entourage to Sun City. One of the blue light cars was struggling to start, and the police officers had to push start it before they could move into the convoy.

“From there, it was open road all the way to Sun City,” the security officers told Daily Maverick. Civilians’ vehicles were forced to move over by police for the convoy to pass. At the toll gates, traffic cops stopped all civilian vehicles, allowing the group of visitors preferential treatment – but this apparently did not reduce the drivers’ irritation at having to pay the tolls themselves.

The convoy allegedly travelled between 120 and 140km/h all the way to Sun City, and were met at every intersection by police officers ensuring the convoy could speed along without stopping anywhere.

The ethics of preferential treatment aside, the trouble really started for the security team when they arrived with their distinguished guests at the Lost City. They had to work during the extravagant gala evening on Tuesday night, and some of them only managed to secure a place to sleep at 02:30 Wednesday morning. “By then we were already up and going for 22 hours,” one said.

Besides their exhaustion, the staff were also hugely critical of the lack of safety measures. While the CPOs were instructed to hand in their firearms at the hotel’s reception for safekeeping in the safe, some of the drivers carried their firearms for the duration of their stay. This is regarded by the well-trained CPOs as a grave breach of security.

Furthermore, two Tshwane metro police officers, who were moonlighting for some extra money as security officers, were summarily fired in the early hours of Wednesday morning when hotel security accused them of “tampering with hotel property”. They claimed they were trying to close up a fire hydrant that was leaking water.

Several other disgruntled CPOs and drivers left Sun City by yesterday morning and returned home.

“This is not the way we operate as security experts,” the group told Daily Maverick. “It’s a joke.”

By last night it was not yet clear how the group of VIP guests from India would be transported back from Sun City, given the desertion of their drivers and bodyguards. DM

3rd May 2013, 09:25
I wonder if the newly-weds are going to Cape Town on honeymoon. I can recommend a place in Khayelitsha they might like to visit, and a tour guide .... oh no ... he's in prison! Plenty more around though.

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd May 2013, 09:32
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

AIRLINE Fastjet has rejected claims that its partnership with President Jacob Zuma's 'broke' son, Edward, amounts to fronting and will result in it being treated as "quasi state-owned".

But Fastjet has been very coy about how Zuma junior, who has recently had a torrid time financially, could afford to buy a stake in in the business.

Earlier this week Business Day quoted Comair CEO Erik Venter as saying: "We will have to see if this is some sort of fronting exercise by Fastjet to comply with South Africa's regulations. Ultimate control will be with Fastjet and this looks like some sort of fronting arrangement to cover the requirements for local control."

The UK-based carrier will start operating the Johannesburg-Cape Town route from May 30.

According to its announcement, the new airline will have an ownership-split of 75% Blockbuster and 25% Fastjet.

Blockbuster Trading 53 was registered in May 2011 and is owned by Edward, the president's first-born son, and Paul de Robillard, Yusuf Ismail Kajee and Zakkiyah Vawda.

Zuma junior is also the nephew of Transvaal deputy judge president Phineas Mojapelo. He is a 35-year-old and reportedly a lawyer, with a string of 22 businesses against his name, including a curiously named Rockefeller Enterprises.

But in the past two years he has reportedly been in financial doldrums, raising questions about where he raised capital to be part of the Fastjet deal.

Last year, our sister newspaper the Sunday Times reported that KwaZulu-Natal's Ithala Development Finance Corporation had foreclosed on Zuma junior to recoup R5m it was owed.

Also last year, a wedding- planner won a judgment order against him for R1.5m he owed for his princely wedding at Tala Game Reserve.

The newspaper quoted his then lawyer Siphiwe Mncwango as saying: "He is struggling to pay his debts, just like any other South African."

Fastjet SA CEO-designate Kyle Haywood stopped short of calling Venter's comments jealousy.

"I can confirm that this is simply not true and all is fully compliant. I can understand why Mr Venter would rather not have any new competition and subsequently more consumer choice."

He did not answer if he had been appointed by Fastjet or by Blockbuster or on whether such an appointment suggested that Fastjet was actually controlled in the UK.

Haywood said: "The terms of the arrangement are covered within the agreement. It plays to the advantage of some to try to cast doubt on an otherwise perfectly legal position."

He declined to put Sunday World into contact with Edward Zuma for him to answer these questions. Another known Zuma associate and business partner in the deal Kajee did not answer his phone and questions SMSed to him were unanswered at the time of going to press.

Edward Zuma's listed number appears to be out of order.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj refused to comment, saying he didn't think the president should be asked to comment on whether Fastjet would have a "quasi state-owned" status.

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd May 2013, 13:43
Says it all, really...


3rd May 2013, 14:03


Solid Rust Twotter
3rd May 2013, 18:42
And it's ops normal for this mob of thieves as the country staggers out further over the abyss. PH must be so proud.

Rampant corruption harming citizens
2013-05-03 19:44

Johannesburg - Corruption has sucked up nearly R1bn in taxpayers' money last year - nearly three times the amount lost in 2010, according to a new report called The Real State of the Nation.

"Corruption is rampant," the author of the report, financial forensics expert Peter Allwright, said on Friday.

"It's out of control... and the dedicated units that have been created to fight financial misconduct are in essence fighting a losing battle."

Allwright told AP that while 88% of people tried for financial misconduct are found guilty, only 19% are dismissed. Forty-three percent get final written warnings.

"Essentially you have a one-in-five chance of being dismissed and the rest remain in the public service and continue with financial misconduct because there are no real consequences," said Allwright, an attorney with law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs.

Others are able "to get off scot-free" by resigning and getting another government job where they can continue to steal, he said.

That was because an insufficient investigative capacity in the public service means nearly two-thirds of cases take more than 90 days to investigate.

"You can give 30 days' notice and leave, and the public service office then often abandons the investigation," Allwright said.

Only 13% of the money lost to corruption is recovered, he said.

Financial misconduct

Nearly R930m was lost to financial misconduct by workers in national and provincial governments in the fiscal year 2011-2012, up from R346m in 2009-2010, the report says.

The national budget this year is R1.5tn.

The amount missing from public coffers is probably much higher because corruption cases are under-reported and the figures do not include local governments, Allwright said.

Despite government promises to fight corruption and mismanagement, little has changed since a government report on local governments in 2009 warned that in some cases "accountable government and the rule of law had collapsed or were collapsing" because of corruption, profiteering and mismanagement.

The government report found corruption was the biggest factor in failures to provide basic services, a nagging problem that frequently triggers violent across a country that has Africa's largest economy but millions living in shacks without running water or electricity.

Allwright's report is based on figures from parliamentary committee reports and the Public Service Commission, which has conceded that cases of corruption are probably under-reported.

3rd May 2013, 18:57
Nought one can do but watch as it all falls apart. There was so much potential...but alas...

Mike X
3rd May 2013, 20:24
Nought one can do but watch as it all falls apart. There was so much potential...but alas...

Any potential was immediately destroyed by the newly elected government of 1994. Empty promises.

The government (socialist) fails all the the lessons of political history.

There is more than enough money, on all fronts, to enable South Africa to be outstanding economically.

Darwin is correct. Africa proves it over and over again (no evolution).

Bite me !

3rd May 2013, 20:32
Marxist Russians didn't even want Africa.

Mike X
3rd May 2013, 21:08
Marxist Russians didn't even want Africa.

They realized whom what/they were dealing with.

As long as we can deliver the minerals and showercap is "in charge", we're still breathing, barely.

There never was a "gevaar". It was a modern-day North Korea denial of the truth and control of the popular vote.

I fought against my draught and won.

I REFUSE to harm anyone, unless directly threatened in or on my property.

Solid Rust Twotter
4th May 2013, 08:44
From the horse's mouth....


5th May 2013, 10:28
Police posse arrested for allegedly escorting Gupta guests | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-05-04-police-posse-arrested-for-allegedly-escorting-gupta-guests)

Officers from the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) were arrested after they allegedly escorted Gupta family wedding guests to Sun City, the city's chief of metro police said.

"Our members have been arrested," said Superintendent Isaac Mahamba in a telephone interview.

As someone said in a comment : ...... it sounds a lot like a Leon Schuster movie.

unstable load
5th May 2013, 11:40
All that is, IMO is a roundup of suitable patsies to be the cheaper option fall guys.....
Viva, Ama-pilferati, VIVA!

5th May 2013, 16:59
Had lunch with my French brother (SA born) and his South African wife and chatted about the kind of stuff you see on this thread over a bottle of wine (or two)...

General prognosis was that despite much to be depressed about there is still much to be optimistic or laugh about.

Am I wrong...?


unstable load
7th May 2013, 09:18
There is a lot of grist for the mill, it is true. Whether the reflex is to laugh or cry depends, I think, on your mental state, point of view and location vis a vis the goings on.
The ANC must be laughing fit to burst at their seemingly endless pot of gold to plunder, while Joe Public must be close to inconsolable at the burden of having to fund said pot.
Zapiro, Chip Snaddon et al have enough ammo to last the rest of their lives and anyone considering invading SA only needs to nab a close family member of one of the highly connected gaggle of hangers-on and they will be guaranteed a VIP reception sans Customs inspection and an armed escort to the Union Buildings.

The gang that agitated for this lot to take over must also be so proud of their bastard creation, particularly as there is little coming from them in the form of remonstrations or indeed, apologies......:ugh:

7th May 2013, 09:49
Whenever I'm away from SA and I talk to people about the country, or I watch documentaries and read tourism articles about the country, I feel a pride and love for the country that has to be one of the most beautiful in the world, and with so much potential. When I'm in SA I feel at home, safe, and enjoy every moment. Of course I know I'm part of a privileged minority in being able to say that.

Then you read about the corruption, crime, homelessness, poverty, illegal immigration, and the fraud and nepotism of the government, and whatever people say, the old one did give most people a better life. The majority are worse off under the ANC than they were under the Nats.

The gang that agitated for this lot to take over must also be so proud of their bastard creation, particularly as there is little coming from them in the form of remonstrations or indeed, apologies...
If they had any shame, they'd be hanging their heads. Or preferably, themselves.

Solid Rust Twotter
7th May 2013, 12:43
Not getting any better. It's now been shown that many are having babies to claim the social grants offered.

SOUTH AFRICA: Teenage pregnancy figures cause alarm

Johannesburg, 6 March 2007 (IRIN) - Alarming figures released by a South African provincial education department indicate that schoolgirl pregnancies have doubled in the past year, despite a decade of spending on sex education and AIDS awareness.

The number of pregnant schoolgirls jumped from 1,169 in 2005 to 2,336 in 2006 in Gauteng, the country's economic heartland and most populous province, according to statistics released in the provincial parliament.

"South Africa has a huge teen pregnancy problem - one in three girls has had a baby by the age of 20," David Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of LoveLife, South Africa's largest youth-targeted HIV/AIDS campaign, told IRIN.

In a country where HIV prevalence is 18.8 percent, the high level of teenage pregnancy has heightened concerns. According to the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), "The latest national survey into HIV prevalence recorded that 16 percent of pregnant women under the age of 20 tested HIV positive."

The problem is not equally serious in all parts of the country: on average, two to three girls fall pregnant in a typical school with 1,200 to 1,400 pupils. "But what is clear is that there are hotspots where things are horribly wrong," Harrison said. The Gauteng figures showed 71 percent of pupils pregnant at one school in Soweto, a huge township on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

"Somehow there are schools where 60 to 70 percent of pupils were pregnant. There is no doubt that this is associated with things like gang activity, coercion and substance abuse," Harrison said, adding that according to a 2006 survey, 30 percent of girls in South Africa said "their first sexual experience was forced or under threat of force".

But other factors are also driving the high teenage pregnancy rate in some areas. According to a recent MRC study, 'Blood Blockages and Scolding Nurses: Barriers to Adolescent Contraceptive Use in South Africa', "Nurses' attitudes were a major barrier to teenagers getting hold of contraception. The nurses were uncomfortable about providing teenagers with contraception, as they felt they should not be having sex. They responded to requests for contraception in a manner that was highly judgmental and unhelpful. The girls described it as 'harassment'".

The study also found that social pressures often prevented young women from using contraception: "The girls felt they would only be accepted as women once they had proved their fertility - many mothers wanted their teenage daughters to become pregnant so they could have a baby at home again."

Some observers have suggested that the child support grant provided by the state was an incentive to young girls to fall pregnant, but according to Harrison, "A recent survey of 1,500 girls aged between 15 and 24 indicated that only 2 percent cited the child-care grant as an incentive. About 25 percent just said they wanted to have a baby." Other influencing factors - accounting for 20 percent - were "social pressures and self-affirmation". (Recent information suggests that the grants play a large part in the decision to have babies, particularly among unemployed women. Figures in SA now show around 40% of the population unemployed.) Own comment.

Hassan Lorgat, coordinator of the South African chapter of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), said it was important to understand the causes of these "disappointing figures", and stressed the need for more research. "There are no studies about the role of males in the problem," he commented.

Education is fundamental

The MRC study recommended "sex education at school before the age of 14, when young people become sexually active".

This should include "information for teenagers about avoiding sexually transmitted diseases, providing detailed information about contraception and its side effects; better management and training for nurses, so they can deal sympathetically with teenagers requiring contraception and provide the necessary information and education campaigns that take away the stigma of teenage sexuality, so that girls are not afraid to ask for contraception".

LoveLife's Harrison stressed the role of schools in curbing adolescent pregnancy: "Schoolgoing is protective. [Teenagers] not at school are more likely to fall pregnant than those at school; surveys show girls are 1.7 times more likely to use condoms when in school."

He said there was a need to determine whether teen pregnancies in Gauteng schools were "really spiraling out of control or whether the higher figures represented improvements in reporting, or [there was] less stigma associated with disclosing a pregnancy".

Keeping children in school was essential, Harrison said. "We need to do a better job in anticipating school leaving - that's when they [schoolgirls] become hugely vulnerable."


Solid Rust Twotter
8th May 2013, 11:09
The dying Priest

In a Johannesburg Nursing home an old priest lay dying.

For years he had faithfully served the people of the nation.

He motioned for his nurse to come near. “Yes, Father?”, said the nurse.

“I would really like to see President Zuma and Mac Maharaj before I die”, whispered the priest.

“I’ll see what I can do, Father”, replied the nurse.

The nurse sent the request to Nkandla and waited for a response.

Soon the word arrived; the Pres and Mac would be delighted to visit the priest.

As they went to the hospital, the Pres commented to Mac, “I don’t know why the old priest wants to see us, but it certainly will help our images”.

Mac agreed that it was the right thing to do at this time.

When they arrived at the priest’s room, the priest took the Pres’s hand in his right hand and Mac’s hand in his left. There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest’s face.

The old priest slowly said: “I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ”.

“Amen”, said the Pres

“Amen”, said Mac

The old priest continued, “Jesus died between two lying thieving bastards; and I would like to do the same....”

8th May 2013, 14:05

Psst .... it's Justin Bieber ..... he's asking if he can just land at Ysterplaat

(Ysterplaat/FAYP) is the military airfield in Cape Town.)

9th May 2013, 06:55
Jacob Zuma's wife loses £36,000 worth of jewellery on a flight - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/10042993/Jacob-Zumas-wife-loses-36000-worth-of-jewellery-on-a-flight.html)

The fifth wife of South African president Jacob Zuma is said to be considering legal acton against one of the country's airlines after allegedly losing jewellery worth half a million rand (£36,000) onboard one of its flights.

You'd think she'd know better than to put jewellery into unlocked checked baggage. No, sorry, you'd think anyone with half a brain cell would know better, but she's married to Zuma so ........ you'd expect her to act like a congenital idiot and then blame everyone else. That's assuming of course that the jewellery even existed in the first place.

9th May 2013, 19:05

Probably doesn't need translating for anyone reading this thread but the head criminal of SA is saying ..... "See, here's the Gupta travel documents, all in order"

Solid Rust Twotter
10th May 2013, 06:44
Handy bit of kit, this.....


Solid Rust Twotter
10th May 2013, 06:46

10th May 2013, 16:03
Robert Mugabe: from liberation hero to villain to redeemed father of a nation? | World news | The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/10/robert-mugabe-liberation-hero-villain-redeem-father)

I know not a lot about the situation, apart from what I glean from this thread, so am posting to see what the cognoscenti say.

10th May 2013, 16:23
The Robert Mugabe thread would be a more appropriate place for you to see what people think of this particular gentleman.

The Guardian referring to him as a 'liberation hero' hits the wrong note but is what might be expected.

Let's just say that hopefully things will improve if and when the next election takes place, and if it's not rigged and if he goes, and if he's replaced by people with a different mind set.

Unfortunately, that's about as likely as
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10th May 2013, 17:37
Political spin.

White farmers replaced by many more black farmers?

Colour really doesn't matter, unless you want to play that as a point, what matters is that a country that used to export food, now has thousands starving, and needs to import food.

Anywhere in Africa a leader fails, they always blame past colonial powers, corrupt opposition, or any other emotive excuse that will take the focus off their failings.

Luke at Malema, pure commie, who openly stated there should be a bullet for each white farmer. A commie who preached to his followers now has a multimillion rand house sold in execution to pay taxes owing. Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others!!!

One of the big problems in Africa is what the Filipinos call crab mentality, if someone starts to go up, others will pull them down. How much further they would get if people helped each other up to a higher level, rather than those at the bottom pulling everyone down to their level.

The south of Africa, including Zimbabwe, is incredibly rich in resources and agricultural capacity. There is enough for everyone to have a slice of the pie.

It also has to be said that the problems and friction between different peoples ir perpetuated by politicians for their own gain, or to take the heat off their own failings. The general population has, in the main, left difference behind, accept each other as compatriots, and just want to get on with their lives.

In SA, and to a degree Zimbabwe, the whole scene is a lot more complex than appears to people on the outside only seeing publicised information. This goes for any "emerging nation", it is unfortunate that the west wants to judge the world by their standards, which simply does not work.

11th May 2013, 08:34
Tutu: I will not be able to vote for the ANC | Opinion | Comment and Analysis | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-05-17-00-where-did-our-future-go-asks-tutu)

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he would not vote for the ANC as it is today because it needs a change in leadership.

South Africa is the most unequal society in the world. We can't hold our heads up with pride when you think of the levels of violence in our country.

And it's an ache, it is a very huge ache, for oldies like me to see our country deteriorating and slowly sliding off what we thought belonged to us – the moral high ground. It's a great pain to see that we still have the kind of disparity we used to decry under the apartheid dispensation.

One can point to so many instances of corruption, of unaccountability. Seeing how standards have dropped is so galling because it seems to give ammunition to those who would say: "We warned you that once you had a black majority government you would see a steady decline in standards."

I'm not a card-carrying member of any political party. I have over the years voted for the ANC, but I would very sadly not be able to vote for them after the way things have gone.

We really need a change. The ANC was very good at leading us in the struggle to be free from oppression. They were a good freedom-fighting unit. But it doesn't seem to me now that a freedom-fighting unit can *easily make the transition to becoming a political party.

Solid Rust Twotter
12th May 2013, 13:16
Yet another in a long string of facepalm moments from the usual mob of clowns and crooks.

Gupta cops? drug claim - Politics | IOL News | IOL.co.za (http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/g...laim-1.1514317)

Some of the 11 Tshwane metro police officers – suspended for moonlighting as VIP security at the Gupta wedding – claim to have video footage showing illicit drugs offloaded from the Gupta chartered jet. They have allegedly blackmailed the Tshwane Metro Police Department to drop the charges or else they will release the mysterious video.

The Sunday Independent was informed that the police officers tried to indirectly negotiate a plea bargain with the head of metro police Steven Ngobeni by threatening to go public with the video footage.

Three sources, two top city officials and an insider with intimate knowledge of the matter, confirmed the stand off between the metro police and its officers.

The city officials declined to be named because of their role in the matter while the insider preferred to remain anonymous for fear of compromising and revealing the identity of his associates.

Neither The Sunday Independent nor the sources saw the video and therefore could not corroborate whether it actually exists or their claims were a mere blackmail tactic to clinch a deal.

The officers were involved in escorting and providing security for the guests invited to the wedding of Vega Gupta, the niece of the controversial South African Gupta family, and Aakash Jahajgarhia.

The wedding sparked a national rumpus after the more than 200 guests landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base without authorisation, leading to five government officials being placed on special leave and triggering a high level probe.

Shortly after the officers were arrested and charged, they approached a senior Tshwane metro official with their demands. They claim that the footage shows:

- That there were boxes containing drugs. It is not clear whether they were referring to medicinal or illegal recreational drugs.

- That President Jacob Zuma attended the wedding in Sun City last week contrary to his office’s assertion that he did not. Last week Zuma’s spokesman Mac Maharaj flatly denied that the president attended when The Sunday Independent approached him regarding a similar claim from a Sun City contractor. The claim could not be corroborated with substantiated evidence.

Maharaj said yesterday: “If it is true that such a video exists, those cops should face the full might of the law and their bluffs should be called.”

- That the Guptas bought Jahajgarhia an exotic sport car that was test-driven under the watchful eye of the police flying squad.

The senior Tshwane police officer, who was approached by the suspended cops, went to Ngobeni with their demands.

Ngobeni apparently went to city mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa who wanted nothing to do with the officers’ claims and asked the metro chief to deal with the issue.

Ramokgopa’s spokesman Blessing Manale said the mayor was not aware of the footage.

The metro chief apparently refused to enter into any deals, calling the officer’s bluff and went ahead with the suspension.

“They are bluffing. …The city has no business to protect anyone, so we don’t understand why we must drop the charges.... In fact, they must be charged for not doing their job as police (officers) and arrest whoever was doing anything illegal. It is defeating the ends of justice,” said the city official.

It is not clear why the metro police department did not investigate whether the video footage exists, and if so, its authenticity.

Tshwane Metro police executive director Console Tleane declined to comment.

The Sunday Independent spoke to one of the suspended officers on condition that his name would not be disclosed.

The sergeant initially referred our enquiry to his “representative”, who insisted that the officer be paid for the information.

When contacted directly, the officer also demanded to be paid. The Sunday Independent abides by the Press Council’s code of conduct, which states that: “No payment shall be made for feature articles to persons engaged in crime or other notorious misbehaviour, or to convicted persons or their associates…. except where the material concerned ought to be published in the public interest and the payment is necessary for this to be done.”

However, after contacting city officials regarding what they described as “blackmail”, we called the officer again.

He declined to comment.

The officers are also facing charges of using official firearms outside the jurisdiction of the city.

Apparently, they were exposed by their SAPS colleagues who demanded their firearm licences.

The metro officers allegedly produced their appointment certificates.

The criminal charges against some of them were dropped.

Meanwhile, the Gupta family have been accused of trying to acquire diplomatic passports from International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Two sources, independent of each other, claimed that one of the Gupta brothers approached the minister early last year, citing busy business schedules as the reason for requesting the diplomatic passports.

But Nkoana-Mashabane refused to issue the passports, saying they were not diplomats.

International Relations spokesman Clayson Monyela said yesterday: “We get requests from individuals all the time asking for diplomatic passports….we explain to those who don’t qualify that they can’t get them.”

Gupta family spokesman Gary Naidoo yesterday said that they would not respond to “incredulous allegations from journalists,...not least of which have been yours”.

“It would seem that journalists have come to believe that (the) right of reply justifies publishing these far-fetch allegations.

“We have therefore opted not to respond to yours and other allegations...seemingly fed to competing journalists by the same faceless source,” said Naidoo. - The Sunday Independent

12th May 2013, 23:10
Oh Jeez if I have to listen to one more whining white SA guy I am gonna cry...


13th May 2013, 05:38
Perhaps you could share your tears with Bishop Tutu?

Solid Rust Twotter
13th May 2013, 14:13
More facepalm moments. I guess leopards don't change their spots.

Johannesburg -

The Democratic Alliance wants answers on why a reported probe into al-Qaeda activities in South Africa was stopped, DA spokeswoman Dianne Kohler-Barnard said on Monday.

“South Africans deserve an explanation as to what happened and why the investigation was stopped. If there was no terrorist threat then Crime Intelligence should be able to explain their reasoning for halting their investigation,” she said.

She intended writing to acting chairwoman of the police portfolio committee, Annelize van Wyk, to request that acting head of crime intelligence, Chris Ngcobo, and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa brief the committee on the situation urgently.

“These are extremely serious allegations, with both national security and international relations implications, and cannot be ignored. Minister Mthethwa must appear in Parliament to provide clarity on this situation,” she said.

Earlier, the Hawks declined to comment on a report that police and the State Security Agency (SSA) monitored training of al-Qaeda “terrorists” in South Africa without taking action.

“No comment. It's not our policy to talk about works underway,” Hawks spokesman Captain Paul Ramaloko said on Monday, reiterating what he told the online publication Daily Maverick, which published the report.

The Daily Maverick reported that the police's crimes against the state unit and the SSA had been monitoring activities at a farm near the notorious apartheid police hit-squad camp Vlakplaas, outside Pretoria, and at a secluded farm in the Klein Karoo.

“Operation Kanu” was reportedly launched to “investigate extremist Muslim activities” in South Africa, shortly after the 9/11 World Trade Centre attacks in the United States, and was crime intelligence driven.

It began at the same time as a parallel investigation into far right-wing activities, called “Operation Waco”, which led to the marathon Boeremag treason trial.

British and US intelligence agencies reportedly pressured the South African government into acting against any possible Muslim terrorist threats emanating from within the country, and warned South Africa to stop “pussyfooting” on the issue.

“The fact that no bombs have gone off to date in the country doesn't mean that the threat doesn't exist within South Africa's borders,” they reportedly warned.

The Daily Maverick reported that “at the centre of this alleged terrorist network are several members of the well-known and influential Dockrat family”.

It traced the family's ownership of fashion chains and noted its choice of a mosque popular among Pakistani and Malawian Muslims.

It reported that Farhad and Junaid Dockrat's names were forwarded to the United Nations' Security Council's Al-Qaeda and Taliban sanctions committee for designation, but that South Africa put an indefinite hold on the designation process.

The Dockrats reportedly denied links to al-Qaeda or any other militant groups.

According to the online publication, three months after they were put on a US “terrorist list” in 2007, the Dockrats moved their operation from Pretoria to the farm, Greylock, in the Klein Karoo.

There they were monitored by an intelligence team pretending to search for a rare species of Protea.

There was a court dispute over a communal water line and the Dockrats later bought a 70 percent share of the developing Tsitsikamma Golf Estate.

Investment reportedly ground to a halt, and the home owners' association was in dispute with them, claiming Tsitsikamma had been declared a “possible terrorist hotspot” by the US and this was affecting tourism.

In a comment to the Daily Maverick about the Tsitsikamma matter, the company which owns the golf estate said it welcomed all investigations and would fully co-operate with the authorities.

“We trust that the Daily Maverick is not being driven by an Islamophobic attack generated by a commercial venture of the Tsitsikamma Golf Estate, which has been placed under care and maintenance arising from the current economic climate; a fate suffered by numerous golf estates,” the company was reported to have said. - Sapa

Article referred to here: Daily Maverick - Al-Qaeda: Alive and well in South Africa (http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2013-05-13-al-qaeda-alive-and-well-in-south-africa/)

Solid Rust Twotter
14th May 2013, 15:01
Too little too late, Desmond.


14th May 2013, 17:24
Hey Caco

Not much for whining either, but for some there is a lot to cry about too. The young Yambats have a great circle of friends of various backgrounds and racial groups who all see the problems the country faces. They, at the tender age of late teens are all keen to stay in SA and try to make a better future, I wish them well, but find it hard to share the enthusiasm (just trying to get my lad into Uni is testing ones resolve) hell, I try though! At least we still have reasonably priced vin rouge to ease the pain.

18th May 2013, 14:14
Was sitting listening to some old time SA radio (full of nostalgia) when I came across this silly video that it some way highlights how SA ended up where it is today, a story full of hubris, stubborness and bad plans that has resulted in well... the occasional laugh, a lot of pain for so little gain really...



Edited to say - I hear you Yambat and good luck with getting your kid into university...:ok:

19th May 2013, 02:29
**** we are South Africans...

John Kongos - He's Gonna Step On You Again - YouTube

Moenie huil mense, leave the tears for ...


Solid Rust Twotter
20th May 2013, 18:44
Tottering further out over the abyss. It's not sustainable, but that's never stopped this gang of fools before...

The South African public service under ANC rule is growing abnormally fast and already has extraordinary proportions. South Africa currently has 67 ministers and 159 directors-general. Forty years ago there were only 18 ministers, six deputy ministers and 18 directors-general.

America, with a population of 313 million people, six times more than South Africa last year (December 2011) had 2.79 million government employees at the federal level which includes 600 000 postal workers. This is less than South Africa's current civil service.

In Africa, Kenya's new government decided to reduce the public service and the president began by ministers from 42 to 18.

South Africa currently has 34 ministers, 33 deputy ministers, 159 directors-general, 642 deputy directors-general, 2501 chief directors and 7782 directors according to the ministers. This implies that each minister average 4.67 directors-general, 19 deputy directors-generals, 74 chief directors and 229 directors to assist in the execution of their work.

In the last quarter alone, 44,000 more public servants were appointed. The number government workers increased to 3.072 million or 22.6% of the total workforce in South Africa.

According Neren Rau, the chief executive of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the government has now replaced the commercial sector as the largest single employer in the country.

"South Africa puts up with a bloated public service that is unable to effectively provide services to the public. This is a recipe for a financial meltdown as the small business sector, in the long term, cannot carry the ever increasing public tax money required to fund this.

Mike X
20th May 2013, 19:08
In the general spirit of those whom have a say, I say:

Kill the Zot

I spent enough years with the f*****s to decide on an about face.

Do you reason with what swims about your corral reef ?

Solid Rust Twotter
21st May 2013, 12:31
Any more questions?


21st May 2013, 18:19
And the Rand continues to plummet, heading towards 14:50 to the Pound Sterling (itself a falling currency) as we talk.....
It has more than halved its international exchange value since 1996.

Solid Rust Twotter
21st May 2013, 18:49
I remember the days when it was two Rand to the Pound Sterling and 50c to the USD.

Try telling the kids of today that, mutter, dribble.....

21st May 2013, 19:49
I remember the days when it was R1.60 to the Pound Sterling and the Rhodesian Dollar was worth more than the Rand.

Solid Rust Twotter
21st May 2013, 19:57
Quick nurse, the screens...!:uhoh:

Mike X
21st May 2013, 20:19
Quick nurse, the screens...!

Umm, they've been stolen.

unstable load
22nd May 2013, 08:29
Never a truer word, Mr X....:{

22nd May 2013, 08:49
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The President has the power to send controversial bills to the Constitutional Court before they are enacted to make sure they don't violate our most precious freedoms. But he's only going to delay the Secrecy Bill's corrupt protections for his own government if there's a massive nation-wide outcry. We only have days to make sure he hears it.

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Citizens can bring the Secrecy Bill to court after it's passed, but the process takes a long time and could cost millions. Even so, many legal experts say that the law pretty clearly violates our free speech rights. Zuma has the chance to give the constitution the respect it deserves and have the court review the bill before it becomes law and starts doing damage.

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Will the Secrecy Bill go to the Constitutional Court (Mail and Guardian)

Fury as Secrecy Bill gets nod (Independent Online)
Fury as Secrecy Bill gets nod - Special Features | IOL News | IOL.co.za (http://www.iol.co.za/news/special-features/fury-as-secrecy-bill-gets-nod-1.1506624#.UX_bFyuG2aw)

What's still wrong with the Secrecy Bill (Right to Know)
What?s still wrong with the Secrecy Bill? (short version) | Right2Know Campaign (http://www.r2k.org.za/2012/08/29/whats-still-wrong-with-the-secrecy-bill-short-version/)

Solid Rust Twotter
22nd May 2013, 10:40
Sadly, I doubt much will stop the pilferati Arse Covering Bill being pushed through. They have every reason to be fearful of, and protect themselves from public scrutiny.

31st May 2013, 07:03
The ANC North West secretary Kabelo Mataboge has been suspended from the party for three years, the national disciplinary committee (NDC) said on Thursday.
"Comrade Mataboge was charged with prejudicing the integrity and repute of the African National Congress by impeding its activities and undermining its effectiveness as an organisation," NDC chairpersonn Derek Hanekom said in a statement.
"In a written guilty plea, comrade Mataboge admitted that on December 7, 2012, he was served with a notice of the intention by certain ANC members to bring an urgent application against the ANC, and failed to inform the ANC."
He said Mataboge had also admitted that he should have known that the omission on his part would prevent North West delegates from attending the ANC's Mangaung conference.
Mataboge's disciplinary was concluded on 24 May.
In December, a group of ANC North West members approached the High Court in Mafikeng to have its delegation to the Mangaung conference interdicted.
Hanekom said Matoboge also admitted that the ANC had suffered financial prejudice because it had to consult lawyers to oppose the interdict.
"The NDC accepted his plea of guilty and considered the mitigating factors placed before it.
"The NDC was of the view that comrade Mataboge was capable of rehabilitation, and recommended that the ANC appoints a senior comrade to work with him during the suspension period to reinforce his understanding of the values and culture of the ANC," he said.
The ANC in the province last year was marred by divisions over who it should nominate for president ahead of the elective conference.
Provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo led a faction campaigning for a
Mataboge led a faction calling for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to be nominated for president.
Mataboge was shot at while opening the gate to his home in Mmabatho in November, but was not wounded.

Meanwhile the Rand continues its journey south, whistling past 10 to the Dollar and 15 to the Pound in recent hours........

Solid Rust Twotter
31st May 2013, 08:44
But the dear comrades will allow Comrade Mataboge back into the fold once he's suitably brainwashed into the Marxist ANC culture once again, so no worries there. The interests of SA outside of the greedy and corrupt ANC edifice are of little concern.

Strangely, the deafening silence continues from those who wanted this mob of clowns and thieves in power.

31st May 2013, 10:07
During the height of the Cold War ,one of these Hanakomesque/Spartist nincompoops decided to "defect" to the worker's paradise of East Germany.
Following a so-called Press Conference in East Berlin, which embarrassed both sides, a couple of days later he was metaphorically slung back over the wall into the West.
The verbal gobbledegook I forwarded above reminds me of that incident. ( Sorry about the bit of thread creep).

Solid Rust Twotter
31st May 2013, 18:46
Another facepalm moment with the dribbling ANC wuckfits in charge.

Nkwinti praises Mugabe land reform

Parliament, Cape Town - It is an “honour” to have South Africa's land reform process compared to what happened in Zimbabwe, Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti told MPs on Friday.

“(President Robert) Mugabe is reversing what the British did to the people of Zimbabwe. It's an honour,” he said in the National Assembly following an often angry and emotion-filled debate on his department's 2013/14 budget.

Nkwinti was responding to remarks made earlier in the House by Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald, who warned the minister he was “playing with fire” by whipping up emotions on the land issue.

“You are creating insecurity. I want to say to the honourable minister, you are creating a typical Zimbabwe situation. You are busy, before the election, to blame whites and apartheid (for the land situation),” Groenewald said.

Nkwinti told Groenewald he was right.

“You were right... about whipping up emotions, just like Zimbabwe. Yes, President Mugabe is the president of Zimbabwe, and here we have President Zuma. But he (Groenewald) says we're like him (Mugabe). That is a praise, by the way.”

At this point, Nkwinti was interrupted by loud cries and heckling from opposition benches. The minister responded to these by repeating he considered the comparison with Zimbabwe to be praise for the work government was doing on land reform.

“Yes, it is praise... he (Groenewald) says we're like Zimbabwe. That is praise, thank you very much. It's an honour. It is an honour. What did you expect?

“Would you have been happier if he (Groenewald) had said, we were like the British colonialists who killed South Africans to take our land? Would that have been an honour?” Nkwinti asked, to loud cheers from ANC benches.

Earlier, he spelled out government's aims on land reform and the future of South Africa in this regard.

“The Mangaung conference of the ANC has given us very clear instructions on this - go and change the skewed land ownership pattern in South Africa so that we can have black people taking control of the economy of the country,” Nkwinti said, to loud acclamation from ANC MPs.

The emotive tone of the debate was sparked earlier by outgoing Democratic Alliance MP Atholl Trollip, who fired a final stinging broadside against rural development and land reform officials.

“Your departmental staff are the Achilles heel of your department,” he told Nkwinti

“Regrettably, due to the shocking work ethic of your staff, I leave here with the queries I inherited from my predecessor - and those that were generated during my time in the portfolio - mostly unanswered.”

Trollip is leaving Parliament to take up a seat in the Eastern Cape legislature. He took over as DA spokesman on rural development and land reform last year, after losing his position as parliamentary leader to Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Delivering his last speech, he told Nkwinti his department was failing.

“This department is failing to meet its enormously important mandate. This regrettable state of affairs could not come at a worse time... the centenary of the passing of the 1913 Native Land Act.”

He told MPs the minister had conceded that 90 percent of the department's land reform programme projects had failed.

“This failure has provided those that prey on the resources of the state easy access to a source of ready cash.

“The so-called recapitalisation programme, set up to resuscitate commercial farms that this department has allowed to fall into unproductive disrepair, has become a veritable cash cow for corrupt officials and their cohorts.”

Trollip suggested Nkwinti focus on the “facts” in agriculture. These included that the contribution of agriculture to South Africa's GDP had dropped from 9.1 percent in 1965, to less than two percent last year.

“Further, the number of commercial farmers has gone from 100 000 to 36 000 in 15 years. These are the people that feed the nation, who employ hundreds of thousands of people. But they are disappearing,” he warned.

Trollip suggested Nkwinti was failing emerging black farmers.

“This is your responsibility, and you are failing them dismally. If you are honest, honourable minister, you will have to admit you are not producing new, competent commercial farmers, or competent small-scale farmers through the land reform programme.”

Other important facts constraining the department's ability to deliver included successive qualified audits by the auditor-general; financial irregularities that had prompted an SIU investigation; huge claims against the department resulting from negligent and slipshod legal proceedings; and, persistently high levels of irregular, fruitless, and wasteful expenditure amounting to R83.4 million in 2011/12.

Trollip said his experience of interacting with department officials had been one of frustration “as a direct result of ineptitude, carelessness, lack of Batho Pele, lack of professionalism, lack of integrity, and blatant dishonesty”.

He then took his farewell.

“Honourable members, it has been an honour serving with you only when we were honest with each other,” he told MPs. - Sapa

9th Jun 2013, 21:53
Not quite SA politics but worth a read.........

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(In case this site changes the title as it has before, it says "Griffin-Mandela-terrorist jibe")

18th Jun 2013, 15:28
South Africa has changed for the better, says Zuma | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-06-16-south-africa-has-changed-for-the-better-says-zuma)

More interesting than the article itself are the readers' comments, many by black people, questioning the veracity of Zuma's statements, his vision, integrity, and the quality of his leadership.

Forty years have passed since 1976 and whilst a lot has improved, for most people life in South Africa is worse now than then. Black people had to carry 'dompas' (passes) and were subject to influx control, job reservation, curfews, and had no political rights, but they had a basic infrastructure which worked. It was limited and inferior to what whites had, there is no question about that.

The country is now swarming with illegal immigrants who control and perpetrate most of the crime and impose a strain on the infrastructure, whilst those who are part of or connected with the ANC are getting richer and fatter (look at Zuma and Malema!) at the expense of the people who voted them into power.

There is more corruption, crime, and poverty than before. The government distort statistics, for example 'proving' that educational standards are better with a higher pass rate, but they achieve this by lowering the standards. Many schools do not have electricity, water, or books. The Rand is in freefall even against an ailing Pound Sterling.

Tragic really, another African basket case in the making.

unstable load
18th Jun 2013, 16:18
Sadly, the ones that are complaining are too few to matter at the polls.
More sadly, the really poor and disadvantaged are too tribally ingrained
to dare to vote with their heads and will return the status-quo, every time...

19th Jun 2013, 08:04
http://www.pprune.org/cid:[email protected] (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=427105974053532&set=a.376890509075079.80385.376848655745931&type=1&ref=nf)This was sent to me by a friend. Interesting but depressing reading.

Since this tired old canard keeps cropping up to hit white South Africans over the nose like a rolled up newspaper, I thought it perhaps time to separate fact from fiction once and for all. Let those who object say so now or forever hold their peace. While we're at it, let's put apartheid as a system into perspective.

Do we know how many blacks were killed under apartheid?

We do, and the source is none other than the Human Right Commission submitted as evidence to the TRC in 1997.

The statistics they proffered relate to the number of blacks killed between the years 1948 up to the election in 1994. The total number of blacks killed were 21 000. But wait, it gets more interesting. It's not the full story.

The HRC report also makes a distinction between two periods. One from 1948 till 1989 and the next from 1990 to the election in 1994. The number killed for the period from 1948 until 1989 is 7 000.

That means the number killed from 1990 to 1994 which is AFTER the unbanning of the ANC and for all intents and purposes apartheid had ended is a whopping 14 000, involving mostly black on black violence between the ANC and the IFP and various other factions! Not whitey's fault.

Of the 14 000 killed during those 4 years, 92% of deaths were caused by blacks killing blacks. Only 5.6% were attributed to the Security Forces at the time and usually in retaliation to attacks initiated by the ANC/UDF that had been unbanned. Remember Ciskei? The difference in % is due to unknown causes.

What this means is that during the apartheid reign of 41 years, 7 000 blacks died compared to double the amount of dead in just 4 years! Let me break it down yet further, 170 blacks were killed as a result of apartheid ANNUALLY. That's 170 people per year! That's the HRC figures people! Sounds like an insignificant number now doesn't it?

More blacks then were killed under De Klerk's 'new' anti-apartheid government of 4 years than in 41 years of government under full blown apartheid! How good was the propaganda of the anti-apartheid movement eh?!

Let me summarise, this needs to sink in:
1948 - 1989: 7 000
1990 - 1994: 14 000 (of which 92% as a result of 'black-on-black' violence)

Really, is this the death toll of the "heinous" apartheid system the world grew to hate? Just 7000 deaths? And was it the worst thing to happen in the 20th century? Um, let's look at the Left's favourite socialist/ communist/ marxist/ dictators leaders to name but a few:
• Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39) : 23 million (the purges plus Ukraine's famine)
• Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50) : 78 million
• Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79): 1,7 million
• Menghistu (Ethiopia, 1975-78): 1,5 million
Apartheid: 7 000.

The list of far worse political systems is quite extensive and apartheid wouldn't even feature. But such was the venom against it that the result is a country destroyed. Apartheid was far from the monster it continues to be portrayed. I agree though that it was unjustifiable and unsustainable and just plain wrong and given a do-over, whites would rather leave blacks to find their way than provide jobs and healthcare and other services which caused their population to balloon from 500 000 when Van Riebeeck landed to the almost 40 million in 1994. .The figures above concur with the results of some research I did after being challenged on my views after giving a presentation about South Africa at a business school :

According to the HRC statistics, 21,000 people died in political violence in South Africa during apartheid - of whom 14,000 people died during the six-year transition process from 1990 to 1994. The book lists the number of incidents, dates, and those involved.
This includes SA Defence Force actions, for instance the 600 deaths at Kassinga in Angola during the war in 1978.
Of those deaths, the vast majority, 92%, have been primarily due to Africans killing Africans -- such as the inter-tribal battles for territory: this book's detailed analyses of the period June 1990 to July 1993 indicates a total of 8580 (92%) of the 9,325 violent deaths during the period June 1990 to July 1993 were caused by Africans killing Africans, or as the news media often calls it, "Black on Black" violence - hostel killings, Inkatha Freedom Party versus ANC killlings, and taxi and turf war violence.
The activities of the Civil Cooperation Bureau as outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, were also included in these figures.
The security forces caused 518 deaths (5.6%) throughout this period.
And again, during the transitional period, the primary causes of deaths were not security forces nor white right-wing violence against blacks, but mainly due to "black-on-black necklace murders", tribal conflict between the ANC-IFP, bombs by the ANC and PAC's military wings in shopping centers, landmines on farm roads, etc.

After apartheid:
The present Aids-HIV epidemic -- against which the Mbeki-regime undertakes no action and still is publicly failing to properly acknowledge -- the World Health Organisation estimates that more than 6-million African South Africans will be dead within the forthcoming decade. And the Mbeki-led ANC regime, which could have undertaken a huge prevention campaign such as Uganda's a long time ago, has done nothing to stave off this terrible death rate.
SA hospitals "becoming places of death" -
In November last year it was being reported in The Star that South African hospitals are becoming places for dying -- instead of healing. In June this year, it was reported that our cemeteries were filling up so rapidly that upright funerals were being contemplated to save space. Still, Aids is not being spoken about at our funerals, and the silence and utterly unscientific public statements about HIV-Aids from Mbeki's continue unabated while our people are dying.
Democratic Alliance spokesman Jack Bloom warned late last year that the 20% rise in deaths over the past four years among patients treated at Johannesburg Hospital could only be blamed on the high crime rate and the very serious decline in patient care. Why is our patient care so poor now, and our crime rate so high? The answer is simple: our public funds are being looted by the ANC hierarchy. And the police seem helpless to stop it.
Tuberculosis funds looted:
On July 10, 2001, the SA health department announced that it was going to stop R6,6-million in annual funding to the SA National Tuberculosis Assocation because of the ongoing looting of its funds and the lavish lifestyles of its (African) executives, who award themselves R400,000 annual salaries and spend R5000 a month on cellphone calls alone... while millions of South African TB patients go untreated and are wasting away of a deadly, but curable disease.
During apartheid, please note that the SANTA executives were seen to be extremely frugal with the governments' funding -- that many thousands of patients were cured annually, and that many doctors and nurses even VOLUNTEERED their services free of charge.
The question is this: "why is this man still CEO of SANTA? Why has he not been fired on the spot?"
Violent deaths from 1994 to 2000:
And the SA Police reports this month -- access their website's statistics at http://www.saps.org.za (http://www.saps.org.za/) -- that a total of 174,220 people died violent deaths, from crime-related violence, between 1994 and the year 2000.
So my question is this: "did apartheid ever kill as many Africans as are now being killed by the deliberate neglect and looting of our tax funds by the current, supposedly democratic Mbeki regime?"

unstable load
19th Jun 2013, 09:14
Interesting stats, which will surely brand you as an apologist and supporter of
the "Forces of darkness and evil"......

I have a theory that the world achieved what they wanted with the ending of Apartheid and anything that happens now is a consequence of the fact that SA is now being run by the "right people" and therefore, anything that occurs is a part of the natural order of things and therefore needs no protest or indignation from the formerly howling masses of The Righteously Indignant.
Look at the other bastion of White rule, Zimbabwe, where quite probably, more Blacks have died since the Whites were ousted than did before, also with little or no indignation from the rest of the world......

I may be way off base, but how else does anyone explain the crashing silence from the rest of the world now that death is the order of the day in SA, irrespective of the colour of the victims?

20th Jun 2013, 07:20
but how else does anyone explain the crashing silence from the rest of the world now that death is the order of the day in SA, irrespective of the colour of the victims?

In our sad PC world, only 'whites' can be racist. Those of darker hues can do no wrong, and we cannot criticise lest we be accused of 'racism'. Thus these despots survive and flourish.

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Jun 2013, 09:09
Couple of body blows to the wuckfit loony left and the corrupt regime they so love. Quite a sea change for David Bullard, a former MSM type.

David Bullard

David Bullard on the beating up of Leon Louw and Ivor Vegter by the outraged wimmin activist crowd

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus is living on borrowed time I suspect. Last week she made a speech echoing pretty much everything I wrote in last week's column thus committing the unforgivable sin of negativism (see below). Thanks to pernicious campaigns like the propagandist and money spinning Lead SA those of us who are a mite critical of the current administration are no longer permitted to speak our thoughts, however sensible they may be.

Well we are but be assured that the lefties will be down on us like a ton of bricks. As poor Ivo Vegter found out last week when he posted a piece on the Daily Maverick website defending the use of "rape" as used by Free Market Foundation executive director Leon Louw in an opinion piece he had written for BizDay.

Louw had used gang rape as a metaphor for how governments get business to agree to absurd new legislation, in this case the controversial Business Licensing Bill. He made it quite clear that he was referring to regulatory gang rape. Before you could say Jimmy Savile the wrath of the entire feminist/activist/professional victim movement was upon him.

The Twittersphere was full of swivel eyed lunacy and poor Louw apparently received a letter from 40 outraged (what else?) wimmin activists presumably demanding an apology and refusing to accept the use of the word "rape" to mean anything other than the violation of a woman against her will. So bad luck Alexander Pope.

Louw was his usual decent self and discussed the problem with the complainants but faced with 40 spitting harridans he probably had no option. Ivo Vegter then wrote his piece and got into even more trouble for trying to defend Louw's freedom of speech. The favoured tactic of the loony left is to drown out civilised discourse and resort to insult. One particularly poisonous comment was from Charlene Smith, an ex SA struggle journalist who has pushed off to live in the US of A where she could dispense her dubious wisdom in comparative safety.

Her contribution was thus "Ivo Vegter has always been a rather boring little man. The sort who resorts to adolescent shock tactics-dropping his pants or someone else's-to get attention away from the fact that he is a dull writer. I suspect he has small dick syndrome". Hardly impressive stuff from someone who claims on her Facebook page to be a multi award winning journalist. Such was the level of debate from the outraged wimmin activist crowd.

Having worked briefly with Vegter on The Maverick magazine I can vouch for the fact that he is neither boring nor short and that his writing is far from dull. In fact, I would recommend him over me any day if you want a decent bit of analysis. Of course, his views on fracking are a bit suspect but nobody's perfect. As to his dick....well I haven't played squash with him so I am in no position to comment.

So what is this all about once the tear gas and smoke has cleared? Well it sure as hell aint about rape being an awful and far too common occurrence in SA. It's all about a group of wimmin victims who believe their rights trump everybody else's. How dare we use a word that might possibly offend a sensitive woman?

In future Mr Louw kindly send your copy to be pre approved by the Wimmin's Activists and they'll tell you what you can say - you cheeky misogynist you. And of course it's about people who lead rather drab and uneventful lives demanding and getting a bit of media attention. Just imagine the chit chat at this week's coven meeting...."we really did it to that Leon Louw and Ivo Vegter dint we? That'll show them. Bastard men."

Have you ever heard such nonsense or, indeed, anything so dangerous? But I'm afraid that loony leftism is creeping across the land and thanks to social media, idiots who wouldn't otherwise have their voices heard are able to muster reinforcements on Twitter and howl down any point of view with which they happen to disagree. Which is why it's important to expose them as the uncouth charlatans they are. To do otherwise is to let the howling mob win the day.

I was shot and left for dead in 2007. I feel constant pain from the 9mm bullet lodged in my pelvis to this day and suffer terrible nightmares. I don't want to make a big thing about it but I would like you all to stop using phrases like "giving it his best shot" and "shooting the lights out".

The memories of this bodily violation are much too painful for me and being shot is no laughing matter, particularly if the guy with the gun aims properly. Failure to observe this simple request may lead me to become another outraged, foul mouthed, demented perpetual victim.


Apropos Gill Marcus and me and our negativity. It's not only Dot and Kumar who we have upset with our humble economic observations and suggestions that if we don't extract a digit then we'll soon be on the third world scrap heap. Cyril Ramaphosa has also told us to stop whining about SA's problems.

"We must move away from being the biggest complainers" he says and he is, of course, absolutely right when he says we must also offer solutions. I didn't have to think long and hard about this one but one obvious solution occurred to me. Vote for somebody who can run a country without plundering the public purse in 2014.

19 June 2013

David Bullard says it's that time of the election cycle when politicians have to pretend they care

The futility of fighting poverty

I've noticed a marked increase recently of mentions of "the poor" in the media. The sanctimonious, hand wringing leftie activists have been droning on about how we must "fight poverty like we fought apartheid".

I should point out at this stage that whenever I have been involved in charity events for the less fortunate, whether they be auctions or fundraisers, those who profess to care most about the poor are always happy to turn up and help themselves to the free food and booze provided. When you ask them to put their hands in their pockets and donate some of their own money though you generally can't see them for dust.

It's hardly surprising that the plight of the poor is so prominent at the moment. While they can be conveniently ignored for most of the time there is an election looming and although the poor may not have any money they do have a rather valuable vote. If you can persuade them to put their X next to your name on the ballot paper then you've earned yourself another five years with your snout in the trough.

By the way, this is not a criticism of SA politics in case some if you were thinking of adding some banal comment below. It's a worldwide phenomena and applies just as much in the USofA as it does here. What usually happens is that politicians profess to care deeply about the poor about three months before an election.

Then they promise free housing, education, food coupons, medical care (in fact just about everything that most people have to work all their lives to afford) with absolutely no idea how they are going to deliver on these promises.

The poor, whose lives are so wretched that they are prepared to believe all sorts of bullshit, then vote for the politician who promises them the most and spend the next four and a half years wondering when he is going to deliver on his promises (note to gender activists-the term "he" as used here is freely interchangeable with she).

The political reality though is that the poor are a bad investment. Talk about fighting poverty as we fought apartheid certainly grabs headlines but when you analyse the statement it's complete nonsense. Fighting apartheid was comparatively easy. All you had to do was object to the many injustices imposed by the National Party post 1948. Once the apartheid legislation was wiped off the statute books then apartheid had been beaten.

Fighting poverty is not quite so simple. There's no legislation in SA that decrees that some people should be poor and others wealthy. You can blame the legacy of apartheid if it will make you feel better but that argument collapses when you come up with examples of those who overcame extreme hardship to achieve success and become economically valuable members of society. They may be in the minority but they exist.

The harsh truth is that the majority of what we call "the poor" are likely to remain poor because they either lack the skills or the desire to be anything else. They've also been brainwashed by the ANC into believing that all they have to do is wait patiently for the promised delivery rather than do anything for themselves to improve their lot in life.

Just suppose the ANC had the resources and desire to lift everybody out of poverty. What do you think would happen? Would the previously idle suddenly develop a work ethic and help build the economy? Would they rush off to get an education and develop new skills? Well some might but most wouldn't. That's why many such individuals are poor in the first place; because they cannot succeed in an increasingly competitive world.

The downside with investing a lot of time and money in pretending to alleviate poverty is that it is like pouring money into a deep hole. Poverty will never be eradicated anywhere in the world. The best a government can hope to do is to direct an economy in such a way that the private sector creates jobs. Jobs are the only way to alleviate poverty, not free hand-outs taken from the economically successful members of society.


The news that Julius Malema intends to form a new political party which aims to attract 5 million votes is music to my ears. Never mind the possibility that Julius may be serving a prison sentence for fraud and corruption by the time April comes around. The political scene without the comic element of Juju simply hasn't been the same since the ANC expelled him.

Journos have actually been forced to look for stories whereas, with Juju, the stories came to them on a daily basis. He's always good for a sound bite or a pithy quote and even the name of his new movement, the Economic Freedom Fighters, sounds revolutionary enough to attract all sorts of nutters.

Although perhaps a little vague on the exact meaning of "economic freedom" I imagine Juju's election promises will include credit cards with no limit for all, a free Breitling watch for every card carrying party member and Johnnie Blue chargeable to your free medical aid scheme.

While the fledgling movement is asking for suggestions on how to raise funds I envisage no financial problems in the future when the EFF is running the country. A core policy is to nationalise the banks, mines and all strategic sectors of the economy and expropriate land without compensation if it happens to be owned by colonial oppressors. Another is the massive development of the African economy and the creation of millions of jobs. Clearly those hours spent with the late Hugo Chavez weren't in vain.

23rd Jun 2013, 10:27
Life grinds on in Nelson Mandela's township - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nelson-mandela/10122477/Life-grinds-on-in-Nelson-Mandelas-township.html)

An interesting and reflective piece highlighting the many wonderful things Jacob Zuma's leadership has done for the citizens of South Africa and how he has delivered on all his promises, acting only in the interests of his people rather than himself, living a humble and modest lifestyle ............

24th Jun 2013, 09:37
Kenny Kunene’s letter to Zuma. He is not alone in expressing such views, most South Africans are bitterly disappointed with the ANC, and rightly so.

Meanwhile, the handwringers and lefties who inflicted this lousy rotten corrupt kleptocracy on South Africa and Rhodesia are nowhere to be seen or heard. The Peter Hains and their ilk have crawled back to the bottom of their ponds.

June 21 2013.
By Kenny Kunene.
Independent Newspapers.
President Jacob Zuma has come under fire from businessman Kenny Kunene, who says the ANC is no longer the party of illustrious leaders like Oliver Tambo.

I'm writing this because I've never been more disappointed with the ANC you lead. I was once your fervent supporter, I attended some of those night vigils during your trials, and, like many, I believed you would be the force for change the youth and the poor desperately need in our country. Like many others, I donated to your cause when I was called on, and allowed my facilities to be used for ANC and Youth League meetings, sometimes for unusual meetings where your political comeback was planned.

You may wonder what qualifies me to make any kind of political comment. As everyone knows, I'm just a socialite and a businessman, but it's also no secret I am a hobbyhorse for politicians to ride whenever they want to criticise "crass materialism" and the decay of morals. It's true, I like to spend, and I'm not an angel, but unlike politicians I'm not spending taxpayers' money. My real point is that, as a socialite and a businessman, I meet many people, including politicians. When they speak to your face, Mr President, they tell you your imperial clothes are very stylish. When they talk to me, and feel they are safe from your army of spies, most of them admit that you, the emperor, have no clothes.

The Gupta issue alone should be the last straw for many South Africans. But the extent of how much the Gupta family controls you, and by implication this country, has not even begun to be understood. It's amazing how terrified most people in the ANC are to speak about this reality, because they truly fear you. Even if you're not in government, tenders are used to inspire fear among people of influence. Thank God my livelihood is not dependent on tenders. I'll save you the trouble of trying to find out if I have any tenders so you can cut me out of them. I don't have any.

You show no loyalty even to those who kept you out of prison. After the Shaiks and Julius Malema, the Guptas must know that you can drop them faster than they could drop your name. In your quest for self-preservation, you have become heartless.

The reason I supported you and your campaign is because you were marketed to us as someone who would unify us and get rid of the politics of fear, but today there's more fear and more division in the ANC than ever before. In public you smile and laugh, but in truth you behave like a monster, a tyrant who will target perceived enemies ruthlessly, and because of that fear few dare to speak openly. We'd have had yet another Cabinet reshuffle if your wings had not been clipped a little in Mangaung.

Of course, I am not so naive as to blame everything regrettable that happens in the ANC on you. But in my home province, the Free State, the premier, Ace Magushule, imitates your behaviour and even seems to be trying to outdo you in being entangled with the Guptas. He learnt it from you. He thinks its okay to blow R40-million (or R140-million, others say) on a website. It's not a great website either, by the way. When even your Kenny Kunenes start thinking a guy is wasting money shamelessly, you should know how bad it is. Of course, we'd all like to know where that money really went.

This is not what the ANC is or should be. We thought it was bad enough with the Shaiks - but who could have predicted your, and therefore our, wholesale nationalisation by the Guptas?

Even your immediate community, your neighbours in Nkandla, have to walk past your ridiculously overpriced palace donated to you by a once-unsuspecting public, knowing how you have your own private clinic they cannot use and their children must play in the dusty streets among the stones, while your compound has an astroturf sports field that cost the taxpayer R3.5-million and costs R100 000 a month to maintain. How is fake grass a part of security upgrades?

Everyone knows the Public Protector's report will find damning evidence of what went on there - but something must be said now already, in case you find a way to shut her up too.

It's no wonder the ANC lost the vote in Nkandla. If the people who know you best, the place you are from and where you occupy tribal land, do not trust you enough to vote for you, why should the rest of us?

This ANC is no longer the ANC of John Langa Dube, Oliver Tambo and other illustrious names. I'm also getting tired of hearing about how the ANC is bigger than any individual.

There are those who are stubbornly loyal to the ANC, as if it's some kind of marriage, who keep the faith that some day the party will return to its roots. But even if they're my friends, I can't enthusiastically join in with the declarations of those who say they will die in coffins wrapped in ANC colours, no matter what, as my former business partner Gayton McKenzie once said to me.

Mr President, I don't want to be one of those who tell you in fear that you have clothes on, when it's obvious you are completely exposed. I know the dogs will be set on me for saying this, but you have been naked for longer than most of us were willing to admit. And you're now stripping the ANC of the last shred of its integrity. The world laughs at us.

I love the ANC, or what it's supposed to be, but I don't love your ANC. For those of us who care, the question now is, as Vladimir Lenin asked: "What is to be done?" - The Star

* Kenny Kunene is a South African businessman. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Newspapers.

Solid Rust Twotter
24th Jun 2013, 11:44
Meanwhile in La-La land...:rolleyes:

Gauteng police chief Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros has allegedly roped in a sangoma to investigate after a break-in at his Parktown, Johannesburg, office. Captain Nomathemba Mgwebile, the sangoma who works as an executive secretary in Petros' office, was brought in to "sniff out" those responsible for the burglary on Monday. Petros' office was broken into on the eve of Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi's murder, but nothing was stolen from it.

The suspects dug a hole through the ceiling of one of the toilets and walked into the police chief's office. Three independent sources told City Press that Petros called Mgwebile to perform sangoma rituals in an attempt to identify those responsible for the incident. Mgwebile, who is known as “Vumani Mahosi” and moved with Petros to Gauteng when he was appointed from the Western Cape in 2010, told a team of investigators she smelt "the smell of a wet dog" in Petros' office. "But we don't know what she meant by that. I think it's sangoma language," said a police officer with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The officer said Petros had refused to use his office since the incident as he suspected spy cameras were planted and his office line was bugged. Detectives combed the entire office looking for any spy cameras, but found nothing.

27th Jun 2013, 08:24
It is, sadly, only a matter of time before someone will be starting a thread to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela.

In the meantime, this article from The Star (Toronto) sums up his legacy to South Africa and how disappointed he would be if he knew what Zuma and his cronies have inflicted on a country that at one point showed enormous promise.

South Africa after Nelson Mandela

A divided and dispirited nation yearns for Mandela’s brand of hope and love at a time when there is a dearth of both.

http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/opinion/commentary/2013/06/20/south_africa_after_nelson_mandela/murals.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo.jpg Jeff J. Mitchell / GETTY IMAGES
Children stand beside murals of Nelson Mandel on June 14, 2013, in Soweto, South Africa. While Mandela is now said to be responding well to treatment for a lung infection, his extended hospital stay has not stopped South Africans from thinking about national life without him.

By: Patrick Lynn Rivers Published on Thu Jun 20 2013

It is impossible to discount Nelson Mandela’s significance to South Africa. Proof came with his latest hospitalization for a chronic lung infection. An anxious nation parsed official characterization of his condition as “serious” as this descriptor had not been used during prior hospital stays. Uncertainty prompted a longtime friend and fellow inmate on Robben Island to urge the former president’s family and, really, the nation to “release him so that God may have his own way.”

The sense of crisis subsided a few days later with word that Mandela had started to respond well to treatment. That Mandela is likely to be discharged from hospital soon has not stopped South Africans from thinking about national life without him.

To South Africans, Mandela represents closure marking the transition from the colonial and apartheid past to something else dreamed by generations. Not just representing closure, Mandela helped to bring about the formal end of white supremacy. He did this with his leadership of the African National Congress (http://www.anc.org.za/show.php?id=172) (ANC) and his command of the armed wing of the liberation movement from 1961 until his arrest in 1962.

Mandela’s leadership transcended disparate groups opposed to apartheid. Though he held formal leadership positions within the ANC, he was a key player who united factions within and outside the party when divided on big questions like whether communism was the only path to freedom and whether whites should be allowed to participate in the struggle. Granted, there were structures that served as talk shops bringing together a multiracial opposition with divergent ideologies. But Mandela was the public face and symbol of resistance even while imprisoned.

The ability to bring people together made it possible for Mandela to guide the most significant faction in negotiations with the apartheid government after he was unconditionally released from prison in 1990. Discussion was no small accomplishment, especially during the 1980s as increased violence made the South African conflict as much of a stalemate as Syria is today. Of course, the worse never arrived and Mandela became the first democratically elected president in 1994. As president, he prioritized reconciliation and nation-building at a time when social and economic challenges were daunting but seemingly surmountable.

Nearly 20 years after democracy’s arrival, freedom as fathomed in 1994 is hard to find in South Africa. Corruption is rife at every level of government (http://www.southafrica.info/about/government/corruption-100613.htm) with whistleblowers fearing elimination. Critics within and outside the governing ANC warn that the rule of law is imperiled. In Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, political talk and protest revolve around “shit” and shelter with as many as 400,000 city residents relying upon communal flush toilets and up to 25 per cent living in informal settlements. Attacks by black South Africans on refugees and immigrants from elsewhere on the continent leave talk radio audiences pondering the xenophobic or criminal origins of the violence.

Unemployment persists (http://www.southafrica.info/business/economy/employment-070513.htm). It is not unusual for a young man in his 30s to have never had stable employment. Those with jobs, and in unions, are currently in the “strike season.” Last year, labour unrest resulted in the police killing 34 mineworkers on one day with images of the aftermath evoking apartheid brutality.

Recent losses in the value of the national currency, the rand, means that a country dependent upon imports will pay more for many things, including fuel and technology. A weakened currency increases the possibility of inflationary pain not just inflation, which pushed the country’s central bank to signal that rate cuts stimulating a stagnant economy will not be imminent.

Far from being a failed state, yet not being where many present at the moment of liberation thought they would be, a divided and dispirited nation yearns for Mandela’s brand of hope and just plain love at a time when there is a dearth of both. So South Africans understandably do not want to release Mandela. Not only is a nation thankful for his contribution, so much that rand notes now bear his likeness, but also, in degrees, a nation finds itself reminiscing about the promise of 1994. And, perhaps, as a senior newspaper editor recently wrote, there is, however irrational, a bit of “fear that apartheid will return if he is gone.”

It is easy to say that South Africa’s best days lie ahead if only because the present was preceded by apartheid and colonialism. However, that future will be harder to imagine and realize when Nelson Mandela lets go.

29th Jun 2013, 11:29
Jacob Zuma achieves confirmation as an international statesman of the first water.
The most powerful leader of a western country and the most powerful leader of an African country get together for a chin wag over the inheritance about to emanate from the corpse of golden shirt tail, the man from Robben Island.
The succession will now be guaranteed and the style of corruption endemic in South Africa has been endorsed by he who cut his teeth in that regard in Chicago, also known as the windy city.


The South African flag was designed by Frederick Brownwell who was succeeded in the post of State Herald by Themba Mabaso. Of the new South African flag, Mabaso had this to say.

The Flag is like a written document. When you read a document you start from top to bottom, from left to right. According to our Flag, Red is at the top and blue at the bottom. So when the flag is displayed vertically, red should be the first one to be read, hence it is displayed on the left hand side.

So here, as told by an ancient Afrikaaner is one interpretation.
There is the sky above and the sea below. Between the sky and the ocean runs the green mealie belt which brings the life blood to the nation and on each side of the mealie belt is a road indicated in white, the conduit of transportation. To the left is the black triangle of Soweto and to its right, symbolised in yellow, is the electric fence with which the township should be surrounded.

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Jul 2013, 13:33
Ruling by decree now. Just another African despot with a free pass. I wonder if the liberal West feels even the tiniest flicker of shame for what their creation has wrought?

2013-06-30 20:14

Harare - President Robert Mugabe has become Zimbabwe's sole law-making authority until the next elections are held following the automatic dissolution of parliament, his justice minister told state media on Sunday.

The country's legislature was dissolved on Saturday after completing its five-year term.

According to Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa this left veteran leader Mugabe as the only law-making power until new elections, for which no clear date has been set yet.

"There is no authority with the power to make legislation except the president," the Sunday Mail newspaper quoted Chinamasa as saying.

"The executive will be left legally limping because it needs the legislature for it to be fully functional," he added.

Mugabe and his long-time rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai disagree over the date for upcoming polls that would end their power-sharing government.

Mugabe unilaterally proclaimed 31 July for a presidential and parliamentary vote, but mediators have since pressured him to apply for a two-week delay.

Tsvangirai has filed an appeal, arguing that the proposed delay was too short to implement key reforms in media and the security forces.

This will be the longest time since 1980 independence that the country is run under presidential decree after the dissolution of parliament, according to Chinamasa.

"Normally parliament is dissolved the midnight before elections," he said.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed a power-sharing government four years ago to pull the country back from the brink of conflict.

New elections were due 18 months after the formation of the government, but disagreements over the reforms have derailed the vote preparations.

1st Jul 2013, 14:34
I wonder if the liberal West feels even the tiniest flicker of shame for what their creation has wrought?

You think? :D

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Jul 2013, 12:55
Nicking the remains of family members to set up your own grief whore amusement park. Meanwhile, the distasteful little squabble about TV rights continues. You couldn't make up this shyt....

‘More dirt likely in Mandela feud’

July 6 2013 at 03:50pm
By Noni Mokati

Feuds, spats, name dropping and shocking revelations… while the ailing Nelson Mandela fights for his life in a Pretoria hospital his family were fighting their own dirty battle in court.

Makaziwe Mandela and Mvezo traditional council chief Mandla Zwelivelile Mandela, in particular, locked horns over where the world icon elder will be buried and Mandla’s grave-robbing expedition of other relatives, including his own father’s remains.

But an anthropology expert has warned South Africans to brace themselves for more bitter battles and even faction formations within the family in the future.

This week, Independent Newspapers looked at the Mandela fallout between an aunt and her nephew, and asks the question: who is really in charge?

Wits University head of anthropology Professor Robert Thornton explained that succession and authority in all South African tribes was governed by principles rather than rules.

“Every chieftainship in South Africa is contested. For every king who has multiple wives, the first wife is the chief wife unless special circumstances arise. In such instances the community pays ‘lobola’ for a formal succession. An official wife is someone who has been designated by those who deem her fit to be the superior wife,” he said.

Makaziwe is Nelson Mandela’s only remaining child from his first marriage with Evelyn Ntoko Maseko. Her three siblings have died. Mandla is the eldest son of the late Makgatho Mandela, Mandela’s youngest son with Evelyn and Makaziwe’s brother.

Thornton described the clash between Makaziwe and Mandla as a classic anthropology lineage exercise.

“Maki is the eldest daughter of the first wife and clearly should be in the driving seat under one principle. But under another, Mandla as a chief has some form of authority.”

Thornton added there were several levels of conflict involved in the current feud.

“First, gender. She (Maki) is a woman and he (Mandla) is a man. Maki is claiming authority as the eldest daughter of the first wife, notwithstanding that she is a woman. Although most women are to submit under a chief, she’s asserted herself as a modern businesswoman and represents the modernist, feminist and cosmopolitan era.

“It’s only natural that she has relied on the judiciary system to make her claim. Mandla, on the other hand, represents the rural elite. He stayed on the farm, is the eldest male in the family and is seen and respected by those who follow him as chief.”

Makaziwe last week approached the Mthatha High Court asking that the remains of her father’s children be moved back to his homestead in Qunu. She said in court papers this was in keeping with Nelson Mandela’s wish to be buried in Qunu alongside his late children, Thembekile Mandela, Makaziwe Mandela senior and Mandla’s father, Makgatho.

Their remains were exhumed and moved by Mandla from Qunu to Mandela’s birthplace in Mvezo in 2011.

A defiant Makaziwe, supported by 16 other family members, including Mandela’s wife Graça Machel, won her case and the remains were exhumed from Mvezo and reburied in Qunu.

However, Mandla hit back, saying he had the right to determine where his father is buried.

Thornton highlighted that the question of burial had to do with land claim.

“Why would he (Mandla) move those bodies to Mvezo in the first place? It has to do with underwriting his legitimacy. As long as one has family buried on their land it is rightfully theirs. It has to do with land restitution, which ascertains who has the right to claim land. Mandla became aware of this in the past when no one else did.”

Mandla’s legitimacy as chief has not gone without question. The man, who is now seen as the black sheep of the family, is said to be an illegitimate chief by elders because he had disrespected the family by disturbing the graves of Mandela’s children.

Mandla also faced controversy when it emerged he had sold the TV rights of his grandfather’s funeral to the SABC for R3 million. He has vehemently denied this.

Thornton further explained that a will and testament was not an African concept. “I’m not fully aware if Mandela has a clear will and testament drawn up or not. But such documents are not an African concept. In African customs, when you die your spirit becomes an ancestry issue. In Western law, the idea is that the dead person has control over who gets the assets.”

Thornton believes the Mandela family feud paves the way for much more generational conflict.

“Somebody is definitely going to blame this unravelling feud on any major disaster that befalls the family from now on. This also ultimately means that someone might fall ill because of the ancestors’ spirits being angered.” - Pretoria News

Mandla will be expelled - king
2013-07-06 19:20

Johannesburg - AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo says he has lost all respect for Mandla Mandela after Madiba’s eldest grandson became embroiled in a bitter feud with his own family, Eyewitness News reported on Saturday.

The King, a cousin of Nelson Mandela's, continued his public condemnation of Mandla after a few days ago calling him "opportunistic".

Speaking to Eyewitness News in Qunu, the king said there was no time for negotiations with Mandla, who is chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council.

"I can surely promise you that he will be ejected [from the clan] – he will not just be removed.”

He was quoted as saying he couldn't respect someone who didn't respect his culture or his family.

In a surprise move on Monday, Dalindyebo indicated he planned to join the Democratic Alliance as he was not happy with the ANC.
Dalindyebo said he believed the current government had failed the people of South Africa.

He said it was time citizens supported "credible leaders".

"The government has betrayed our people; the government has betrayed our kingdom. We believe there is no reason to back the ANC because it has been enjoying our support and abusing it.

Mandelas demand CNN funeral deal - report
2013-07-07 10:10

Johannesburg - Makaziwe Mandela and her niece Ndileka held a sensitive meeting at the end of last month with officials from the SABC and the presidency over broadcasting rights for former president Nelson Mandela's eventual funeral.

The Sunday Independent reported that the meeting was convened to discuss the coverage of Mandela’s funeral, of which the SABC is the official broadcaster. However the Mandelas demanded that CNN be given “preferential” access and status throughout.

One of the officials that attended the meeting slammed the conversation as “inappropriate” coming from family members about a “funeral deal concerning one of their own”.

“We are aggrieved and understandably so,” said the official. “But there appears to be little we can do as the family appears to have their own plans.”

Another official said “this wasn’t a request. It was a demand. The CNN deal seems to be done and dusted”.

All this tells me the old boy has gone and it's just the family trying to milk every last cent out of it now.

11th Jul 2013, 17:09
Poor old Joeys...

"Their proud proclamation of Johannesburg as a "world-class African city" might elicit a shrug or two from residents who endure crime, power cuts or restaurants that go dark at a time of night when many global hubs are just hotting up.

But local marketing officials appear to have gone too far when they boasted of defying economic recession and creating new jobs. They were challenged by an irate resident, Steven Haywood, who argued that the promotion "contains blatant untruths", and his complaint was upheld by South Africa's advertising standards authority (http://www.asasa.org.za/), which ordered Johannesburg to stop running the claim.

The decision comes as something of a blow to the 127-year-old city of gold (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/07/letter-from-africa-johannesburg) which, though often described as the economic powerhouse of Africa (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/africa) and host to the world's biggest artificial forest, attracts significantly fewer tourists than its more naturally beautiful rival Cape Town.

Haywood challenged a radio advert that urged listeners: "Imagine a city where you can rest assured knowing that it is financially stable; that there is ongoing electrification of homes. A city that is saving the environment through different energy-efficient interventions. A city that continues to create new jobs despite the economic downturn. Can you imagine living in such a city? You do."

The advert was misleading, Haywood argued, since the city's finances had received three consecutive qualified audits, authorities were struggling to repair roads and rubbish was often left uncollected. The unemployment rate in Johannesburg in 2012 was 24.5%, with most of its young people out of work."

Johannesburg rebuked over 'world-class city' advert | World news | guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/johannesburg-world-class-city-advert)


Dak Man
11th Jul 2013, 17:17
Having lived there, I can only agree.

11th Jul 2013, 21:50
It depends on the criteria to define a 'world class city'. Whilst Cape Town has the scenic beauty, beaches, history and the winelands, Johannesburg has a lot to offer. It's a vibrant city with a good infrastructure (badly managed in some areas) and a lot of history, better weather, and friendlier more sociable people. Not a place I'd choose to live, but I thoroughly enjoy my visits.

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Jul 2013, 12:09
The deafening silence continues from those in the liberal west who thought this was a good idea...

Mugabe targets rivals, gays on vote trail
2013-07-13 22:01

Marange - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe accused his political rivals Saturday of wanting to bring back "white people" and took a swipe at gay rights as campaigning gears up ahead of the 31 July election.

Mugabe, 89, clad in a white church robe and holding a biblical staff, appealed to thousands of members of an indigenous church in eastern Marange to support his bid for re-election after 33 years in power.

"We made a mistake in 2008 to vote for the people who love the white people. Voting for people who want to bring back the white people and thinking that there won't be any development without white people," he said.

The veteran leader will go head to head at the ballot box with longtime rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, 61.

The vote will end the pair's tense power-sharing government that was forced by the chaotic 2008 polls.

Speaking in the diamond rich area, about 200km east of the capital Harare, Mugabe pushed his message of indigenisation of the economy.

"The rich resources that our country is endowed with are for the black people, this is our country. And those who must rule this country must be black people," he said.

Mugabe also attacked gay marriage, saying it was alien to Africa and criticised US President Barack Obama for urging Africa to respect gay rights on a recent visit to the continent.

"You heard it when Obama came to Africa saying Africa must allow gay marriages even women to marry each other so they can wed if they want," he said.

"God destroyed the earth because of these sins. Weddings are for a man and a woman, who when married they bear children," he said.

Mugabe who once said gays and lesbians are worse than pigs and dogs, said animals are better off because they know their sexual orientation.


Meanwhile, what appears to be a hoax has surfaced. Wouldn't put anything past the lunatic though.

Report alleges Mugabe plotted hit on Zuma
2013-07-13 17:34

Cape Town - Amid souring relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa, a report on Saturday claims that an apparently secret document alleges an outlandish plot by President Robert Mugabe to assassinate President Jacob Zuma, and a top diplomat.

The Guardian reports that Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has clashed with the rival Movement for Democratic Change over the document, said to be from intelligence sources, which claims a plan to hire a Lebanese murder squad to assassinate Zuma, and his chief mediator in Zimbabwe, Lindiwe Zulu.

The Zanu-PF party has dismissed the document as " hogwash", while the MDC said the threats should be taken seriously.

According to the Guardian, the report, of unknown authorship, is persuasively detailed but at times written in excitable language strewn with grammatical and spelling errors.

It comes after Mugabe last week branded Zuma's chief mediator Zulu, as "some stupid, idiotic woman" and a "little street woman" after her failed attempt to force a postponement of elections.

The Guardian report said the supposedly leaked document contains a paragraph headed: "Lebonese assasins" (sic), and reads: "On Monday this week Mugabe hired six Lebanese nationals to try and assassinate Lindiwe Zulu, who is Zuma's advisor.

"The six met clandestinely with Mugabe yesterday to be briefed by him on the details of their mission … The six were told they must not concentrate on Zulu only, but should also pay attention to Zuma himself, and if they get a chance to do so they must assassinate him as well - but everything must appear as an accident."

It further adds: "Mugabe promised the six Lebonese [sic] an undisclosed fortune in cash if they succeed in getting rid of the two who [sic] South Africa senior officials who are giving him a lot of trouble."

But, a Zanu-PF spokesperson insisted it was a "set-up". "To be frank with you, it's all rubbish and hogwash to think a head of state like president Mugabe would set up something like that.

"We have a disagreement with Lindiwe Zulu but it would not go to that extent."

Asked about the alleged plot against Zuma, "You should not take it seriously. It's a typical set-up in Zimbabwe to try and cause some confusion before the election because we are going ahead with our election according to our laws whether they like it or not," the Guardian reported Rugare Gumbo as saying.

- News24

Solid Rust Twotter
18th Jul 2013, 11:46
That's a lot of gravy. It would be interesting to see real numbers re just how much food is actually produced after everyone in JZ's family and entourage have had a slurp at the trough.

Zuma’s R250m farmers’ club
By MPHUMZI ZUZILE and ASANDA NINI July 17, 2013 - Dispatch Eastern Cape

Ncora Irrigation Scheme in Engcobo in state of collapse

THE Eastern Cape government has paid nearly R250million to farmers who belong to an organisation led by President Jacob Zuma.

Money has flowed yearly since 2009 to projects registered with Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative, chaired by Zuma.

The funds have come from the provincial agrarian reform and rural development department “to assist the province deal with massive food projects”.

MEC Zoleka Capa told the Daily Dispatch that this year alone, R47million was set aside for projects under Masibambisane.

The non-profit organisation is managed by Zuma’s cousin, Deebo Mzobe. About R900-million has been given or pledged to the initiative by various state departments.

This weekend media reported how department heads were being urged to allocate funds to the project.

City Press quoted politicians as saying Zuma needed to explain his role and the functioning of Masibambisane.

“The NGO does not have a budget, but we are working closely with it to make sure that ploughing takes place in our rural areas.

“The money to plough comes directly from us – [but] even that is not enough,” Capa said.

The department chose Masibambisane in the hope the NGO would also contribute funding, but Capa said this had not happened.

Instead, the department has paid more than R249.2-million.

Zuma is scheduled to visit one of the organisation’s maize projects in Dutywa today.

Last year, DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip questioned the motives for Masibambisane.

He asked if Zuma was using it to trumpet land reform as a means of consolidating support ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December, and suggested the programme was designed to keep the “rural poor in dependence”.

Masibambisane requires a farmer to join as a member.

Once a member, a farmer can access funds from the department.

Capa said all food security projects in the province were part of Masibambisane, and for farmers to benefit they had to enrol.

“The president needed to have a body that will incorporate all small farmers not classified in terms of policy into one entity.”

Capa said it was up to the farmers to sell their harvest or keep it.

According to her department’s annual performance plans:

R43.8-million was set aside for the 2010 financial year; Another R61.7-million for 2011; R49.3-million for 2012; Last year R47.4-million; and This year another R47-million. There is no set time-frame as to when the department will pull out from the projects.

“We will continue ploughing as long as people still need food,” Capa said.

One project is the Ncora Irrigation Scheme in Engcobo, which the Dispatch found in a state of collapse.

Houses meant for staff are falling apart, the irrigation scheme is not operating and workers are disgruntled.

The homes, 20 in all, have been vandalised. Although workers thought the houses were built for them, some are rented to residents who do not work for the scheme.

Security workers were dealt a blow when their R2 800 monthly allowances were slashed to R2 200 without notice. Employees said close to 600 hectares had been standing fallow since 1997.

Last year, Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti announced during a visit with Zuma to Chris Hani district that his department would spend R105-million to revive irrigation schemes in the district, including Ncora.

And Capa said her department was spending close to R25-million to rejuvenate Ncora.

A multimillion-rand state food security programme, set to be approved by Cabinet later this month, has been subcontracted to Masibambisane, which will coordinate it on behalf of the state.

Solid Rust Twotter
30th Jul 2013, 09:22
No surprises there then...

News24 reports: The SA Air Force's two helicopter squadrons on the coast have received no funding this year for sea and mountain rescue operations, but have received funding for VIP flights, according to a report.
Beeld reported on Tuesday that 15 Squadron based in Durban received a small amount of flight hours for training, but 300 flight hours for VIP flights. This is apparently used to transport President Jacob Zuma to his Nkandla home over weekends.
As a result, there are no funds budgeted for the helicopters to respond to a disaster along the coast.
Zuma uses his presidential jet to fly to King Shaka International Airport in Durban and then uses two Oryx helicopters to fly 100km from there to Nkandla.
According to Beeld, these helicopter flights are estimated to cost around R36 000. 22 Squadron in Cape Town is facing a similar predicament, with most of its budget allotted to VIP flights and a small provision for training time. Pilots are no longer applying their search and rescue skills.
It was reported last week that the air force has no operating budget this year for its 30 Agusta helicopters.
The SA National Defence Force said it would not discuss operational matters in public. Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj told Beeld the air force is responsible for Zuma's transport arrangements and the presidency has no say in this.

Solid Rust Twotter
30th Jul 2013, 12:00
And yet another example of the ANC's total lack of respect for the rule of law. These clowns believe the law only applies to others, the ANC regime being above the law, much like Mugabe's ZANU-PF. Anarchy looms should they be voted out of office.

What the hand wringers have wrought in SA and Zim is shameful.

Tlokwe: Maphetle still won't go
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:33 PM

Article By: Mandy Wiener, EWN

Tlokwe Mayor Annette Combrink said on Tuesday that ousted former mayor Maphetle Maphetle refused to vacate council offices as per a court order.

The sheriff of the court was asked to intervene.

Maphetle and his colleagues were supposed to vacate the offices by 10am on Tuesday after the North Gauteng High Court on Monday ruled against them.

However, Combrink said she and her colleagues were refused access when they arrived at the offices.

"It emerged that the previous mayor and a large number of his ANC colleagues were still in the office and they refused to leave. Their legal advisor then came out and said they were going to ask for leave to appeal and therefore everything was suspended," said Combrink.

The sheriff of the court and the DA's legal representatives were reportedly on their way to try to diffuse the situation.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ANC said it believed Maphetle would uphold the rule of law and vacate the offices.

"As loyal members of the ANC, we always uphold the rule of the law so in this instance, that is what the ANC will do," said the ANC's Ishmael Mnisi.

On Monday, the North Gauteng High Court dismissed the ANC's application to unseat Combrink.

Maphetle and Barei Segotso, the speaker of the Tlokwe council, approached the court last week to have his unseating as mayor declared invalid.

They also called for the meeting during which Combrink was voted in to be nullified. However, Judge Neil Tuchten found that the meeting was lawful.

He also found that Maphetle's occupation of the mayoral office was illegal.

Combrink was elected to replace Maphetle at a controversial council meeting in Potchefstroom earlier in July. A number of ANC members voted for her after Maphetle failed to deal with damning forensic audit findings of corruption in the municipality. Those councillors were later expelled from the ruling party.

30th Jul 2013, 14:25
That's probably where Obama gets his escapades from.

Solid Rust Twotter
12th Aug 2013, 05:50
It makes soap operas look dignified.

Nelson Mandela to be Sued by Daughters
Posted by: Jessica Mouneimne

Johannesburg – According to reports in The Star on Monday Madiba’s daughters, Zenani and Makaziwe Mandela intend to fight a High Court Order that barred Mandela’s then lawyer. Ismail Ayob, from selling any of Mandela’s artworks.

The order, which came in April 2004, gave the former President the right to instruct Ayob to stop managing his personal, financial and legal affairs.

Last week Mandela’s present lawyer, Bally Chuene, is reported to have filed an affidavit last week in response to a lawsuit brought by the daughters, represented by Ayob. The daughters had filed asking for Chuene, George Bizos and Tokyo Sexwale to remove themselves as directors and trustees of the Mandela Trust.

Chuene is reported to have responded that the directors of the trust refuse to step down or release the Trust’s money to the daughters without legal justification. According to The Star Chuene believes that Ayob is behind the court action the daughters are taking.

12th Aug 2013, 12:02
Not too many participants on this thread Mr.SRT.

Tell me,do you know whether the family of Nelson has concluded the TV rights negotiations for his funeral yet ?If CNN get an exclusive outside SA,it will cost them a bundle !All very tawdry IMO.

Apparently his health is improving albeit very slowly.

16th Aug 2013, 16:42
The President isn't exactly lily-white and as pure as the driven snow, so what can be expected of a kleptocracy such as the new SA.

Nearly 1,500 South African police exposed as convicted criminals | World news | theguardian.com (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/15/south-african-police-convicted-criminals)

Nearly 1,500 South African police exposed as convicted criminals Officials admit total includes hundreds of senior officers who have committed murder, rape and theft

Some of South Africa's most high-ranking police officers have been exposed as murderers, rapists and thieves but none have yet been fired, officials have admitted.

Opposition MPs said the revelation that crime fighters are themselves criminals demonstrates "serious mismanagement" of the police, whose reputation remains badly damaged by the massacre of 34 striking mineworkers (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/sep/07/marikana-mine-shootings-revive-soweto) at Marikana one year ago on Friday.

In total 1,448 members of the police have convictions, according to an audit up to January 2010. The crimes include murder, attempted murder, culpable homicide, rape, attempted rape, assault, aiding an escapee, theft, housebreaking, drug trafficking, kidnapping, robbery, malicious damage to property and domestic violence.

........... She said: "In fact, the vast majority of the 1,448 are top brass. All are still employed by the Saps [South African Police Service] today and have yet to be fired.

"The 1,448 leaves out details of the other 8,000 police officers who were excluded from the audit because they had already been fired or their crimes were considered petty offences. Any offence is an offence and the police should be held to a higher standard."

David Bruce, a leading independent researcher, estimated that the 1,448 officers with criminal records are about 1% of the entire force but the true figure is likely to be "drastically" higher.

.......... There is a serious problem of police credibility."

22nd Aug 2013, 18:16
A pretty little girl named Suzy was standing on the pavement in front of her home. Next to her was a basket containing a number of tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing FREE KITTENS.

Suddenly a line of big black cars pulled up beside her. Out of the lead car stepped a bald, grinning man.
"Hello little girl, I'm President Zuma. What do you have in the basket?" he asked.
"Kittens," little Suzy said.
"How old are they?" asked Zuma.
Suzy replied, "They're so young, their eyes aren't even open yet."
"And what kind of kittens are they?"
"ANC," answered Suzy with a smile.
Zuma was delighted. As soon as he returned to his car, he called his PR department and told them about the little girl and the kittens.
Recognizing the perfect publicity opportunity, they agreed that the president should return the next day; and in front of the assembled media, have the girl talk about her discerning kittens.
So the next day, Suzy was again standing on the pavement with her basket of "FREE KITTENS," when the motorcade pulled up, this time followed by all the media.
Cameras and audio equipment were quickly set up, then Zuma got out of his car and walked over to little Suzy.
"Hello, again," he said, "I'd love it if you would tell all my friends out there what kind of kittens you're giving away."
"Yes sir," Suzy said. "They're D A. kittens."
Taken by surprise, the president stammered, "But... but... yesterday, you told me they were ANC."

Little Suzy smiled and said, "I know. But today, they have their eyes open."

Solid Rust Twotter
23rd Aug 2013, 06:49
It appears Mr M is recovering well, Mr TWT. The bunfight may have been deferred for now, but I have no doubt the family are busy as little bees stabbing each other in the back and milking the brand for all it's worth. The old boy is probably fortunate in that his faculties are no longer sharp, to see what has become of the country under the benevolent heel of the ANC.

unstable load
23rd Aug 2013, 08:19
The deferring of the inevitable will only afford us the opportunity of
seeing what new depths these clowns will plumb in their desperation
to acquire lucre.

Meanwhile, in the Opposition run Western Cape....... we have this as a run-up
to elections....

Poo protests: ?It can?t carry on? - Politics | IOL News | IOL.co.za (http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/poo-protests-it-can-t-carry-on-1.1559618)

Solid Rust Twotter
23rd Aug 2013, 11:59
Like all good Marxists, the regime tolerates no opposition. The DA running (and prospering) in the Western Cape is a painful thorn in the side of the inept thugs destroying the rest of SA.

Mike X
23rd Aug 2013, 13:11
Crown of thorns works best...

25th Aug 2013, 13:02
Made in England by Nestle for Lotharios and still available.

Vintage adverts show history of Black Magic chocolates - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10257242/Vintage-adverts-show-history-of-Black-Magic-chocolates.html)

Made in Southern Africa for Politicos and still available.

Paraplegic offers his legs to muti makers - Africa | IOL News | IOL.co.za (http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/paraplegic-offers-his-legs-to-muti-makers-1.1566980#.Uhn-hxZVq2w)

26th Aug 2013, 07:10
Not South African but very South African in the base nature of an appalling barbaric crime...

Was Conrad right when he gave this utterance to Marlow....

“I was within a hair’s-breadth of the last opportunity for pronouncement, and I found with humiliation that probably I would have nothing to say. This is the reason why I affirm that Kurtz was a remarkable man. He had something to say. He said it. . . . He had summed up—he had judged. ‘The horror!’ He was a remarkable man.”

Army officer who ran game reserve where Prince William was a guest killed by gang in Kenya - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/kenya/10265524/Army-officer-who-ran-game-reserve-where-Prince-William-was-a-guest-killed-by-gang-in-Kenya.html)


26th Aug 2013, 08:26
Black hearts in the darkness.

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Aug 2013, 10:20

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Sep 2013, 12:53
Such a shock when they get caught out. The usual suspects still believe they're above the law.


Phiyega withdraws Zuma as new Gauteng top cop
2013-08-31 19:11

Johannesburg - Lieutenant General Bethuel Mondli Zuma was withdrawn as the new Gauteng provincial commissioner by national commissioner Riah Phiyega on Saturday, only hours after being appointed.

Phiyega said she had not been aware of the criminal investigations against Zuma. "I became aware of the court charges against Major General Zuma just after the media briefing today (on Saturday).

"I immediately met with him to establish the facts," Phiyega said in a statement. "He confirmed that indeed he has appeared several times in court since 2008 when the matter was first heard. "He will be appearing again next month, during September 2013."

Phiyega appointed Zuma as the Gauteng provincial commissioner in Pretoria earlier on Saturday. His rank was upgraded to Lieutenant General. Phiyega said Zuma had not informed the service of any pending criminal investigations against him.

She said in May, all South African Police Service workers were advised to disclose whether or not they had any pending criminal investigations against them, failure to do so would be viewed as a serious misconduct.

"I have therefore taken a firm decision to permanently withdraw his appointment.

"Disciplinary steps will be taken against Major General Zuma for his failure to declare the pending criminal charges," Phiyega said. Divisional commissioner for visible policing, Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba would be the acting provincial commissioner of Gauteng until further notice. "In the time that I have known Major General Zuma, he has always come across as a decent, capable and committed police official and leader. I am sad and disappointed in him," Phiyega said.

Zuma has 20 years of experience as a policeman. He is not related to President Jacob Zuma. He was meant to replace Lt-Gen Mzwandile Petros whose last day as provincial commissioner was on Saturday.

"I wish to also take this opportunity to thank Lt-Gen Petros for being a loyal servant of the service," Phiyega said earlier. "He is the epitome of a professional police officer." She said Petros had agreed to stay with the police for a year.

"We have been engaged in discussions about his future role in the police. "He indicated his desire to move on and pursue other interests. "I have tried hard to ensure that his skills are not lost to the SAPS. "He has kindly agreed to stay on until the end of this year to focus on a number of special projects," she said.


20th Sep 2013, 13:09
Crime statistics released yesterday and currently under discussion prove what I have been saying for a long time ..... that there is more violent crime in Cape Town than anywhere else in SA.

Crime stats: Where does murder happen in South Africa | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-09-19-where-murder-happens-in-south-africa)

Despite a lot of people thinking that Johannesburg is the most dangerous metropolitan city to live in, in South Africa, the reality is quite different. Consider that between April 2011 and March 2012, police recorded more murders in Cape Town than in Johannesburg and Pretoria combined. This means that taking population into account, Cape Town residents are almost twice (1.8 times) more likely to be murdered than Johannesburg residents.
Yet this information is potentially misleading because the likelihood of being a victim of crime depends in large part on race, gender, age, economic profile and whereabouts in a city a person lives. For example, almost two-thirds of the Cape Town murders took place in just 10 of the 60 police station precincts in the city, according to an analysis of crime hotspots we carried out at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).
For years, Mitchell's Plain experienced the highest violence and property crime rates in the country. With the recent surge in gang violence, Mitchell's Plain and surrounding areas clearly require in-depth multi-disciplinary intervention. The Cape Town residential areas of Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Harare remain the most murderous in the peninsula, according to an analysis which takes population size into account. These areas have experienced abnormally high murder rates for more than a decade. ........ etc ....

22nd Sep 2013, 07:51

22nd Sep 2013, 08:11
Interesting article by Evita Bezuidenhout's creator.

My South Africa is not Europe!

2013-09-19 21:47

by Pieter-Dirk Uys

My South Africa (http://www.pdu.co.za) officially houses 50 million people of all colours, creeds, religions and genders. If we include the unofficial refugee population from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia and Somalia it might be closer to 65 million for all we know.

My South Africa today has a thousand shades of black and the rainbow needs urgent re-inventing.

My South Africa is blessed with the gifts of communication. We have eleven official languages. No one can ever say they didn’t know what was going on. Someone will eventually say it in their language.

My South Africa has not changed its name with the birth of its democracy, but many of our roads, streets and towns need to reinvent their addresses. How long can we drive down Hendrik Verwoerd Boulevard, John Vorster Avenue or PW Botha Street without throwing up?

My South Africa is not Holland where they think they understand Afrikaans and don’t want to be reminded that Verwoerd, the Architect of Apartheid, was Dutch and not Afrikaans.

My South Africa is not the United Kingdom, because happily many of our racist youth have left our rainbow shores to create their own a De la Rey-style Blankostan Homeland in the London suburb of Richmond.

My South Africa is not Europe no matter how hard some of us try. Black people were once referred to as ‘Non-Europeans’, which ironically meant that many Australians and Californians used the toilets meant for blacks.

My South Africa is not Australia, even though so many South Africans emigrated to that far-off colony that the average IQ of both our countries went up.

My South Africa is not Russia, although most of our ANC Politburo scraped through Moscow University or Leningrad College, and hide their Stalinist bent under frothy liberal chit-chat and gesture politics.

My South Africa is not China, but there’s a new China shop opening every week on the main streets of our country towns, giving truth to the old rumour that by the end of Robert Mugabe’s 100-year reign, the Chinese will rule the world.

My South Africa is not the USA. Once the Americas inspired us with their Indian Reservation System, on which we then based our apartheid Black Homeland policies. We’ve moved on. They still have them. And now we Afrikaners can proudly claim to be an inspiration for the current American President. We once locked up our political prisoners on Robben Island without trial. Today, Barack Hussein Obama does the same thing on Cuba.

My South Africa is not Cuba, although we also have a Communist Party with plans for the future, and are waiting to give the Castros political asylum in Pretoria if Obama decides to extend Guantanamo Bay.

My South Africa is not Israel where they have built an 8m high concrete wall of separation to keep their enemies out, while we created a democracy to try and keep everyone in. But thanks Tel Aviv for the nuclear bombs, our apartheid regime needed to show some muscle against an unfriendly democratic world.

My South Africa is not blood-drenched Iraq, which has now imported all our ex-South African police to do security service. We probably have the biggest unofficial army there! You can ask for a ‘lekker dop’ and get it.

My South Africa is not Afghanistan, even though we have as many SUVs clogging our roads, not driven by tough soldiers clutching loaded machine guns, but by tipsy politicians, the nouveau noir and anorexic mothers with cellphones pressed to their ears.

My South Africa is not Zimbabwe. Yet.

My South Africa has the greatest Constitution in the world. We have a Bill of Rights. We had an unbelievable Truth Commission. We are inspired by Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. And who do the rest of world have? The Kardashians.

My South Africa had the greatest incidence of HIV/Aids in the world. We lost one thousand people a day thanks to a government that did nothing for ten years. Now our Number One leads by example from the shower.

My South Africa is exciting, frightening, hot, cold, dry, wet, hilly, flat, crowded, empty, arrogant, friendly, dangerous, gentle, non-racial, racist, wealthy, poor, healthy, sick, hopeful, corrupt, unbearable and addictive.

My South Africa has not forgotten the past while looking forward to the future.

My South Africa is where no democrat has been before. It is the blueprint for hope where everything once looked hopeless. It is building a future in the faded footprint of despair.

My South Africa is a nineteen-year old teenager on the edge of adulthood with all the confusions, expectations, demands, fears and fantasies that entails.

My South Africa is my home.

22nd Sep 2013, 09:53
Every Heimat has a flag under which to fight as indeed does Dixie.


Solid Rust Twotter
23rd Sep 2013, 06:48
Mr Uys has become markedly less strident of late, the discovery that his erstwhile heroes have feet of clay possibly having something to do with that. Hearing the loud Pop! and witnessing the frantic back pedaling as he unstuck his lips from their collective arses must have been comedy gold.

Sadly, the feel good pieces where he looks for pepper among the fly shit, is due a reality check. The basket case the civil service and ancillary functions has become under the ANC is dragging the country into a Zimbabwe scenario, not helped by their rampant kleptomania.

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd Oct 2013, 14:05
No surprises there...

Zuma was involved in Guptagate - air force official

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has been implicated in Guptagate, according to a sworn affidavit by a senior air force official published in Beeld on Thursday.

"On or about 17 April 2013, Mr [Bruce] Koloane phoned me and he informed me that he had returned from the president and that the president wanted to know 'if everything is still on track for the flight'," read an excerpt of the affidavit by Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson.

"I informed him [Koloane] that we were awaiting the overflight clearance and once this was received, we would be able to finalise the movements of the passengers."

Anderson also confirmed that Zuma was the "Number One", referred to in a report on Guptagate by the justice department.

"Number One is the President of the Republic of South Africa. For safety reasons we never refer to the president in phone conversations," said Anderson.

Officials acted alone - report

She is one of five members of the SA National Defence Force who have been charged before a military court in connection with the landing of a private aircraft at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in April.

Koloane, who has since been demoted, was the chief of state protocol at the time. The report by the justice department said he and other senior officials acted alone.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj told Beeld that the presidency has never commented on any details surrounding the Gupta debacle and that would remain the case.

A chartered commercial aircraft, Jet Airways flight JAI 9900 from India, ferrying more than 200 guests for the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, and Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia, landed at the base in April.

The passengers were then transported, either by light aircraft, helicopter or in police-escorted vehicles, to attend the lavish ceremony at Sun City's Palace of the Lost City in North West.

The landing sparked widespread criticism and several investigations were launched.

A government investigation exonerated Zuma and his ministers, and found that the landing was the result of "collusion by officials".

3rd Oct 2013, 17:01

I have no idea where that came from but:

"My South Africa is not the United Kingdom, because happily many of our racist youth have left our rainbow shores to create their own a De la Rey-style Blankostan Homeland in the London suburb of Richmond."

:is such arrant nonsense that the author has obviously never been to, and has no conception of, Richmond!

Such a claim about Richmond, as anyone who is familiar with the place will know, is pure BS.

3rd Oct 2013, 17:53
I think one has to take Pieter-Dirk Uys's utterances with a pinch of salt. Richmond is a pretty mixed area and I'm sure people such as those of whom he speaks are to be found there - in fact ........ I know some!

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Oct 2013, 13:02
Vote buying on the taxpayer's tab continues. How far are they from running out of other people's money?

Business Times wrote:

THE government in South Africa now employs more staff than the private sector. We have more people on the state payroll than the US, which has a population six times the size of ours and a gross domestic product (GDP) some 45 times bigger than ours.

We employ 3.03-million against the 2.79-million at the federal level who work for Uncle Sam. And our African national Congress (ANC) leadership piles them on, adding 44,000 in the first quarter alone. This, while unemployment in the private sector rose.

Public service costs in South Africa are proportionately among the highest in the world at about 12% of GDP. Mike Schussler of economics.co.za said he believed it was closer to 14%, taking state-owned enterprises such as Eskom into account. This compares with Russia (3.7%), Brazil (4.4%), Nigeria (4%), Rwanda 3.5%) and Egypt (6.9%).

Of the total labour force, no less than 22.6% are public servants. The World Bank estimates that most civilian government employment accounts on average for about 11% of total employment.

And you can bet your bottom dollar that the bulk of those 3.03-million civil servants who make up 22.6% of our workforce will back to the hilt a ruling party that has created for them the largest gravy train ever seen in Africa.

Dr Corné Mulder, chief whip of the FF+, told Parliament earlier this year that South Africa has 34 ministers, 33 deputy ministers, 159 directors-general, 642 deputy directors-general, 2,501 chief directors and 7,782 directors. This data was supplied by Minister of Public Service and Administration Lindiwe Sisulu.

This implies that every minister on average has 4.67 directors-general, 19 deputy directors-general, 74 chief directors and 229 directors to assist them in their duties.

Mulder told parliament that 40 years ago there were 18 ministers, six deputy ministers and 18 directors-general. Obviously there has been substantial population and economic growth over that period, necessitating a larger civil service to serve an integrated society, millions of whose members had previously experienced scant benefits from the government. But the rate of increase in our public service is unsustainable. If not curbed, it must lead to swingeing increases of a tax burden already weighing heavily on ordinary South Africans.

In addition, corruption has been rampant, devouring R30bn a year by some estimates. Then there is the employment of consultants, many in corrupt arrangements, which has cost taxpayers more than R100bn and counting.

What we have seen is not a steady, planned expansion to serve the people’s needs but an orgy of jobs for pals, obscene salaries, expensive cars, lavish travel and extravagant bonuses.

Since public servants consume wealth created by the private sector, how are such bonuses calculated and should they be paid at all? A salesperson on commission or a piece worker paid by output can demonstrate what value they have added.

An entrepreneur risks capital and works tirelessly and imaginatively to build a business and is entitled to enjoy the fruits of its success. He or she pays taxes to ensure political stability, the reliable provision of public works and the safety of citizens under the rule of law.

Wealth creation occurs only in the private sector. It is the task of the state to provide an environment of law and order and fairness in which people can pursue their interests. We cannot afford to burden the private sector with the massive and cost of the public sector.

As Henry Hazlitt taught us: “... the larger the percentage of the national income taken by taxes, the greater the deterrent to private production and employment. When the total tax burden grows beyond a bearable size, the problem of devising taxes that will not discourage and disrupt production becomes insoluble.”

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

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6th Oct 2013, 18:06
It's a bit dated at almost a year old, but has merit nonetheless.....
Is the ANC proving the apartheid point?

12 December 2012, 20:11

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Many people have many opinions about what apartheid was - and it certainly was many things. None of them were good.
However, at the heart of the apartheid ethos was the belief that black South Africans were incapable of governing themselves.
That the country would descend into murder, mayhem and destruction if black people were allowed to vote.
That black people were to be tightly controlled, lest they send the country tipping over the edge into a downward spiral of destruction.
Remember 'die swart gevar?. (Scuse the spelling if that's wrong - English speaker and all.)
The thing is, as much as thinking people know that that's not the case when it comes to black people in general - that they make perfectly good neighbors and even play a reasonable game of pool / touch rugby / jukskei when the occasion arises, does it not seem that the ANC is proving them right?
Every time I read anything about ANC excess, corruption or generally spectacular inability to govern their way out of a damp paper bag, I have to wonder how they can't realise that they've become the very stereotype they wanted to overthrow?
When the current ANC government looks in the mirror, how can they not see the ghosts of Botha, Verwoed and company looking back at them? Not only have they become the stereotype those men thrust upon black South Africans, but they've also managed to combine that with a grotesque mirror image of that former racist regime too. Quite the feat, for sure - but not one to be proud of.
How can they stand it, knowing just how badly they are failing their people? That they are writing pages in history that will never be erased, and that will always leave that shadow of doubt in minds: was there a grain of truth in the notion that black people in South Africa cannot govern themselves?
As much as I am a vocal opponent of the ANC, I was a joyful supporter of our new South Africa - back when there was hope and when it seemed that there was a future.
Today, I cannot help but be disgusted and embarassed by how the ANC took every South African's hopes and dreams for the country and wiped their fat, collective butts with them.
South Africa will never truly be free, until we get rid of the self serving bastards who are screwing it up for everyone. We did it with the Nats - will it take another 30 years before we accomplish the same with the next selfish, racist regime?
Cry the beloved country indeed.

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6th Oct 2013, 19:07
I don't know who wrote those words, but it is sickeningly and frighteningly true. Anyone who agrees will doubtless be labelled as 'racist'. Yep...... there I go!

6th Oct 2013, 21:04
Sadly, the self governance of most of Africa has destroyed what was a wonderful continent.

And now the US also has a " leader " who aspires to such " achievements ".........:hmm:

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Oct 2013, 20:16
As we know, censure for hate speech is a one way street in South Africa. It's doubtful anything will be done about these, displayed at a rally this past weekend.:hmm:


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16th Oct 2013, 18:59
Oh, no, SRT. You are so wrong.
Brother Julius voiced his dismay at the antics of his hangers-on, so all is good and no harm, no foul!!:ok:

Solid Rust Twotter
17th Oct 2013, 06:11
...And here I was thinking Juliarse was the one whipping them into a frenzy with his anti white rehetoric. Silly me...:hmm:

Meanwhile nothing but crickets and tumbleweeds from the Western rent-a-mob who agitated for this.

17th Oct 2013, 09:03
Calling Mr Hain, come in please Mr Hain .....

deafening silence ........

17th Oct 2013, 09:33

South Africa Monday clinched $8 billion in infrastructure deals with France during a visit by President Francois Hollande.

Mr Hollande, on a two-day state visit to Pretoria, told a joint news conference with President Jacob Zuma that an agreement had been penned between French energy firm "GDF Suez and South Africa for a thermal power plant to the tune of 1.5 billion euros, and also for a solar plant."

Mr Hollande also announced the conclusion of a $5.4-billion deal by the French world leading energy and transport conglomerate Alstom to overhaul South Africa's passenger rail service, PRASA.

“Today marks yet another important milestone in the bilateral relations between South Africa and France,” Mr Zuma said.

17th Oct 2013, 09:37
South Africa and France have shared a close relationship over the years not only with respect to energy (vide. the Koeberg nuclear power station) but back in the day France was one of the only countries out there willing to trade arms openly with SA (Daphne class submarines, Mirage, Puma etc.)

Good to see the French arriving again and ahead of the Chinese for once...


17th Oct 2013, 09:43
Caco, you obviously know quite a lot about South Africa history too. Degree in history or politics?

17th Oct 2013, 09:47

I studied Law and History at the University Of Cape Town... :)


17th Oct 2013, 09:53

back in the day France was one of the only countries out there willing to trade arms openly with SA (Daphne class submarines, Mirage, Puma etc.)
No ulterior motives of course!

17th Oct 2013, 10:49
I studied Law and History at the University Of Cape TownThat explains it!

Nothing better than real hard knowledge studied at university, it always look better than google knowledge... ;););)
I'll get a degree if I have time :O:O:O

17th Oct 2013, 11:04
No ulterior motives of course!

Ah Capetonian, as you well know, graft was endemic while the Nationalists were in control. They were just a little more subtle than the present incumbents...

PS - What did the French do to you to make you so cynical about all things Gallic....? Perhaps a love tryst in the Legion, a beautiful French girl who turned her back on you to seek favour with the commandant... you must tell us one day... :ok:


Solid Rust Twotter
20th Oct 2013, 06:37
A luta continua...

The sooner the infighting destroys both parties, the better for SA.

EFF, ANC supporters clash at Diepsloot protest
2013-10-18 16:20

Johannesburg - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters accused ANC supporters of beating them up in Diepsloot on Friday.

Residents supporting the EFF stood outside the Diepsloot police station but were not allowed in.

They complained about being shut out saying the police were supposed to provide a place of safety.

Residents refused to speak to the media.

However, one EFF supporter said he planned to open a case with the police.

Earlier, angry Diepsloot residents gathered outside the local police station protesting about the murder of two toddlers.

They demanded that police release to them a fifth man arrested earlier in the day so they could burn him.

The bodies of 2-year-old Yonelisa Mali and her cousin Zandile Mali, 3, were found on Tuesday. They were reported missing at the weekend.

Four men are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of rape and murder.

There was a heavy police presence in the area.

The ANC Youth League marched to the police station to hand over a memorandum.

"We raised a lot of grievances that we have as a community here in Diepsloot on issues of crime and drugs," ANCYL national task team co-ordinator Mzwandile Masina said after handing over the memorandum.

"Now we want to work with the community to ensure there's peace in the area. We want visible policing at all times."

Residents supporting the ANC and those supporting Julius Malema's EFF clashed in the streets.

EFF supporters in red berets sang songs mocking President Jacob Zuma.

"If you are a person who is voting for Zuma you are not to be trusted," they sang in Sesotho.

Some residents ripped up ANC placards.

Others started banging on a car when they saw a person in an ANC T-shirt inside. Police intervened.


Meanwhile, savagery also continues. This is only newsworthy because it's a foreign tourist. Nothing yet seen in SA media. The MSM, particularly a couple of liberal broadcasters, have a nasty habit of ignoring or downplaying things that would reflect badly on their pet causes.

Retired NHS manager, 70, inches from death in struggle with armed robber in Cape Town after gun goes off

By Mike Behr

PUBLISHED: 15:16 GMT, 18 October 2013 | UPDATED: 18:00 GMT, 18 October 2013

A retired NHS manager came within inches of death after a bullet was fired at him during a struggle with a gunman at a luxury holiday hotel.

Peter Norledge, 70, and his wife Christine were staying at Cape Town's Waterfront Victoria Junction as part of a 48-strong British tour group.

The couple were enjoying a late night cup of tea just before retiring to bed when a man knocked on their door claiming he was there to check a problem with the ventilation.
Recovery: British tourist Peter Norledge, 70, was left inches from death after battling a hotel room intruder who beat him around the head with the gun barrel

Recalling the struggle from his hospital bed, Mr Norledge, from Derby, said: 'It sounded like housekeeper who had just delivered us some milk for our tea.

'I thought he had come back for some reason. But it was a different bloke who said he had come to check the ventilation. I let him in and the next thing I knew I was looking down the barrel of a gun.

'He instructed my wife and I to lie face down on the bed but I refused. He then pushed me and demanded money. I opened the room safe and he grabbed two bags of jewellery I had just purchased.

'I wasn't prepared to let him take them so I tried to hold on to his wrist and he then grabbed my wallet. I then tried to grab that back from him and that's when we started fighting.

'I was afraid but I also didn't want him to get away with it. But he got the upper hand when he started to hit me with the barrel of his gun. Blows rained down and I covered my head with my hands.

'Then a shot went off. I don't know if it was accidental or if he fired it to scare us. The bullet hit the ceiling and ricocheted onto the floor where it was later found by police.

'While the robber was hitting me I heard Christine screaming at him to stop hurting me. I think her screaming frightened him off.'
Destination: The Victoria Junction Hotel in Cape Town where Mr and Mrs Norledge had been staying as part of a 48-strong British tour group

Christine, 60, who had been screaming at the robber during the attack, called reception for help. It was only then that the gunman fled.

Drenched from head to waist in blood, Mr Norledge was later rushed to a Cape Town hospital where he underwent two hours of neurosurgery to repair a depressed fracture of his skull.

He also received sutures to a number of lacerations on his face.

The brave pensioner is still recovering in hospital and will only be discharged in the next few days.

He was attacked at around 8pm on Friday. The couple had been due to leave South Africa with the rest of the tour group on Monday but will only return to the UK once he is fully recovered.
Destination: Mr Norledge and his wife Christine had been staying at a plush hotel on Cape Town's waterfront

Mr Norledge says although he was scared during the ordeal he only started to fear for his life when the shot was fired. 'That's when I thought he might kill us.'

But despite a dream holiday spoilt at the very end, he has no regrets about standing up to the robber. 'What do you do otherwise? Stand there meekly and hand everything over?'

Meanwhile Cape Town detectives are still searching for the suspect who is in his mid thirties. He stole Norledge's wallet containing about 400 South African rand (about 25 sterling) and £300.

Police have compiled an identikit of the suspect and have obtained hotel CCTV footage of him knocking on doors on the fifth floor before he proceeded to the fourth floor.

Security at the hotel has been stepped up since the attack.

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20th Oct 2013, 10:25
Too true, SRT....
This is only newsworthy because it's a foreign tourist. Nothing yet seen in SA media.
In parts of SA it'd be news if something like that didn't happen.....:cool:

A looter continua...
Minor repair there, just to get it right....:ok:

20th Oct 2013, 10:37
In fairness, it was reported on iol.co.za.
Appalling though, but not really newsworthy as, luckily, the guy wasn't killed.

Ah Capetonian, as you well know, graft was endemic while the Nationalists were in control. They were just a little more subtle than the present incumbents...Perhaps not to the extent that it is now, but the Nats were better at everything than the current shower of excrement.

PS - What did the French do to you to make you so cynical about all things Gallic....? Perhaps a love tryst in the Legion, a beautiful French girl who turned her back on you to seek favour with the commandant... you must tell us one day...Not at all, I just happen to have worked with a lot of French people, and of all the many nationalities I've worked with, globally, over many years, their work and personal characteristics are just about the most despicable, for many reasons. There is only one other nationality I would rate lower. And I'm not saying who it is, but I'll tell you this, it's not Nigerians, because I have met plenty of decent, honest hardworking Nigerians.

Solid Rust Twotter
21st Oct 2013, 06:05
Food for thought.

Gauteng eTolls Make No Sense - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4hNYrcU5Hh4)

Solid Rust Twotter
21st Oct 2013, 16:00
Still nothing but crickets and tumbleweeds...

The low road and the no road...post Sunter scenarios - David Bullard

JOHANNESBURG - Back in happier times, when South Africa was celebrating a miraculous peaceful transition to democracy, Clem Sunter famously presented a high road and a low road scenario for the country. The Oxford educated Sunter was a director of Anglo American Corporation but was better known to many South Africans as a strategist.

The purpose of a strategist is, to the best of his or her ability, present likely scenarios and those scenarios can only be constructed from the facts at hand, a balance of probabilities for the future and a gentle sprinkling of guesswork. One of The Economist magazine's predictions for South Africa back in the 1980s was that it could become a white right wing dictatorship as the Nats stubbornly reacted to global sanctions against the country. Thankfully, they were wrong but the possible scenario was no less valid for all of that.

Judging by the weekly reactions of some of you who follow this column there will inevitably be those who will regard a low road and no road scenario as being "racist", unpatriotic, negative etc, etc, and there will be the usual feeble cries to leave the country if you don't like it. But that would be to miss the point entirely. If I simply wanted to put the boot into South Africa there's nothing to stop me living in Europe and e-mailing this column to Moneyweb every week. The fact of the matter though is that this has been my home for 30 years and I write because I care about the place. My great sadness is that we are not a nation that engages in debate. I don't have to live here but I choose to because it's a country that I believe deserves better than it's been getting. So if you're a bit squeamish and want a more Polyanna view of South Africa tune into that talk radio station.....but don't forget to remove your head from the sand every one in a while to take a deep breath.

Much as I would love to sketch a high road scenario the facts don't allow it. And even if I did it would be comparatively lower than Clem's original high road. Pretending that the institutionalised venality of the past 16 years hasn't seriously damaged the country's ability to deliver a better life to the majority of South Africans, as well as the reputational damage we have suffered, is akin to pretending that Bafana Bafana are going to beat Brazil in the World Cup final.

Let me give you a simple metaphor. I was a chocolate thief as a child and whenever we had a large tin of Quality Street at Christmas I would filch the odd choccy or toffee without anyone noticing. The tin was full of all sorts of goodies wrapped in coloured cellophane and who was looking anyway? When you start filching from the full tin nobody notices because you can give the tin a bit of a shake and it looks full once again. Once you're a third of the way down people tend to notice that all the purple ones have gone and eventually it becomes very noticeable that chocs are being filched because the bottom of the tin is now visible. Eventually though the tin will be empty and there will be nothing more to filch but there will be a few angry relatives to appease. Our beloved politicians have been filching for the past 16 years because the tin has looked pretty full but it has to eventually become empty. One only needs to look north to Zimbabwe to see what happens when the tin is empty. I still believe Zimbabwe has been placed next to us by a benevolent deity to warn what will become of us if we really screw up. Not that it seems many people are taking much notice. But that's because there are still a lot of chocs in the tin and the people who should be taking notice are doing the thieving.

The principal reason we can no longer dream of a high road though is the nature of the ANC. This is a party that likes to be known as the ruling party, likes to surround its politicians with shiny cars with lots of blue lights and likes big party rallies with lots of people singing and shouting. It reminds them of their liberation movement days. And that's the problem. The ANC has never managed to make the transition from liberation movement to government. It's like one of those sad blokes who always returns to his boarding school for old boy's day because his schooldays were the happiest of his life. The ANC wants to sing liberation songs such as "kill the Boer" because they bring back fond memories of a time when they didn't actually have to take responsibility for the infrastructure of the country. If an 18 year old was still singing nursery rhymes and talking baby language you'd take him off to a shrink but nobody find it odd that a political movement can be stuck in time and that this affects the future of the country. Forget the intellectual capacity of the "ruling" party; it's the EQ that we should be worried about. Are these people emotionally suited to running a country as sophisticated as South Africa and the answer, based on the performance of the past 16 years, is no. It's a bit like putting a Cessna 150 pilot into a Boeing 747 and telling him to fly it. The basic principles are the same but there are more passengers at risk and lots more things to go wrong.

Have you ever taken the time to wonder why there is virtually no ANC criticism of Julius (Kiddie Amin) Malema; probably the most dangerous man to have emerged in Africa for half a century? Malema may be cunning and media savvy but he is a man, like Mao Zedong and Pol Pot, who embraces stupidity and who hates anyone with an education. He happens to have a black skin which automatically puts him out of bounds for white critics. So he is allowed to say what he wishes and to welcome our European World Cup guests with a song exhorting his followers to kill people with white skins. He has even been anointed as a future leader of the country by President Zuma. Where are the voices of reason though? Where are silent Cyril, taciturn Tokyo and mute Matthews? Are they also frightened of Kiddie Amin or are they quietly watching the final phase of the handing over of power; the gradual elimination of the white man as a relevant player in South Africa.

So, against this gloomy backdrop we have only two possible scenarios that can play out over the next five to ten years.

The low road assumes that there are still pockets of private sector excellence and that the public sector will stumble along as usual. We will export cars and minerals and it will be largely business as usual, subject to the movements of the exchange rate. Left wing thinking at cabinet level will persuade the Reserve Bank to tinker with its inflation targeting policy and greater pressure will mount for artificially lower interest to stimulate borrowing. This will naturally have a devastating effect on savings and encourage people to get into debt once again. But it will weaken the rand on the currency markets as South Africa becomes a less attractive investment choice. This will be good for exports but by that time we will have got used to relying on imports and inflation will rise. The public sector will lurch from crisis to crisis, party because of the insistence that only people with black skins be employed in senior positions in the new, non racial South Africa. But even those with the right melanin count will be reluctant to accept the poison chalices of state owned enterprises. Talks on the nationalisation of the mines will continue and prices will be discussed while the government works out how to pay fair value from coffers it doesn't have. The feeling of gloom post 2010 will increase as we discover the real cost of the World Cup and wonder what we are going to do with all those stadiums. The roads will continue to deteriorate and there will be a major water crisis to add to our woes. Politicians will continue to bicker and award themselves and their families tenders.

Life will be bearable for the economically active but just as unbearable for the economically inactive. This will be a period of gradual decay.

The no road scenario assumes that the likes of Kiddie Amin foment the type of racial and ethnic violence they so desire. Although heavily disguised as part of the struggle (and therefore beyond reproach), the mob will be encouraged to occupy empty holiday homes if they feel like it. The rule of law will collapse and politicians will decide whether or not they feel like recognising a court's decision. The judiciary will be purged and cleared of all those who haven't convincingly embraced the new South Africa to the satisfaction of the ANC youth league. Key members of the ANC NEC will have gone into exile for fear of their lives. Their assets were transferred as a precaution long ago. Hospitals will be short of medicines and qualified staff but this will only affect the proletariat. The party elite will have private jets on hand to whisk them off to clinics in Europe. By this stage the Quality Street tin is empty and the friends of JuJu are on the look out for something else they can snatch. No utilities or municipalities will operate efficiently and the majority of South Africans of all colours will live desperate lives in perpetual fear of the increasingly brutal security forces. The United Nations will be passing resolutions threatening SA with sanctions unless it doesn't stop its human rights abuses but Kiddie Amin will already be planning his coronation, paid for by "handouts". And the media? Well, they will have calculated the odds and decided that it's safer and more profitable to go with the flow and do what the government asks. Just as they did in 1985.

Write to David Bullard: [email protected]

21st Oct 2013, 16:12
All very sage, but of course Bullard, like anyone who dares to speak the truth about the kleptocracy, is 'racist'.

The crux of the matter is here :

The ANC has never managed to make the transition from liberation movement to government. ..........The ANC wants to sing liberation songs such as "kill the Boer" because they bring back fond memories of a time when they didn't actually have to take responsibility for the infrastructure of the country. ..........Are these people emotionally suited to running a country as sophisticated as South Africa and the answer, based on the performance of the past 16 years, is no. It's a bit like putting a Cessna 150 pilot into a Boeing 747 and telling him to fly it. The basic principles are the same but there are more passengers at risk and lots more things to go wrong.Then, to refer to the ANC as a 'liberation movement'. They 'liberated' the country? ........... maybe I missed something?

Solid Rust Twotter
21st Oct 2013, 16:26
Bullard being one of the media cheer leaders for the ruling regime back in the day, along with MduP and others now sad and disillusioned. The piece is about four years old, as can be deduced from the mutual love in between Kiddie Amin (great nickname) and Zuma that was still going on back then.

22nd Oct 2013, 10:59
Nothing that the ANC does surprises me anymore. After 20 years they've already bankrupted the country in every way, morally, ethically, intellectually, and on a monetary level.


25th Oct 2013, 12:04

It would be a lot funnier if it weren't so close to the tragic truth.

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25th Oct 2013, 13:37
It would be a lot funnier if it weren't so close to the tragic truth.

That's no lie, Cape!

Meanwhile, the pain continues for my homeland.....
Beloved South Africa: Where is it headed?

21 October 2013, 14:49

The 896 thousand NO votes of March 1992 said: "We told you this would happen"
During the last, almost twenty years:
- South Africa is classed as the “Rape Capital” of the world;
- Unemployment has risen by 60%; one of the highest in the world;
- South Africa has the 140th (out of 144 countries) worst education department;
- Most hi-jacks take place in South Africa;
- Most murders take place in South Africa;
- A special place near the top of the list, for most corrupt government;
- The Rand/US$ exchange has gone from R3,41 to almost R10;
- Petrol price has gone from R1,73 per litre to over R13 per litre;
- The South African Defence Force has gone from iron-fist of Africa to laughing stock;
- South Africa has ten times more people in squatter camps and 1000% more illegal immigrants (from North and East Africa);
- No other country has more convicted criminals in parliament as has South Africa;
- Twenty-five percent of all South African school girls are HIV+
- School girls had 100.000 abortions (Stats from either last year or two years ago);
- The abortion rate has skyrocketed, as has murdered and discarded babies;
- State hospitals have gone from the finest in Africa to some of the worst;
- SA Gold Mines: 60% are unprofitable (YOU magazine 22 August 2013);
- Gold price 23% decline from January to April;
- Labour turmoil loss in production – R10 billion;
- Gold-mine workers’ increase demands 60-100%;
- Since 2000 – 680.000 jobs lost;
- Mineworkers who might have to be laid off in next few years – 120.000;
- Estimated value of SA’s mineral reserves – R25 trillion. But, this potential wealth would first have to be exploited cost effectively.
- Ninety-four thousand (94.000) SCHOOL children in South Africa are pregnant. People Magazine 7th September 2013.
- The latest child rapes and murders in Diepsloot, Johannesburg (October 2013) are gruesome, heinous, sickening and so disgusting that one is at a loss for appropriate words.
Viva South Africa, Viva?

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Solid Rust Twotter
25th Oct 2013, 20:49

There's a big fat hairy surprise....:rolleyes:

26th Oct 2013, 07:49
Moving closer to a one party state, as democracy (African style) tightens its deadly grip.
Zille chiller

Oct 18th 2013, 15:11 by J.O’S. | JOHANNESBURG

HELEN ZILLE, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa’s main opposition party, was invited to speak in Johannesburg on October 17th about her party’s chances at elections expected in April or May. ............... Her speech was untitled but it might have been called: “Can the ANC reform?” She made a persuasive case that it cannot.

The question is crucial. The ANC will win next year’s elections. Ms Zille doesn’t pretend otherwise: the DA’s target is to raise its share of the vote from 17% in 2009 to 30% in 2014. Yet the country the ANC has governed for almost two decades is hardly content. Industry is beset by strikes (http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2013/10/south-africa-s-economy). Violent protests over poor public services are frequent. Unemployment is a depressing 37% of the workforce once those who have given up searching for work are included in the count. ..............Plenty of people think the ANC is too far gone (too corrupt; too addled with weird ideologies; too riven with factions) to fix South Africa.

............No faction that can now save the ANC from itself exists, she said.

The recent launch of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) (http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21588095-ruling-african-national-congress-faces-bitter-challenger-left-will), a party of the populist left, is more bad news for would-be ANC reformers, said Ms Zille. Leftists in the ANC are anxious about leaking support to the EFF and so are even more unwilling to agree to any reforms. ............... Either way serious economic reforms are firmly off the ANC’s agenda.

unstable load
27th Oct 2013, 14:15
A possible explanation.....
Illusory Superiority and the Confidence of Fools

http://voices.news24.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Martin-Warburg_avatar-100x100.jpg (http://voices.news24.com/author/martin-warburg/) By Martin Warburg (http://voices.news24.com/author/martin-warburg/)
Saturday, October 19, 2013


http://voices.news24.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dunning-Kruger-Effect-duck-and-elephant-mk3-274x300.jpg (http://voices.news24.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dunning-Kruger-Effect-duck-and-elephant-mk3.jpg)A few days ago I was reminded of a syndrome to emerge from a study by the Psychology Department at Cornell University in the late nineties. It related to a form of cognitive bias called “illusory superiority”, which can happen when incompetent people (predictably) perform tasks poorly and incompetently – but lack the competence to even realize their own incompetence. As a result they consider themselves to be much more competent than they really are.
If this sounds confusing, think of it in its crudest essence – as when someone is too stupid to realize they are stupid! It is known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect or the Dunning-Kruger syndrome and is sometimes explained as being “when Incompetence begets Confidence”.
I noticed the term in a comment on an article called “Cosatu vs the IMF” by Douglas Gibson, in reference to IMF recommendation for the South African economy – and Cosatu’s response to the report. Of course, Cosatu roundly rejected the IMF’s proposals, referring to it as ‘this rabidly pro-capitalist, neoliberal organization‘ which they blamed for the ‘world capitalist crisis” and then went on – “Capitalism, and particularly free market capitalism, cannot be a solution to high unemployment rates and slow growth. Only through industrialisation, more state intervention and strategic nationalisation of the commanding heights of the economy will we be able to meet our job creation targets.”
All of which sounded little different from the launch manifesto of Juju Malema’s EFFer’s a few weeks prior and the SA Communist Party’s similarly vacuous sentiments in support of Cosatu a short while later.
According to their collective view therefore, South Africa’s economic ills have zero to do with labour inflexibility, and are unrelated to the need to increase productivity or curb excessive wage and other demands. Its view – notwithstanding the IMF’s cogent arguments and economic logic – is diametrically opposed to its proposals. To many it is difficult to understand how such logic – or the willful lack of any – can be sustained in an age so rich in information, where data and statistics are at hand and sophisticated diagnostic tools are available to all. Is it possible that such utterances came from people who woke up – Rip Van Winkle like – from a long sleep just after the Berlin Wall had come down and the Iron Curtain crumbled?
It is about the only way I can imagine the lessons of the 20th century passing them by. Or is there another explanation?
Well, yes. There is – and for that we return to Dunning and Kruger, mentioned earlier. This very in-your-face example of the syndrome as characterized in Cosatu’s conduct, is one amongst many in South African public life and – as often as not – the elephant in the room is the trade union movement.
It is an elephant that from time to time provides some good laughs – with my personal favourite being trade unions marching to protest unemployment and job losses. They undertake these periodically without blanching, with no hint of embarrassment and without the causes of their problem being recognized. The march itself is all important and if they get enough people involved, a bit of violence might get thrown in for good measure.
On the other hand I find the issue of minimum wages (a union hardy annual) simultaneously tragic and comical. The notion of resource limitation escapes their grasp entirely. Neither are the disastrous consequences for society’s most vulnerable – those who lose their jobs and join grant recipient queues – ever considered. It is bemusing how the most basic of arithmetic assignments – i.e. dividing a number (a wage budget) by a larger number than the one you first had (the wage rate, now increased through legislation) – could not result in a smaller quotient or number (of workers) being employed, and result in unemployment.
Apart from explaining such outcomes, the Dunning-Kruger Effect also applies to our education regime, where the unions cannot connect the dots between the forced retention (courtesy of Sadtu) of incompetent teachers and bad exam results; nor between a resistance to school inspectors and continuing poor education. Instead – and in collaboration with government itself – education standards are compromised to maintain nice looking pass statistics that keep union members and MPs happy, but turn our matric qualification into a joke.
The same principle applies to all aspects of the social engineering for which we are noted as a nation.
Because racial representation is considered de rigueur and a necessary form of restitution, laws are enacted that do harm and ignore consequences to ordinary people because there is scant regard for merit. Sub-optimal and often downright incompetent people are placed in important positions where their inability to perform is indulged and results in real damage to society. The most obvious example is, once again education, where the legacy of mismanagement endures without respite. (There are plenty of others too of course – like Eskom’s flaky power generating capacity, the condition of many of the country’s roads, our imploding public health care system and a corrupt police force – to mention a few).
The process by which public education was despoiled epitomizes the syndrome.
In the mid nineties, when government offered the best and most experienced teachers the nation had at its disposal “the package” to encourage them to exit the profession (at taxpayers’ expense), it was displaying the “Illusory Superiority” referred to by Dunning-Kruger. And when they substituted those teachers with unionized dummies, they took the syndrome to new heights, with dire consequences for the profession, education and the nation’s future.
Today 23000 out of 28000 state schools are estimated to be dysfunctional or seriously compromised.
Today the Dunning Kruger Effect is culturally internalised to the point that, when state incumbents are challenged, they actively defend the sorry state of the nation’s education, economy, service delivery and any facet of state one cares to name – and place the blame elsewhere. In the process they invoke ideologies and political dogmas long disproven and discredited – but which happen to provide the elite with a ruling platform. It is a living case study of Illusory Superiority – and on a national scale!
All of which causes me to wonder about something. Is it not just possible that a time might come when unreasonable and gratuitous stupidity could be classified as a crime against humanity?
Surely there must be a case for it.

Illusory Superiority and the Confidence of Fools - News24 Voices (http://voices.news24.com/martin-warburg/2013/10/illusory-superiority-and-cognitive-deficit/)

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Oct 2013, 19:29
Big fat hairy surprise.

Meanwhile there's nothing but crickets and tumbleweeds from those who wished this upon SA....

Solid Rust Twotter
31st Oct 2013, 07:31
These are the same police under the ANC regime who would like to disarm law abiding citizens while doing nothing about armed criminals.

Local rapper Khuli Chana shot by police, mistaken for kidnapper
Times LIVE, Sapa | 28 October, 2013 07:26

EWN tweeted Monday that the musician was allegedly shot and wounded in Midrand.

Chana's manager Refiloe Ramogase said the singer was going to meet a DJ at the New Road Caltex garage early on Monday morning for a gig in Pretoria, when, according to Chana's manager, police opened fire unexpectedly.

The rapper has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home, said one of the tweets.

Mail & Guardian said the musician sustained minor injuries in the incident.

Chana's arm was injured after a bullet was lodged in his right finger. One bullet also went through the back seat and broke into shrapnel and penetrated his back.

According to the report, it was a case of mistaken identity, because Chana was reportedly thought to have been a kidnapper.

Ramogase told MetroFM that the singer will be pressing charges of attempted murder against the police after, according to Chana they fired six shots.

According to Ramogase, the police aimed to "shoot to kill".

"No one said 'stop', he [Chana] just realised what was going on [and had to stop]," he told MetroFM.

Chana's manager added that two officers on duty were in civilian clothing, and said that Chana told him two others were in police clothing.

Gauteng police could not confirm reports that Chana was shot and injured by police officers.

Midrand police referred queries to the provincial police, who were not available for comment.

Publicist Sheila Afari said Chana was shot and wounded at Caltex garage on New Road in Midrand.

"Police opened fire on Khuli Chana's vehicle with intent to kill --apparently mistaking him for a kidnapper in the early hours of this morning [Monday]... Khuli Chana is lucky to be alive after the excessive lethal force used," a statement said.

Chana, whose real name is Khulane Morule, was reportedly alone at the time of the shooting.

The former Mahikeng resident received a message of support from North West premier Thandi Modise wishing him a speedy recovery.

"We hope that the circumstances surrounding the incident will be investigated. Chana is an inspiration to the people of the North West... he represents excellence in the field of the arts."

Meanwhile in Cape Town, the regime continues their attempts to destabilise the only functioning province which just happens to be run by their political opposition. Can't do the job themselves so they drag everyone else down to their level to avoid looking like the ignorant [email protected] they are.

Talk of moving parliament away from CT as well. No doubt if they ever regain power there, that plan will be rapidly shelved.:rolleyes:

Looting hits Cape Town CBD
Article By: Staff Reporter
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 7:48 AM

The Cape Town city centre was hit by rioting and looting on Wednesday afternoon, according to reports.

A number of protesters had walked to the Western Cape legislature's offices earlier in the afternoon, but the demonstration then reportedly turned violent.

According to News24, car windows were smashed and stalls were broken. A number of businesses were forced to shut their doors.

Police reportedly cordoned off streets when the protest escalated. Witnesses on the scene said that rubber bullets and stun grenades were fired.

The Daily Sun earlier reported that ANC councillor Loyiso Nkohla had urged and encouraged people to loot shops.

"You will not have to go hungry because there are so many places that you can loot in the CBD. The police can't arrest us all because there will be too many of us," Nkohla said at the weekend, according to the Daily Sun.

Meanwhile, school killings African style continue...

Pupil 'speared to death'
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 7:47 AM
Article By: Gia Nicolaides, EWN

Footage emerged on Wednesday of a Kwazulu-Natal schoolboy being speared to death by fellow classmates.

The video, which shows 18-year-old Bongani Nkabinde being killed at the Sizimisele High School this week after being involved in a fight with several other pupils, has gone viral.

The fight broke out shortly after assembly in full view of other pupils, who were due to write exams shortly thereafter.

The police's Thulane Zwane said that it was unclear exactly what Nkabinde was stabbed with, but they found an assortment of weapons at the scene.

"It is believed they were carrying dangerous weapons at school, including knobkieries and sticks. Seven suspects have been arrested and they are due to appear in court soon," said Zwane.

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Nov 2013, 07:25
There may be a chance to fix things, but the ANC regime has no interest in doing so. They prefer to follow Mugabe's lead and screw the country into the shitter to appease their followers with freebies in order to hang on to power.

http://www.politicsweb.co.za/mailstreams/clickthrough?u=gc2441&d=gmail.com&miid=3757&mid=35 67&l=3&a=
Richard Wilkinson
21 October 2013

Richard Wilkinson replies to Michael Fargher's advocacy of equality of outcomes

My good friend Michael Fargher has written an article on South African inequality, its causes and the steps that should be taken to alleviate it ("White-washed equality" Politicsweb October 5 2013). I disagree very strongly with almost everything he says. This is quite something because five years ago I could easily have written exactly the same article. Yet experience has caused me to question past assumptions to the point where today I take a view that is practically diametrically opposed to Mike's.

First, let's start with the points where I think Mike and I are in agreement. I agree that South Africa is deeply unequal and that economic inequality is a serious threat to the country's future - a threat that could become lethal when coupled with a prolonged period of economic stagnation. Secondly, let me be clear that I support ‘transformation:' a hard-to-define concept which at its most basic consists of trying to make South Africa's future better than its past; a future which is wealthier, more peaceful, more socially coherent and - yes - less unequal.

The mistaken belief that redistribution necessarily reduces inequality
I think that the core of our disagreement concerns the belief that any and all models of transformation and redistribution will ineluctably lead to reduced inequality. Post-Apartheid South Africa has seen one of the largest peaceful redistributions of wealth in history.

A procession of well-intended schemes has been set up: industry-wide affirmative action charters, state-led industrial plans, racialised university admissions processes, quotas on sports teams and, most notably, Black Economic Empowerment (which was hastily renamed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment following the emergence of egregious cases of corrupt enrichment). Redistribution has been matched by ballooning government handouts: nearly one-third of the population now receives some form of taxpayer-funded welfare. I'm not sure what more could possibly be done.

You would think that after all this the country would be more equal. And yet it isn't. According to an OECD study conducted by Leibbrandt et al, South Africa's Gini co-efficient increased from 0.66 in 1993 to 0.70 in 2008. The real kicker lies in the breath-taking increase in inequality within ‘black' South Africa since the early 1990's, a phenomenon which led the authors to urge ‘policy initiatives which address the increase in intra-racial inequality, rather than those focused solely on redistribution between inter-racial population groups.'

I can't remember precisely but I think it was Brian Pottinger who summed up this trend in his terrifying but outstanding book ‘The Mbeki Legacy' by pithily rearranging Churchill's famous phrase: ‘never before in the history of human endeavour has so much been redistributed from so many to so few.'

Why then has transformation failed so spectacularly? I will argue that it is due largely to the unintended consequences which flow from a model which is practically hardwired to give rise to pernicious outcomes. These deficiencies consist of four beguiling post-Apartheid premises that are so widely held that they may as well be referred to as the ‘Gospel of the New South Africa' in that those who apostatise them are susceptible to charges of heresy. As I explain below, each of these premises is deeply flawed.

1) The fallacy that in order to be successful transformation needs to be racialised

Firstly, the argument that race serves even as a remotely accurate measure of disadvantage is well and truly dead. South Africa is now a country where black shack dwellers living in execrable poverty tick the same racial box on the census form as Patrice Motsepe and Kenny Kunene. Mike also seems to assume that white South Africa is uniformly well off. Yes, some of the families of Sandhurst and Constantia might have connections which make jobs easier to come by. But not every white person lives in Sandhurst or Constantia. They don't all fly business class.

Contrary to popular liberation folklore, whatever wealth the bulk of the white minority does have is largely due to parents waking up early, working really hard to create businesses or earn a living, handing over up to half of their incomes in tax (all in the aim of bettering the broader country) and using whatever's left over to effectively pay twice so that their children can avoid the world's worst public education system. If after all this the white middle class is left with some money I hardly resent them having some fun with it.

Ironically, one unintended consequence of racialised transformation has been that retrenched and otherwise discarded white workers have been spurred on to build up an enormous amount of business: former policemen have established highly profitable private security firms, former state teachers, nurses and doctors now devote their energies to private schools and private hospitals, the rise of DSTV now means we don't have to endure the SABC.

I have difficulty understanding how this success can be used to argue that inherent privilege remains with the white minority. For twenty years a democratically elected government has been in undisturbed possession of the nation's tax revenue, the entire civil service, countless state owned enterprises, the SABC, the police, the military and now large parts of the judiciary. How can anyone sensibly argue that ‘white South Africans' somehow retain magical and exclusive access to privilege? I'm sorry Mike: this argument might have worked in the 1990's but it doesn't work anymore.

Secondly, even if race is a valid proxy for disadvantage, the unintended consequences of racialised transformation have been disastrous. Much of what Mike is proposing has been implemented to the fullest degree in the last 20 years: racialised affirmative action and BEE have all been tested to destruction.

And the result?

The construction of an insider/outsider system of patronage in which the same politically connected elite is licensed to be repeatedly enriched and empowered; the deterioration and in some cases the outright collapse of large parts of the state; the legitimisation of the race card used most egregiously in the corruption and politicisation of the Judicial Services Commission. Our mining industry is in vertiginous decline, our schools are now the very worst in the world - and Mike is calling for more? Just one more heave and this time it will work?

Above all, this racialised transformation has led to a sharp increase in inequality - the very measure Mike is so keen to improve. This is the problem not only with Mike's article but with so much commentary, public policy and indeed many constitutional court judgments over the past 20 years: we presume not only that racially infused socialism is progressive but that it is the only legitimate ideology in town. The truth is that whatever progress has been made in the past 20 years has occurred not because of these policies but in spite of them. We do not need to reheat these rotten ideas any further.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing is that it doesn't have to be this way. We could construct a system of transformation which is colour-blind and pro-poor. We could give heavily weighted school vouchers to children (of all races) who come from impecunious backgrounds so that they can attend the low-cost private school of their choice. We could favour small firms (of all races) when awarding state contracts. The trouble is that these ideas are dismissed out of hand with the ultimate irony being that their proponents are often labeled as racists.

In the final analysis, what should matter is whether or not you are born into poverty. The colour of your skin should be as (ir)relevant as the month in which you have your birthday - after all, you choose neither.

2) The fallacy that in order to be successful transformation must be driven and dictated by the state and/or judiciary

Mike's second big problem, in my view, is that his dream is idealistic to the point of being quixotic. He insists that we should strive not just for ‘equality of opportunities' but for ‘equality of outcomes.' The trouble is that it is not clear by what mechanisms he recommends that this be achieved.

Does Mike propose that the state confiscate and redistribute all land and private property until equality of outcomes is achieved? Does he agree with Pierre de Vos that white people should be forced to pay a ‘race tax' as reparation for their supposedly odious legacy?

Even if Mike does not propose economic suicide of this order, one can only assume that in his vision of transformation the state is accorded a central role. The trouble is that this approach has a woeful track record. State-driven service delivery has become bogged down in protests and corruption as an under capacitated bureaucracy (whose incapacity is ironically entrenched by non-merit based appointments) finds itself unable to cope.
Once again, there are alternatives if we're prepared to give them a look-in.

I am a libertarian. I am a libertarian because my interpretation of millennia of economic history is that people are best off when their core civil rights are protected and not displaced in favour of the collective good. I sincerely and genuinely believe that classical, radical liberalism is the most progressive, pro-poor approach to public policy. So, what does classical liberalism have to offer poor South Africans deeply scarred by the legacy of centuries of unequal and degrading treatment? The short answer is that pro-business liberalism generates economic growth which in turn generates jobs and tax revenue.

This doesn't mean the state should sit back and do nothing. On the contrary - in order to create an economy which works for the majority we need to implement reforms which take power away from the state and organised cartels and transfer it to individuals. We need to reform African customary law so that rural people - especially rural women - own the land on which they live. We need to reform labour law to incentivise the hiring of workers. We need to make tender processes transparent and slanted in favour of small businesses. Finally, we need to make it easier for innovative, quality private schools to offer state-funded opportunities to poor children.

But all of this involves confronting entrenched interests: the rural chiefs, the trade unions and the tenderpreneurs who have become too deeply embedded in the scaffolding of transformation to allow any hint of reform.

3) The fallacy that token feel-good schemes are substitutes for massive economic growth

The simple fact is that if South Africa is to be a viable country it needs a far larger economy. Arguing about how we currently slice the cake is futile: $ 500 billion simply does not go far when shared amongst 50 million people. We need to double our annual GDP to $ 1 trillion, then again to $ 2 trillion and then $ 4 trillion. For this we will need 8% economic growth for the next 30 years.

Economic history is clear: this sort of transformation can only be achieved through strongly protected property rights, a business climate that is friendly to investors and entrepreneurs and quality education probably delivered by privately run chains of low-cost schools. The trouble is that this conflicts with all manner of post-Apartheid holy cows which are regularly milked by ‘progressive' commentators - most notably that our increasingly fraying property rights system should be further unstitched.

An example of an inadequate ‘token feel-good scheme' which Mike supports is the policy of making university graduates perform a year of community service. Mike correctly acknowledges the price of this policy: a year of community service will divert precious skills away from productive economic activity once again costing the country jobs and tax revenue. But then he just ignores this cost. The truth is that fads and gimmicks - no matter how sincerely expressed - simply cannot serve as a substitute for jobs and increased tax revenue.

Moreover, these stop-gap solutions detract from the core issue: ANC governance has inflicted upon South Africa an economic and humanitarian catastrophe of truly monumental proportions. Sliding life expectancy and literacy rates have meant that we have tumbled down the UN Human Development Index from 62nd in the world in 1990 to 121st in 2012. Despite being one of the most naturally rich countries in the world we now find ourselves sandwiched between Kiribati and Vanuatu, trailing well behind the beleaguered peoples of Syria, Palestine and Albania.

4) The fallacy that wholesale racialised land reform is anything other than a blueprint for national famine

Nowhere is the triumph of ‘transformation ideology' over pragmatism more complete - and nowhere are the consequences for human welfare more horrifying - than in the area of land reform. At precisely the moment when South Africa should be boosting its agricultural capacity by creating massive, job-rich agribusinesses we are doing the exact opposite. Pervasive land claims make using land as collateral for loans impossible, choking off the capital needed for investment. Government policy now glorifies the miserable existence that is small-scale subsistence farming.

The narrative explained above is replicated with metronomic and depressing predictability. Instead of empowering the masses, tens of thousands of newly retrenched black farmworkers (many of whom benefitted from modest farm-sponsored housing, health and educational services) face destitution and starvation. Urban food prices will continue to rise as we entrench our position as a net importer of food. Ironically, the white farmers forced off their land will largely be OK. They'll take whatever compensation they get and move off to farm somewhere else in the world or into some other industry. Meanwhile, our once productive countryside will be left fertile but fallow.

But hey - at least it will have been successfully ‘transformed!'

It's at times like this when I wonder whether the model Mike is punting should be renamed, as I think Pottinger once phrased it, from ‘transformation' to ‘deformation' - because that's exactly what it is.


Putting aside my disagreements with the erudite and highly personable Michael Fargher, I cannot help but be struck by the galling injustice which often frames this debate.

I am terribly sorry, but when a government that I have never voted for squanders hundreds of billions of Rands of taxpayers' money not on schools nor on hospitals nor even on bland civil service jobs but rather on submarines that we don't need and fighter jets that we can't fly; when this same administration pursues the genocidal policy of denying those infected with HIV access to anti-retrovirals whilst recommending that they alleviate their agonising deaths by eating beetroot and garlic; when this monstrous regime applauds Robert Mugabe's desecration of Zimbabwe and then has the audacity - the mind blowing hypocrisy - to blame a highly economically productive, peaceful and largely self-sufficient racial minority for rising economic inequality I find myself possessed by the overwhelming and irrepressible urge to tell that regime and all who defend it to get stuffed.

Richard Wilkinson is currently reading for a Masters of Law degree at the University of Cambridge. You can follow him on Twitter @RichWilkinsonSA

Note: ED - I have NO control over Upper/Lower case letters / symbols in Title Box = Like Zuma - does as it pleases!

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Nov 2013, 15:18
And the pre election scaremongering has begun, as seen in this TAU rebuttal.

In defence of pale males
August 16, 2013 - by TAU Bulletin

The state of the nation is no more ludicrously evident than Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s recent “warning” that “pale males” would return to government in Gauteng if SA’s opposition Democratic Alliance party wins next year’s provincial election.

“It can’t happen, it will not happen” she declared. “Reversals in transformation are unacceptable, and the Gauteng public must be spared the “white gevaar” (danger).

Where in the world are efficiency, skills, creativity and diligence seen as a danger? Only in South Africa, where so-called liberation credentials, party membership and loyalty trump the need to maintain the first world country and its infrastructure which was handed to the ANC on a plate after the 1994 election.

Ms. Mokonyane’s racial invective and resentment has been received with a muted tolerance. Despite the non-racial assurances in the Founding Provisions of South Africa’s constitution, the governing party’s racial diatribes against, mostly, whites continue apace. Indeed, they seem to have increased. The State President’s YouTube clip where he urges his supporters to “kill the boers” and that his cabinet would “kill with a machine gun” is still running, without any apparent move by YouTube to take it out of circulation. (Yet a YouTube clip made by two white South Africans saying they refuse to apologize for being who they are was taken off within a few days of its appearance on the internet.)

South Africa has two parallel universes – the ANC’s self-delusion and the reality. The fact that the country has dramatically slipped down the world’s various achievement indexes over the past nineteen years has either escaped Ms. Mokonyane’s notice, or she is disingenuous in the extreme. Does the rather corpulent Ms. Mokonyane not realize that 90% of the food she and her countrymen consume is produced by pale males? That virtually everything she takes for granted in this country was created by pale males?

From where did the railways, roads, commercial farms, schools, hospitals, potable water and electricity transmission emanate? The very language she uses in a legislature which is not part of her cultural heritage is a language of the pale male. The news print that distributes her humbug is not of her culture either. But she is selective in her vitriol. When this lady shops, she hurries to the pale males’ luxury shopping centers: she was recently seen at up market Hyde Park “posing proudly with her R10 000 LK Bennet shoes and matching handbag”. (Tony Leon, Business Day 30.7.13). Pale males are excoriated but they are good enough to produce and supply the luxuries which she and her fellow anti-friends cannot live without.

There is no empirical evidence to show that without the intervention of others in Africa (including pale males), Ms. Mokonyane’s culture would have evolved any further than that of those “lost” tribes one finds in the Amazon and Papua New Guinea. She should be grateful that that particular ship sailed around the Cape of Good Hope many years ago and that it decided to stop for victuals. Non-pale male groups who could have manned that ship may not have been so conciliatory to the locals, then and now.

Who created the Sasols, the Iscors, the Eskoms and the country’s nuclear capacity? Who rid the country of the tste tste fly and malaria? Who developed Africa’s premier agricultural and veterinary service, used by the whole continent? Who produces maize and other grain surpluses year after year on the continent that cannot feed itself?

And, conversely, who is busy destroying what used to be the African continent’s pin-up country?

Certainly not pale males. Ms. Mokonyane and her compatriots should look in the mirror. But if one’s modus vivendi is self delusion, then blame is the name of the game. The world has taken note of the Africa of today. It is not a pretty picture. Zimbabwe went from the continent’s bread basket to a basket case. Few if any of the continent’s governments can feed their people. Corruption, nepotism, inefficiency and venality are the order of the day. South Africa is no exception. Who is to blame for Liberia’s status as an African cesspool, or for Ethiopia’s failed state ranking? Colonialism? Apartheid? Pale males? Neither of these countries was subjected to colonialism or apartheid. They are travesties because the people who live there are who they are.

South Africa today could certainly do with some pale males to put things right. But this is not the ANC’s priority: a deep racial inferiority complex trumps practicality.

The facts

Pale males around the world are denounced by the non-achievers with relentless regularity. Whites in the United States complain about this as well. We quote Fred Reed from the US’s Nationalist Times:

“I am weary of the endless denunciation of ‘white privilege’; the calls to abolish all tests in which whites excel, and the need to make universities and police forces and advanced placement classes ‘look like American demographics’. It might be well to note the utter dependence of the US on white men who have contributed virtually everything that keeps the affirmative action classes from living in mud huts.”

Reed continues with examples of this contribution: “Euclidean geometry, parabolic geometry, hyperbolic geometry and projective geometry. Physical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry. Classical mechanics. The indeterminacy principle. The wave equation. The Parthenon. Air conditioning. Number theory. Romanesque architecture. Gothic architecture. Information theory. Entropy. Enthalpy. Almost every symphony ever written. Pierre August Renoir. The diatonic scale. The mathematics behind the twelfth root of two and all that. The Bohr-Sommerfeld atom. The purine pyrimidine structure of the DNA ladder. Single sideband radio. All other radio. Dentistry. The internal combustion engine. Turbojets, turbofans, Doppler beam-sharpening. Penicillin. Airplanes. Surgery. The mammogram. The Pill. The condom. Polio vaccine. The integrated circuit.
“The computer, computational fluid dynamics. Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Homer. Glass. Rubber. Nylon. Roads. Buildings. Acetyl-cholinesterase inhibitors. Silicone. The automobile. Bug spray. Public cryptography.”

“Like it or not white men can do these things, have done them, and continue to do them. The evidence shows that all groups receiving affirmative action have not done them, and cannot do them, which is why they need affirmative action.

“The pattern of white men doing difficult things continues. Consider the founders of companies in information technologies. Not quite all white, but all men. Anyone who watched the landing of Curiosity on Mars will have noticed that Mission Control consisted overwhelmingly of white men. If I were rude, I would say to those who criticize: invent your own things.”

Reed cites South Africa as an example of a tragedy in the making. “A constantly dwindling number of whites are at the mercy of a predatory welfare class and it’s possible they can’t and won’t carry the rest of the population. If things get worse for them, they will simply flee the country.”

Whether this scenario plays itself out in South Africa is up to the whites. But Ms. Mokonyane mustn’t take too much for granted. Her dislike of pale males borders on the obsessive, to the point where common sense and practical considerations for the benefit of all South Africans are cast aside in an all-consuming and embittered realization that her ANC cannot feed its people, cannot govern, and are no better than what the world has seen emanate from the rest of the continent over the past fifty years. She knows this, the ANC knows this, and the world knows it. Keeping out the pale males won’t improve the ANC. This racial animosity is inimical not only to whites but, eventually, to the future of all South Africans.

The pale male acrimony is however selective. Ex president Nelson Mandela was not interned in an ANC-run hospital. The new ANC elite have quietly bought houses in so-called white areas. They send their children to white schools. They want the pale male’s education system. (Every university in South Africa is a white creation). What is the yardstick against which anything of worth in South Africa is judged if not against a pale male-created yardstick? Are the elite’s suits bought from Nigeria or Italy? Is there such a thing as a Ghanian IPod? Do they fly Air Kenya or British Airways? Do they go to Mali for their holidays or to Paris?

A South African business journalist refers to “the African No” – “a jumbled melee of endless meetings, unreturned phone calls and ignored e-mails”. Compare this approach with the white world. The United States for example accounts for 4,5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s GDP. When people flee their terrible countries they try for Europe, Australia and other pale male bastions. They don’t want to emigrate to Zambia or the Sudan.

A cursory trawl through South Africa’s productive sector sees pale males as police divers, as rescue helicopter pilots, as paramedics, as the donors to charities, as the bedrock of the taxpayer base, as the underpinners of the medical profession, the service industry, the banking and the mining sector. The country is divided into the producers and the consumers, and we know on which side of the divide the pale male sits.

Virtually all of the productive farms that were handed over to ANC supporters under the government’s land redistribution policy failed: a pithy example of pale male producers and ANC-created destruction.

It is a pity that more media space is not given to a frank analysis of who are the drivers of the South African economy, instead of to those who talk about nationalization, about transformation, about white racism and so-called privilege. South Africans might get a clearer picture of who is really important in the grand scheme of things, as opposed to those who can talk the leg off an iron pot, hold press conferences, fly all over the world first class, endlessly discuss turnaround strategies and blame everyone but themselves for their shortcomings. Within ten years, South Africa’s social spending (including huge government employee wage bills) will exceed government revenue. Employee compensation as a share of government income went from 31,7% in 2008 to 44,3% in 2012. South Africa’s pale males are a finite group – even they cannot hope to foot the bill for this parasite profligacy forever.

Maybe then South Africa will value its pale males, but it may be too late.

6th Nov 2013, 14:39
Depressing article about the poor state of education in SA now. I sat and read this over lunch along with the other doom and gloom of the Argus, whilst sitting in a busy little cafe in Strand Street sheltering from this morning's Cape Town rain showers.

Our matrics have been cheated out of their birthright by the Department of Education, says Allister Sparks.
Durban - My heart goes out to the 700 000-plus young South Africans who are currently writing their matric exams. Your mentors have told you this is your big hurdle into adulthood, your rite of passage into a career and a life of opportunity in this land into which you were lucky enough to be “born free”.
They have urged you to work hard, do your best, and you will be rewarded.
Alas, they lied to you. Because they, your mentors in the South African Department of Education, did not fulfil their side of the bargain. They did not work hard enough, or do their best, to ensure that you were provided with the best possible education system to enable you to flourish and achieve your best – which is your birthright.
After 20 years of freedom, which is almost two full school generations from Grade 0 to 12, the ANC regime has failed to give you even the semblance of a decent education system.
Your predecessors, during the struggle years of the 1980s and 1990s, forsook their own futures to join the campaign against the apartheid system so that you, the next generation, might have a better future.
“Freedom now, education later,” was their battle cry. But they, too, have been cheated by the greedy politicians and bureaucrats and tenderpreneurs who have been too preoccupied with sating their own appetites and ambitions to provide you with the efficient, modern education system to which you are entitled.
They failed to deliver the textbooks you needed. They failed to be in class, on time, teaching. Some came to school late, or drunk. Some didn’t pitch at all. Some have been predators, preying on girl pupils. Some have been just plain lazy, or incompetent – but stayed in their jobs because of the protection of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu).
Now it is you, the pupils, who face the consequences of their misdemeanours and shortcomings.
Checking some figures in the Eastern Cape, I see that three-quarters of the class that began their schooling in 2002 did not make it to matric. Of the 26 percent that did, only 14 percent, or 39 443, passed.
That is an appalling figure. Explaining it, the provincial MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, put all the blame on teenage pregnancy, youth delinquency, poverty and poor parental control. Not a word about the poor quality of teaching, the inadequacy of the curriculum or the poor administrative back-up.
According to Makupula it’s all the fault of the pupils themselves and their parents. Her teachers and her system are just fine.
Across the nation the story remains much the same, both in terms of exam results and facilities. Last year’s exam results showed that 95 schools received pass rates of less than 20 percent. Only 8 percent of schools have functioning libraries. A total of 3 600 have no electricity, and another 2 400 have no running water.
Why, in heaven’s name, do 92 percent of our schools still have no functional libraries 20 years after apartheid?
Overcrowded classrooms compound the problem of inadequately trained teachers. In townships such as Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town, for example, it is common to have 50 and 60 pupils per class. It beggars belief that such a deplorable situation is able to continue year after year with nothing substantive being done to rectify it. We have one of the largest education budgets per capita in the world, yet our performance rating still lags near the bottom of 144 countries measured. Where is the money going?
All that has been done is to downgrade the standard of the matric exam to enable the regime to boast that the pass rate is improving. Minister of Education Angie Motshekga remonstrated with AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele the other day for referring to our “30 percent matric”, which she claimed was misleading. Well, unless you are in the business of nit-picking, Ramphele had it just about right.
There are, as Motshekga explained, four different grades of matric these days, but that’s just to make it easier to massage the numbers. The lowest level, which is the one that boosts the numbers, requires a pupil to get 40 percent in home language (which should be a piece of cake) and two other subjects, and only 30 percent in the remaining three subjects. In my matric year, admittedly a long time ago, 30 percent was a failure. But today you can fail half your subjects by those standards and still walk away with a matric certificate. By my reckoning that’s as near as dammit to gifting a 30 percent pupil with a matric certificate. And still 14 percent of the top pupils in the Eastern Cape failed last year.
Back to the 700 000-plus who are writing matric right now. If we go according to last year’s figures, that means some 2.1 million of the six-year-olds who started in 2003 have already dropped out of school. And we can expect about 98 000 of those writing now to fail Mamphela’s “30 percent matric”.
Which means this single class of 2003-2015 will have deposited some 2 million unqualified, barely literate young people on to the labour market. And that happens every year. Moreover, it is a labour market in which the unskilled worker is becoming obsolete, in which the requirement is for ever-higher technical skills.
High-tech skills we are not even beginning to produce in the required numbers. Because, dreadful though our matric results are, they are handsome when compared with the specific results for those most critical of subjects – maths, science and technology. Yet we still have Cosatu defending the status quo in education, fiercely opposing teaching being declared “an essential service” to prohibit strikes, and fighting to keep incompetent heads and teachers in their jobs.
I still seethe when I drive through rural areas and see children walking 5km or 10km to school and back every day. It must be 10 years since I first wrote suggesting there be comprehensive school-bus services in these areas to save them those hours that could be better spent studying.
It is equally long since I first wrote suggesting we build boarding schools, staffed with the best-qualified and best-paid teachers, to serve as nodes of excellence in those forgotten areas. And provide those boarding schools with proper sports facilities and coaches, since sport today offers another career avenue for young people.
And it is at least five years since I first advocated using facilities that already existed in our cities to train the many black women who run township crèches as qualified pre-school teachers.
There are some 300 crèches in Joburg’s Alexandra township alone, where working mothers leave their babies every day, that could be upgraded in this way.
Now that we know how important those early years are in any individual’s life, imagine what a difference it would make to our educational standards if the thousands of crèches that must exist around the country could be converted into proper nursery schools.
But if our government has one overriding talent, it is for doing nothing.

It's yet another example of the massive confidence trick perpetrated on the people of South Africa by the ANC whom they voted into power in hope and expectation of better times ahead for everyone. The divergence between the promise and the reality is widening every day, as is the disparity between rich and poor.

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Nov 2013, 20:19
Bullard, Sparks and the like - All disillusioned ex-ANC cheerleaders....

Reality really is a cold hard bitch.

7th Nov 2013, 04:18
Not to mention the Permatanned Petes and all the other champagne socialists and liberators who postured for the overthrow of the 'evil' regimes in Rhodesia and South Africa and had great hopes for 'democracy'. They are all very quiet now under their stones at the bottom of their ponds.

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Nov 2013, 09:49
Meanwhile, the BS continues to flow thick and fast. He's just plain old downright untrustworthy, but I guess that's a good thing for a politician...

Zuma claims ignorance of Gupta plane

THABO MOKONE | 07 November, 2013

Responding to questions in the National Assembly yesterday, Zuma said he "knew nothing" about the landing of the private jet chartered by the Gupta family, who are his personal friends, on behalf of their guests from India.

An inter-departmental team investigation has cleared Zuma and his ministers of any foul play in the matter and found instead that senior government officials colluded to allow the Gupta jet to land at Waterkloof, which is usually reserved for use by the government and official visitors.

Last month, a senior air force official implicated Zuma, in testimony given under oath, telling a military tribunal probing Guptagate that the person referred to as "number one" by suspended chief of state protocol Bruce Kholoane was the president.

Zuma, speaking publicly for the first time on the matter, told MPs yesterday he could "not speak on behalf" of some official at a military tribunal. He insisted his office had nothing to do with the landing of planes at airports.

"I had no prior knowledge, involvement or communication relating to the landing of a private plane at AF Waterkloof. The president is neither directly nor indirectly involved in the authorisation of civilian aircraft landing at airports like AF Waterkloof," said Zuma.

He was responding to a question from DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. She rejected Zuma's explanation, arguing that the president ought to have known about the Gupta jet because his minister of defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, had been aware of it.

Zuma said: "There are so many people who land at many airports in this country. The president knows nothing about these people."

Another DA MP, David Maynier, weighed in, telling Zuma that the root cause of the scandal was his relationship with the Guptas.

"There's a perception that when the Guptas say jump, Zuma says, 'How high?' That is what created the culture of influence in which senior officials could credibly claim that they were acting on the instructions of number one," said Maynier.

He asked Zuma if he was aware that the State Security Agency was probing the "undue influence" the Guptas had on the government.

"He's asking the question I've already answered," said Zuma.

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Nov 2013, 14:25
International award winning Cybele Forest Lodge has also fallen victim to the lack of basic DF displayed by this regime.

Popular Mpumalanga lodge loses land claim battle
07 Thu, Nov 2013

Cybele Forest Lodge and Health Spa near Hazyview, Mpumalanga, will close its doors on Sunday, November 17.

Director Rupert Jefferies said the closure followed a land claim by the Manzimhlophe Community.

The lodge and 120 hectares of forestry land were purchased by the government on behalf of the community. However, Jefferies said, the government did not facilitate a hand-over of the lodge and the community would inherit an empty lodge, adding that the lodge was likely to become derelict in a very short space of time.

“We requested meetings, engagements and commitments from them in respect of a suitable and efficient hand-over of the hotel, and a further purchase of all hotel fittings and moveable assets prior to the finalisation of the sale agreement between us and the government almost a year ago,” said Jefferies. “None of this effort yielded any result.” He said attempts by government to find a strategic partner to run the lodge with the community had faltered.

Jefferies said government had failed the community and that 45 staff would be deprived of their livelihoods and income.

7th Nov 2013, 14:40
“pale males”

Misread this as pale ales and was happy for a moment...!


Solid Rust Twotter
12th Nov 2013, 20:06
Paranoia - The default setting of African govts...

Ramaphosa comments 'irresponsible'
Article By: Staff Reporter
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 8:10 AM

ANC deputy-president Cyril Ramaphosa's comments showed a "shameful disregard for the Constitution", Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said.

Ramaphosa reportedly made the comments following a meeting with a disgruntled resident in Seshego, Limpopo.

"If all South Africans don't vote, we will regress. The Boers will come back to control us," he told the resident, who initially said she would not vote for the ANC because they had disappointed her.

"I said things will regress because if they don't vote we are moving backward and we need to be moving forward all the time, and she [the resident] paused for a while and she bought my story," Ramaphosa later told the Star.

Now, Lekota has lashed out at Ramaphosa.

"Ramaphosa's statement that the 'boers' will return to rule if people don't vote for the ANC is a shameful disregard to our constitutional democracy and it underestimates the intelligence of South Africans," Lekota was quoted as saying by IOL.

Lekota said that it was irresponsible for Lekota to incite racial hatred as part of electioneering.

"We never expected such disregard for the constitution... by the very man who contributed in writing that constitution."

The DA has also criticised the comments, with DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane saying the utterances show that Ramaphosa is stuck in the "dark ages".

"The ANC is panicking which is why even people like Cyril Ramaphosa are using the race card."

Meanwhile, police ethics sink further into the morass. The gun running saga and other skullduggery don't even get a mention.

McBride recommended for Ipid top job
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:36 AM

Former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride has been recommended by the Minister of Police to be the new head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, it was reported on Tuesday.

According to a Business Day report, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa wrote to Parliament asking that the relevant committee confirm or reject McBride's nomination as Ipid head.

McBride was fired as Ekurhuleni metro police chief after crashing vehicle and then being charged with drunk driving and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate investigates alleged crimes committed by the police.

13th Nov 2013, 06:35
You are right but SA killed my brother and well ****** up a lot in my life...
I am tired of the ****ers that sit and whine and do nothing... My sympathy, but you are not the only one who has lost loved ones and tries to blame it on a regime they didn't approve of, but may I be so bold as to ask what you have done?
Also, have you ever realised that more people have died as a result of violence, both political and non-political, since 1994 than died during the Apartheid years?
Then there was Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, with millions suffering, dying, and being displaced by Mugabe's regime that the do-gooders helped to instal and support.
I'm not saying that the previous regimes were perfect, but only a minority are better off under the new ones.

Solid Rust Twotter
16th Nov 2013, 21:12
Armed robbery/hijacking in the Jhb CBD today- Sat 16 Nov 2013. Info to Crime Line SMS 32211 - YouTube

19th Nov 2013, 05:55
True story from a Durban North resident, who had the following experience
just before Christmas:.
I experienced an interesting episode this holiday. My gardener of many
years was away on his regular 3 weeks leave, and as I didn't feel like
explaining the lawn-mowing process to a prospective temporary stand-in
gardener, it meant that I had to operate the lawnmower myself.
One Saturday, dressed in my oldest PT shorts and T-shirt, I was mowing the
lawn on the pavement. As so often happens - when you don't need any help,
then all the help in the world normally arrives. By the time the 4th one
arrived with his hands in his pockets and asked for a "piece-job" for the
day, I decided to have a little fun, and the conversation went almost like
this :
He : I know of the lawnmower and I can cut the grass
Me: Sorry man, I don't stay here.- I only work for the people staying here
He : Hau.. These people they employ the whitey for the garden !
Me: Yes, and they don't even give food at lunchtime
This was end of the conversation. He took out his packet of cigarettes and
offered me one. I took one and he lit it for me. I took a few puffs, nipped
it and put the stub behind my ear.
He walked away, shaking his head, and his last words to me were :
"Hau.the ANC has f *#^! d up everything ....."!!!!!!!

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Nov 2013, 06:44
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A better result.

unstable load
1st Dec 2013, 05:46
A better result.
Only if he got one or more of them.

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Dec 2013, 09:11
The intended victim is still breathing and kept his property. That's good enough for me.

Perforated perps are a bonus.

Solid Rust Twotter
2nd Dec 2013, 11:10

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Dec 2013, 10:10

Team ALARM has been of the opinion that Nelson Mandela, for all practical purposes, died quite a while ago. For months not one person came forward to say that they saw him. We do however have reason to suspect that he is kept alive by machines, but that for all practical reasons he became brain dead several months ago. There are a several indications that his death might officially be announced very soon.

The funeral of this very popular statesman will attract dignitaries from each and every country in the world. Up to now, the home town of Nelson Mandela, near Mtahata, could not have handled a state funeral of this magnitude. In 2009 Mthata was declared a “Rapid High Impact Presidential Intervention Node” and a serious effort was started to improve the transport, roads, electricity articulation and water provision in the greater Mthata area. The new extended runway at Mthata airport was taken into service at the end of May 2013 and the upgraded roads and electricity infrastructure was completed a month ago.

Everywhere that important people and tourists might drive or move has been upgraded and repaired. Even some of the gravel roads have been extensively repaired and re-topped. Together with the new roads, bridges and electricity, there are also new petrol stations, hotels, and the Nelson Mandela museum that all looks so shiny and new and very stylish.

The Government is of course denying that any of this has anything to do with the potential funeral of Nelson Mandela. The Government insists that it is all part and parcel of the normal infrastructure and development project run by the benevolent ANC government, to the benefit of the people of South Africa. We have to admit that the effort to improve the Mthata airport has been a long running effort that has bungled along since 2008 but has failed to materialise any tangible results, due to the normal combination of corruption and ineptitude. That all changed rather drastically in 2012 when the improvement of the Mthata airport became a rapid development project.

The project's “Environmental Management Plan” (EMP) states the following very plainly in its introduction: “This is a special circumstances project and it is understood that this project is being undertaken for the provision of infrastructure for the landing of aircraft at Mthatha Airport for a special circumstance which is of national importance and is related to the former president.”

Point 2.2 on page 8 of the EMP under the heading “Motivation for use of the proposed borrowpits” the following statement is made:
“The Eastern Cape Department of Transport proposes to undertake the construction of a new runway at the Mthatha Airport in the Eastern Cape. This is a special circumstances project and it is understood that this project is being undertaken for the provision of infrastructure for the landing of aircraft at Mthatha Airport for a special circumstance which is of national importance and is related to the former president.”

On 22 November, Zuma went to inspect the improvements and repairs in the greater Mthata area and tried to gain as much political mileage as possible from it. Basically all the political elite went to see if the place looked good, and they were apparently quite impressed with the way it displayed.

Not all readers may realize that Mthata is only 31.3km from Qunu, the Eastern Cape home village of Nelson Mandela and the place where his funeral will take place. All the developments in the greater Mthata area also included Qunu and it is only a 30 minute drive on the lovely new roads to get to Qunu from Mthata.

Then on Wednesday 27 November the SAAF command cancelled the bi-annual Wheels and Wings show at the AFB Ysterplaat unilaterally and without any good and valid reason. Many people are seriously hacked off because a lot of time, effort and money has already been sunk into the event that was due to take place on 7&8 December. The unexplained cancellation of the show is busy creating a lot of PR fallout.

On Thursday 28 November the head of the SANDF cancelled all leave of all military personnel for the December period. No reason has been given.

Team ALARM also became aware of large military convoys that will be moving from Pretoria and Bloemfontein to the Qunu area shortly. We have however not been able to verify this information yet.

Should it happen that Mandela's death is announced officially, the timing could not have been more perfect for the ANC. Mandela's funeral would attract more interest than the soccer world cup, and everybody from Obama to the Pope would probably attend his funeral. Such a spectacle would go a long way in getting pressure off the ANC generated by the Nkandla scandal and the pending split of COSATU.

Additionally it would be very, very beneficial to hold his funeral on 16 December that is already known as “Day of Reconciliation” which happens to be on a Monday this year. That means there is a very handy reconciliation long weekend appearing on the calendar in 16 days that can be used to absolute maximum benefit.

The fact that Nelson Mandela the movie also appeared this last week, handily provides the cherry for the cake. The opportunity is just too good to pass up and we wonder if the Government will really let it slide by without making use of it?

Will we see an official announcement of Nelson Mandela's death in the next few days? It certainly looks like we are heading that way. We will only be sure when we hear the official announcement, but will not be surprised at all when we do.


Mandela 'on his death bed, but still a fighter'
2013-12-03 21:42

Johannesburg – Former president Nelson Mandela's family resorted to an unusual choice of words to describe his condition in an interview with SABC television news on Tuesday.

His daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, speaking off the cuff, told the broadcaster: "Tata is still with us. Very strong, as I said very courageous, even in [sic]... lack of a better word, on his death bed, I think he is still teaching us lessons. Lessons in patience, lessons in love, lessons in tolerance.

"Every moment, every minute with Tata amazes me... There are times when I have to pinch myself that I come from this man who is so strong, who is a fighter. Even when there are moments when you can see he is struggling but the fighting spirit is still there with him," she said.

Makaziwe spoke to the SABC following the launch of the Nelson Mandela Opus in Johannesburg.

Mandela's wife Graça Machel, his grandson Ndaba Mandela and other members of the family were also at the launch.

Ndaba said: "He is still with us. Although he is not doing well at home in bed. However, we felt that we needed to do something special for him."

Mandela spent almost three months in hospital after being admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in June with a recurring lung infection.

Throughout his hospital stay, the Presidency reported that he was in a critical but stable condition.

The global icon was discharged in September and was receiving home-based medical treatment.

President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela at his Houghton home on 18 November, after which his spokesperson, Mac Maharaj said: "The health of the former president remains much the same as it was when President Zuma last visited him, which is stable but critical, while Madiba continues to respond to treatment."

5th Dec 2013, 20:52
BBC News reporting that Nelson Mandela has died (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25249520):
In a statement on South African national TV, Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela had "departed" and was at peace.

Solid Rust Twotter
11th Dec 2013, 11:24
No surprise at all. It was predicted over 20 years ago that this is the way things would go.

Justice Malala writes

President Jacob Zuma is not a fool. He makes gaffes every week and has no idea what constitutionality means. But he is not a fool.

He might not read - as has been alleged - but that does not mean he does not know what levers have to be cranked to ensure that he never gets inside a court.

Since he became the president of the ANC in 2007, he has overseen the most concerted and successful assault on the country's independent institutions.

The judiciary is today facing a major crisis of confidence because of cases involving him at the Constitutional Court.

The minute he won the ANC presidency in Polokwane, the Scorpions - which had been investigating him- were disbanded. It was quick, cruel and ruthless.

Over the past few months it has been the public protector's turn. In that time, we have witnessed concerted and coordinated attacks from parliament, the executive and various wings of the ANC on the office led by possibly the most admired "public servant" in the nation today - Thuli Madonsela.

This past week we had the extraordinary sight of our security cluster - which has over the past few weeks made fools of themselves saying all kinds of nonsense about Madonsela - turning on the populace and declaring that publication of pictures of the taxpayer-funded Nkandla monstrosity were illegal and that the full might of the law would come down on those who dared to do so. All this for one man: Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma.

The man is not a fool. He has managed to get Africa's oldest liberation movement to become a tool for his protection.

Whatever he does - whether it is his friends the Guptas landing their planes at military key points with impunity or a hideous compound being built for him for R208-million, the man has got the party rushing to do his bidding.

And so one has to ask: Which ANC is this?

How can an organisation that refused to have a personality cult built around Nelson Mandela allow itself to become a mere tool in the hands of Zuma? How can its leaders cast aside the party's historical mission - to transform the lives of millions of poor black people and build a united, non-racial, prosperous and democratic country - to simply become gophers for Zuma?

Yet that is what the party's 86-member national executive committee has become.

ANC MPs are now introducing legislation that is aimed solely at protecting this one man.

Across the land, provincial party leaders hobble state machinery merely to protect and keep this one compromised leader out of jail and in power.

It is an incredible sight.

Once proud leaders who served our nation in exile, in the United Democratic Front and in trade unions now scrape and bow before one man.

The ANC no longer has leaders. It has zombies who mindlessly follow this one leader and do his bidding.

It is quite extraordinary.

What has happened to the culture of debate and contestation that once permeated this movement?

What happened to the pride that made this once great organisation stand up and expel people who muddied its name?

How can this lot walk in the shoes of Albert Luthuli, AP Mda, Anton Lembede, Pixley kaIsaka Seme?

So, as we look at the extraordinary lengths that the current ANC "leadership" has gone to defend an embarrassment of a leader whose entire family seems to be infused by a shocking culture of entitlement - Zuma's brother, Michael, last week admitted using his name to swing tenders to his benefactors - we have to ask: Where is the ANC?

The answer is heartbreaking: The ANC is compromised; it is lost.

It has lost its moral compass and its leadership of society.

The man at its head is a reflection of what the party is: ill-disciplined, compromised and unprincipled.

The desperation one sees among the ANC's leaders is a reflection of this. When a man as widely admired as Cyril Ramaphosa has no other argument to convince a voter to still support the ANC than "the Boers will return", then you know that this is a movement that is both intellectually and morally bankrupt. The emperor and his lieutenants have no clothes.

And so we will remember the reign of Zuma. We will remember it not for its achievements but for the cowardice, callowness and bankruptcy of the leadership that he brought with him. We will remember his lackeys for their bowing and scraping and their destruction of the continent's greatest liberation movement. What an ignominious end for the party of Mandela.

12th Dec 2013, 07:31
I think this will be worth watching tonight.
Question Time, 10.35 pm (Z/GMT)
Despite my dislike of that loathsome lefty Dimbleby, who has all the charm of a warthog with Asperger's, and the equally smug and repellent Permatanned Pete, there are some interesting panellists :

David Dimbleby chairs a political debate from Johannesburg, looking at the future of South Africa following Nelson Mandela's death. With the country's former Foreign Minister Pik Botha, businessman and ex-political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale, MP Peter Hain, politician Lindiwe Mazibuko, activist Andile Mngxitama and journalist Eusebius McKaiser

Lindiwe Mazibuko is the Parliamentary leader of the DA and is their 'weapon' to prevent its being seen as a party for whites. Many blacks, despite being bitterly disappointed by the ANC for the betrayal of its promises, feel that voting DA would be 'treachery' and that they have to vote ANC. This is how the ANC attempts to move the country ever closer to a one party state.

22nd Dec 2013, 08:52
Cabinet Report Cards 2013: On your marks, get set ... FAIL - See more at: Cabinet Report Card 2013 (http://cabinet.mg.co.za/#sthash.qRkmvFIq.dpuf)

Jacob Zuma - President
Practice, they say, makes perfect. And with almost five years in office as South Africa`s fourth democratic president, one might have expected Jacob Zuma`s presidency to mature and even improve as he grew into the role. Instead, Zuma`s performance has deteriorated steadily. In 2009, his first year in office, the president rated an average C, but slipped to a D in 2010, an E in 2011 and an F last year.

If there is one area where Zuma deserves an A+, however, it`s in the art of survival. Yet even this is not sufficient to boost his grade for the year, or, for that matter, his presidential term in general. The Nkandla scandal just won`t go away, despite his security ministers` best efforts to spin it into an orbit far removed from Number One. With millions in state funds splurged on Zuma`s private homestead, public protector Thuli Madonsela`s interim report is a damning read. If Madonsela`s findings are confirmed in her final report, it would be grounds for removal from office in any healthy democracy.

Then there`s Guptagate, when the president`s friends, the Guptas, used Waterkloof Air Force Base as their private landing strip. There`s also the matter of fathering a child out of wedlock with Sonono Khoza that hung heavily over Zuma`s first State of the Nation address. When it`s the president, controversy is never far away.

A fish, they say, rots from the head down, and this is what has happened to Zuma`s administration over the years. Judging by other investigations by the public protector, there were and are members of his Cabinet who use executive office to feather their nests or those of people close to them.

Nor has stability been Zuma`s watchword, with four Cabinet reshuffles during his term, and key public service appointments, such as national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, have not engendered confidence either. The jury is still out on new National Prosecuting Authority boss Mxolisi Nxasana.

When it comes to controlling the public purse, the auditor general`s annual report is not pretty reading. Zuma`s administration has failed to curb the excesses, with unauthorised expenditure totalling R2.3‑billion, R26.4‑billion in irregular expenditure and R2.1‑billion in fruitless and wasteful expenditure for the 2012-2013 financial year.

Add to this the Marikana massacre and its repercussions; labour unrest, particularly in the mining and automotive sectors; the increase in service delivery protests countrywide; continued joblessness; inferior education; bureaucrats who don`t care and a widening gap between the haves and the have-nots, and it is clear South Africa is entering its 20th year of democracy on the back foot.

Even the National Development Plan has yet to take root, despite Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel`s best efforts. Equally worrying is how, under Zuma`s watch, a culture of secrecy has been allowed to flourish, with the Protection of State Information Bill highlighting the move away from the transparency and accountability prized by the drafters of our Constitution.

Successes on the foreign policy front, including Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma`s election as African Union Commission chair, South Africa`s admission to the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping and its role as mediator in Zimbabwe have not been enough to boost Zuma`s grade.

When he is in the international spotlight Zuma has not always risen to the occasion, as we saw at the FNB Stadium memorial service for Nelson Mandela, with scores of heads of state watching. It was a pedestrian speech and was overshadowed by that of another country`s commander-in-chief, Barack Obama. Although Zuma shaped up for Madiba`s funeral service, he was still outshone by former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda and Malawi`s President Joyce Banda.

The reality is that an Mzansi under Zuma is singularly unexceptional. Which raises the question: Whose interest would it serve if Zuma returned as our president for a second term? What does the president believe he will achieve in his second term, given that he has clearly failed in his first?

As we stated in a previous report card, we did not believe South Africa would flourish under Zuma`s leadership. Sadly, we`ve been proved correct.

- See more at: Cabinet Report Card 2013 (http://cabinet.mg.co.za/#sthash.qRkmvFIq.dpuf)

A Take a bow. You are doing an excellent job
B Good, but room for improvement
C You're okay
D Get your act together
E Do yourself and the country a favour -- resign
F You're fired

- See more at: Cabinet Report Card 2013 (http://cabinet.mg.co.za/#sthash.qRkmvFIq.dpuf)

Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Dec 2013, 12:22
It was always about the ANC getting their greasy little fingers in the till. No surprises there...

22nd Dec 2013, 20:26
Malema arrested for speeding at 215km/h | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-12-19-malema-arrested-for-215kmh-speeding)

It will be interesting to see if this fat racist crook's 'influence' will enable him to walk away from this.

Solid Rust Twotter
23rd Dec 2013, 06:26
I believe Steve Stofsuier (vacuum cleaner - picks up fluff) got caught the same night in another part of the country. He's apparently issued a statement in which he apologises for driving like a mong.

unstable load
25th Dec 2013, 10:07
Mmm, a mong apologising for being a mong...
There's hope yet....

Solid Rust Twotter
26th Dec 2013, 19:13
This is one of the issues rent-a-mob used to get all strident about back in the day. Nothing but tumbleweeds now. We've come a long way....:hmm::rolleyes:

Zuma ‘ban’: Right2Know’s censorship is SABC’s balanced reporting
24 December 2013 11:40

Employees at the SABC have been instructed not to broadcast any reports on calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down, the Right2Know (R2K) campaign and SOS Coalition have claimed.

This was simply the latest case of politically-motivated interference in editorial independence at the public broadcaster, R2K spokesperson Mark Weinberg said in a statement.

“It makes a mockery of the principle of freedom of expression in the media and among citizens generally,” he said.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago denied the claim.

“There was no such instruction. People just interpreted things their own way. [The journalists] were told not to punt one side of the story [but] to balance it,” he said.

“They spent a long time [reporting on] one side of the story without calling to get views from the other [Zuma’s] side.”

Weinberg said the Broadcast, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) had made the organisations aware of what was happening at the SABC.

He said, according to Bemawu, some of its members at the SABC were given the instruction on Friday, when they returned from the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) conference at which calls for Zuma’s resignation were made.

“Such conduct weakens the institution, leaving media workers who are committed to editorial independence vulnerable to political intimidation,” Weinberg said.

Bemawu could not be reached for comment.

Earlier this month, City Press reported the SABC had banned broadcasts of the booing of President Jacob Zuma at the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela.

The crowd booed when Zuma arrived at FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg, and every time his face was shown on the big screen.

This could be seen by viewers of the SABC’s live broadcast of the memorial.

This website reported it had learnt from six independent sources, including field reporters, producers and technical crew in the SABC’s news division, that an instruction was given to ban broadcasts of the booing.

- Sapa

3rd Jan 2014, 02:41
A lot of people criticised the Nats for corruption, but the ANC have taken it to new heights, possibly the only thing they have done better than the old regime.

Judicial corruption in South Africa nears breaking point - CSMonitor.com (http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2014/0102/Judicial-corruption-in-South-Africa-nears-breaking-point)

Richard Mdluli, head of the crime intelligence section of the South African (http://www.csmonitor.com/tags/topic/South+Africa) police, was first charged with murder, attempted murder, intimidation, and the kidnapping of a man who married his former lover.

Six months later came money laundering charges, followed by charges of fraud, theft, and corruption.
Then, in the midst of the brewing scandal, Mdluli wrote a letter to South African President Jacob Zuma (http://www.csmonitor.com/tags/topic/Jacob+Zuma) and to his police bosses: “In the event that I come back to work, I will assist the President to succeed next year.” Mr. Zuma was facing re-election within his party.
Charges against Mdluli were then summarily dropped by the prosecutor. Nor was that all: Mdluli was reinstated as chief of his powerful section within the South African Police Service – raising ire and intense suspicion.

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd Jan 2014, 06:12
All predicted back in the day.

And thus it came to pass....:hmm:

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Jan 2014, 11:39
Compare the pittance spent on the pariahs to the massive sums needed to secure the much loved liberators. Compare the huge manpower and technology input to convey the present lot around in armoured convoys pushing people off the road, to the old mob being driven around in a single Merc with a cop driver and a bodyguard. Something very wrong with this picture.


9th Jan 2014, 17:11
So you don't think Zuma is worth R215m of taxpayers' money.

Sies on you man!

9th Jan 2014, 17:18
They need big houses for all of the wives and the children.
Should be interesting to see which one will be the favorite and inherit the country.

9th Jan 2014, 17:34
Message to Mama Graca

Dear Mama Graca

You married EDWARD MONDELANI & he died.
You married Samora Machel & he died.
You married NELSON MANDELA & he died.
Please help us with JACOB ZUMA.Marry HIM before the 2014 elections.

9th Jan 2014, 23:44
History does repeat itself.

I read in an old book that; Kings and Councillors will build themselves palaces of gold and marble, and the people shall pay for them.

The next part might was not very PC so I will not repeat it,those familiar with that old book know what follows.

10th Jan 2014, 14:40
Mystery of 'hit list' cop's death grows | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2014-01-09-mystery-of-hit-list-cops-death-grows?utm_source=Mail+%26+Guardian&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+newsletter&utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fmg.co.za%2Farticle%2F2014-01-09-mystery-of-hit-list-cops-death-grows)

Questions have been raised about the demise of the top cop who voiced despair over the police's 'lack of integrity'.

Sad but very typical that someone who voices concern about the erosion of integrity ends up dead under mysterious circumstances.

As I have often said, the police are part of the problem, when they should be part of the solution.

10th Jan 2014, 17:07

Solid Rust Twotter
11th Jan 2014, 07:45
You couldn't make it up.

ECONOMIC Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema slams the R1.1bn purchase of the Mala Mala game reserve, saying the land should have been taken without compensation, which he says the EFF will do if they win the election in 2014.

In this video, Mr Malema says that the purchase of the land is a crime against the poor, that the government should not reward reward white people, who are criminals, for stealing land from the people.

Malema on Mala Mala purchase - YouTube

11th Jan 2014, 09:54
South Africa: Police Services Spotlight a Failing Democracy (http://guardianlv.com/2014/01/south-africa-police-services-spotlight-a-failing-democracy/)Untold reports of incidents of cruelty and mismanagement by members of the force keep the dark secrets of a system that is failing. The democracy of South Africa will not develop into a prominent place in the world order while the corruption and ghastly deeds continue to spiral out of control.
Under the Nelson Mandela rule, the task of de-militarizing the police began. More recently under the Jacob Zuma control, the policing has returned to take a tougher stance. ................Reports have revealed that more than 500 civilians are tortured, brutally treated and killed by police each year.

The cruelty and nasty inhuman treatment of victims of crime remains an issue that has not seen any legal progress being made. The government had done little to spotlight this problem with the police forces which is spiraling out of control. In South Africa, the failing democracy cries out for a return to normalcy while the forces of the SAP continue to pull the country into turmoil.

Solid Rust Twotter
11th Jan 2014, 11:17
Nothing there that wasn't predicted...:hmm:

12th Jan 2014, 21:23
South Africa Defense Forces in a Failing Democracy (http://guardianlv.com/2014/01/south-africa-defense-forces-in-a-failing-democracy/)

The article can be summed up in these few closing words :

The regulatory authorities are nothing less than thieving entities fixated on stuffing their own pockets. No national pride, only national shame. The defense forces activities highlight an ongoing problem contributing to the failing democracy of South Africa.

13th Jan 2014, 16:45
I was walking along Clifton Beach when I came across a lamp partially buried in the sand.
I picked up the lamp and gave it a rub. A genie appeared and told me that I had been granted one wish.

I thought for a moment and said "I want to live forever"

"Sorry" said the genie "I'm not allowed to grant eternal life"

"OK, then I want to die after the ANC government balances the budget, eliminates the debt and stamps out corruption"

"...You sneaky little bastard!" said the genie.

13th Jan 2014, 19:06
Luxury Big 5 Safari, Bordering the Kruger National Park in South Africa (http://www.malamala.com/history_of_malamala.htm)

Soon to be transformed into a hunting reserve for those who should be on the sharp end of the pig sticker.
Perhaps young Julius has a point!
Bravo Rattray? Well, £56 million and small change is a lot of rhino horn.

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Jan 2014, 14:31
Business as usual...

Residents under attack by thugs in BMW

January 14 2014 at 07:49am

Johannesburg - A gang of armed robbers appear to be terrorising the suburbs in and around Linden – and the local neighbourhood watch is worried that residents haven’t been sufficiently warned about the danger.

CCTV footage The Star has viewed shows a group of five men in a silver BMW walking in a street in the suburb, where three homes were robbed on December 21.

And just five days ago, another family were struck by what appears to have been the same gang.

The footage shows the first incident in Linden. In the clip, the group drive past a house. The driver makes a U-turn and parks the car outside a victim’s home.

The gang emerge with pistols and rush towards the gate.

The man who lives at the house, who asked not to be identified, said he had been working in his garden that afternoon and his front gate was ajar. The men pointed a gun at his head and demanded his valuables. He said his whole family were home at the time.
Copy of st p1e2secINSET house robbery.

The thieves insisted he open his safe and gun safe. Within minutes, they had ransacked his home.

“They basically cleaned us out… You expect it to take hours, but they were gone so quickly,” he said.

But the men weren’t done yet, according to Linden Neighbourhood Watch operations manager Fareed Hoosen.

Separate CCTV footage taken that same day shows the BMW travelling out of the suburb. A robbery in Parkhurst, by men also in a silver BMW 3 series, was reported less than half-an-hour later. Hoosen said the spree was not over, as another attempted house robbery was reported shortly afterwards.

An armed-response guard was shot dead in Parkview while stopping a third attempted robbery.

24/7 Security Services said the guard had got out of his vehicle to perform a routine check when the five armed men drove past.

Three thugs got out of the vehicle, shot him twice and stole his firearm. The patrol car’s camera revealed that the licence plate of the car was the same as that caught on CCTV footage earlier.

Case dockets were opened at the relevant police stations, but, more than three weeks later, no arrests have been made.

Last Thursday, a home on 5th Avenue in Linden was robbed by five armed men. Witnesses at the scene told the neighbourhood watch that the car they had been travelling in was a silver BMW 3 series.

The family staying at the home were on Monday unavailable for comment, but the domestic worker said she had spotted the same car outside the house last Saturday.

She said the men had been trying to force open the gate, but when they spotted her, they ran away.

Hoosen said he was disappointed that police had not yet warned residents of the gang’s activities. And with no arrests so far, it was time to call on the public for help in the investigation. He asked anyone with any information on the case to phone him on 076 413 7184. The information would be handed over to the Linden SAPS.

A list of queries was sent to the local police station on Monday, but there was no reply by the time of publication.

[email protected]

The Star

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Jan 2014, 14:53

15th Jan 2014, 12:40
I put a remark on the Telegraph website about Komrad Hollande's indiscretions :
Is he trying to emulate Jacob Zuma, another moron with no morals?
Someone replied with :
Now you are insulting Hollande by comparing him with Zuma, whom calling stupid would be an insult to stupid people.
Zuma called for a "rooting out of corruption in SA" the other day!
That is like a sailor calling for an end to ships.
Really, it brought tears of laughter to my eyes but pangs of shame at what has been inflicted on SA.
Spot on.

tony draper
15th Jan 2014, 14:27
Here's a song for you.:)
De la Rey Song - with English subtitles - YouTube

22nd Jan 2014, 22:56
Peter Rabbit had three siblings and their mother was called Mrs Josephine Rabbit.
I wonder which of her three daughters this little bunny is.


Nelson Mandela memorial sculptors included RABBIT inside his ear | Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544048/Hopping-mad-South-African-ministers-furious-discover-sculptors-created-Nelson-Mandela-memorial-included-RABBIT-inside-ear.html)

Solid Rust Twotter
23rd Jan 2014, 10:52
Homes looted by rioters while the idiot cops stand around and watch. Not long now...

Protesters loot West Rand homes
2014-01-21 10:04

Johannesburg - West Rand residents are recovering after being forced to hide when locals from the nearby informal settlement ransacked their homes during a protest.

One family in Lindhaven was forced to take cover in their bathroom when protesters stormed their home, The Star reported on Tuesday.

The home’s windows had been shattered and the woman’s belongings were allegedly stolen from the house.

A resident at a complex that was also vandalised has complained that police are not guarding the area, Eyewitness News said.

The police’s Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale denied this and said there was a constant police presence in the area.

The protests started last Tuesday, with residents demanding better service delivery and housing.

Police said on Monday that the situation in the area had quietened down.

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Jan 2014, 09:06
And the gravy train steams on...

2014-01-26 11:01

Johannesburg - The ANC has confirmed that its leaders facing criminal charges will still be deployed to Parliament and provincial legislatures following this year’s elections.

This move is in contradiction to a resolution taken at the ANC’s last national conference in Manguang that leaders facing charges should step down.

According to the Sunday Independent, this move comes ahead of Monday’s national executive committee vote which will see the NEC elect members to be deployed to Parliament and legislatures.

Monday’s vote will also give a clear indication of what deputy ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa’s political future is.

30th Jan 2014, 15:54
Here's what we've come to under the new 'democracy' of the ANC.

A female friend of mine was shopping at Canal Walk (a large shopping centre on the outskirts of Cape Town) and had a minor shopping trolley collision with another shopper, a young coloured woman who by her appearance and subsequent behaviour seemed to be on drugs. C. apologised and moved on. A few minutes later in the check out queue she was bashed on the back of her head by an empty shopping basket wielded by this same young woman, who then started screaming at her : "I'll teach you to push me around you f***ing white bitch.....and I'll follow you home and my husband will come and kill you ........." and so on. C. asked the cashier to call security, who came, said they had everything on CCTV, and took the protagonists off to the office. The young woman continued screaming, swearing, and threatening, and had to be restrained. The manager told her that her behaviour was unacceptable and asked her to calm down.

At this point C. said she would accept an apology and that would be the end of the matter. The woman launched into another tirade and said no way was she apologising to a 'f***ing white p***.' C. then said she wanted the police called and the woman charged with assault, threatening behaviour, and racial abuse.

The police came and C. made a statement which the policeman wrote down.

This is where I get to the appalling part of this. When C. was asked to sign it, she noticed they'd left out the part about the racial abuse and the comments made. She asked for it to be added in and was told it was 'a waste of time' as the courts would not consider that and it might make them throw the whole thing out.

I know for a fact that if a white person racially abuses a coloured or black person, it is taken extremely seriously.

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. Of course most of us knew that anyway.

31st Jan 2014, 09:42
Julius Malema has gone to court to have the word "blacklisted" banned. Required to state his case, Julius said: "This racist word is demoralising for the blacks of this country! How can you put people on a list just because they're black why not put whites on a list also?"
The judge, after looking pained and after thinking for a minute said:
" Whites are on a separate list, they are called "Tax payers"!
Case dismissed.

Solid Rust Twotter
2nd Feb 2014, 07:18
Anyone who didn't see this coming wasn't paying attention to those who live in the real world.

President Jacob Zuma is not a fool. He makes gaffes every week and has no idea what constitutionality means. But he is not a fool.

He might not read - as has been alleged - but that does not mean he does not know what levers have to be cranked to ensure that he never gets inside a court.

Since he became the president of the ANC in 2007, he has overseen the most concerted and successful assault on the country's independent institutions.

The judiciary is today facing a major crisis of confidence because of cases involving him at the Constitutional Court.

The minute he won the ANC presidency in Polokwane, the Scorpions - which had been investigating him- were disbanded. It was quick, cruel and ruthless.

Over the past few months it has been the public protector's turn. In that time, we have witnessed concerted and coordinated attacks from parliament, the executive and various wings of the ANC on the office led by possibly the most admired "public servant" in the nation today - Thuli Madonsela.

This past week we had the extraordinary sight of our security cluster - which has over the past few weeks made fools of themselves saying all kinds of nonsense about Madonsela - turning on the populace and declaring that publication of pictures of the taxpayer-funded Nkandla monstrosity were illegal and that the full might of the law would come down on those who dared to do so. All this for one man:
Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma.

The man is not a fool. He has managed to get Africa's oldest liberation movement to become a tool for his protection.

Whatever he does - whether it is his friends the Guptas landing their planes at military key points with impunity or a hideous compound being built for him for R208-million, the man has got the party rushing to do his bidding.

And so one has to ask: Which ANC is this?

How can an organisation that refused to have a personality cult built around Nelson Mandela allow itself to become a mere tool in the hands of Zuma? How can its leaders cast aside the party's historical mission - to transform the lives of millions of poor black people and build a united, non-racial, prosperous and democratic country - to simply become gophers for Zuma?

Yet that is what the party's 86-member national executive committee has become.

ANC MPs are now introducing legislation that is aimed solely at protecting this one man.

Across the land, provincial party leaders hobble state machinery merely to protect and keep this one compromised leader out of jail and in power.

It is an incredible sight.

Once proud leaders who served our nation in exile, in the United Democratic Front and in trade unions now scrape and bow before one man.

The ANC no longer has leaders. It has zombies who mindlessly follow this one leader and do his bidding.

It is quite extraordinary.

What has happened to the culture of debate and contestation that once permeated this movement?

What happened to the pride that made this once great organisation stand up and expel people who muddied its name?

How can this lot walk in the shoes of Albert Luthuli, AP Mda, Anton Lembede, Pixley kaIsaka Seme?

So, as we look at the extraordinary lengths that the current ANC "leadership" has gone to defend an embarrassment of a leader whose entire family seems to be infused by a shocking culture of entitlement - Zuma's brother, Michael, last week admitted using his name to swing tenders to his benefactors - we have to ask: Where is the ANC?

The answer is heartbreaking: The ANC is compromised; it is lost.

It has lost its moral compass and its leadership of society.

The man at its head is a reflection of what the party is: ill-disciplined, compromised and unprincipled.

The desperation one sees among the ANC's leaders is a reflection of this. When a man as widely admired as Cyril Ramaphosa has no other argument to convince a voter to still support the ANC than "the

Boers will return", then you know that this is a movement that is both intellectually and morally bankrupt. The emperor and his lieutenants have no clothes.

And so we will remember the reign of Zuma. We will remember it not for its achievements but for the cowardice, callowness and bankruptcy of the leadership that he brought with him. We will remember
his lackeys for their bowing and scraping and their destruction of the continent's greatest liberation movement.

What an ignominious end for the party of Mandela.

Justice Malala

Meanwhile, Mugabe has been elected to high office in the African Union. Anyone see where this is going? This kind of behaviour is lauded and approved of among the leaders of this blighted continent.

2nd Feb 2014, 09:34
When a man as widely admired as Cyril Ramaphosa has no other argument to convince a voter to still support the ANC than "the Boers will return", then you know that this is a movement that is both intellectually and morally bankruptI wish they would.

2nd Feb 2014, 21:22

unstable load
4th Feb 2014, 07:36
Lovely stuff!

7th Feb 2014, 21:12
The roads could use a little work, too:


unstable load
8th Feb 2014, 07:23
"Public official surprised by accident".....
Can't think why, I mean, the road is in good condition (for Africa) and it's not like South Africans totally ignore the rules of the road, OR that there isn't sufficient policing or that the police are generally honest and incorruptible.....Nor does it have anything to do with the general state of a lot of the vehicles on the road, thanks to a very porous system that allows you to buy a Roadworthy Certificate for any clunker if you know the right people.

All is well in the land of Emperor Mong..... We ONLY lost around 1400 souls over the Christmas Holidays, nothing to see here folks, move on......:ugh:

9th Feb 2014, 12:20
An email currently doing the rounds. Some of these' facts' are questionable but the underlying message is valid.

Interesting Stats about South Africa “the Rainbow Nation”
1) Highest crime rate in the world
2) Highest electricity price in the world
3) 3rd highest food prices in the world
4) Highest unemployment in Africa
5) Most expensive cellular rates in the world
6) Highest number of rapes in the world
7) 4th highest murder rate in the world
8) Country with the most public protests in the world (2013) (Now watch 2014)
9) Highest number of Aids in the world
10) President (leader) with the lowest education (grade 5)
11) 5th lowest GDP in the world out of 176 countries
12) Highest GINI in the world (inequality)
13) Highest depreciating currency in the world
14) Large infrastructure project in the world???? (Must be Nkandla?)
15) Highest number of hijackings in the world
16) Highest number of infant murders in the world
17) Highest elderly (over 65) rapes in the world
18) Voted worst education system in the world 2013
19) Most expensive presidential accommodation in the world, financed by taxpayers.
20) Highest teenage pregnancies in the world”


Mike X
9th Feb 2014, 20:26
What to do, Capey ?

If I were you, I'd be worried about Koeberg. SRT is fine where he is. ;)

Strangely, all seems to be ticking by, like clockwork !

Solid Rust Twotter
10th Feb 2014, 10:11

unstable load
10th Feb 2014, 11:18
Who zigged instead of zagging?
Eisch, wena!

10th Feb 2014, 15:21
South African MP witnesses car crash during TV interview about roads | The South African (http://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/provincial-mp-witnesses-car-accident.htm)

10th Feb 2014, 15:26
Public safety official surprised by accident - YouTube

Solid Rust Twotter
12th Feb 2014, 10:21
Sent via a link.


ANC supporters attacking a DA supporter in Tlokwe.

This is the ANC's true view on Democracy! Don't be fooled, the ANC and it's supporters are anything but peaceful or democratic.

They are militant Marxist bullies who beat, torture and murder political opponents or anyone who dares to oppose them

We will see a lot more of this in the 2014 election and the ANC controlled IEC will declare the forthcoming election "free and fair" too
— with Loyal peace loving ANC members and ANC henchmen showing tolerance.

12th Feb 2014, 10:22
There has never been a free and fair election in Africa. There never will be. Africans are not made for democracy.

unstable load
14th Feb 2014, 09:40
Africans are not made for democracy. Of course they are. They are perfectly happy with their current democratic
set-up and the benefits it has brought them in their little corner of heaven....

Or not....

14th Feb 2014, 10:33
In a proper democracy people work and contribute to the society around them as an integral part of that environment. The word work is one of the defining characteristics of a democracy.

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Feb 2014, 11:02
Of course the country had no other option but to succumb to the inevitable once the bogey man of racism was removed and the products of tribalism and entitlement allowed unfettered access to the coffers of state and the levers of power. One has to wonder if the perceived racism was an unfortunate by product of the effort to prevent things going the way of the rest of Africa, in addition to the threat from the Soviet Bloc and the Chinese at that time.

Five lessons from Rhodesia
Feb 13, 2014 Opinion 7

By Vince Musewe
Leadership integrity and accountability were at the centre of the success of Rhodesia’s import substitution.

The name Rhodesia remains offensive to most of us blacks. It hangs like a nightmare in our brains because of what it stood for and what it did to our fore fathers and those who perished fighting for our freedom. Racism remains an obnoxious and indefensible evil whether it is practiced by whites or blacks.
However, we must move on, and it is to our advantage to learn from our past, regardless of the context and objectives of the actors that created it.

After all, as Karl Max once noted, men make their own history but they do not make it as they wish, it remains educated by and predisposed to the past; that is one thing we cannot change.

Rhodesia faced serious sanctions but the country rapidly developed notwithstanding. We must learn from that.

I want here to force our minds to appreciate how Ian Smith reacted to those circumstances and why he was successful in developing the productive capacity of a country isolated by the international community, but continued to have a strong currency and was a net exporter of food.

It is an open secret that Zimbabwe has all it needs to develop and yet we continue to complain about how sanctions are preventing that. In my opinion, it is not the issue of sanctions that is our problem (real or imagined); it’s our response to our problems that continues to hold us back and disempower us in coming up with our own solutions.

I think that the main reason why Rhodesia’s self-sufficiency developed rapidly during its import substitution programme was the discipline and integrity of its leadership; racist they were, but here I want us to learn from the enemy.

Ian Smith was not in it for the money or personal wealth. He truly believed in the national cause. Although misguided, he was dedicated to it to the bone. He was not greedy nor did he pursue personal wealth accumulation as is the case with our current political leadership. The preservation and development of Rhodesia came first and all state enterprises and institutions were established and competently managed only to meet that end.

Our first lesson is that; leadership integrity and accountability were at the centre of the success of Rhodesia’s import substitution project. The unfolding revelations of the rot in our state enterprises are shocking, and reflect the value system of our current leadership. Unless we brutally address this, any of our contemplated economic recovery blue prints are a waste of time.

Second, he ensured that no raw material left the country as a matter of policy. Vertical integration of industry was primary at all costs. If no raw materials were to leave the country, it required that the country had to develop the capacity to process them first. This was achieved by investing heavily in infrastructure, especially in the railway network, power and water.
Our lesson here is that we need an informed and holistic strategy on vertical integration of industry that is not implemented ad hoc, but takes into account what needs to be in place first.

In many instances, this government announces good projects without first ensuring that we have the capacity to implement them. It also does not do enough home work to make sure that implementation does not create negative unintended consequences that derail or immunise the intended results. We need to think clearly and anticipate before we act. Inconsistent government policy clouded by hidden vested interests remains our core problem.

The third thing that Smith did was to implement selective subsidies, but these were price subsidies and not input subsidies. In other words, the finished product would be subsidised through its sell price only. This avoided a parallel market for inputs developing. It also avoided profiteering at input level as is the case now, where chefs buy fertiliser in bulk to make profits thereby creating artificial shortages and increasing production costs unnecessarily.

An example was the subsidising of wheat production. Farmers would produce wheat without input subsidies but the price of wheat offered, would compensate the farmer for his full cost of production thus making it viable to produce wheat.

Fourth, Rhodesia had very strict import control measures with strong accountability and fairness. Companies had to have import licences which were managed fairly and with minimum corruption. They had to first prove that they could not source inputs locally and this further encouraged local supply companies to grow. The middleman had no place in that process.
The important thing here was that this policy was only guided by the national priority of producing goods locally. Government officials did not drive imported German or British cars as is the case now. They used locally assembled Peugeot 504’s if you remember, thus creating local demand and jobs.

From this we can learn that we must control the import bill strictly but fairly, we must all live within our means and we must walk our talk.
Fifth, Rhodesia had incentives in place for industry to build local production capacity. For example building a manufacturing plant had huge tax incentives and farmers could write off costs for building dams and thus we could irrigate throughout the year ensuring food security and exports. Incentives and not penalties work more effectively.

Of course Smith had his own currency which remained strong because it was managed prudently. Discipline and national interests were not negotiable; something which we have dismally failed to do.

My contention here is that we can certainly do these things if we wish. Our problem is not the lack of ideas or sanctions; it is because of lack of leadership and self-centred politicians who want the privileges of power without the responsibility that comes with it.

Yes we can rebuild our country, but this requires that we all put our heads together in the national interest. Our leaders must also lead by example.
Zimbabwe comes first!

Vince Musewe is an economist and author based in Harare.

Zimbabwe’s leadership failure: Vince Musewe

Feb 07, 2014 Opinion 1

By Vince Musewe

The main responsibility of any President must be to effectively preside over the affairs and administration of the country. In order to achieve that, the President appoints ministers who should be appointed on merit.

Their responsibility is not only to ensure that government policy is effectively implemented, but to ensure that it is effectively administered and in line with the constitution and the laws of the country including adherence to the national budget.

In addition, the President is provided with all the resources he needs to ensure that he is effective in carrying out his mandate according to the constitution.

The President is even provided with high level security and all the necessary comforts to ensure that his decisions are objective and serve the interest of the country first. This is to ensure that he stems corruption, fights graft and is not easily influenced or swayed in making decisions that may prejudice those that seek to disadvantage the interest of the country as a whole.

The graft and corruption that is now being unearthed means that the President has failed to do his job.

President Mugabe should take full responsibility for the failure of public institutions to serve the needs of the country, including the mismanagement of state enterprises and our national resources. Of course those he has deployed to manage our economy have failed in their dutybut they should be answerable to him and him alone.

Unfortunately the unearthing of the monumental deception committed through abuse of public funds is now being framed as a victory for ZANU (PF), which is most absurd. How can the very people who produced this vomit get the credit for finally cleaning it up?

The MDC-T, including its President, must also take responsibility for its failure to highlight and expose the fleecing of state enterprises and national resources during the GNU. This is not the time for excuses.

It is just not good enough to say we knew about it but we could not do anything about it. Of course ZANU (PF) prevented the effectiveness of the MDC-T their rival in the GNU. However the minister responsible should still have done something about it.

The least he could have done is to expose it. But, once more, he has excuses and refuses to also take responsibility. This, again, shows how our leaders continue to blame circumstances for poor performance and failure to deliver.

All this, and the recent nearly violent and abusive reaction of MDC-T youths including some of its leaders to calls for Tsvangirai to retire have shocked me to realise that our politics are really not about competence or delivery. Rather they are more about popularity, and if necessary, threats of violence against those who may see things differently.

This has also happened in ZANU (PF) mind you. We have seen supposedly intelligent and mature people avoiding the discomfort of the truth and failing to challenge Mugabe’s leadership incompetence, despite everything showing that this country is facing catastrophic failure because of mismanagement from the top.

Instead they must pretend that all is well, as long as they have their perks and keep their positions.

This is the culture that we are faced with; a culture that has nothing to do with performance but rather a culture of fear and always shifting the blame; a culture of avoiding the inconvenient truths. It’s comical because if you criticise ZANU (PF) you are an agent of the West, and if you criticise MDC-T you are an agent of ZANU (PF). And so the circus continues. How ridiculous!

Unfortunately this culture has now permeated all sectors of our society including the private sector, where our executives earn huge packages, avoid tax but cannot meet payroll obligations. At this rate, it will surely take eons for us to create a modern statein Zimbabwe. It is true then that the people will always get the leadership they deserve.

I had a very interesting conversation the other day about the nature of our politics. The poor masses provide the numbers during voting time,and that’s where it ends. This explains why a bag of mealie meal can buy a politician unfettered five years in power.

The masses seem easily swayed by foolish things. As a result, the quality and standards of our leaders are not really challenged; the masses will deliver the vote anyway, so why worry?

As long as this is the case, we are unlikely to see a vibrant democracy and a modern state where our leaders are accountable and do not always blame someone out there. We must break this pattern.

The one solution we have is to establish a new democratic mass movement but the challenge will remain on how we get the masses, especially our exuberant youths and rural folk, to understand their responsibility and the need to value leaders not because of their names or history, but on their competency and on what they can do for Zimbabwe in the future.

It will take educating the masses and forcing them to realise that unless we change the game, they will continue to be taken for a ride as electoral fodder.

Zimbabwe needs new vision and a new ethos in politics that puts Zimbabwe first and continually challenges our leaders to behave and be accountable.

Without that, I do not foresee any improvement both in our political discourse and democracy.

The people come first!

Vince Musewe is an economist and author based in Harare.

16th Feb 2014, 23:12
I don't know if this is a Political story as such, except as a general marker of the state of the economy. So, there's illegal gold mining going on in abandoned shaft in the Jo'Burg area. Up to 200 miners may be trapped underground (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26217098), in one shaft near Benoni, and some are within reach of rescue ... except that they're refusing to come out, since they'll be arrested when they do.

Oh, and the reason they're trapped? The latest reports (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/16/south-africa-illegal-gold-miners-rescue) are alleging that rival mining gangs pushed boulders in to the shaft, which blocked the exit, with the intention of robbing the gang in the mine. All for a bit of gold ...

unstable load
17th Feb 2014, 07:24
Yup, and after the first few were rescued and promptly arrested, the rest have refused to come out of the mine.

17th Feb 2014, 12:33
Nothing surprising here :

28th January 2014

Following yesterday’s news that Air Zimbabwe has been looted of $11 million in an insurance scam this morning’s news synopsis from Zimbabwe Financial News tells us a great a deal of what is really happening in Zimbabwe.

Let’s start with Cuthbert Dube, now former CEO of the Premier Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) having been allowed to retire yesterday. Yes - retire. No doubt he is demanding some kind of exit package. His monthly salary of $230,000 a month – reminder – this is US dollars, exceeds that of the CEO of Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft generates more money than the entire Zimbabwe GDP and does so profitably with consumers purchasing products willingly. The PSMAS members are conscripted by Government. The PSMAS now owes $32 million in unpaid fees to the medical profession. The Board Chairman, Meisie Makeletso Namasasu, has also lost her job. She, apparently, approved the salary of $230,000 a month. I wonder who else was behind it. You can be sure it was not Ms Namasasu on her own. And what was she earning?

Next we hear that 50% of the commuter omnibuses in Zimbabwe are owned by serving police officers. Now what is going on there I wonder. This is why we have no policing in the country. The members of the force are too busy managing their business empires, which include not only commuter omnibuses but farms and diamond mines.

Next on the list for today is that ARDA – the Agriculture and Rural Development Authority, a Zimbabwe Government parastatal – owns 21 farm estates of which all but one are lying idle. Part of the problem we are told is the vandalisation of farm equipment. This is hard to believe in the light of how farms were removed from white successful commercial farmers over the last 14 years and Zimbabwe is now importing maize from Zambia and South Africa because we cannot feed ourselves.

And more. The Town Clerk, Tendai Mahachi, TAKES HOME $37,600 a month while 7 other ‘top managers’ (here read ‘top thieves’) take home $36,999 a month. All this from ratepayers who pay rates for water and services that they do not receive – ever. Who pay vehicle licence fees for the maintenance of roads that are filled with nothing but pot-holes.

The ZBC (Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings) boss, Happison Muchechetere, who has recently been suspended (with pay) while investigations into his $40,000 monthly salary take place is now reported to be in a million dollar ‘scandal’ where an Outside Broadcast vehicle valued at $100,000 was purchased by the ZBC for $1 050 000 in collusion with China National Instruments Imports and Exports Corporation (Instrimpex). Worth remembering for a minute that the workers at ZBC have not been paid for 6 months and the public are being fleeced yet again for TV licences for broadcasting services that nobody watches, for radio licences for broadcasting services that nobody listens to.

And finally, on being told only yesterday about the 11 million looted from Air Zimbabwe we learn today that the airline owes $3 million in unpaid landing fees to the British Airports Authority, navigation fees and catering expenses.

The country is being looted, the people are being pillaged. It is staggering in its monumental proportions.

Where will this outright theft stop?

And what else is going on that we do not know about? Plenty, that’s for sure.

19th Feb 2014, 09:07
"We are previously disadvantaged. It is all the fault of the Boers and Apartheid......" and so future generations of black South Africans, betrayed by the ANC, are encouraged by their leader to continue to paint themselves into a corner and blame Apartheid for everything.

If Zuma were simply an uneducated moron, this might not be so bad, but he is evil and racist too.

President Zuma Blames South Africa Problems on Apartheid

Apartheid is the cause of all South African’s problems, according to President Jacob Zuma. He made that statement in a meeting before his State-of-the-nation speech this week. Zuma said that South Africans must not criticize the government for talking about apartheid, because they were still trying to fix apartheid issues.

President Zuma said the poverty, lack of housing and dismal education system was a direct result of the apartheid era. He continued and told a business meeting that the lingering consequences of apartheid are the direct cause of the violence and service delivery protests. He said this is evident, since he believes that the people still hold anger from things that they experienced under apartheid.

Zuma said the ruling African National Party (ANC) is dealing with the reality of apartheid and moving away from that culture. The anger within society is squarely, according to the President, on the shoulders of apartheid. He claimed that the increase in violence is a direct result of the apartheid history. Zuma remained adamant that the current wave of service deliveries and violence erupting around the country is not a result of the government’s failings. Rather, he indicated, he believes that the government has made significant progress in delivering basic services to the people over the last twenty years.

Violence remained unacceptable, according to Zuma, and he said that the government would ensure that people who break the law face the consequences of the justice system. He asserted that he justice system and police services would enforce the law, and said that people must realize that criminal behavior is unacceptable.

Zuma said South Africans should be proud of the achievements of the current government. He noted that the economy had grown, the education system improved and the amount of jobs created by government had increased. He reflected that the South African Society is now more equal than ever before.
Mentioning the current global financial crisis as a factor for the decline in South African economic growth, Zuma reported that a five percent increase was needed to combat unemployment. Again, Zuma said that this was not a result of poor governance. and maintained the narrative that the ANC has done nothing wrong.

Apartheid was introduced into the South African culture in 1948 and demolished in 1994. Under apartheid, racial divides created problems, and the majority of South Africans suffered. The apartheid government continued to build a significant infrastructure, and generated economic stability during this time. Reportedly to relieve the pain of segregation among race groups, the government built townships, and provided housing, education, medical and social structures. This did not absolve apartheid for the segregation of race groups.

During the 1980′s, negotiations began to abolish apartheid, and a new constitution was produced to provide equality for all South Africans. In 1994, the first democratic election brought the ANC into power, and the beginning of a new democracy began.

Blaming apartheid for the current problems appears to many to be little more than an exhibition of weakness by the current government. Apartheid was an unacceptable system that should never have been implemented. Rather than focus on a failed system, however, President Zuma might have done better to make a better account for the working infrastructure apartheid built, the economic strength of the country in 1994 and the endless possibility which was handed to him that might have taken a new democracy and turned it into a first world country.

The last twenty years have given the country an opportunity for improvement, development and social equality. This has not happened, and apartheid cannot be blamed for the current failures. There are social equality opportunities for every South African, and each individual is meant to accept accountability for taking advantage of the opportunities presented. The government, however, has failed to continue to promote equality and continues to blame apartheid for any problem they cannot control.

A prime example of how the ANC government has failed to deliver basic services is evidenced by the squatter camps sprawled around the country. Under the apartheid era, there were no squatter camps. Today, the expansion of these informal houses continues to grow at an alarming rate to accommodate people who should have received government assistance. The influx of foreigners from bordering African countries remains a primary cause for the spiraling squatter camp homes. The ANC government is solely responsible for this situation in light of their inability to provide effective border controls.
There has been no significant growth in South Africa under the current ANC government. There exists, rather, a profound failure to provide the most basic of human rights to its people on any significant scale. Blaming apartheid for the current situation in South Africa plays to the emotions of those who suffered most under the policies/ It is, in essence, a cowardly act, and it is a direct indication of incompetence and negligence on the part of the ANC government.

President Zuma and the ANC are trying to avoid assuming responsibility for their ineptitude and failure over the last twenty years. Apartheid ended twenty years ago. Every opportunity to grow, and to develop South Africa into a first world country, was handed to the democratic government in 1994. The damage done over the last twenty years is something that the population is unlikely to find acceptable as elections approach. There is an increasing understanding that staying in the past will not solve the current issues.

President Zuma, to have any chance of holding onto his position, will need to face the questions of his people. He will be asked to tell the truth of how the ANC failed to fulfill the promise of the new democracy that they were handed. His only approach may end up being a sincere address to the country asking forgiveness for the problems of South Africa, and for another opportunity to repair the wrongs of the ANC democracy without trying to pass the blame off on Apartheid. Whether he would be afforded that opportunity, even then, remains a dubious prospect.

Mike X
19th Feb 2014, 12:14
^^^ Someone had to say it...

21st Feb 2014, 12:08

28th Feb 2014, 12:36
It appears that news items like this

Hunt for robbers who shot dad outside school | News24 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Hunt-for-robbers-who-shot-dad-outside-school-20140228)

are so now common place in Johannesburg that they vanish into the subliminal nuances of the psyche and are not consciously remembered but when it happens outside your old school and is reported to you by friends who now have kids at the same school it brings it home to you.

Ironically I had dropped by the school last September for the first time in 30 years and spoke to the black security guard about the "good old days" when the gate was open and the school open to the world (I was not allowed in). He looked at me if I was mad and asked whether or not I had been afraid of tsotsis then. I said that I hadn't but must admit that I think any sane South African now must be.

Sic transit Gloria.


Solid Rust Twotter
2nd Mar 2014, 18:25
Looks like these clowns are still living in the past trying to implement a failed system. This just highlights how far behind the rest of the world Africa's development lags.

Numsa to launch political party

March 2 2014 at 04:33pm

Johannesburg - The National Union of Metalworkers of SA is busy with preparations to launch a political party, it said on Sunday.

The party, to be called the United Front and Movement for Socialism, would be aimed at uniting the working class and mobilising around issues affecting workers.

“We need a movement for socialism,” general secretary Irvin Jim told reporters in Johannesburg.

He said work was well underway to mobilise the working class in all its formations, for the radical implementation of the Freedom Charter, the ANC's document of goals and aspirations for the country, and against neoliberalism.

Jim said the leadership of the national liberation movement as a whole had failed to lead a consistent radical democratic process to resolve national, gender, and class questions post-1994 - the year of South Africa's first democratically elected government.

He said the leadership was predominantly drawn from the black and African capitalist class which “kowtows” to the dictates of white monopoly capitalist and imperialist interests.

“It is half-hearted and extremely inconsistent in the pursuit of a radical democratic programme and has completely abandoned the Freedom Charter,” he said.

Jim said it was those circumstances, combined with the worsening situation of the South African working class as a whole post-1994, which has made Numsa rethink and revisit its relationship with the ANC and its alliance.

“We need to organise ourselves as a class which is why we need a movement that will contest the elections at the appropriate time,” said Jim.

In order to reach out far and wide, Numsa would convene provincial and national consultative meetings to share the content of its resolutions on the United Front and Movement for Socialism.

He said during Numsa's January Marxist-Leninist Political School, meetings were held with the leaders of some of the social movements and community structures, to begin the process of mapping out how they could work together.

With more than 340,000 members, Numsa is the biggest trade union in the country. - Sapa

unstable load
3rd Mar 2014, 06:58
Well, as far as I am concerned, NUMSA can go right ahead and do it, if for nothing else than to give the ANC palpitations.
It's high time the cANcer/COSATU partnership got the bars of it's gilded cage rattled.
The only sadness is that this is probably going to cost some lives.

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Mar 2014, 18:17
Another example of the high quality of SA govt officials, this time up close and personal for those in the UK.

Controversy surrounds new SA High Commissioner as he finally takes office | The South African (http://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/new-sa-high-commissioner-arrives-amidst-controversy.htm)

FORMER Mayor of Durban Obed Thembinkosi Mlaba has been confirmed as the next South African High Commissioner to the UK. Mlaba will be the sixth person to fill the highest public office as South Africa’s diplomatic representative in London since 1994. He will be replacing Dr Zola Skweyiya, whose term ended last year, leaving the High Commission as well as expats in the dark about a successor for over six months.

As one of his first acts as new High Commissioner, Mlaba attended the memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela, held at Westminster Abbey on Monday 3 March – despite not having presented himself to the Queen yet, as is protocol. The SA High Commission had not officially confirmed who the next ambassador at the prestigious Trafalgar Square address would be up until last week, when Mlaba’s prospective attendance of the service had to be justified.

Mlaba brings 20 years of active participation in South Africa’s young democracy to the table, as well as credits in the struggle movement beforehand. However, the new High Commissioner may face a choice few struggles in his own right, as corruption charges dating back to his days as mayor of Durban continue to tarnish his reputation.

Mlaba’s CV reads otherwise like a triumph, with his involvement on the boards of several South African companies making him a true success story of the new South Africa.

Born in Estcourt (then-Natal) in 1943, Obed Mlaba attended Catholic schools throughout his education, leading all the way up to his matric. He obtained a Master of Business Administration later in life from the International Management Centre, which is part of Revans University. The online degree, however, is not recognised in the UK or the US.

An erstwhile member of the United Democratic Front (UDF), Mlaba joined the ANC’s Durban branch in the early 1990s as soon as the party was unbanned. Within a few years, his political career propelled him to becoming the first democratically-elected Mayor of Durban in 1996. Mlaba was to hold the position for 15 years, making him one of the country’s longest serving mayors and a celebrated leader.

Towards the end of his tenure, Mlaba faced some heavy allegations of corruption, following a number of incongruences in the books of eThekwini (Durban) Municipality. In addition to over R500 million of misspent funds during Mlaba’s time as Mayor of Durban, he is also suspected to have deliberately attempted to direct a R3 million city tender to a “preferred” company, in which he held 20 per cent of the shares.

Two of his daughters were also alleged to have been implicated in the corruption scandal, although it has not been established whether they were knowingly involved. Mlaba had previously given tenders to family members and friends, but had never been seen to benefit himself directly from redirecting taxpayers’ money into his own pockets – up until the end of his tenure.

Obed Mlaba has always rejected the allegations, saying that he was not personally involved in the act of awarding tenders. A report published after the findings, however, implicated the former Durban Mayor in “tender rigging, fraud and corruption” along with other senior city officials, amounting to a total of over R2 billion in suspicious irregularities.

But in true South African style, Mlaba didn’t have to face any prison time for his alleged actions – that is if you don’t call being stuck on the British Isles for the next five years a fate worse than imprisonment.

By Sertan Sanderson, 2014

4th Mar 2014, 18:33
I don't see the problem. As a fraudster, he is a true representative of the ANC and his country.

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Mar 2014, 18:41
It would be sweet if it was possible to give each one who wished the ANC disease upon SA their own personal klepto hero of the struggle to take home with them.

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Mar 2014, 13:12
And yet these same people booing Zuma will still vote for him in the upcoming election. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot...

President Jacob Zuma received a hostile reception when he walked onto the pitch at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.

Jeers and boos rang out as Zuma's name was called out and he walked to the field for the post-match ceremony following the international friendly between Bafana Bafana and Brazil.

Brazil won the friendly match 5-0.

Zuma was handing over the hosting of the Fifa World Cup to Brazil, who are the host nation for the 2014 edition later this year. He was joined on a stage by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan, as well as several Brazilian dignitaries, who received a commemorative plaque marking the event.

Zuma was famously booed at the memorial service of former state president Nelson Mandela, at the same venue, in December last year.

Hat-trick magic
Meanwhile, Barcelona star Neymar scored a superb hat-trick to help Brazil record its win over Bafana Bafana.

The 22-year-old wonderkid netted either side of half-time with two outstanding touches after Oscar put Brazil ahead 11 minutes into the game.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho added a fourth from distance, sinking into the top corner to all but put the result to bed 10 minutes from time.

But Neymar would have the last say, adding the finishing touches in the final minute of regular time as Bafana suffered their worst ever defeat in front of a massive home crowd at Soccer City.

The former Santos youngster was at the heart of Selecao's attacking threat going forward and secured the visitors' seventh successive win under head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has not been beaten since August 2013.

Having brought a full-strength side to South Africa, for what was to be Brazil's final fixture before their 23-man 2014 World Cup squad will be announced, Scolari named a formidable starting lineup, with the likes of Julio Cesar, Thiago Silva, Fernandinho and David Luiz all handed a starting role.

Comfortable start
​Ronwen Williams, meanwhile, who earned his first international cap, was called into action early on, but looked comfortable as Brazil stamped their authority all over their struggling hosts.

Williams' steady start, however, did not last long as the visitors searched forward, allowing Chelsea midfielder Oscar to chip home the opener over an advancing Williams, who was left stranded by his defence.

Brazil kept up the pressure and held on to the ball as Bafana looked to find a way back into the game, Williams making a last-ditch stop to deny Neymar the Samba Boys' second midway through the half.

But the crafty winger would not be kept out a second time, after receiving a ball into the South African half, skipping past one defender and slotting home through the legs of the goalkeeper as Brazil extended their advantage.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, Brazil shot out the gates in the second period and took just 20 seconds to grab their third of the night, Neymar again with a simple chip over Williams' head, having broken the Bafana defensive line far too easily.

Going Brazil's way
The rest of the half went much the way of the South Americans, though Bafana managed a few meaningful attacks of their own, Ayanda Patosi the pick of the bunch, as he forced a good stop from Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Brazil soaked up the pressure applied late on by the home side and soon went back the other way, leaving Fernandinho unmarked and outside the South African area.

He unleashed a thunderous effort from a standing start and beat Williams into the top corner, leaving the young shot-stopper rooted to the spot.

Having been in scintillating form throughout, Neymar sealed his hat-trick, notching up his 30th international goal from a simple headed effort dead in front of goal, rounding-off a dominant display in Johannesburg.

6th Mar 2014, 15:21
And yet these same people booing Zuma will still vote for him in the upcoming election. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot..That is the tragedy. I had a long chat a couple of months ago with our Xhosa maid about this, an intelligent lady in her 60s, uneducated in the academic sense but very astute and smart, always nicely dressed and well-groomed, such a decent woman, and trustworthy to a fault. I feel so sorry for people like her, and we can do so little to help them. She told me, as so many do, that life has got worse for them since 1994, with the increase in crime and population in the townships, and the dwindling resources having to be shared with more and more people (largely illegal immigrants). She has four dependants who can't get jobs, and lives in a shack with no running water or electricity. Until a few years ago she had a 'house' with utilities but was unable to afford the rent and was forced out.

She feels betrayed by the ANC, but when I asked her who she will vote for in the next election, she said ANC.
"Because the DA is a 'white' party and voting for them is a 'betrayal'."
"No it's not, Lindiwe Mazibuko is black" and a very smart one too, but she's seen as a white person in a black skin, she was very well educated at Jewish School in KZN, (even sounds like a bit of a kugel at times!)

That is the problem. The ANC have instilled this fear of 'betrayal' and retribution and that is how they hold their grip on power as the country moves inexorably closer to being a one party state.

6th Mar 2014, 15:48
Nice match report there SRT!

Solid Rust Twotter
18th Mar 2014, 18:56
...And yet another step out over the abyss. Zimbabwe anyone?

Still nothing but crickets from the chattering classes who wished for this.

SA bill to be introduced as guise for expropriation measures

The Investment Bill of 2013 threatens to infringe on any and all private property rights in South Africa, as the ANC tries to push for wide-ranging land reform measures before the 7 May 2014 elections

By Sertan Sanderson on 28 February, 2014 1:15 pm in Business, Business News, Elections 2014, Money, News, Property, SA Property / 2 comments

A new bill is in the process of being introduced with the intention to contravene existing ownership rights of business operators and land owners across South Africa.

Misleadingly named the “Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill of 2013″ – or Investment Bill in short – the act can be seen as a step towards expropriation of land as part of the ongoing public discourse on the hot topic of land reform.

The details of the bill appear to be worded in a vague fashion while deliberately minimising property rights currently held by land owners under the Expropriation Act of 1975. The changes to legislation would affect land and business owners alike, threatening to violate ownership claims whenever the state wanted to take over property while claiming any kind of public interest as a justification. The new bill would inadvertently lead to a repeal of the existing Expropriation Act.

Until now, every person owning land in SA was guaranteed full compensation if any such kind of expropriation were to take place, meaning an immediate payout of the market value of the property in question plus compensation for consequential future losses, all on account of the original owners of the private property no longer being able to use their erstwhile lands for investment.

However, the new “Investment Bill” stipulates that owners will in future be paid out less than market value, without any stipulations made in regards to consequential losses. The new act also specifies that any such payout would be undertaken “in a timely manner” effectively voiding any entitlement for bank interest on outstanding compensation payments after the expropriation were to take place. This would put claimants firmly in the mercy of the whims of South African government bureaucrats, who have a track record of sometimes taking years to process any claims.

Another crucial clause in the Investment Bill also makes sure that certain actions undertaken by the state aimed at claiming ownership over previously privately-owned land would ‘not amount to acts of expropriation’ – meaning zero compensation or pay-out in these cases. This would particularly affect land owners, who might – knowingly or unknowingly – have access to natural resources or minerals in their properties – even applying to the smallest plots of land.

According to this clause, the state would now be able to take action over privately-owned land in the form of a “custodian” or “conduit”. Under this provision, the government could, for example, install a coal-mine or an oil-well on any plot of land while not claiming a take-over in official ownership rights of the grounds in question. This clause is designed deliberately to give the government leeway to avoid having to pay any level of compensation at all. In such a scenario, land owners could end up getting nothing at all from the state under the provision of such circumstances.

The controversial bill was gazetted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) last November and was subsequently open to public comment until the end of January this year, making it likely to be made law before the elections to the National Assembly in May. When the bill is signed into law, it could be used to justify many different levels and forms of expropriation, particularly in a bid to nationalise private mining firms and speed up land reform processes.

The Investment Bill will apply to both foreign and domestic investors alike, with the term “investor” referring to ownership and not to commercial or agricultural value of land being used. In other words, it affects local owners of diamond-mines and foreign allotment gardeners living in South Africa alike.

Within this context it is also important to point out how the Investment Bill might interact with and endorse the upcoming Restitution Bill (officially called the “Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill of 2013”), which the ANC government is likely to push through parliament ahead of the upcoming general elections, after failing previous attempts to introduce expropriation legislature.

With no money to process an expected 379,000 new land redistribution claims until the end of 2018 under the Restitution Bill, the Investment Bill could help tide over the government in its underhanded land reform schemes, for which the treasury is lacking over R175 billion under the current legislation. Put simply, if land is taken over by the state as a “custodian” under the Investment Bill and then passed on to land claimants under the Restitution Bill, compensation for previous owners could be declared null and void, greatly reducing the government’s need to allocate funds to land reform measures.

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) commented on the draft of the Restitution Bill as a measure intended to “spell the end of private property rights in South Africa.”

“We believe that the Government and the African National Congress are preparing the ground to seize private property and distribute it to poor communities if and when they feel the need to do so. That time will come when the political pressure on the ANC is so great that it fears losing a future election.”

In conclusion, it is obvious that the Investment Bill has nothing to do whatsoever with protecting anyone’s investment but is rather a direct measure to speed up expropriation and land redistribution – whether such land is held in hands of South Africans or foreigners – without any compensation for the present land owners needed to be considered. It could easily be the death knell for private property in South Africa altogether, as the ANC government slowly inches forward to land reform at the expense of current owners.

By Sertan Sanderson, 2014

18th Mar 2014, 19:16
To use the SA exclamation: EINA! Ouch!

Thanks again SRT.

20th Mar 2014, 14:56
This'll end in tears, I suspect.

BBC News - Zuma Nkandla home: South Africa's DA lays criminal charges (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26669080)

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Mar 2014, 16:01

unstable load
21st Mar 2014, 09:16
I see from the Cape Times this morning that the cANCer will neither apologise for or recall Zuma over Nkandla, but that "Any apology, if necessary, would have to come from Zuma himself and the Ministers implicated because the cANCer could not apologise on their behalf".....