The South African Police Service made the national news at least twice this week.
This week’s Judicial Service commission interviews for the vacant chief justice post have been vital viewing – and reading. They are yet another example, despite the cacophony of doomsayers and political opportunists, of the intrinsic strength of the democratic state we were gifted 27 years ago. There’s been plenty of agit-prop from the usual suspectsContinue reading ” One of the greatest gifts of our Constitution is that it gives all of us rights”
Poloko Tau should have been sitting at home today, surrounded by his loved ones, celebrating his 42nd birthday. Instead his family and friends will be burying him. He died last Friday, but this week the City Press features writer has been remembered mostly for the work he did as a reporter at The Star, 10 years ago in Marikana. Continue reading “Poloko Tau will be remembered as a journalist’s journalist who was a strong and kind man”
Wednesday was supposed to be the big reveal, the day when Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula was going to tell us – and show us – what the catastrophic crisis has been with the production of licences. The story to date is simple. There’s one machine. It’s made in Germany. It’s broken. No one is ableContinue reading “Fikile Mbalula and the big driver’s licence mystery”
Last Friday, Lindiwe Sisulu penned a scathing retrospective on the state of the country; the yawning gap between the haves and the have-nots and the desperately high levels of unemployment. Which is all very well and good. It should be said. It should be shouted from the rooftops. It should be discussed in shebeens, overContinue reading “Lindiwe Sisulu may be a perfect fit for RET demagoguery”
The first week of the new year has been a humdinger. It started with the funeral of Archbishop Desmond Tutu last Saturday, with the arch becoming the first person to be aquamated (the ecofriendly way of getting cremated) after lying in state in the cheapest coffin available – as his final wish. That was aContinue reading “SA forced into playing ‘Survivor’”
The book’s ambitiously called Jacob Zuma Speaks, but it’s actually what three prominent RET interlocutors think he said, reinterpreting those golden words for a post-pandemic world, or high noon of the New Dawn.
Corporate South Africa is starting to do its bit too, following on from universities.
The true tragedy in all of this is that there’s no vaccine for wilful stupidity.
This week was also the final instalment of the November 1 local government elections as the new councils began voting in their office bearers and metaphorically getting down to work.