Bob’s Weekend News Wrap – 17 October 2016
So many scary stories are doing the rounds in our country, and most of them will definitely depress one to suicide. This is evident in all newspapers. With that in mind, I trolled and intentionally looked for a story with a different twist. I found one in the City Press. It is a warm and fuzzy human story written by Statistician General and head of Stats SA; Pali Lehohla. Let me declare that I have only met Thuli Madonsela once and this was at a Black Management Forum dinner. Like everyone else, I think she has done a commendable job as Public Protector, but in my silent corner, I have often wondered about how ordinary South Africans have been aided by her office. Padi’s letter answered this question for me because the head of Stats SA writes about a case brought to the Public Protector by one Mr. Moroka.
Briefly, Mr. Moroka had an unfortunate accident with one of Lehohla’s employees at Stats SA that rendered him insolvent. This poor soul didn’t want to consider Madonsela as per Pali’s advice, for help because he believed that Lehohla could help him, so Padi reported himself to the Public Protector. The long and the short of this piece is that Thuli Madonsela took this case on with the same vigor as the Nkandla matter and found justice for Mr. Moroka. Two Hingis stood out for me when I read this article. The first one is how the head of Stats SA went way beyond his call of duty to help a desperate man who could have been a horrible statistic in the unemployment in tray. And finally, the other thing that stood out for me was a confirmation that Thuli Madonsela was indeed, literally the Public Protector. It seems she took her job literally and I don’t think that there is actually any other way to execute in that sacred office. She rides into the sunset leaving me convinced that integrity, ethics and morals are not that tough to uphold. I am quite sure that if asked, she will concede to have made a few mistakes but she has left a strong example and legacy, and somehow her work reflects what South Africa was meant to be.
And finally, at a personal level and as a Sundowns fan, I have to say thank you to the people of Atteridgeville, but most importantly thank you Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Super Sport fans for being first of all; great football fans and colorful patriots. For a day at least, this CAF Champions League first leg final win by Sundowns reminded me of the glory days of Bafana Bafana. For at least one Saturday, football won the day and that lump of pride in my throat was a moment of pure joy and elation. Thank you South Africa!