Bob’s Weekend News Wrap – 12 September 2016
Litigation has been the order of the day in this country’s political jostling, and the City Press had an article that gave a dashboard-like picture of how the State has fared.
Among the many cases SA Inc has lost are the following: Case against EFF in 2014, when Parliament suspended and withheld salaries of the red brigade and if you remember correctly, that’s when the war cry “pay back the money” was conceived. Parliament lost and had to pay them their salaries with immediate effect.
Again in 2014, The DA hauled government, Baleka Mbethe and Thandi Modise to court for allowing police to enter parliament. The court ruled that the Powers, Privileges and immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act was inconsistent with the constitution and therefore invalid.
These are just a few high profile cases where the state lost spectacularly against their adversaries. With the case against McBride crumbling, one has to ask the obvious question about the capability of office of the State Attorney in assessing cases properly.
It has to be said though that many civic organizations always assume the role of amicus curare but it’s is hardly an excuse to lose so many cases as it has been recently witnessed in the past five years. This is a total waste of State resources.
Mosebenzi Zwane or shall I say Pinocchio, is just not easing up after elevating the status of an inter-ministerial body, which was set up as an advisory body to that of a cabinet approved body that would start with investigating banks on the Gupta saga. Even Luthuli House wants the President Zuma to get him to sit down and shut up.
Pinocchio was even defiant in the National Assembly last week when he was grilled about his growing nose manoeuvres. This guy, tells MPs that they had had no right to question him about confidential cabinet discussions, even though he had lied about the same issue publicly. Here is the crucial question then – who is Mosebenzi, Pinocchio Zwane accountable to?
For this week, lookout for one of many Mzwanele Manyi organizations taking a stronger position on treasury; a big story on the ministry of water affairs; Berning Ntlemeza being questioned about Pravin; and the bullet proof glass suggested by Baleka Mbete for parliament