Bob’s Weekend News Wrap – 27 February 2017
So then; Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe turned 93 last week and celebrated with with pomp and ceremony yesterday. This once great democrat and intellectual, who has been head of state since 1980, is now the world’s oldest national leader and his celebration cost Zimbabwe about R13 million according to this weekend’s Sunday Times. Previous incredulous facts aside, the geriatrics’s party was held at a school in an area where it is alleged that many of his detractors met their fate. Well, I guess he has had his cake, eaten it and then rubbed salt all over flag bearing and hungry Zimbabweans. Talking about celebrations; newly inducted parliamentarian, Brian Molefe, is apparently being taken through some protocol lessons, and he is reportedly settling nicely at the parliamentary village in Cape Town. I hope there is a shebeen nearby and he can easily access a chemist for some Kleenex tissues.
Moving further afield, allow me to get into some trivia from the department of useless information – how many news agencies has President Donald J Trump sidelined so far. The answer is, no less than 5 and that includes CNN and New York Times. He conducted an off-camera press briefing and on hearing that some news agencies had been excluded, news agencies, including Time Magazine, walked out! Way to go Trump; you make our President Zuma look better than Mother Theresa.
“Gun for Jonas”; this is the screaming headline in the City Press over the weekend. This has to do with what is suspected as undue political influence at SAA. City Press has established that the Hawks’ Crime Against The State unit is gathering evidence that could implicate Mcebisi Jonas in a case of corruption at embattled SAA. To be more specific, the Deputy Finance Minister is being investigated for allegedly introducing US aircraft maintenance and engineering company AAR Corp to one of SAAT’s board members, requesting that he “look after them.” The City Press article claims that the complaint was laid by an unnamed SAAT board member. Needless to say, this gives SAA Chairperson, Dudu Myeni, a bit of breathing space and perhaps an opportunity to stick in the boot. Fortunately, it has been proven quite a few times that no matter what the court of public opinion spews out, our criminal justice system is intact and due process will either convict or exonerate Mcebisi Jonas. It has to be said though that after a failed attempt by the Hawks to implicate Finance Minister Pravin Gordan in some nefarious dealings; there will be warranted doubt of a successful prosecution.
In closing; a terrible story that is very hard to bear. A story so sad, I feel blue and sick to my stomach. This closing story on my part is so sad that you might not even want to have breakfast this morning and here it goes……US President Donald J Trump, will not bee watching the Oscar awards this year…..