Bob’s Weekend Newspaper Wrap – 10 October 2016
All the Sunday newspapers obviously covered fees must fall and the Bafana Bafana stories. We are never short of stories though, in South Africa and in just one page, the City Press has three very strong SA interest pieces. There is that debate within the ANC about a woman president. The latest being the story by Andisiwe Makinana on Lindiwe Sisulu probably throwing in her hat on the persuasion by her ANC peers. Apparently, an adornment titled “Through the eye of the needle”, which sets out criteria on certain qualities of a typical ANC leader. But don’t hold your breath if you believe that Ms. Sisulu will raise her hand for the branch polls for the next ANC head.
What would a Sunday read be without a Gupta story? In the latest on this controversial and defiant family, former government spokesperson Themba Maseko has apparently broken his silence on his exit from government, saying that it was President Zuma who pushed him out of his position, and this was done because he snubbed the Guptas. This was revealed at a panel set up by the South African Council of Churches to look into allegations of undue influence on the state, and its organs or “state capture” as we know it. This panel, however, has no real powers and authority, so it’s just cannon fodder, or a gust of wind, or even a whimper or whisper in the deep. And finally from the City Press, the swear word that makes the stomach of any politician turn, “Lifestyle Audit.” God forbid! It seems the ANC might just go for this internally but one has to watch motive, who supports it, and who wants to squash it.
The Sunday Times has covered a somewhat “lifestyle” audit enquiry to look into allegations of its Chief procurement officer receiving unexplained deposits in its bank account. An organization called the Decolonization Foundation is spearheading this initiative. One of the people at the head of this organization is Mzwanele Manyi and he has; at least according to the Sunday Times, asked the Hawks to step in and investigate. Hawks spokesman, Hangwani Molaudzi, has confirmed that an investigation is underway.
In the Business Times section, Moeletsi Mbeki deals with the destruction of the ANC. Mr. Mbeki makes the assertion that the problem isn’t Zuma but rather the ANC itself – a case for collective responsibility if ever there was one to be made. Mbeki says, “the whole party is responsible for the crisis that the country is in and therein lies the reason why they lost the METROS in the LGE.” In a litany of not so veiled attacks on the Top six as well, Mbeki goes straight for the Pityana brigade, and calls its a Machiavellian attempt at misdirecting the blame to one person. He ends his red herring tirade by saying that not even SA business has the fortitude to hold Government to account because they could not do it with the apartheid government. A good, sobering read indeed!