Bob’s Weekend Paper Wrap – 22 November 2015
Pardon me if i don’t go over the Mail and Guardian front page story, which gives a scary account of how our president met with gangsters in an attempt to win back the Western Cape. It is a seedy, murky and sad story that one hopes and prays isn’t actually true. One whole page in the City press was dedicated to The ANC this Sunday. Top of the page is a story we touched on last week – the unhappiness of the KZN ANC branch members who are alleging all sorts of fraud during their leadership vote two weeks ago. The disgruntled loser apparently marched to their provincial headquarters to challenge results of their elective congress where Sihle Zikalala was elected Chairperson. This development in KZN is sounding more and more dangerous as the weeks go by.
The second story is titled “Alliance stands on shaky ground”. Cosatu is facing its 12th elective congress which, for the first time, will be conducted in the absence of expelled affiliate; NUMSA and expelled long-time leader Zwelinzima Vavi. Everyone interested in politics has been saying for over two years now that the alliance is irrelevant and as good as dead, except for the die hards – mostly, those who have been credited in the past, for fighting to put President Zuma in the driver’s seat in Polokwane. Well, there are plenty chalenges in the alliance but KZN rears its head again! Apparently, the KZN branch wants to go it alone and not support the ANC in the next election. The problem with KZN’s discontent is that violence and death is almost guaranteed. Let’s all pray that things dont go that awry in that troubled province.
SANEF was graced with the presence of our deputy president at an indaba last week and he had some interesting things to say and they include the fact that tension between media and government is healthy, that reporting should be balanced and also that government and media need to meet more frequently.
And finally, according to State Security Minister David Mahlobo, we are quite safe from the Mali-like terror attacks. We may be as vulnerable as say; Timbuktu and that says a lot but we have to pre-empt more their recruitment drive than an outright attack. Our jobless youth may be desperate enough to join and that just might make our country a warzone with low GDP