Weekend news wrap up with Bob Mabena – 13 March 2016
The Guptas, an Indian family that probably doesn’t make as much headlines in India as it does in South Africa, is in the headlines for the umpteenth time. The Sunday Times went with a two for one angle on the Guptas – there is the front-page story that has to do with Ajay, Atul and Duduzane Goopta, offering former Finance Minister his boss’s job. It is very difficult to understand why Duduzane Gupta and his brothers would be the people to deploy ministers – oh…pardon me; I meant to say Duduzane Zuma. As far as this story goes, the president’s name should be changed to Don Corleone and the Guptas should morph into the Sopranos. Enough said about that angle; the second take the Sunday Times has on the Sopranos is an up-close and personal article with the two minute Minister of Finance Dez Van Rooyen. This most qualified Minister of finance ever hired by Don Corleone (and this has been proven to be true), comes across as a soldier more than a number cruncher. Remember that Bill Withers song where he goes on about how soldiers respond to orders?. That’s him right there. Furthermore, he does insist that you and I have heard of him before. Let’s leave it at that then.
The insight section of the Sunday Times has a full feature on Chris Hani for obvious reasons. The playlist of names mentioned in this article goes from Clive Derby Lewis, the coconspirator in the Hani assassination, who is now a free man. Vlak Plaas mass murderer, Dirk Coetzee who died a free man in 2013 and his former partner Eugene De Kock who is rumored to be contracted by the ANC government. This motley crew hit parade of personalities all got paroled by an ANC government, which still has an APLA soldier in incarceration. A black man by the name of Kenny Motsamai was not granted amnesty because his confessed crime was classified as non-political. The Net outcome of this sorry saga – at least from the ANC’s approach – is that Janus Walus will be deported to his native country, Poland. But South Africa does not have a prisoner exchange agreement with Poland so, Walus will roam around the streets of Poland and enjoy the kind of freedom Kenny Motsamai will never experience.
And finally some good news; written in bold in the business section of the City Press – “Sasol BEE partner settles debt”. Tshwarisano, one of the three SASOL BEE partners have paid off their debt from 10 years ago for the acquisition of a 25% stake. While this is no doubt good news for this milestone BEE deal, The BMF cautions that anecdotal evidence showed that a lot of BEE deals are under water. The organization has always pushed for a thorough review of these massive BBBEE deals to root out charades and downright badly structured arrangements that suited the financiers and existing shareholders. Well, let’s see how the other guys in the vehicle “SASOL Inzalo” fare into the future.