Weekend news wrap up with Bob Mabena – 15 February 2016
In Khayelihle Khumalo’s phrasing; “as it were”, the weekend newspapers focused on the SONA fallout. Both The City Press and The Sunday Times are reporting almost the same thing and the former, goes so far as to state that they have spoken to about 14 sources from within the ANC, 10 of whom are MPs about President Zuma’s inevitable lame duck period. Apparently there was a move to determine how much the president owed so that arrangements could be made but the ANC Political Committee prevailed. Even ANC MP Cedric Frolick, who chaired the Nkandla Ad hoc committee was one of the decanting voices that thought Nhleko’s now disgraced show and tell was a meaningless farce. At issue also, is the angle Zuma’s advocate took on the day when he conceded that Nhleko’s report had no legal standing. All of the 14 MPs feel that they were thrown under a bus going at 200k/ph. The Sunday Times’s angle even goes as far as to quote DG Gwede Mantashe’s advice that the president take Thuli Madonselas’s report on judicial review. Obviously this fell on deaf ears and now some ANC MPs feel that it would be close to impossible to defend Msholozi, should there be a motion of impeachment. I took a deep breath as I read the line that quotes Mantashe saying that he is only the SG of the ANC and not really a personal friend of the President’s. The ANC at the moment is having a bad Sundowns dream – the chickens are coming home to roost – trust is out the window and there is fear and panic. What a legacy this man will leave behind for both the ANC and his clan.
In other news over the weekend; our hearts go out to the trapped miners out at the Lilly Mine. We heard that yesterday the rescue operation had to be halted temporarily because of a seconds landslide. AMCU’s Mathunjwa is there but notes a spectator, he is helping out and clods to him and his union. The EFF made an appearance as well and on this one, I hope all of SA is praying that the trapped miners make it out of that hell hole alive.
The Other story of National interest is the Pension reform. As it stands, provident fund members are able to cash in their accumulated savings as a lump sum when they retire or resign. The new TAX law is meant to enforce the annuitisation of two thirds of provident fund savings on retirement from March this year. Under discussion now is two issues; sufficient consultation at NEDLAC and the impression that the act would be resolved within the context of the existence of a social security system for South Africa. I don’t know how you read this one, my fellow Afropolitans, but I think this will be another U-Turn for the ANC.
Good news for a change – as a matter of fact; fantastic news. The City Press made me proud with this story; Port Elizabeth born knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo, joins heavyweight Alexander McQeeen and Vivienne Westwood as designer of a limited Chivas Regal bottle package. His Ndele bead work will be seen by the whole world and we will be alongside a world famous premium brand. Bravo Laduma! Extremely proud of you.
By the way, just so you know, the Cape Town chamber of commerce doesn’t care if parliament moves to Pretoria. They feel that the city can live and prosper still. Their rationale is a choice between a clean and more well-run and lucrative city, compared to Pretoria is a no brainier. Oh how the privilege Europeans bask in the glory of inequality.