Weekend news wrap up with Bob Mabena – 18 July 2016
This weekend definitely belonged to Chair of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. In what in my opinion is a balanced article, the City Press made a concerted and honest attempt at getting an impartial score card in her reign on the commission. In Kigali, Rwanda, this weekend for the AU Summit, this African woman has managed to keep Agenda 2063 alive and a lot of her peers praise her for this. Her background as a medical doctor has seen her apply her strategic mind to combating what was almost an epidemic of disastrous proportions in Ebola. She has also, apparently, managed to get governance within the AU on the straight and narrow. And obviously being a woman, she has also seen to it that gender issues were never relegated to file thirteen. Sure she has had some shortcomings, and looking at the nature of that huge organization, one would expect a few but I do believe that we have to be very proud of her for flying the South African and African flag as high as she possibly could. Take a bow Madame Dlamini Zuma; one hopes that some of that success could rub off on some people here down South. And by the way, should Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma go on to be the President of South Africa, she will be poised to make history as the first woman AU Commission chair and also the first woman president of South Africa – now that would be a neat trick!
On to our neighbors North of the Limpopo. Last week we witnessed a strong stay away protest which was largely driven by Pastor Evan Mawarire’s hashtag “This Flag”. The first of these uncharacteristic show of force by civilians in Zim, was supported by most in that beleaguered country, and most analysts agreed that the extent of its success was driven by civil Cervantes not getting their pay on time. The second protest action was not as successful as the first, and we also saw Pastor Mawarire handing himself over to the police and subsequently being released when the government messed up their case against him. This coming week will be tough test for the government as army has not being paid their monthly salaries – this for the second month in a row. In Zim, normally, the army is paid on the 14th of every month but to date there hasn’t even been a word from treasury. Today is the 18th and I can already hear the theme song to the movie, the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s gonna be high noon and all guns are now cocked with one in the chamber. This week , should the soldiers not be paid, Hashtag let Robert Mugabe stay in Kigali will trend.
And in closing; it looks like Gupta majority owned Oakbay might be suspended on the JSE for missing the deadline to find and secure a JSE approved sponsor, after their previous sponsor, SAFIN deserted them. Perhaps it is time the Guptas started consulting Hlaudi or perhaps the sangoma that he consults!