Weekend news wrap up with Bob Mabena – 24 January 2016
Here are the big issues in the first few weeks of 2016 – Matric results, Racism, The #FeesMustFall return, the upcoming Local Government elections, and that includes the State of the Nation Address. All of this is underpinned by two even bigger incidents; slow growth in the economy AND infighting within the ANC and the Tripartite Alliance. All newspapers carried one story or another about the things I have mentioned. The piece I am writing today is just for all of us to be cautious and introspective around what is happening in our country, we need to scrutinize every incident and not be blinded by spin and convenient political posturing. Ask yourself why; as the front page of both the Sunday Times and the City press suggests, is Angie Motshekga suddenly growing kahunes and actually telling teacher Unions that some of their members may be fired for bad performance. The Minister of Basic Education has for the longest time, avoided openly crossing swords with SADTU. I am actually surprised that the City Press could only get comment from her press statement, only from NAPTOSA. Nothing from SADTU! – not even in the Sunday Times. That’s count one!
Count two has to do with the economy and our fiscal. This phenomenon is playing out on two fronts; forget the nuclear deal, cast your eyes on the shenanigans at SAA and SARS. Both of these institutions may have been the undoing of Nhlanhla Nene, as a matter of fact. There is a not so profitable route to Khartoum that the President is allegedly pushing “ka dibono” and then there’s the SAA rescue. Our Internal Revenue commissioner is seeking legal advice on whether he can push back the Minister of Finance, not because of policy issues but a difference in systems ideas. What the hell is a Minister doing meddling with the executive to that level? That’s count two
On count three is the #FeesMustFall return. Blade has just made a revelation that there are some of his “we will die for Zuma” colleagues who want to get rid of him. Add to that the pension funds war between COSATU and the ANC and it’s a fine mess. I hope we are on the same page my fellow Afropolitans, this is going to be a very interesting year in Politics and only the strong will survive. As for Minister Blade Nzimande; dear Sir, this is politics, a game played by men with big everything. You are sworn to this life and you have dabbled in it for your benefit when you and your friends in the ANC got rid of Thabo Mbeki – it was all politicos and horse trading. You are in that kitchen and it’s cooking. Stop whining and get on with it.
And finally, isn’t it strange how the biggest heavyweight title bout in Mpumalanga between Mabuza and Phosa is being won by a little old lady. Check this out – first it is alleged that the rat, who was at some stage Phosa’s butler had stolen some documents from his employer and fed damaging intel to his employer’s namesis, David Mabuza. Then a further allegation claims that he was paid for this. Later it emerges that he had seen the error in his ways and had gone back to his former employer to apologise and rat on Mabuza. Now, it has come to light that he wants to rat out Phosa. Are you still with me Afropolitans? Here is the balance of the story: Phosa and Mabuza are literally at each other’s throats and it doesn’t seem as if there is going to be a winner here, but here is the kicker; the rat’s mother, 68 year old Vernie Venter is raking in the millions and jobs for family. Both Phosa and Mabuza have allegedly paid her and made her unbelievable favours. Little old lady, Vernie Venter is the winner here, She gets the money and all the trappings of what accompanies it AND the publicity. Now that is extortion and it’s also quite smart, you must admit. It’s not a movie, it’s all real!