Weekend News Wrap up with Bob Mabena
I am sure that like me, when you see a headline that reads “Teacher Crisis’ on the front page of any newspaper, you either flip the page quickly or you get angry and ask why they are just not getting education in this country right. The City Press leads with another unpalatable SADTU story.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga – responded to signs or allegations of collapse in a key Provincial Education Department; appointed an investigation team to try and decipher what challenges face her.
The team, led by Proffesor John Volmink, reported back with some rather disappointing and desperate findings; including but not limited to: evidence that a number of senior SADTU members in the Eastern Cape have received cows, sheep and goats as payment for several principals’ positions throughout the province. There is also evidence that a school governing body member of a Pinetown school acted with SADTU members to extort R30000 from a teacher who had applied for the job of a principal.
Over the past two weeks, pupils at 440 schools in the Ilembe region on the North coast have received little or no teaching after regional union leaders ordered teachers to protest at district offices. The obvious question to ask here is who is in charge; is it SADTU or government?
We are almost halfway through the education calendar and already, it looks like the class of 2015 is doomed. We are destroying the future of these children with eyes wide open, and we are allowing rogue elements with naked self-interest to run amok and pay bribes with goats for better perks. It’s a damn shame indeed and I for one hope and pray that Angie rises to the occasion and saves the future of these children.
Spy versus spies
I fear the Spy vs Spy vs Spy saga might turn quite bloody because every weekend it seems to escape into more subterfuge, sabotage, obfuscation, allegations and counter allegations.
The characters in this flammable tale include Richard Mdluli, Anwar Dramat, Nkosinathi Nhleko, Shadrack Sibiya, Innocent Khuba, Robert McBride, a mysterious man who goes by the name Moukangwe, and Colonel Kobus Roelofse. Our President’s name is mentioned too. You have all the makings of a John Grisham novel here – from golden handshakes to political expediency to dark and shady characters. This is all going to end, not only tears, but probably a few body bags as well.
Archbishop leads black sheep
Talking about tears; someone please tell me why is it that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has only one child, but a million and one black sheep problems. It seems all Catholics have to pray for the man once called Deputy Jesus by a petulant Youth Leader – and dare I say; I use the word leaders with strong reservations.
About the few select residents of Orlando West in Soweto marching in protest, to Eskom; seeking an apology and or reversal of installation of electricity meter and demanding a Flatoe rate of sorts; it would seem that the simple explanation as to why the ANC marched on itself was to simply block the EFF or DA from marching in solidarity with the disgruntled residents. It’s quite interesting to learn that prior to the march; Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown was given some sort of assurances by the City and the ANC leadership in the region that they would not go ahead with the march. Alas; the ANC’s problem child in the form of Gauteng, is rebelling. One would think that after winning Gauteng by a thin 54% margin, Luthuli house would rein them in and get them to comply and play nice. Think about it; ANC in Gauteng has locked horns with Luthuli house before, over the e-Tolls issue. I want to be a fly on the wall this week if there is to be a leadership meeting on this ‘on and off mutiny’. Is ANC Gauteng being its rebellious self or are they just capricious? I will also be expecting residents of Alex, Tembisa, Mamelodi and Atterridgeville to demand a flat fee as well.
At a glance, this is a three way battle looming and it has pitted Lynne Brown against Gauteng ANC and somewhere in the background is Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordan. One of these three or all of them, have to consult Engel’s of food economics.
Mining sector stands by their colours
And finally, I am looking forward to another big war – that between The Mining sector and Mineral Resources Minister Ngwako Ramahlodi. Wearing red colours of Socialism on the left is the minister who has accused this sector of not meeting their BEE targets and seething at that. Wearing green colours of capitalism is the mining industry who is accusing the minister of shifting the goal posts. It is war. The political business cycle in South Africa is changing and it is not being changed by the governing party – it has changed the governing party’s paranoia & schizophrenia.
Allow me then dear Afropolitans to welcome you to another interesting week in the life and times of a ruling party which should actually be governing. Watch this week with keen interest.
Oh and before I forget; if like me, your poison is Bourbon; check the scary story right at the bottom of page two of the Sunday Times Business Times – sip slowly later today and tweet me on @bob959. Sacrilege I tell you