Weekend paper wrap with Bob Mabena
Sunday Times has a fantastic picture of Serena Williams after winning Wimbledon and breaking all sorts of records. Breathtaking stuff and good news for all Afropolitans. And of course a little story about Blade wouldn’t hurt now would it – especially if it has to do with one of last weeks biggest story, that of the Judges and politicians. The SACP leader still insists that judges are “overreaching” and he supports his position by stating that in court, when a judge yelps “silence’, all present must obey or face a charge of contempt. By the same token insists Blade, if a state organ barks the same instruction – read Baleka to EFF – the judiciary would be applying double standards if they get involved. The High Court in Cape Town bore the brunt of this very sharp Blade. But, it was rendered blunt by a one Trevor Manuel and we’ll get to that a bit later. Also in the Sunday Times was the announcement of the death of a man, famously known for starring in iconic and epic movies such as Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia – Omar Sharif. A legendary actor who outshone celebrated Western actors like of Peter O’Toole. Another Hollywood star has been dimmed.
The City Press has a fantastic wealth creation piece by Maya Fischer-French that I quite liked a lot. In a nutshell, Maya gives fantastic tips on the subject in a very succinct and perfect way. Stop smoking and save R1113, stop speeding and save on fines, stop snacking at work and probably save a little less than half a million in 20 years. Pls read it – I found it extremely helpful. The big story In my opinion is the article by Former finance Minister, Trevor Manuel. It he asks if the SACP is staying true to its origins or if it has become an organization that just protests on any issue that comes along. Perhaps to make a case in point here, let’s rewind to the apology to former President Thabo Mbeki by former SG of COSATU, Zwelinzima Vavi a week ago, add to that Sdumo Dlamini of COSATU lamenting the backing of President Jacob Zuma by labour during the dark days of the Polokwane ANC conference and what you see in Manuel’s article is the center of the alliance at least shaking at the roots. The former Finance Minister asks about COSATU’s deafening silence about the Marikana Commission report, he also crafts an “artful dodger” type question about a ruling made by the Western Cape High Court on illegal deductions on their wages – a ruling which by the way, favors the working class. This you must remember comes right after SACP leader Blade Nzimande attacking this court specifically. Those were not the only questions Trevor asked but I find that it will take at least another 24 hours for the SACP to at least acknowledge and or applaud the anti garnish ruling by that court. This is going to be another interesting week and I’m sure Blade is busy sharpening or at least applying his mind for a reply to Trevor.
And finally, the Tutus didn’t feature either negatively nor positively this weekend and great because the Arch and his wife must enjoy their honeymoon after renewing their vows. The Mandela’s did make it into the papers and it’s still about Madiba’s estate. The Zumas didn’t escape either – alleged shenanigans in the taxi industry and its not pretty at all. Spare a though for the Deputy Police Minister! Maggie Sotyu, who’s under qualified daughter is alleged to have landed a job way above her pay grade. At this rate, number one is looking very much like Humpty Dumpty sitting in a wall – Scrambled egg anyone!!