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Today every seasoned political commentator is giving an opinion regarding Zimbabwe, infact, everyone thinks they have a solid political view about Zimbabwe. Well, I am not too good at political commentary, nor am I seasoned for that matter. Even in my own country I shy away from political debates because honestly one can never know enough to swear by any formidable viewpoint. However, being a Pan Africanist at heart who keenly reads about the history of Africa, particular southern Africa, starting from the Bantu migration to colonization, liberation and to where we are today, I felt I should express my sentiments regarding today’s events.

It is really with a jubilant heart that I pen this piece. Seeing an African child freeing herself from the shackles inherited from colonial chains. One would say, Mugabe’s resignation today has nothing to do with colonialisation, when infact it has everything to do with it. It feels surreal to experience something like this in my lifetime. Africa still battles to free herself from the resolutions taken at the Berlin conference. Now I sort of get a glimpse of how it felt when independence was gained, Mandela coming out of prison or when heroes like Sankara, Samora, etc were vindicated. I was too young to comprehend some of them – what a time to be alive indeed!

The country is graduating from a post-colonial evolution (if such a term exists). When ZANU PF displaced Ian’s Smith government, it was through guerrilla warfare, and therefore, power was conceded to heroes of war essentially. Some chose to remain in the barracks while others exchanged their uniforms for suits in parliament. This is evident in the hand the military has played in managing the political affairs of the country. It does seem that their latest intervention in November 2017 was a far more progressive one since 1980. Zimbabwe has graduated from a stale-mate in governance, where the leaders of the liberation movement act like they own the country and it’s people due to their struggle efforts. In the process, imposing deeper struggles and scars for their own people. South Africa is yet to graduate from that class. 1994 saw liberation for South Africans, and the champions of that liberation have adopted an entitled stance to the country and resources. One would say former president Mugabe should have taken a page out of Nelson Mandela’s book and give the power back to the people. However Mandela never had much power to give back now, did he?

I digress. I should not make this about South Africa, and unfortunately we have a tendency to make everything about us. It is to be noted that our destinies with our neighbors are all intertwined, from the Mapungumbwe civilization, the effects of the Mfecane displacements in the region, to the establishment of areas like Bulawayo, Gaza (in Mozambique), Bechuanaland, up to present day boundaries. Our victories belong to Africa. Yesterday Kenya, fell into a deeper regression, and today Zimbabwe rises out of it.

The point of the article is to really celebrate her victory taking another step forward. Nobody really knows what the future holds, but one thing for sure is that Zimbabwe is on a path of finding out. I deeply celebrate this era mainly because there is so much that this country has accomplished compared to most African states. First of all, they have set the bar in the history of coups! Not a single bullet fired, then comes the most peaceful uprising I have ever heard of. On the 18 November 2017, not even a match stick was reported missing during the mass demonstration. Most importantly, Zimbabwe is the only country in Africa, which owns their land. It may be in the hands of few, but the African land is in the name of black Africans. We on the other hand, still need a name. The country has a literacy rate of over 90% and their means of production are owned internally. A lot of good, raw, material is in place for the construction of a masterpiece. Your children will reap what you will sow from this point on.

The game plan from now should be for greed to fall; learning who to trust and above all trusting yourselves as a nation to unite and rebuild. My plea is for everyone around you to allow you to forge your own solutions, SADC and the world at large. Can we just all continue minding our business as we have been doing for the past 37 years while Zimbabweans were working at their salvation. I will not comment on transition governments and democracy because I am not too learned on that. However I am very learned in HOPE. Hope never disappoints. You have stood for the longest time in hope that things will change someday and indeed that day has come. Even the pioneers of democracy are not getting it right, so don’t pressure yourself too much, it will take time. Seek out integrity; she will be your guide. Africa looks up to you. May God’s light continue to shine on you.

In the words of the esteemed Cde Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe: “iAfrika, Izwe Lethu”. ALUTA Contunia!

“There are decades where nothing happens, and there are days where decades happen”- unknown

 

 

Black History month: Pro Africa is Anti-nobody

It’s funny how when things change, the more they remain the same.

Last week when a lecturer introduced himself at Business school, he told the class that he was a racist. Everyone was obviously astonished,; here was this white South African male in his early 40’s openly declaring that he didn’t like black people. What was even more appaling was the fact that he dared to talk about race in 2015! The blacks were offended and the white people equally so, but as our educator for the day we had to humor him.

His analogy was that, he wasn’t racist because he chose to be, he was racist because he was raised to be. All his life he was conditioned to think and behave in a certain way. He only first saw a picture of Mandela when he was 20 years old and spent about 2 years in military school with racist ideologies being drummed into his head. So he had no choice but to BE. An electoral vote will not suddenly shift his paradigms; it takes much more than that for things to change.

The whole point of his shocking declaration was that we all needed to talk about race and not make it this horrible monster that opens you up to so much judgment. In South Africa white people are “apologetically” white and black people are also apologetic of who they are. We are all tiptoeing around each other, while neglecting to love each other and ourselves for who we are. Being pro-Black is not being anti somebody, it simply, means you love and embrace who you are and the culture you were born into, likewise for other races and cultures.

Mental Slavery

February is Black History month, and in commemoration I though I should share an extract of Robert Sobukwe’s first recorded speech while he was a student at Fort Hare University. Reading it really proved to me that not much has changed, instead we have created an illusion of freedom and became more afraid of who we are. Celebrate black history, be proud of your scars, embrace the possibilities and remember that no amount of money  or denial will change the color of your soul.

This extract is from a biography of Robert Sobukwe’s life written by Benjamin Pogrund’s titled: “How can man die better”

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“I had an occasion last year and also at the beginning of this year to comment on some features of our structure of which I do not approve. It has always been my feeling that, if the intention of the trustees of this college is to make an African College or University, as I have been informed it is, then the Department of African studies must be more highly and more rapidly developed. Fort Hare must become the center of African studies to which students in African studies should come from all over Africa. We should also have a department of Economics and Sociology. A nation to be a nation needs specialists in these things……….

 I said last year that Fort Hare must be to the African what Stellenbosch (University) is to the Afrikaner. It must be the barometer of African thought. It is interesting to note that the theory of ‘Apartheid’, which is today the dominating ideology of the State, was worked out at Stellenbosch by (Dr W.M.M) Eiselen and his colleagues. That same Eiselen is Secretary for Native affairs. But the important thing is that Stellenbosch is not only the expression of the Afrikaner thought and feeling, but it is also the embodiment of their aspiration. So also must Fort Hare express and lead African thought. The College has remained mute on matters deeply affecting the Africans because; we learn, it feared to annoy the Nationalist government. What the College fails to realize is that rightly or wrongly the Nationalists believe that Fort Hare staff is predominantly United Party. So that whether we remain mute or not the government will continue to be hostile towards us. So much for the College…

…I know of course, that because I express these sentiments I will be branded an agitator. That was the reaction to my speech last year. People do not like to see the even tenure of their lives disturbed. They do not like to be told that what they have always believed was right is wrong. And above all they resent encroachment on what they regard as their special province. But I make no apologies. It is meet that we speak the truth before we die. I said last year that our whole life in South Africa is politics, and that contention was severely criticized…During the war it was clearly demonstrated that in South Africa at least, politics does not stop on this side of the grave. A number of African soldiers were buried in the same trench as European soldiers. A few days afterwards word came that from the high command that the bodies of the Africans should be removed and buried in another trench. ‘Apartheid’ must be maintained even on the road to eternity…

…. And as Marcus Garvey says: ‘You cannot grow beyond your thoughts. If your thoughts are those of a slave, you will remain a slave. If your thoughts go skin deep, your mental development will remain skin deep’. Moreover a doctrine of hate can never take people anywhere. It is too exacting. It warps the mind. That is why we preach the doctrine of love, love for Africa. We can never do enough for Africa, nor can we love her enough. The more we do for her, the more we wish to do for her.

I wish to make it clear again that we are anti-nobody. We are pro-Africa. We breathe, we dream, we live Africa; because Africa and humanity are inseparable”.

-Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe (21 October 1949)

I have taken extracts of the speech, for entire read feel free to purchase the book. The aim of this article is not to sow negativity in our young democracy, but as my lecturer eluded, it is to create open dialogue on our racial dynamics. I believe we can find common ground at some point in this life time, but only through a principle of love. Love for oneself and love for another despite the history.

History will forever remain, we cannot pretend it away. We cannot remain divided, because that only perpetuates the slavery mentality. If you really think about it we are all slaves to a certain extent, black and white.

Aluta!

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It’s not Braai day

So a friend asked me what my plans  for National Braai day were, and my response to her was that, I don’t normally braai on Wednesdays, so I guess I’ll just be sleeping my free day away.

I understand that National braai day is a day where we’re celebrating something we all share in common, I mean every South Africans loves a lekker braai! Yes a braai is a strong part of South African culture, but it’s not the only one, so can someone please explain to me why is it celebrated separately- on the same day? Isn’t the title; “National Heritage Day” enough to accommodate this culture as well?

Your heritage gives you identity, and the more you forget it, the less you remember who you are. I fear the day, 20 years from now, where your children will be bringing wors and chops to school to celebrate national braai day on 24 September, and wouldn’t even have the slightest clue what national heritage day is all about. Whatever we want the future to be, we need to start shaping it today. Our children need to embrace being African and know where we come from as a continent. You cannot instill cultural pride in a child through osmosis, they need to see you embrace it and live it and only then will they imitate it. So while you’re busy having a braai on National Heritage day, consider what picture you’re painting, and don’t forget that someone is making a whole lot of money from meat sales on the other side. Think about it.

I think branding Heritage day to national braai day is an insult to African culture and the perfect money making scheme. Breweries and butcheries absolutely enjoy watching black people being gullible while they pocket millions. I say black people because during heritage day, we always dressed up in our traditional attire and cooked traditional African food. So if you’re gona substitute that menu with a chop, Checkers will not stop you buddy!

I’m in no way attempting to be racist, but 24 September is an indigenous African holiday. It’s original name before Heritage day, was Shaka’s day, which commemorated the strength and the bravery of the Zulu warrior, whose army was the only one Queen Victoria was worried about during the Anglo war. At this day it might seem primitive to celebrate some tribal King who won a battle and not a war, but it is part of who we are and that portion of history can never be erased from our calendar and our DNA. Heritage day, was an inclusive definition to accommodate all the indigenous African cultures and I think it should end at that. National braai is really pushing the name way outside of its original context

Since the dawn colonization in Africa, Europeans made an effort to erode the African off his identity. We were taught how to dress, speak English, worship their Gods, despise our own, discriminated against and made to doubt our humanity through apartheid, etc. I am not despising everything the white man brought to Africa, geesh, how could I? Their stuff is awesome. BUT African child, you cannot substitute who you because of what others bring to you.

Let those who want to celebrate braai day do so with the outmost pleasure, but you should not allow it to overshadow your celebration of identity and all things colorful. I can celebrate National braai day on any other South African holiday, I can even host the event, but please not on my Zulu day. No thanks.

Proud Zulu girl

Unemployment Free Youth Day

Unemployment has become a very sobering reality in many young people’s lives in South Africa today. In Soweto we call it Loxion Management. Before you leave school you already know that this profession is one of the options waiting for you out there. Unfortunately “employment” is the only option we think there is out there. As young people, the thought of starting something by ourselves is challenging or dreadful even. I mean where would I find someone to invest in my business idea??

Well, funding is the least of our problems if we submit to our limited thinking that being employed is the only way to success. Entrepreneurship needs to be attractive to young people because honestly it is the way to ultimate success and true freedom. Even in our new South Africa, opportunities are laid out in front of young people and yet they fail to grab them all because of false paradigms. The biggest barrier that is preventing young people from pursuing entrepreneurship is this paradigm that has been instilled in their mindsets; that you need to be employed in order to be successful. Trust me, not all employed people are successful people.

In many instances you will find young people venturing into business purely because they could not find work. They start their business as an option of last resort and in most cases they flourish with success. Their unemployment becomes a blessing in disguise.

For a long time our society (especially black South Africans), has revolved around: Go to school- come of age- find employment. Even the pursuit for education is driven by the ideology of getting better job opportunities. Even I can attest that for some people it didn’t matter what degree they obtained, as long as it guaranteed that they will find a good job, it was on. So growing up knowing you needed to find work in order to survive doesn’t make entrepreneurship attractive or even viable. I mean who wants to run a spaza-shop/tavern/taxi business instead of going to the city and find a job. However what we fail to realize is that, whoever we will be working for is actually running their business and they are growing their business through our hardwork. The failure to realize that we are all born with the same amount of potential (and mental capabilities) renders young people with the false ideology that they can never be the employer, but the employed.EduAfr

 

My solution to this false paradigm is rather “out of the box” but I believe it will make a difference. We need to teach young people about African history. Knowing where you come from has a strong bearing on where you are going. Knowing where we come from as a nation will make young people understand how things have become what they are today, why is Africa the least developed continent, what our leaders believed in. Asking these type of questions will make African youth realize that they are equally capable of achieving anything, this will unlock the mental chains that have bound African minds for the longest time. Knowing what happened to Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa etc for it to be the country it is today will help shaping future leaders in reclaiming the wealth through their own hard work and doing it for themselves. We can no longer wait for someone else to give us bread, we must bake our own.

 

As we celebrate Youth day, the people that are at the greatest risk right now are our youth.  But ultimately, everyone’s freedom from poverty/unemployment is in their own hands, look around, see what you can start. Don’t wait for things to happen, there is no politician that will deliver a job at your door, not in a million years. The longer you sit and wait for a miracle there are other vultures (drugs, alcohol, Aids) roaming around looking to devour your youth, so you better keep busy. Just think, I’m sure you will come up with something and start your own enterprise, you are smart enough!

NgesiZulu kuthiwa: Vuk’uzenzele!

“The worst evil of all committed by colonization has been the wishful intent to discourage individual initiative to venture, discover, make attempts and to fabricate. The outcome is the current dependency status”-Unknown

State failings not because of apartheid

by Redi Tlhabi: Talk show host, TV presenter and writer.

It was bound to happen, wasn’t it? Trevor Manuel’s comments at a public servants’ summit last week have set off an explosion. Manuel said: “Nineteen years into democracy, our government has run out of excuses. We cannot continue to blame apartheid for our failings as a state. We cannot plead ignorance or inexperience. The time for change, for a ruthless focus on implementation, has come.”

Those who have failed to provide a better life for all and are prickly because of their own inadequacy have taken offence. And, on the other side of the spectrum, those who are in denial about the long-term damaging effects of apartheid are twisting Manuel’s comments and, as expected, singing their “move on” chorus.

Manuel’s critics felt he needed a lecture on apartheid. I guess that’s why he joined the struggle — because he did not know what apartheid is? Even President Jacob Zuma delivered an allocution to Manuel that it was “a mistake” to “suggest we cannot blame apartheid for what is happening in our country now”. Zuma rightly said it was impossible for change to be completed in just 20 years. But Manuel did not say apartheid was not damaging and he certainly did not argue that the effects of exclusion and oppression could be reversed in 20 years. How disingenuous for the president to deliberately distort Manuel’s warning and attempt to deflect from the failings of his government. We are not fooled. Apartheid can indeed be blamed for the inferior education bequeathed to the black child, for inferior houses, spatial development that placed black people far from the centre of economic activity and the breakdown of families through forced removals and cheap migrant labour. There is no way that wounds from this dark period could be completely healed in 20 years.

But how does the president account for public funds wasted in the years since the ANC came to power? Every year the auditor-general continues to unearth billions in unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure. Is that Verwoerd’s fault too?

Is it apartheid that made the Free State government spend R40-million on a website when this service could have been provided for free or, at most, a few thousand rands? Is it apartheid that has failed to deliver textbooks to children whose lives will remain bleak without an education? The shoddy RDP houses that have collapsed and thus require more money to rehabilitate were built by apartheid too?

The sad irony of this is that the matchbox houses the apartheid government built are solid and still standing.

Last year, a young man waited for an ambulance for 17 hours while the civil servants on duty told the family “it was on its way” and then that it was “stuck in traffic”. The sun set and rose again. The young man died. Is the cause of his death apartheid, or incompetent and uncaring people manning the system? In 2009, I wrote about a strike by Joburg metro employees who downed tools and closed all the testing stations across the city in support of their colleagues who were appearing at a disciplinary hearing. They were not fired. Is it apartheid that taught our government to keep such unsavoury, lazy people in its employ?

When are we going to say that apartheid was atrocious, but we will prove to those racists who looked down on us that we can, and we will, turn things around? Instead, some in the government — including the president — have an emotional attachment to apartheid and need it to blackmail voters and justify mediocrity. This plays safely in the hands of the “forget apartheid brigade” who think this oppression was a walk in the park.

Both sides must own up to the past and acknowledge its ill effects — but for goodness’s sake, work with what you have to build the country.

http://www.leader.co.za/article.aspx?s=1&f=1&a=4415

HAPPY FREEDO DAY!

Blame everyone, but the Police: Marikana

Our nation mourns the tragic loss of lives of 34 miners who were shot by police at the Lonmin Marikana mine in Rustenburg last week. The whole nation is in shock and the affected families are going through unbearable grief through the loss of their bread winners /fathers/husbands brothers and sons.  In a time like this, playing the blame game will not help bring back the lives lost. However someone has to take accountability for this situation. If there is anyone to blame, let it not be the police.

Yes, I blame everyone, but the police.

I believe that if the police didn’t use guns they would be the dead ones. Please follow this link to see that the protesters actually fired live ammunition first- http://www.news24.com/Multimedia/South-Africa/New-evidence-shows-Marikana-miners-shot-first-20120821

The reports fail to highlight that the death toll from Marikana is actually 44 and not the 34 that were “massacred” last Thursday. 10 people had been killed in the mine since the strike started including 2 police officers who were hacked to death.

“Ten people have been reported dead since the strike began on Friday. Earlier, officials from the platinum mine announced that the body of a man was found on the premises. He had been shot dead. Another man died in hospital on Sunday after being hacked with a panga as he left the mine after the evening shift. On Saturday, two security guards were killed when the car they were travelling in was set alight. Scores of other people have been injured in the violent unrest in the last four days. Police also reported that eight vehicles were torched on the mine property on Sunday” – Mail and Guardian

Besides the strike being illegal, it was also very violent. It is a valid concern that the miners should be treated with dignity by their employers and they have the right to voice their concerns. However I fail to understand how they were hoping to achieve that with violence. These miners brought spears, knives, and now as we can see in the video, guns to a protest. They intended for this to be a violent protest, but who are they fighting against really?

This leads me to my first and biggest culprits: The unions!  I personally blame every single death on the unions. Below is an extract from a news report a few days after the protest action began:

“The majority of those killed are understood to have been involved in an illegal strike at the mine after rock drillers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) demanded their monthly salary of R4 000 be increased to R12 500. Relations between striking workers and the NUM have severely broken down, with most workers saying they were fed up with years of broken promises. While the violent strike has been blamed on clashes between NUM and Amcu, the striking workers said they were a united force currently with no allegiances to a particular union. Amcu, however, has been recruiting aggressively at the plant but was currently below the threshold necessary to enter the two bargaining units at the mine.” Source- Mail & Guardian online.

Clearly NUM and AMCU were pushing their own agendas and encouraging the miners to fight against each other. Who hosts a strike such illegally in this day and age? (except for service delivery protesters) As unions they should know the protocol they are supposed to operate within. Apparently there was even a sangoma to strengthen the fighters against the police. Who paid for the Sangoma? because the last time I checked they don’t offer their services for free.

The mine workers are vulnerable and they knew they deserve better, but are unsure how to get it. And that points me to the second culprits: Lonmin

It is beyond me how the mining company left it to the police to resolve this matter. The SAPS is not trained to solve labor disputes on their behalf. A few days after the massacre Lonmin gave the workers an ultimatum to go back to work or lose their jobs. Besides being unsympathetic, couldn’t they issue that ultimatum after the first death at the mine? Secondly if workers were being rewarded fairly we wouldn’t be in this position in the first place. The living conditions the miners are subjected to are degrading to say the least. With the amount of profits the mine makes, it fails to even invest in the community they are based in. Please see this article: http://mg.co.za/article/2012-06-28-platinum-wealth-holds-no-shine-for-people-left-living-in-the-dust

The income disparities between the executives and the workers is saddening. SA has the highest Gini co-efficient in the world. Which means the gap between the richest person and the poorest person is as wide as it can ever be. And for that I blame the apartheid government. I blame them for leaving a legacy of poverty and inequality. Now our people want to share in the wealth of their land which they extract with their bare hands, but they cannot because all of that belongs to PLC.

I also blame politicians who shout unwarranted commands to nationalize the mines so people can get their fair share of the wealth. Uh, err, I guess it’s too late for that because the mine owners have legal rights to the property and they function within an economic system. I don’t believe nationalization is the answers to all of our woes and definitely do not encourage it. But when you take that concept and feed it to a worked out, under paid laborer, you instill a sense of entitlement and they feel robbed. Then they will be willing to fight for :what is theirs”

Another party to blame would be the government themselves. They all knew how tense the situation was in Marikana and no one thought to bring the army to handle the situation. Giving the unions too much power and only paying attention when 34 lives are added to the 10 already lost. Oh, also for sucking up to big corporates by charging them a constant tax  rate compared to us and also making friends with the Chinese. Ok I better stop now before I blame them for everything. Oh, I also blame them for Juju.

By the way, Julius Malema went to the police station with the surviving miners to open a case of murder against the police. Apparently he went into the charge office with 7 of the miners who will be witnesses to the investigations. This is a day after the President appointed a judicial enquiry to the incident and after several police officers at the Marikana police station adviced him that police cannot investigate themselves. Smh, I blame the Gov for people like him.

The police did not do a sterling job by killing 34 people and I’m in no way commending them. But we need to remember that they are people who have families and have to keep a job like all of us. 1 cop dead is 1 too many, if you fire a gun at the police you should be smart enough to know they are going to shoot back. Please dont compare this with Sharpville or June 16 massacres, the protesters did not fire live amunition.

I’m still hesitant  to blame the mine workers. Yes they have to take responsibility for their violence, but no one deserves to die for a wage hike. In all my life I have never seen wages increase by 300%. Unscrupulous people took advantage of our brothers working in the mine. Who were dissastified with their sad reality and were hungry for better. Unions made promises they cannot keep and they encouraged workers to fight for their rights, the only way they knew how. And they even offered them protection to make them invisible and immune to bullets.

It is deeply saddening that a wage protest has ended with such sorrow. 2 weeks ago they were hyping each other up to stand up and fight for their rights. Today some are in prison, some in hospital and others in a mortuary.

May all who lost their lives rest in peace and condolences to all who have lost their loved ones. Let us continue to pray for our nation. This tragedy brought so much grief over my spirit that I even wept. Something’s gotta give, ngempela.

Koze kulunge nini Ma Afrika. Who do you blame?

A Love Letter to 1976

If someone was to write a letter, to the youth today what would they say? We are facing a different struggle to that of 1976. We have AIDS, unemployment, moral decay, alcoholism, etc to fight against. Are we really doing enough as young people to take charge of the situation or we are all too concerned about our business. As a young professional, is there some knowledge/wisdom are you imparting to the young people where you come from?  Are the National youth structures engaged in dealing with the problems faced by young people or are they just consumed in politics so much that they forget the very people they should be representing.Image

 

The 1976 generation resembled the Hebrews

Ready to cross the Red Sea

But Political insanity was their greatest enemy

Towards spreading their black power revolution across the continent

As a present generation, your greatest enemy is the spiritual poverty within us

Yes, as Africans we have not achieved half of what we fought for

So when we do not honor the generations before us

Not only have be blocked the positive aspirations but also the direction of the upcoming generations

The 1976 generation was born from the strongest black seed

Dedicated to true revolution with an afro-consciousness mindset

Your struggle and bravery was an epitome of African redemption

 

To the youth of 1976; your determination was an endless stream of tears

That flows into a gulf of inspiration that compels us to learn, live and grow

To the youth of 1976; your African dream was parallel to Nkwame Kruma independence & liberation ideologies

To the youth of 1976; your struggle was a carbon copy of Marcus Garvey & Robet Sobukwe’s Black Nationalism

To the youth of 1976; Africa gave birth to the first sober conscious, mindful generations

In solidarity they spoke the dreams of our forefathers, who never saw the light of freedom

Their spirits enveloped, shackled in pains of abject poverty

The sober generation of 1976 was a perfect manifestation of the ancient prophecy foretold by Timbuktu intellectuals

Through their blood, history of mankind was painted by black progress

The youth of 1976 were absolute perfect agents of change, manifesting to that dream and prophecy

Pioneers, revolutionaries, millionaires armed with stones and petrol bombs

Through their bravery, they out an end to the wayward sporadic Antu Education and produced freedom

 

To the youth of 1976;

Nothing much has changed; people are still living under sub human conditions

I salute those who lost their lives for true democratic liberation

Despite the complete elimination and gross destruction of separate development

As Africans we have been enslaved by our black government

Who sold our country to neoliberal policy with a legacy of gross inequality?

To the youth of 1976;

You should know that Andries Tatane was killed by the gangster police force

For exercising his democratic right to quality service delivery and freedom

Yes as Africans we have not achieved half of what we fought for

To the youth of 1976: I love you

Written by Eddie Mkhatshwa

 

I really believe that June 16 has lost its essence, especially young people who view it as just another public holiday to have jol in your school uniform. Institutions don’t make thing any easier; where their best way to commemorate the day is to have events at the stadiums and give out free t-shirts and food to the young person, that’s it! Our young people need more than that; we need jobs, education, exposure, moral regeneration.  If those 1976 kids could see what they died for, it would be really say. I’m not painting doom and gloom here, but we are not as conscious to our social issues as we should be. We need to be the change we want to see in the world, no one can change our world for us, but our selves. Other kids died for equal opportunity, now that those opportunities are here (as few and far between as they are), we are not fully taking charge of them. Neither are we facing our challenges with courage.

Let’s keep the spirit alive by making a positive change this year. Please join Innerheights by supporting the Alcohol Free youth day campaign. You can go to their blog (below) and also follow them on twitter @AFYDjune16. On facebook the page is www.facebook.com/alcoholfreeyouthday. This campaign provides some interesting stats on how alcohol is being abused and how it affects young people.

How will you celebrate this holiday?

Respect is Earned. Elders are Respected.

After City Press published a picture of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, the entire country was shocked, to say the least. A lot of reactions and opinions were expressed. I for one didn’t know how to feel about it, but I know that this issue was given too much attention. Perhaps it did deserve it or maybe it didn’t. Here’s my take on this matter, I won’t lie, this will be tricky as it borders between the thin lines of morality vs objectivity. I am unfortunately not going to take sides, as my idea of truth is not absolute, so I can only share my objective opinion on the matter. Please do forgive me if some of my arguments may seem offensive, but sometimes we just need to call a Spade a Spade simply because it looks like one.

The entire country came to a standstill because of “The Spear” by Brett Murray. I would like to declare that I did find the picture disrespectful towards the Mr Zuma. No living human being should ever be ridiculed like that, because none is perfect, not even one of us. “He, who has no sin, let him be the first to cast a stone”

You may not like Zuma, perhaps you never even voted for him, but the fact remains that he is the president of the country. He has to be respected as a leader of the nation. For me the most painful part is just imagining if something like this was done to my own father and my children and their friends saw it. It is wrong, I won’t lie. Brett Murray could have put his point across differently; I mean Mr Zuma is the President after all. In other African countries grave occurrences could have fallen on the artist who painted such a picture of the president. Children are even afraid to utter the President’s name, not out fear, but of respect for the highest position in the land.

Thus Brett Murray playing ignorant by saying “he did not mean to hurt anyone by the exhibition” really is an insult; he should just apologize to the President and the nation as a whole.  Plus, before you draw a picture of someone in the nude you ask for permission at least. He knew this would be controversial, but then again a lot of things about our President are controversial.

Which brings me to my next point; had our President been a different person, he would have been depicted differently. He wasn’t painted with a big heart or big brains or big hands, but with his genitals out. I believe a person should inspire the reverence they crave and the same applies to Jacob Zuma. The genitals are not an attack on his cultural decision to practice polygamy contrary to what the rest of the ANC population believes. A dignified father of a household does not go around sleeping with random women openly and impregnating them. Some of the women have HIV and some of them are his friend’s children with no expressed intentions to marry them. Yes a lot of men do these things out there, but in as much as we are required to respect the office of presidency, he should also do the same. So polygamy is not the problem here, reckless sexual behavior is.

Another thing, commenting on The spear in isolation is misguided and it deepens the offence. Zuma’s portrait was part of a whole exhibition. And according to my understanding, the theme was to reflect on SA politics and how things have changed from fighting for freedom to nurturing corruption while the poor remain poor. And we must all admit that Zuma has been the most notorious leader this country has ever had, from a rape and corruption trial to presidency; the most questionable high profile appointments to a conviction and subsequent parole of his financial advisor, there is then, of course, his weakness for the opposite sex which is evident for all to see. So the portrayal is not an attack on his persona, but on his conduct as a leader and the examples he sets. No one should be judged on their personal decisions, but he can try to contain his weaknesses for the benefit of the people in his sphere of influence. The bible says: if it causes your brother to stumble, don’t do it. No amount of boycotting or striking can erase Zuma’s previous conduct. So in the context of the entire exhibition, Zuma’s portrait did make it’s own statement.

My key subject matter though, is how this matter was handled by the entire nation. No doubt, it did hurt and offend a lot of people on both sides of the fence. It literally tapped on the most sensitive wounds in our democracy and frankly, everyone was just quick to take offense (again, on both sides of the fence).  It was indeed a time where almost everyone, was somewhat tested on how they perceive things in this country and virtually their loyalty questioned. I say this because as a young black woman who didn’t really take this issue to heart, I was somewhat perceived as insensitive. I know I have lost respect from some of my comrade friends. So this picture has not only increased racial tensions but also sows division among Africans themselves. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion because we all perceive things differently, that’s the beauty of being human. Yes I do believe that the picture was disrespectful and I wish it was never painted, but I also feel this whole thing has been blown out of proportion. A whole country cannot come to a standstill over one person offending another.

ANC called for the boycotting of the City Press, and copies of the paper were burned last week. They demanded the picture be taken down from the respective websites. They also took the matter to court and marched to the gallery. A white professor went into the gallery and painted an X over the painting’s face and genitals and another black guy smeared black paint over it. Both men were acting independently and didn’t know each other. In the midst of the turmoil, both races managed to find common ground, very heart warming, I must say. There is hope afterall.

So now the marches and court interdicts have been abandoned, the painting ruined and sold to a foreigner, how do we start picking up the pieces as a nation? A lot of underlying issues have come out in open and they need to be dealt with. The fact that we resorted to: boycotting, burning, banning, vandalizing and court orders to put a point across says a lot about conflict resolution strategies our leaders have. Is this the only way to fight our battles, really? These methods earned us our democracy, fighting the apartheid regime was hard required force. Now we have a democracy where everyone is equal and we are still using the same tactics to face our challenges. It’s like saying today’s youth lacks passion and is passive compared to the 1976 youth. But we are facing different challenges to the 1976 youth. We cannot be fighting Aids and unemployment with stones and burning tyres. Exactly, different battles require different weapons.

4000 ANC members (against an expected 15000) marched to the Goodman gallery for the removal of the damaged portrait and to basically put their point across. Are these very people not affected by the serious problems engulfing our country? Since they know they have a right to be heard and have rightfully exercised it, cant they do the same for their children’s future? I am just worried that the “masses” are only mobilized when it is suitable for certain interest groups. Malema’s hearing proved this theory of “rent a crowd” true. I have nothing against the March to the gallery because the ANC took offence and wanted to set the record straight. I just wish they could exercise the very same enthusiasm to real issues that are killing our nation. Or are people dumb enough to be told what to march for?

A 17 year old mentally ill girl was gang raped and the video went viral, no one marched. An 8 year girl was raped by a 15 year old boy and her eyes were gouged out, no one marched. Our sisters and brothers are caught in an education system that says it is okay for them NOT to know 70% of what they are taught,  a mere 30% is good enough for them to pass, no one marched. Some provinces are without school textbooks and it’s almost June, no one marched. Our Crime intelligence boss is being investigated for hideous crimes and still keeps his position, no one marched. Our country has one of the highest unemployment and HIV infection rates in the world, no one marched. Today, I saw a headline that a grade 3 pupil is pregnant, no one will march. I could go on and on, there is so much that we are struggling with as a nation and there are a lot of matters that require our urgent attention. My concern is that as a population we have our priorities wrong. When know how to stand up and be counted, but we don’t know for what exactly.

Out of this whole saga, the one thing that gave me the most anguish was that security guard who arrested the people who vandalized the painting. The black guy was man handled like he just robbed a bank while the white guy was being handcuffed carefully. They both vandalized the painting and should be treated equally. By equal, I mean equal respect. But then again it’s unfortunate that as a nation we are still failing to see each other as individuals but by our skin color. For me that particular scenario should be the starting point of opening debate on perceptions and feelings caused by this exhibition.

The President clearly understands that there are a lot of underlying issues and has called for an open debate. The debate is not to talk about that ugly picture, but to allow individuals to express their feelings that were stirred up by the commotion. What concerns came to mind and how to make things better. For this gesture, I really thank the president. He has looked pass the humiliation and turmoil, from which I believe his silence throughout that time was the best response.

Right now fighting about who is wrong and who is right will not get us anywhere. I cannot say Zuma is a victim nor can I say Freedom of speech (Brett Murray) is a victim, neither get my sympathy. For a long time I really wasn’t sure how to feel about the portrait, honestly because a part of me was offended and a part of me wasn’t. Again this is my opinion and you are entitled to yours. You may agree to some of the points I made above and you can disagree to some of them, trust me, you are not the only one. We all learn as we go, and as country we need to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, such hurdles are part of the growth process.

 “The uncomfortable bottom line is that South Africa is a white controlled-black country”- Jonathan Moyo. Your thoughts?

Is Economic Freedom possible in our Life time??….

 

 

Economic emancipation was one of the resolutions of the Freedom Charter that was drafted during our fight against apartheid. We have since obtained freedom on so many levels as a black nation, and yet our people remain poor. That which was taken from our forefathers has never been given back and the wealth of the nation still lies with the minority. Let’s look at a few redress methods on sharing the wealth of SA with all who live in it and perhaps answer the question; Is economic freedom possible in our life time?
2 weeks ago we saw the ANYL marching for economic freedom from Jhb to Pta, well in simple terms they were marching for the nationalization of mines. Now let’s think about that for a second. If mines are nationalized and all the revenue generated from them is distributed equally among all 50million citizens of South Africa. How, exactly will that be done? Or will the money be channeled toward providing free goods and services? I think maybe if they can be clear on the implementation, nationalization might just be an option. Well of course if we ignore the impact on investor confidence in our country. Yes we do need foreign investments, don’t let economically unlearned persons make you believe otherwise.
Another concern I have with nationalization is the management thereof. Look at all government owned parastatals and tell me which ones are successful. Not breaking even, but making an economic profit (as they should). Transnet was saved from the brink of disaster by Maria Ramos, Eskom failed us dismally 2 years ago and I’m still waiting to see if the new power plant will be built within budget. SAA is also another decelerating plane and the worst of them being SABC. They still cannot produce credible content, the leadership is in disrepute and they sometimes misspell words on TV (u know me and spelling). Given the above examples, can we then expect our mines to produce the same amount of revenue they are now, enough to sustain all of us forever? I don’t think so.
Another redress method, also suggested by the ANYL was taking back stolen land from whites. Well this is a very valid point and the government initiated the Land redistribution program some years ago using the “willing buyer-willing seller” principle. Well that process has been slower that all Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s speeches combined. I think we are not even half way through the targeted redistributions. Maybe lad grabs could work. Let’s think about it;
So you forcefully take land from a white farmer and you give it back to its rightful black owners. The land comes with no farming experience or equipment and it eventually becomes useless to the owners. We all know what happened in Zimbabwe. I’m not saying that we are going to end up like that, gees, Im not that negative about our country. Well our people have an option to then sell those farmlands for a handsome profit, after consuming it they are back to square one. Then where’s the sustainability in that solution?
I’m not being a typical South African who nags and complains about everything. I know I have just painted a negative picture on the above redress methods; the intention is create an open debate and have people weigh the downside of these solutions. Our leaders are so good at selling an idea by highlighting all the good that could come from them and forget to mention their possible shortcomings.
With that being said, let’s look at the next possible redress method. Desmond Tutu recently suggested that we impose a wealth tax on rich individuals. Well, wealthy people might then feel the need to reinvest/ save their funds offshore so they don’t have to pay tax. Simple. I am not going to elaborate too much about this. I found a quote by Adrian Roger that clarifies this method: “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it”
Other redress methods were BEE, BBEE and employment equity. The founding principles are great but their implementation, questionable. We all know only a few have benefited from BEE and the rate of transformation in Corporate is very slow. Yes it. How many black senior managers do you know in your company? Exactly!
Ok, I must stop sounding like broken record with all these problems and bring forth a reasonable solution. I believe educating our nation is key to economic emancipation. Only a few families can afford tertiary education, which is key to opening us opportunities for decent employment. Perhaps the government should subsidize tertiary education or make it free even. Getting our nation educated might even encourage/sustain entrepreneurship and also create an alert nation that can make informed decisions when voting. However this solution does have its con’s.
First being the level of unemployment in the country. There are thousands of unemployed graduates who have the education but cannot get the needed experience. Government is far from reaching their target of creating of 5million new jobs by 2020. So far only 300k jobs have been created and we need 500k a year for the next 10 years to get there. This figure doesn’t even cover half of the unemployed masses currently. So our GDP has to grow at a faster level than it is now. Unemployment =Big issue.
The second big issue is the quality of education. The curriculum has deteriorated to scary levels. Finding Grade 11 pupils who cannot add fractions is a call for concern. Introducing Mathematics literacy was an insult to our education system, honestly. Are we then confident to hand over our country’s wealth to a generation that cannot count? We better think again.
The point of this article is not to paint a gloomy picture, but a realistic one. Our leaders need to go back to the drawing board to find and implement sustainable economic policies and plans. Economic freedom is a must and we need to have a plan on how to get there (obviously not by organizing a march). People are living in poverty, but do we give them fish or teach them how to fish? Is there a river to fish from and does it actually have fish? 
When we came into freedom, there were numerous discussions held before democratic elections. I am certain that economic freedom was part of the agenda, it would be interesting to know what milestones were agreed upon regarding this matter.
Please voice out your view on this matter so we don’t dwell on problems, but engage as youth to come up with solutions. These may not benefit us directly, but our children may grow up in a better South Africa.
“Ignorance is not always blissful”- Unknown

But Libya has Oil….

The recently slain Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, ruled the Northern-African country of Libya for 41 years, until Libyan civilians decided they had enough. The longest-ruling Arab leader was killed by rebels this week, just months after his government was overthrown.

Time and time again, his name was associated with war, conflict, and assassination attempts.

So what exactly did he do during his four decades of leadership?

Yes, Gaddafi has spent millions of Libya`s money on personal ventures but is the average Libyan poor? We know others who take a country and destroy it until you feel like there is no hope of restoring this country… looting some prefer to call it. Did Gaddafi loot Libya in any way?

  • There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
  • There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
  • Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
  • All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
  • Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.
  • Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms – all for free.
  • If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US$2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.
  • In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
  • The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per litre.
  • Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.
  • If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
  • A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
  • A mother who gave birth to a child receive US$5,000
  • 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15
  • 25% of Libyans have a university degree
  • Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

Here is a list of 10 things you may have not known about Gaddafi:

1. Revolutionary

At age 27, as a captain in the army, Gadhafi led the 1969 coup that overthrew the Libyan monarchy while King Idris was abroad seeking medical treatment. Banning vices like gambling and alcohol, Gadhafi proclaimed “Islamic socialism” as the new regime’s philosophy of governance. [TheDailyBeast.com]

2. Pan Africanist

Gadhafi proposed the “United States of Africa” – an idea first thought of by US Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey — in which the continent would include “a single African military force, a single currency and a single passport for Africans to move freely around the continent.”  [Rediff.com]

3. Flamboyant Leader

Gadhafi was known for his highly decorative military dresses and caps, his noodle hair was his trademark. Whenever he traveled out of the country, he was known to be more flamboyant. On foreign trips, instead of staying at five star hotels, he set up camp in a luxury tent and was accompanied by armed female bodyguards. Some of the pictures taken of his palace here, after he was ousted, shows Gadhafi’s opulence and the extravagant life that he led. He also had plastic surgery to shave years off his appearance. [Rediff.com]

4. Weapons Smuggler

In 1973, British authorities intercepted the Claudia, a ship carrying five tons of Libyan weapons destined for the Provisional IRA. Though briefly chastened, he again began funneling weapons to the IRA after a 1986 American bombing—launched from British bases—kills Gadhafi’s adopted daughter. In 1987, British and French officials stop another vessel, the Eksund, with 120 tons of weapons and ammunition.  [TheDailyBeast.com]

5. Iron-Fisted

For four decades the willful, mercurial figure of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi ruled Libya with an iron grip while remaining a persistent thorn in the side of the West. Branded “mad dog” by Ronald Reagan, the outlandish antics, flamboyant dress and bombastic pronouncements of the self-styled “Brother Leader” made him a figure of ridicule at times. The erratic nature of his regime was underlined in 1984 when diplomats at the Libyan embassy in London shot at a demonstration outside, killing policewoman Yvonne Fletcher. [HeraldSun.com]

6. Car Designer

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the revolution that brought him to power, Gadhafi in September rolled out a car he designed. The car is chock-full of safety features, apparently in response to high numbers of fatalities on Libyan roads. A government official calls it “the safest car produced anywhere.” [BBC.co.uk]

7. Hated Leader

Prior to this year, there have been at-least 8 recorded unsuccessful assassination attempts against Gadhafi. In 1993, over 2,000 Libyan soldiers plotted to assassinate Gadhafi. The soldiers were members of the Warfalla tribe, which rebelled because it was not well-represented in the upper ranks of the Libyan Army. The coup attempt was crushed by the Libyan Air Force, which was entirely made of members of the Qadhadhfa tribe, which Gadhafi belongs to. [Wikipedia]

8. Terrorist

Gadhafi supported militant organizations that held anti-Western sympathies around the world. The Foreign Minister of Libya called the massacres “heroic acts.” Gadhafi fueled a number of Islamist and communist militant groups in the Philippines, including the New People’s Army of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The country still struggles with their murders and kidnappings. In Indonesia, the Organisasi Papua Merdeka was a Libyan backed militant group. [Wikipedia] In the most notorious of several state-sponsored terrorist acts, Libyan agents blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people, in December 1988. [TheDailyBeast.com]

9. Callous

Just six months after the Lockerbie bombing, Gadhafi donned a white glove to avoid touching the “blood-stained hands” of fellow Arab leaders at a conference in Algiers in June 1988. Elsewhere at the conference, he pulled a white sheet over his body as a screen while Jordan’s King Hussein spoke; refused to shake the hand of Moroccan King Hassan II; tanned and sipped coffee instead of listening to speeches one afternoon; delivered a speech railing against his colleagues as “imperialist lackeys;” and skipped a summit dinner without even bothering to offer an excuse. [TheDailyBeast.com]

10. Philosophical

Benjamin Barber, an independent political analyst from the US who has met Col. Gadhafi several times recently to discuss Libya’s future, said the Libyan leader “sees himself very much as an intellectual.” “As a man he is surprisingly philosophical and reflective in his temperament – for an autocrat,” he told the BBC News website. [BBC] In what appears to be a racially incendiary move, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadhafi, once offered to stem the steady influx of Africans into various European nations in an effort to keep Europe “white and civilized.” Gadhafi told Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on a recent trip to Rome that the European Union (EU) should pay him at least 5bn euros ($6.3 billion) a year to stop illegal African immigration and avoid a “Black Europe.” [AfricaSource.com]

 In conclusion; Only God can give and take life. Maybe Gaddafi crossed that boundary, hence it comes back to him, I don’t know. But I do know that the West is the God for African leaders. Zimbabwe has had people suffering to the bone, but NATO has not had the energy to forcefully remove the government. Maybe they are waiting for the civilians to revolt, or maybe there just isn’t enough OIL unlike Iraq and Libya? hmm, something to think about.

People will cast all your mistakes in stone and write your achievements in the sand…

(Top 10 extracted from: www.newsone.com)

Follow the Leader….

 

 

Funny how things can take a quick turn in the opposite direction, hey? The cartoon above reminds of an era, not so long ago when our infamous youth leader was up in arms, adamant to protect Mr Zuma with all he has. Last week it was very interesting to hear him being quoted saying “I do not have a personal relationship with President Zuma, and I don’t want one”. Chineke! Zashintsha izinto.

The topic on everyone’s lips is about the current disciplinary action that the President of the ANC youth league and his allies are facing. All eyes are on the ANC leadership on how this matter will be concluded, with special consideration to the violent protests we witnessed outside Luthuli House on Tuesday.

Speaking, of which. I find it very, very interesting how unemployed people can afford travel fees and all to come to Joziburg just for a day to prove a point. Ok, maybe I’m taking a calculated guess by saying they are unemployed, but really now how can so many people obtain leave for 2 days in the middle of the week, just like that? It would also make sense that the majority of the crowd were students, which, in my view  is even more sad. Going back to my fascination about this rowdy crowd that spent +- R400 on travel each (honestly, I doubt they paid for it themselves. Another calculated guess) coming to Luthuli house with the “appropriate” t-shirts to burn and enough commotion to catch the attention of the whole country. Not so long ago, the same crowd was burning t-shirts with the face of former President Mbeki, and now all of sudden Zuma and Vavi are being burnt. What a clever crowd this is, don’t you think? Oh, they also had catering services for the protest. During the strike, all of them were served food, I mean all of them. Hai these people are really smart and loaded. Unless of course they were organized to act in such a manner, while all their natural needs are met. I honestly think Mr Malema has a “rent a crowd” business on the side. This then strongly dilutes the definition of the “people on the ground” or the “masses” that support him so much. He got them for Zuma, and now he needs them for his own personal account.

The spotlight is now on the ANC as to what the outcome of this trial will be. Bear in mind that last year Mr Malema stood before the same committee and was warned that should he be found guilty again on a similar charge, his ANC membership will be revoked. So a lot is at stake here for Jub,s and I doubt he will take this lying down (which he clearly isn’t). The ANC also stands a lot to lose as well should things go in Malema’s favor. Its reputation as the ruling party will be tarnished even further and they will never be able to control this load mouthed beast they have created. Support for the party is also at stake because most South Africans are utterly unimpressed with the recent occurrences. And most importantly the Tripod alliance with Cosatu is largely at stake. The unions have such a massive following, much bigger than the Limpopo crowd that can be delivered in 5 buses. It’s high time the ANC redeemed themselves.

So convenient that JZ is out of the country in the midst of all of this. I wonder what his view on the matter is, don’t you? Well me thinks, since he’s President now, what does he need Julius for anyways?  Oh, maybe he might just need him to keep a few secrets? (Another calculated guess).  Most probably he’s also fed up with this commotion and with succession issues ahead of the elective conference coming up, he really needs as little noise as possible. Most importantly he needs to gain the affection of the masses, whether he hopes to attain that by ousting Malema or keeping him is anyone’s guess.

Judging by the progress of this DC hearing, it doesn’t look like things are all going against Mr Malema. On Wednesday, his legal team successfully forced Gwede Mantashe to swallow his words for announcing that the venue for the hearing will be moved out of the CBD. Hmmmm, interesting. The hearing was also put on hold after they had requested that all the charges laid against the Youth League be dropped due to proper procedures not being followed in laying them. The ANC needed a whole day to deliberate on that, and will only resume on Friday, declaring whether they will drop them or not. Fascinating.

Other tactics have been brought forward by Juju, such as, requesting that some members of the ANC disciplinary committee recuse themselves for being biased against hiom. This was obviously unsuccessful. Another “strategy” was auctioned about a week ago, when Mr Malema requested that investigations on the arms deal be reopened. Hawu, why the sudden interest now? All these years he wasn’t bothered by it, why now? You see my assumption is that the ANC fears Malema because he knows so much about the inner workings of the party and could easily play these cards against them to protect his own political career.

This reminds an analogy of a criminal who has been running away from the cops for most of his life. One day it happens that he is arrested. That very first night he spends in his cell, gives him the most peaceful sleep he has ever had. He does not have to jump and hide each time he hears a siren or sees a cop car. Same goes with the ANC, perhaps they could allow certain beans to be spilt (e.g Arms deal, etc) so they could get rid off such a liability as Malema. But then I guess in politics nothing is ever that simple. Friday, 2 September, we shall hear.

I’m sure former President Thabo Mbeki is thoroughly entertained by all this commotion. Not because he enjoys seeing the party in disrepute, but by the fact that it’s always a pleasure watching Karma do what she does best. Interesting times we live in, neh?

Zuma: Asseblief come back. Norway is not your home-o *nigerian accent*