Watch: Zuma deliver reply to empty opposition benches

President Jacob Zuma spoke to empty opposition benches on Thursday as he delivered the reply to his office’s budget vote debate in the National Assembly a day after his opening address was drowned out by opposition protest.

Migrants are bad for South African society and its economy?

The most important reasons behind the prevalence of xenophobia in South Africa are economic and the tendency to criminalise foreigners.

The most important reasons behind the prevalence of xenophobia in South Africa are economic and the tendency to criminalise foreigners.

Existing explanations in terms of economic crises, political transition, relative deprivation, or remnants of apartheid all contain an element of truth but are not in themselves sufficient.

Proclamations from politicians coupled with media reporting on drug syndicates, prostitution and human trafficking, all feed and in turn feed off a popular perception that migrants are bad for South African society and its economy.

It is all too easy for the media and the government to place blame on immigrants for crime, unemployment and housing problems but it is not a long-term solution and, eventually, can only be detrimental for the economy, culture, society and international image of South Africa.

The government faces a pressing need to find a way for citizens and foreigners to live peaceably together and to tackle the problems that xenophobes justify their actions by.

Xenophobia may manifest itself violently through rioting and attacks on foreigners amongst the poorer, black population, but it is an issue for all sectors of South African society and one that is becoming increasingly urgent for the government to address.

Perhaps the most important point to realise is that these misguided feelings of hatred and bitter resentment are based solely on the perception of economic harm and of immigrant involvement in criminal activities, therefore the primary focus for the government must be education and to correct these misperceptions.

 

 

 

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source:http://www.saccps.org/pdf/2-2/SAPSS%202(2)%20Solomon%20&%20Kosaka.pdfaccessed07/05/16

South African Parliament in chaos again

Several EFF MPs appeared to be harshly manhandled. One bouncer could be seen holding an MP in a lock around his neck while EFF MP Nazier Paulsen who tried to fight back was also harshly dealt with.

President Jacob Zumas first appearance in parliament since the courts made two damning rulings against him got off to a bumpy start on Wednesday when rowdy EFF members were ejected from the National Assembly.

The EFF wrote a letter to speaker Baleka Mbete asking that Zuma not be allowed to speak in the National Assembly as he had violated the Constitution and also faced the reinstatement of corruption charges.

In the first court ruling against Zuma the Constitutional Court found that Zuma had failed to uphold respect and defend the Constitution.

EFF leader Julius Malema vowed after the ruling that Zuma would not be allowed to address parliament.

The second court ruling by the North Gauging High Court found the National Prosecuting Authority was wrong to drop fraud corruption and racketeering charges against him relating to the arms deal.

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source:http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2016/05/04/WATCH-Fists-fly-as-EFF-members-are-violently-removed-from-Parliament

DA, EFF, ANC or whatever ?

Hundreds and thousands of souls show their patriotism for football despite the long queueing to be seated, the dirty toilets for nothing can come between their passion which unites the fans to their club. Yet there is no passion, no love, just apathy when it comes to politics.

Politics by definition involves the use of power by one person to affect the behaviour of another person. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organised control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community (usually a hierarchically organised population) as well as the inter-relationship(s) between communities.

bnTherefore I would not be too quick to pledge my allegiance to any party exercising power over me. I have lived in England long enough to see its religiously devoted seasonal ticket holders of one’s respectively club, whether it being Chelsea, Manchester United or Arsenal etc., receive more for their money than what South Africans do from their local municipalities. If football managers were to govern municipalities and provinces, I’m certain they will do a better job than some lazy, incompetent bureaucrats who can’t even manage their own personal finances yet alone be entrusted with tax payers’ millions of Rands.

ppHundreds and thousands of souls show their patriotism for football despite the long queueing to be seated and the dirty toilets, for nothing can come between their passion which unites the fans to their club. Yet when it comes to polictics there is no passion, no love, just apathy. Numbness and betrayal of the long legacy of lies and corruption which politicians engage in with their loyalty for their party above their constituency – no wonder why patriotism and love for our country is replaced with distrust and suspicion!

“ANC is the only political party that has the best interests of workers”

“We must not allow opportunists to take us back to the period of anarchy and destruction. We must also isolate and shun parties that promote disunity and divisions within our country,”noted Zuma.

The ANC is the only political party that has the best interests of workers at heart, Zuma said at a rally marking the International Workers Day in Mamelodi, Pretoria.

President Zuma warned against anarchy in South Africa, saying some political opportunists were trying to promote anarchy and thuggery in the country.

“Some desperate elements seem hell-bent to promote anarchy and chaos,”Zuma said. South Africa has worked hard to achieve peace after apartheid, the president said.

The ANC has been the ruling party of post-apartheid South Africa on the national level since 1994. Zuma lauded the ANC as the only political organization in the country that can produce policies and a legal environment that addresses the plight of the workers.

He urged South Africans to isolate political parties that advocate the use of violence in a free and democratic South Africa.

The elections come as the ANC-led government is haunted by a series of challenges, notably the Nkandla scandal, in which Zuma was accused of abusing public funding to revamp his private home, and the state capture by the Indian Gupta family which allegedly has influenced Zuma’s appointment of cabinet ministers.

 

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source:http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/02/c_135327500.htm?accessed1/05/16