President of South Africa – Cyril Ramaphosa?

He is one of South Africa’s richest men, with Forbes estimating his wealth at $675 million.

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (born 17 November 1952) is a South African politician, businessman, activist, and trade union leader who has served as the Deputy President under President Jacob Zuma since 2014. He was elected as Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the ANC National Conference in Mangaung in December 2012. He is also the Chairman of the National Planning Commission, which is responsible for strategic planning for the country

Respected as a skillful negotiator and strategist, Ramaphosa built up the biggest and most powerful trade union in South Africa—the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)—and played a crucial role, with Roelf Meyer of the National Party, during the negotiations to bring about a peaceful end to apartheid and steer the country towards its first democratic elections in April 1994.Cyril_Ramaphose_greeting_President_of_Chile

He has been criticised, however, for his business interests, which include a seat on the board of Lonmin. On 15 August 2012 he called for action against the Marikana miners’ strike, which he called “dastardly criminal” conduct.

Among other positions, he is executive chairman of Shanduka Group, a company he founded. Shanduka Group has investments in the Resources Sector, Energy Sector, Real Estate, Banking, Insurance, and Telecoms (SEACOM). He is also chairman of The Bidvest Group Limited, and MTN. His other non-executive directorships include Macsteel Holdings, Alexander Forbes and Standard Bank. In March 2007 he was appointed Non-Executive joint Chairman of Mondi, a leading international paper and packaging group, when the company emerged from Anglo American plc. In July 2013 he retired from the board of SABMiller plc.

He is one of South Africa’s richest men, with Forbes estimating his wealth at $675 million.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Maxwell’s Spaza Shop…

At the imaginary line between Upper Houghton and Yeoville is Maxwell’s Spaza Shop. There are no clear demarcation of this boundary between these two areas – only the visible signs of the cleaned, treelined streets with huge Mansions and well manicured lawns. As you make the transition into Yeoville, the houses are mostly in disrepair and unkept with shops such as Maxwell’s in front where once a carport or garden.

At the imaginary line between Upper Houghton and Yeoville is Maxwell’s Spaza Shop. There are no clear demarcation of this boundary between these two areas – only the visible signs of the cleaned, treelined streets with huge Mansions and well manicured lawns. As you make the transition into Yeoville, the houses are mostly in disrepair and unkept with shops such as Maxwell’s in front where once a carport or garden.

IMG_0118Maxwell is from Nigeria, and recently moved into the neighbourhood. As I stood chatting with him while he prepared his food to later sell in the evening. The tiled floor dirty, and the large enamel bowl filled with chicken pieces to place on a skewer despite the warm temperature and the absence of hygiene to using gloves, proper counters – Maxwell uses what he has to earn a living.

Loving your neighbour as you love yourself is not the creed in Upper Houghton as much of the locals wishing to segregate themselves from Yeoville. Ignorant and oblivious to the fact that slowly Yeoville is taking over – as property after property is being exchanged to wealthy Nigerians. There are talks of closing the road so that these neighbours don’t contaminate their posh neighbourhoods.

Astonishingly this demarcation is also shared politically of that being ANC and DA. The matter of love and goodwill to ones neighbours are bankrupt in this neighbourhood, for status and wealth are the keys to acceptance.

 

Black South Africans did not need social grants, but their land back

“I don’t buy votes. We are here to feed your soul. Don’t vote for me for material gain, don’t choose me for what you can get.” He said they had been voting for “Yellow T-shirts” since 1994, and had nothing to show for it. “Stop voting for T-shirts and food parcels, but when they do come, take them. It is your money after all.” But they should not use them as an excuse to vote for certain parties, he said.

Black South Africans did not need social grants, but their land back, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Sunday.

In a hall packed with mostly young supporters clad in EFF regalia, which was for sale at the venue, Malema said black South Africans did not need grants.

“We just need our land back.” He referred to the social grants as a bribe.

Malema said once people had land, they would then be able to provide for their families, without relying on government aid.

“We can work for our children. We don’t want social grants, we are rich in land, mines.” Stop voting for T-shirts Malema urged South Africans to stop voting for T-shirts and food parcels.

“I don’t buy votes. We are here to feed your soul. Don’t vote for me for material gain, don’t choose me for what you can get.” He said they had been voting for “Yellow T-shirts” since 1994, and had nothing to show for it.

“Stop voting for T-shirts and food parcels, but when they do come, take them. It is your money after all.” But they should not use them as an excuse to vote for certain parties, he said.

 

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source:http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/we-dont-need-social-grants-we-want-land-malema-20160515accessed15/05/16

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

Service Delivery Protest -locals set town ablaze.

As the country pauses to remember the landmark election in 1994 yet another reminder remains that many lives are yet to change.

Schools, foreign-owned tuck shops, a clinic and a shopping mall have been forced to close in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg,  due to a service delivery protest. Residents of the township blocked the Golden Highway with burning tyres and rocks on Monday morning, demanding that their ward councillor step down.

Protesters accuse ward 4 councillor Simon Motha of failing to deliver houses, tarred roads and water.

In addition to those grievances, Gogo Hilda Ngubane had pinned much hope on the vote that brought her freedom.

Her material conditions have not improved much in over two decades.

“Let them celebrate there on TV those who attained freedom let them celebrate. We who have not benefited from freedom will sit here,” says Ngubane.

Neither Gogo Hilda nor the Orange Farm community are willing to abandon the fight.

On the eve of freedom day residents say there is little to celebrate.

They have vowed to continue their protest action as the country marks 22 years of democracy.

 

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source:(picture)https://www.enca.com/south-africa/protesters-shutdown-orangefarm(2)http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/62cf8b004c8bdde9918d972e33d6c236/-?

The ANC has opened a case of treason against Malema 

During an episode of Talk To Al Jazeera last week, Malema told Jonah Hull that if the ruling ANC continued to respond violently to peaceful protests, “we will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.

“The ANC has just opened a case of high treason against EFF and its leader Julius Malema in his personal capacity with Hillbrow police station,” national spokesperson Ziti Kodwa told News24.

“The threat to remove a lawfully, democratically-elected leader through an undemocratic process is against the law and the Constitution.”We call on SAPS to investigate a charge of high treason,” he said.

This was after Malema told Al Jazeera that his party would “remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.

During an episode of Talk To Al Jazeera last week, Malema told Jonah Hull that if the ruling ANC continued to respond violently to peaceful protests, “we will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.

Malema was asked what this meant and if he was literally saying people should take up arms against the government. We are not going to have a government that disrespects us.

 

 

 

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source:http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/anc-opens-treason-case-against-malema-20160425accessed25/04.16

Malema’s Solution for South Africa: “Have more babies!”

“Give birth and expand because if we do not make children we are going to disappear as a Black nation. To make children is a revolutionary duty‚ because children represents reproduction of society. And when you reproduce yourself you reproduce your ideas and legacy. White people do not want us to give birth because they know we are more than them. So that they can be more than us and the day they are more than us they will take over our land‚”

Given that all discussions with the Economic Freedom Fighters center around a racialistic driven motivation, therefore I’m certain that no matter the context of discussion if it is contrary to the “Commander and Chief” then you are labelled as a racist. Those who are non-blacks appear not to be qualified to engage in any form of disagreement with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) least they be marked a racist.

I can understand that the media hopes to build the party of the EFF so they become the thorn in the flesh to the African National Congress (ANC). However, the problem with this strategy is that people believe what they read. It appears of recent that reports of the EFF party have been favourable and positive, however I find that just as the western countries meddling with the Middle-East believing that setting another extremist group to eradicate the other will result with the same or greater problem.

In a recent speech delivered in Soweto, Mr Julius Malema stated:

“Give birth and expand because if we do not make children we are going to disappear as a Black nation. To make children is a revolutionary duty‚ because children represents reproduction of society. And when you reproduce yourself you reproduce your ideas and legacy. White people do not want us to give birth because they know we are more than them. So that they can be more than us and the day they are more than us they will take over our land.”

I won’t intend to become scientific in this blog – only to highlight that such rhetoric is irresponsible and foolish. As Malema intends to build his cult-followers of non-thinkers we see that his message is filled with apartheid rhetoric. The poverty rate in South Africa is almost on par with the unemployment and yet this “Commander and Chief” advises his followers to – HAVE MORE BABIES!

It is clear that the EFF have no regard or concerns for people’s welfare instead their sole hope is that they get more mindless followers believing that an ideology of hate is the way forward. It’s always about inciting hatred between blacks and whites, it’s always about taking that which is not belonging to them.

Malema indicates the motivation of making more children would be, “when you reproduce yourself you reproduce your ideas and legacy”. The reason for needing primary uneducated, unemployed and poverty stricken black people to have babies because the ideology of the EFF is so far-fetched that no rational person with a brain would want to live in a world of constant war with each other. Voting for the EFF and supporting Malema is to accept his battle-cry to war against the races once again – just as their name indicates, Economic Freedom Fighters.

The media must impede to promote this organisation as it clearly provide direction to those who got nothing and nothing to do but have babies to soon compulsory enlist you to this “revolutionary ideology”. Take note how many times the supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters would use the word, “revolutionary” – this is because they intend to do which is beyond common rational sense opposed to that which is for the betterment of our country.

 

 

“I appeal to our President to submit to the will of the people and resign”

Comrade President, are you aware that your outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle stands to be severely tarnished if the remainder of your term as President continues to be dogged by crises and a growing public loss of confidence in the ANC and government as a whole. I know that if I were in the President’s shoes, I would step down with immediate effect. I believe that is what would help the country to find its way out of a path that it never imagined it would be on, but one that it must move out of soon.

Dear Comrade President Zuma 

I have agonised for a while before writing this letter to you. 

I am just a rank-and-file member of my ANC Branch. However, even before the ANC opened its membership to non-Africans in the 1969. I was involved in the activities of the ANC, the South African Indian Congress, the SACP and Umkhonto we Sizwe. 

  • In the Defiance Campaign Trial of 1952, I was among the 20 accused who were sentenced to 9 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years. 
  • In the Treason Trial- 1956-1961. Of the original 156 accused, I was among the last 30 who were finally acquitted in 1961. 
  • In the 1963-1964 Rivonia Trial I was among the 8 accused sentenced to Life Imprisonment. Together with Comrade Walter Sisulu and others I was released in 1989. Comrade Madiba was released about 4 months later. 

I am immensely grateful to the ANC for the privilege of serving on the first NEC after its unbanning. In 1997, I stepped down. I also benefited from the experience of serving for one term as Parliamentary Counsellor to President Mandela, after which I stepped down. 

I am of course aware that this does not automatically bestow on me the right to address this letter to the President. 

However, in all these years it never occurred to me that the time would come when I would feel obliged to express my concerns to the Honourable President. It is, therefore, painful for me to write this letter to you. I have been a loyal and disciplined member of the ANC and broader Congress movement since the 1940s. 

I have always maintained a position of not speaking out publicly about any differences I may harbour against my leaders and my organisation, the ANC. I would only have done so when I thought that some important organisational matters compel me to raise my concerns. 

Today I have decided to break with that tradition. 

The position of President is one that must at all times unite this country behind a vision and programme that seeks to make tomorrow a better day than today for all South Africans. It is a position that requires the respect of all South Africans, which of course must be earned at all times. 

I did not speak out against Nkandla although I thought it wrong to have spent public money for any President’s private comfort. I did not speak out though I felt it grossly insulting when my President is called a “thief” or a “rapist”; or when he is accused of being “under the influence of the Guptas”. I believed that the NEC would have dealt with this as the collective leadership of the ANC. 

When I learnt of the dismissal of Minister Nene and the speculated reasons for this I became very worried. I’m fully aware, it is accepted practice that the appointment and dismissal of Ministers is the prerogative of the President. This might be technically correct but in my view it is against the best traditions of our movement. My concern was amplified when it emerged that the Deputy Finance Minister reported that he was offered the Finance Minister post by members of the Gupta family. The people’s interest must at all times remain supreme.In this instance it was clearly not the case. The resultant crisis that the country was plunged into was clearly an indication that the removal of the Minister was not about the interests of the people. 

The unanimous ruling of the Constitutional Court on the Nkandla matter has placed me in an introspective mode and I had to ask myself some very serious and difficult questions. Now that the court has found that the President failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law, how should I relate to my President? 

If we are to continue to be guided by growing public opinion and the need to do the right thing, would he not seriously consider stepping down? 

I am not a political analyst, but I am now driven to ask: “Dear Comrade President, don’t you think your continued stay as President will only serve to deepen the crisis of confidence in the government of the country?” 

And bluntly, if not arrogantly; in the face of such persistently widespread criticism, condemnation and demand, is it asking too much to express the hope that you will choose the correct way that is gaining momentum, to consider stepping down? 

If not, Comrade President, are you aware that your outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle stands to be severely tarnished if the remainder of your term as President continues to be dogged by crises and a growing public loss of confidence in the ANC and government as a whole. 

I know that if I were in the President’s shoes, I would step down with immediate effect. I believe that is what would help the country to find its way out of a path that it never imagined it would be on, but one that it must move out of soon. 

To paraphrase the famous MK slogan of the time, “There comes a time in the life of every nation when it must chose to submit or fight”. Today I appeal to our President to submit to the will of the people and resign. 

Yours comradely

Ahmed M Kathrada 

31st March, 2016.

 

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source:http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-04-02-ahmed-kathrada-i-appeal-to-our-president-to-submit-to-the-will-of-the-people-and-resign/?#.Vv914scZfdk accessed 2/04/16 Picture:http://www.ciibroadcasting.com/2013/05/08/ahmed-kathrada-israel-must-be-isolated-now/ accessed 2/04/16

Possible reasons for ANC not firing Zuma?

Never before in his seven-year reign has there been such a strong call by a wide spectrum of ANC members for President Jacob Zuma to step down. Still, he emerged seemingly strongly after the weekend meeting of the party’s top leaders. So why couldn’t the national executive committee (NEC) fire Zuma?

The first question the party would have had to ask is whether they wanted to recall Zuma from the country’s presidency, or from the party’s presidency, orbit? Some believed it would not create a right precedent for national executive committee (NEC) alone to recall Zuma from the ANCs presidency, as this would be seen to be overriding the choice the branches made at the party’s elective conferences in 2007 and 2012.

Local government elections campaign: A source who attended the meeting and who was in the lobby group that wanted to see Zuma go, told M&G Online thatches group was in the majority but consciously pulled back because it would impact negatively on the party before the local government elections.

Bad precedents: Many in the ANC still remember President Thabo Mbeki’s recalling 2008 as a bruising, painful and polarising period in the governing party. Should Zuma be recalled as ANC president too, there is always the risk that Ramaphosa would not be elected ANC president, which would again present the problem of a duplication of power centres.

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sources:http://mg.co.za/article/2016-03-23-six-reasons-the-anc-didnt-fire-zuma?accessed23/03/2016