Dear Comrades, Congratulations for keeping the big cities under your control in the 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE). As you know your counterparts in other provinces were not as fortunate. According to the 2015 ANC NGC, you do not exist, so it should not be a punishable misconduct to write an open letter to a fictional entity. Fictional as you may be, you seem to be the only entity left in the movement that wields some variant of power. The Congress of South African Trade Unions . . . Continue reading this article
All the information below is publicly available and therefore does not breach discussing internal matters outside the organisation. To further avoid the risk of bringing the organisation into disrepute, this will be mostly IEC data. IEC data was sourced from what was available (missing 1994 and 1996 data) plus up to 91% for 2016 elections as the results have not be officially announced. But this is more about the systemic trend than the individual election results. Some people have been surprised . . . Continue reading this article
One of the least known facts is that an ANC-DA coalition once led the Beaufort West Local Municipality sometime in 2006. One Truman Prince, who was the municipal manager in that municipality had been expelled from the ANC and later fired by the municipality. He formed a party called Independent Civics Organisation of SA (ICOSA) which won an equal number of seats in the Beaufort West Local Municipality with the ANC in the 2006 Local Government Elections. Hence the ANC had to enter into the coalition . . . Continue reading this article
One of the least known facts about Hlaudi Mostoeneng, the Chief Operations Officer (COO), of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is that he started working for the SABC in 1993. That means Hlaudi has been with the company for 23 years. The more known issue about him is that he is a COO who does not have matric. Some reports infer that he owes his COO position to his proximity to President Jacob Zuma, since anything perceived to be undesirable in South Africa is quickly pinned on . . . Continue reading this article
Covertly in the still.
Meekly in the quake.
Overtly in the volcano.
by Thabo Mbeki In the last three weeks, we have noted news reports attributable to various persons claiming some link between former President Thabo Mbeki and the Gupta family. We have agonised about this matter, avoiding to respond and thus descend to the lower depths to which the allegation desperately attaches. Our honest and sustained attempt to avoid the gutter were nonetheless severely tested and strained by an ENCA news report which featured one Mr. Mpho Masemola, a representative of the . . . Continue reading this article
by Thabo Mbeki. On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others  ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable and inevitable political discussion and activity in our country, which has included calls for the immediate removal of the President of the . . . Continue reading this article
OLIVER TAMBO CENTENARY LECTURE FOURWAYS 20 October 2012 Joel Netshitenzhe The celebration of the lives of Presidents of the ANC constitutes more than just an opportunity to learn about history. Neither is it merely to marvel at the stars which rendered much light through the pall of darkness that apartheid colonialism cast over our country and its neighbourhood. These celebrations are, in part, to express our appreciation of the sacrifices that have made it possible for us to stand tall as . . . Continue reading this article
By Thabo Mbeki March 21, 2016 [Last year, I wrote to a comrade to engage him on an article he had written in one of the local newspapers to engage him on one of the issues he raised, i.e. as a country, “we self-imposed a [neo-liberal] structural adjustment programme” in 1996. We reproduce the letter as a two part series with the comrade’s permission. Part II will be published on Monday next week.] Part I Dear Comrade Evaristo* In your article, you refer to our adoption of the GEAR document . . . Continue reading this article
By Thabo Mbeki March 14, 2016 Annually Statistics South Africa (Statssa) publishes a very comprehensive Report on Mortality and Causes of Death in South Africa. In this context it is necessary to keep in mind that Statssa prepares its Report on the basis of documentation (‘death notices’) it receives from the Department of Home Affairs. This is because this is the Department which has the statutory authority to receive and keep reports of births, deaths and marriages. It is also necessary . . . Continue reading this article