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Bird attack Cosatu’s war
Minora Blade, who – like kids who believe in Father Christmas – still believes Marx, Hegel and Lenin were being serious, leapt into the modern world this week. Nzimande activated his dormant Twitter account. The first person he followed was his archenemy Zwelinzima Vavi, who is an avid user of the medium. If Minora thought he was going to be engaged on socialism and varsity fees, he was in for a rude shock. All the Twitterati wanted to know about was what happened to the R500 000 that was in that infamous black plastic bag. Cosatu leaders have been coming up with some rather inventive explanations for their strong opposition to the new tax laws. The federation’s general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said this week the new law was just a ploy to get black workers to subsidise whites. He charged that statistics showed that whites lived longer than blacks. Therefore, under the new regime, when a black worker died, their money would be shared among white provident fund members: “They benefit. Not whites in general, but whites in the fund. It’s a reality.” And Cosatu is going to war over this? Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga this week went where no education minister had gone before. In her brutal account of the state of education, she said there were two systems: a “high-performance system with pockets of excellence” and a “Cinderella system ... characterised by pockets of disasters”, which needed immediate fixing. Let’s hope it happens.