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Bird at­tack Cosatu’s war

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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.

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