EDITOR’S NOTE: Nepotism, Nene and notions of climate change make news
REMEMBER Matshela Koko? He was the guy who didn’t know his daughter got a R1billion tender from Eskom while he was the power utility’s chief executive.
On Thursday night he was feeling saintly and took to Twitter to have a go at Floyd Shivambu, the deputy president of the EFF.
If you believe the dominant narrative, Shivambu and his brother unduly benefited from the savings of mainly poor people who deposited their money in VBS Mutual Bank.
Koko tweeted: “There is a concept called ‘Ubaba Ka Duduzane’. It was created by the @Effsouthafrica in Parliament. It was an attempt by EFF to link former president Zuma to the alleged corrupt activities of his son, Duduzane. RT (retweet) if you think the concept of ‘Ubuti ka Brian Shivambu’ makes sense here.”
About 700 people did so before Shivambu decided to respond.
“Now I understand why you were pushed over with bare minimum force to fall on your sword. How about ubaba ka Koketso. Koketso being the daughter who ‘without your knowledge’ got a R1billion tender from Eskom when you were an executive there.”
The exchange got me thinking about Mahatma Gandhi and his relationship with his children.
Gandhi chose not to send his sons to private schools in Europe. He did not want anything for his sons that any other child could not have.
Years later, one of his descendants would point out: “The hallmark of any leader is that they expand the notion of a family to include the entire nation and so do not do anything special for their children.”
It’s a pity that so many of our leaders are not as morally upright.
One page 9 we reflect on Pik Botha, who died this week. He is described as an apostle of the apartheid state who was prepared to serve a black president.
Upfront you would have read about the fall of Nhlanhla Nene and the various theories that are now doing the rounds. On page 14 you can find out about the man who replaces him, Tito Mboweni.
He has the most difficult job in government at the moment and our future is directly linked to his success or failure.
On page 15 is another important story – the impact of climate change. You can read about just how bad it will get as well as how you can make some money from it.