EDI­TOR’S NOTE: Nepo­tism, Nene and no­tions of cli­mate change make news

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - Aakash Bramdeo aakash.bramdeo@inl.co.za

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.

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