Sad­dened by the de­par­ture of iconic IFP leader

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IT COMES with a sense of sad­ness to hear that the leader of the IFP, Nkosi Man­go­suthu Buthelezi, will be pass­ing on the lead­er­ship ba­ton to the mayor of Hlabisa.

The IFP, un­der the lead­er­ship of then Chief Min­is­ter Buthelezi, steered SA and KZN through a very tough era from the 70s right up to the present day.

His pol­i­tics was bread and but­ter is­sues and the progress of places such as Isithebe, Richards Bay and Ulundi were in part to his and his party mem­bers’ vi­sion and lead­er­ship in the early 70s when the seeds were be­ing planted.

The likes of the late Dr Os­car Dhlomo, Dr Frank Md­lalose, Dr Ben Ngubane ( who has been get­ting bad

Noth­ing hon­ourable in our Par­lia­ment

THE use of the term “hon­ourable mem­ber” in par­lia­ment has been ren­dered in­ap­pro­pri­ate and mis­lead­ing due to the mis­con­duct of too many mem­bers. Be­ing hon­ourable im­plies hon­esty and in­tegrity.

Too many MPs, cabi­net min­is­ters and the pres­i­dent have failed that test. It is wholly in­ap­pro­pri­ate any longer to use the term hon­ourable sim­ply be­cause some are still hon­ourable.

It is recog­nised now that cor­rup­tion and self-en­rich­ment through of­fice is rampant in gov­ern­ment. In its orig­i­nal use hon­ourable dic­tated that if a mem­ber who was found to have a whiff of dis­hon­esty and lack of in­tegrity such mem­ber would stand down. That is what be­ing hon­ourable means.

Dis­hon­ourable con­duct in par­lia­ment goes back to the arms­gate and trav­el­gate scan­dals.

Part of the prob­lem in South Africa is that it is now nor­mal and ac­cepted prac­tice if a mem­ber is ex­posed as cor­rupt or dis­hon­est that per­son’s sup­port sys­tem ar­gue that we are all hu­man and make “mis­takes” and need to be par­doned.

As part of this the ANC al­lows for drawn out pro­cesses of ap­peal and court pro­ce­dures. De­lay­ing tac­tics are the or­der of the day. The pres­i­dent is the worst ex­am­ple of this prac­tice.

The term “hon­ourable mem­ber” should be dropped un­til its true mean­ing can be used with hon­our. Its cur­rent fake mean­ing must not be al­lowed to con­tinue. RON LEGG


SA needs new cen­tre of po­lit­i­cal power

THE legacy of Oliver Regi­nald Tambo be­longs as much to Cope (and all South Africans) as it does to the ANC.

In fact, Cope shares the lega­cies of all for­mer lead­ers of the ANC, bar (Ja­cob) Zuma.

We con­cur with the views and sen­ti­ments ex­pressed by for­mer pres­i­dent (Thabo) Mbeki, on the oc­ca­sion of the cel­e­bra­tion of the cen­te­nary of the birth of Tambo, that the ANC has lost its pur­pose of self­less strug­gle and ser­vice in the best in­ter­ests of the peo­ple; and that it has lost its moral­ity – those val­ues and prin­ci­ples that in­formed its es­tab­lish­ment, its mis­sion and its very be­ing.

Cope agrees that the ANC of to­day, as Mbeki noted, is dom­i­nated by a “ra­pa­cious value sys­tem of con­scious abuse of state power for cor­rupt self-en­rich­ment” that has cor­rupted and weak­ened the party and in­sti­tu­tions of our state, un­der­mined our democ­racy and con­sti­tu­tional or­der and re­sulted in the cap­ture of our state and the fail­ure to make sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances in achiev­ing a bet­ter life for all.

We agree with Mbeki’s view that the ANC has been cap­tured by ne­far­i­ous forces and that the ANC (of old) is now threat­ened from within – by its very mem­bers.

Where Cope may well dif­fer with Mbeki’s view­point, is that we are of the view that the cor­rup­tion and per­ver­sion of the soul of the ANC is ter­mi­nal; and that there isn’t another “Tambo” that can lead it away from its self-de­struc­tion.

South African needs a new cen­tre of po­lit­i­cal power to lead the gov­ern­ment and so­ci­ety ac­cord­ing to OR’s self­less val­ues in the re­al­i­sa­tion of a trans­formed and pros­per­ous South Africa for all. MOSIUOA LEKOTA.

Cope Pres­i­dent

ANC must vote for the greater good

VERY soon we will be wit­ness­ing the ANC’s 54th Na­tional Con­fer­ence and I wish the or­gan­i­sa­tion, par­tic­i­pants and sup­port­ers all the best.

As par­tic­i­pants will also be elect­ing a new pres­i­dent for the ANC, it is es­sen­tial for all mem­bers to en­cour­age and cre­ate space for de­bate, di­verse po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment and to crit­i­cally eval­u­ate each can­di­date in or­der to es­tab­lish a healthy elec­toral democ­racy to con­tinue the good legacy of Oliver Tambo, Nel­son cov­er­age) were all groomed and pro­moted un­der Chief Buthelezi.

Punc­tu­al­ity and at­ten­dance at var­i­ous meet­ings even to this day is a stead­fast hall­mark.

See­ing the ZG min­is­te­rial cars in the early 80s (which were black 230e) in Isipingo Rail was ac­tu­ally a sign of the fu­ture of SA to an “In­dian” teenager.

As a leader Chief Buthelezi had ac­cepted a very tough deal as a self gov­ern­ing state and stead­fastly re­fused in­de­pen­dence for the 13 ter­ri­to­ries known as KwaZulu.

This was a ma­jor stum­bling block for grand apartheid.

Deal­ing with the Nats and fac­ing the ur­ban town­ship youths in then Natal came at a heavy price for and oth­ers.

War­ring fac­tion­al­ism, char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion, ten­sion, break­away groups, in­tim­i­da­tion and pub­lic mud­sling­ing de­stroy na­tion-build­ing, trans­for­ma­tion, so­cial in­te­gra­tion and co­he­sion among cit­i­zens.

There­fore, those run­ning the po­lit­i­cal ma­chin­ery need to dis­play po­lit­i­cal ma­tu­rity and agree to dis­agree am­i­ca­bly.

Do not dis­agree for the sake of dis­agree­ing, to show power or to prove a point. In or­der for South Africa’s democ­racy to grow stronger we must have po­lit­i­cal lead­ers who work to­gether and co-op­er­ate with each other for the greater good.

Cor­rupt and clan­des­tine gov­er­nance is not in the best in­ter­est of the coun­try and cit­i­zens. Un­til we rec­on­cile our dis­agree­ments and are able to make in­formed po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions beyond our self­ish de­sires, heal­ing from our atro­cious past and ad­dress­ing the needs of the peo­ple will be ob­structed. Let us con­tinue to build South Africa through ma­ture and hon­est po­lit­i­cal prac­tices and ed­u­ca­tion, eq­ui­table po­lices and checks and bal­ances. MO­HAMED SAEED


‘Jus­tice’ for cor­rupt and well-con­nected

THE SEN­TENCE was handed down in the “cof­fin case” last week with some mem­bers of the pub­lic re­joiMan­dela many IFP and ANC mem­bers.

Po­lit­i­cally very con­tro­ver­sial and witty (a fa­mous line was: if the guy has any­thing be­tween his ears!) In the end as for his brand of “trust” and hope for his con­stituents – the IFP faced many chal­lenges in­clud­ing party mem­bers be­ing poached. Even to this day the IFP re­tains its voter strength in ru­ral ar­eas north of the Tugela, the IFP’s strong­hold.

The fact that the IFP could win Ja­cob Zuma’s home ward in many elec­tions with an or­di­nary can­di­date speaks vol­umes for a party that faced a chal­lenge from the un­banned lib­er­a­tion move­ment of the ANC and in the pres­i­dent’s own vil­lage. This should have been an eye cing while oth­ers were out­raged.

This sen­tence brings to mind some other heinous crimes like the mur­der of 30 min­ers in Marikana by the po­lice which af­ter many years of duck­ing and div­ing is no closer to be­ing brought to court. Fam­i­lies of the de­ceased are still await­ing com­pen­sa­tion from the gov­ern­ment. Will jus­tice be served? Highly un­likely.

The other case that is likely to go down in South African his­tory as one of the most cal­lous and heinous crimes to be com­mit­ted by a rul­ing party re­lates to the 140 plus men­tal pa­tients sent to their deaths by the Gaut­eng MEC of Health and her side­kicks.

This case brings back mem­o­ries of the evils com­mit­ted by the Nazis dur­ing WWII. Most of th­ese peo­ple died of star­va­tion and lack of warmth while housed by money rack­e­teer­ing dens, most of which were not fit for hu­man habi­ta­tion, mas­querad­ing as “NGOs” which had been ap­proved by the Gaut­eng Health Depart­ment of­fi­cials.

The likely out­come for those re­spon­si­ble for this crime will be a slap on the wrist af­ter at least six­months sus­pen­sion on full pay, and there­after sec­ond­ment to another depart­ment at a higher salary.

A cer­tain fam­ily who im­mi­grated here from In­dia, who are honorary blacks for black eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment pur­poses, who are stated to have crip­pled our econ­omy to the ex­tent of bil­lions if not tril­lions opener for the ANC. One of Chief Buthelezi’s suc­cesses is re­ally the town of Ulundi which un­like Ja­cob Zuma, who wasted his time on his per­sonal palace and fort, Ulundi was started with an idea on a piece of pa­per.

My sug­ges­tion would have been some­where near Em­pan­geni for the par­lia­ment and maybe this would have still re­mained but then there would have been no Ulundi.

In fact Ulundi is truly an African city with no colo­nial hang ups or her­itage, bar­ring the bat­tle. Amafa would have a prob­lem find­ing a listed build­ing!

Ulundi de­spite the change of cap­i­tal and ex­o­dus of civil ser­vants etc is a thriv­ing and suc­cess­ful town/ and who have played a ma­jor part in bring­ing Eskom to its knees fi­nan­cially, and who have been re­spon­si­ble for loot­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of tax­pay­ers’ money off­shore to post box en­ti­ties in Dubai and other crim­i­nal out­posts, con­tinue to re­side in the royal res­i­dence in Sax­on­world.

They ap­pear to be un­touch­able be­fore our law. From the above I think it is fair to con­clude that the law works for those in the gov­ern­ment or in the pock­ets of the top brass of the rul­ing party . AL Nor­man


Toxic re­la­tion­ship of work­ers, lead­er­ship

THE DA con­demns the il­le­gal strike by work­ers of the Ugu Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Mar­burg de­pot that led to pro­longed water out­ages along vast stretches of the KwaZu­luNatal South Coast last week.

It is al­leged that dur­ing this strike, work­ers were tam­per­ing with reser­voirs, valves and ma­jor pipe­lines, putting at risk the lives and liveli­hood of over 722 000 res­i­dents.

We con­demn the il­le­gal ac­tions of mu­nic­i­pal work­ers and de­mand im­me­di­ate dis­ci­plinary ac­tion, in­clud­ing dis­missal if found guilty. We will also be mov­ing a mo­tion, call­ing for ac­tion to be taken against th­ese work­ers. city. Here one can hardly point a fin­ger to­wards any deal­ings or is­sues where Chief Buthelezi had ben­e­fited or en­riched him­self at the state’s ex­pense.

In fact his per­sonal house which was once a fea­ture on

South African road maps has not at­tracted any me­dia scru­tiny or at­ten­tion.

Even hos­pi­tals such as Prince Mshiyeni, Ng­welezana and the clin­ics dot­ted along the coun­try­side were also suc­cess sto­ries of the then KwaZulu gov­ern­ment.

To Chief Buthelezi: your an­nounce­ment is timeous and all the best in your new role. MUHAM­MAD OMAR

Dur­ban North

Dur­ing an over­sight visit last week, our DA cau­cus leader, coun­cil­lor Leonard Ng­cobo, no­ticed al­most 20 ve­hi­cles parked at the de­pot with scores of work­ers milling around al­legedly re­fus­ing to go into the field.

DA coun­cil­lors at var­i­ous points have tried to get in­for­ma­tion from the Ugu lead­er­ship on the water out­ages and the al­leged strike.

There is a preva­lent toxic re­la­tion­ship in the Ugu Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity be­tween work­ers and lead­er­ship.

This has been the sit­u­a­tion since the sup­posed San­lam pay­ment scan­dal and is the pre­sumed rea­son for the sab­o­tage and tam­per­ing with reser­voirs, valves and ma­jor pipe­lines.

This sit­u­a­tion has started to af­fect our im­por­tant tourism sec­tor in this re­gion, putting at risk the jobs of hun­dreds of clean­ers, wait­ers, and ho­tel work­ers.

Fol­low­ing the chaos this week, caused by the al­leged il­le­gal strike, we have writ­ten to the pro­vin­cial po­lice com­mis­sioner, re­quest­ing that the po­lice take over the se­cu­rity of all mu­nic­i­pal in­fras­truc­ture to pre­vent fur­ther sab­o­tage.

Mayor Chiliza and the rest of the ANC must put aside their in­ter­nal fac­tional fights and put the res­i­dents of Ugu Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity first. RISHIGEN VIRANNA MPL DA Ugu South Con­stituency

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