Saddened by the departure of iconic IFP leader
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.
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
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