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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

THE tion sus­pend de­ci­sion and Leonard Olympic by the Chuene Com­mit­tee SA Sports was Con­fed­era-(Sas­coc) way over-to The Ath­let­ics due, but South should Africa be wel­comed (ASA) boss any­way. be­haved in the shock­ing wolves and fash­ion then blamed as he cast ev­ery­body Caster Se­menya but him­self to and On his Thurs­day or­gan­i­sa­tion. the ASA – forced into a cor­ner by the hours find­ings later, Chuene of an ANC and task his board team – were apol­o­gised, sus­pended and by Sas­coc. Iron­i­cally, it seems the apol­ogy, with its in­her­ent ad­mis­sion of wrong­do­ing, gave Sas­coc the le­gal ba­sis on which to act.

Chuene had been backed at var­i­ous times since the Se­menya con­tro­versy broke by ANC Youth League pres­i­dent Julius Malema and par­lia­men­tary sports port­fo­lio com­mit­tee chair­man Bu­tana Kom­phela. The fact that a par­tic­u­larly in­tem­per­ate fac­tion of the ANC has not held sway in this mat­ter should re­as­sure South Africans and dis­pel con­cerns that pub­lic life is fall­ing into the hands of those who shout the loud­est.

In sim­i­larly re­as­sur­ing vein was the de­ci­sion this week by the cab­i­net to scrap the R47 bil­lion Air­bus con­tract. It makes a wel­come change from the re­cent pen­chant in the gov­ern­ment for spending

like the prover­bial drunken sailor.

De­fence Min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu has in­di­cated that other trans­porters will be needed to boost the coun­try’s air­lift ca­pac­ity, but it is ev­i­dent that the cab­i­net baulked at the mas­sive bill it would end up pay­ing for the ex­ist­ing Air­bus or­der. Credit is again due, this time to the cab­i­net for act­ing in the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple its tax rev­enue is meant to serve.

And then there was the over­due re­call of Benni McCarthy to Bafana Bafana.

Three swal­lows do not make a sum­mer, but it

sud­denly does seem a lit­tle brighter out there.

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