Now for the good news
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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.