Some can say what they want with impunity, others can’t
If Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s findings on Helen Zille’s procolonial tweets are correct, then our constitution doesn’t or selectively allows free speech. Some people can say what they want with impunity, others can’t. Our “liberal” constitution is starting to look quite fascist: you are good as long as you sing and dance to the political narrative of the day.
Race relations are soured by political parties like the ANC and EFF. These parties in particular promote an Africanist agenda. Representation of Indians, whites and coloureds in their party structure, government departments and public entities are poor. At ANC branch meetings non-Africans are not treated fairly.
I never thought I would agree with anything the EFF said but their suggestion about clinics staying open 24/7 is groundbreaking. On more than one occasion I have been called out in the early hours to transport a student to get medical treatment. It was always a nightmare trying to find somewhere open. The other benefit is that it would create jobs. Well done, EFF.
If Zille’s remarks are in violation of the constitution – subsection(2) (b) of section 16 states that “freedom of expression does not extend to the incitement of imminent violence” – then Julius Malema’s remark “not going for the whites… yet” is certainly an incitement to violence. Are different rules being applied or hasn’t anyone the courage to apply them to this volatile statement?
Odds and ends
The metro police got a new chief after a hundred days. Will Durban motorists see a move to law enforcement rather than fiscal as has been the norm for decades? – Durban Motorist
Please can someone enlighten me on how long it takes to get a credit. My landline went down on the November 14 last year. I have six complaint reference numbers. My landline was fixed on the February 2 and I was given a credit note number. I had to pay the rental charge for November, December, January and February. I eventually got a credit on my account for R57 for the months February and March, and was told another credit would be made in May. You guessed right, it didn’t happen but I will receive another credit this month. No interest on my money, but I underpaid my account last year by R2 and was charged interest. I have asked them to check if the people working in their accounts department are still breathing.
The police minister and management appear after crimes are committed and lives are lost. Where is the proactive policing by the SAPS and metro police? I only see residents using their vehicles and patrolling in areas like Reservoir Hills and Newlands. Where are the police? The excuse of a lack of vehicles must not be entertained because police vehicles are often parked at the homes of police or in malls. Will those probing provincial hospitals check the King George. It’s bad.
Two cases in a week in Durban: a mother took the life of her 7-year-old son and a stepdad allegedly raped and abused his 10-yearold stepdaughter after the loss of her mom. The sad and bitter truth is that society continues to fail these children as the justice system often acquits the deranged perpetrators. – Shameema Omar
The police will change their work ethic with a change of government. Resources are plentiful because we continuously observe vehicles in malls, schools and overnight at police officers’ homes. Workers in all sectors don’t have the luxury of subsidised cars, so why should the officers?
The fact that university graduates are ending up in call-centre jobs indicates where most of them will end up. Every student is demanding a university education but if there is no business, who will want their degrees? Instead of being proud graduates they become unhappy call-centre agents on low pay. They know that call centres pay low salaries but there is always an expectation that a university education must mean more pay. The country may educate millions because the taxpayer is paying, but business cannot be compelled to pay. Unless the government and municipalities are going to employ graduates, they may end up in jobs which don’t require university skills. We are going to have an educated and unemployed population like Zimbabwe unless blacks start opening businesses and employing the exploited black child. – Sam
I need to know from our city mayor as to why, after paying our monthly utility bills and rates, we still do not receive our black and orange bags. What are you doing with our money each month? After paying you each month for bags that we still have not received for almost three months, we have to go and buy black bin bags each month.
@Katlego_Mack: As long as Safa is still as it is, we won’t qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and we also won’t qualify for the 2026 World Cup.