Some can say what they want with im­punity, oth­ers can’t

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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.

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