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RIP CDE MUTHUNDINNE GEORGE PHADAGI

Cde Muthundinne George Phadagi, formerly the MEC for Public Works and Safety, Security and Liaison, is no more. Death claimed him on the Sunday morning of 13 May 2012 at a Pretoria medical facility after a short illness.

He leaves behind a sea of tears shed by those whose lives he had touched in a long and illustrious life. How he had touched many lives is borne by the many tributes that have flooded in after the official announcement of his death.

At the time of his death Phadagi had just been appointed the Special Advisor in the office of Limpopo Premier, Cassel Mathale. Before this appointment he had been recalled from the legislature and the executive council.

He will be buried on 19 May 2012 at his ancestral village of Tswinga, Thohoyandou, Vhembe district.

May His Soul Rest In Peace.

 

ANC AT THE CROSS-ROAD

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

The ANC has finally done what many will argue it should have been done so many years ago – rein in its youth league. The ANC Youth League, in particular its president Julius Malema has been going about like he is untouchable and therefore can run away with quite anything.

The latitude he had enjoyed made him to live without limits – test the part systems and structures to the limit to a point of attaching election to the ANC nationa executive committee to endorsement of the league call for nationalisation and apropriation without compensation. Those who dared to call for the opening up of the debate economic transformation like Ministers of Mining and Public Enterprise, Susan Shabangu and Malusi Gigaba respectively.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the ANC Youth League call for a regime change in neighbouring Botswana. This threw the government’s relationship with Botswana and other countries into disarray. The South African government was cast as a dog that was being wagged by its tail.

To stem the tide of degeneration the ANC officials laid charges against the league president Julius Malema and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu. The charges were later extended to the rest of the YL officials. In an about turn aimed at escaping censure, the league called for a political settllement. The ANC was more than willing to engage with its youth wing on an issue except the dropping of the charges.

On the eve of the disciplinary hearing of Malema and Shivambu, league members were bussed into Johannesburg to hold a vigil in support of the accused. The following saw attempts at storming the ANC headquaters. Police and journalists were attacked – so were the hawkers goods destroyed.

All sane South Africans condemned the YL sponsored violence in the vicinity of Luthuli House.

The eyes of the world are on the ANC – will the ANC restore order and respectability within its ranks or will it bring back an even more re-loaded Malema to wreak havoc in the count. The coming few days will settle this once and for all.

Blade Is Sorry!

September 10, 2009 1 comment
Zapiro on the bourgeoisification of Comrade Blade

Zapiro on the bourgeoisification of Comrade Blade

The South African Communist Party chief, Dr Blade Nzimande, has at last bowed to popular outrage at his purchase of a R1,1 million car for use in his capacity as Minister of Higher Education.

Comrade Blade has however not gone the whole way by surrendering the vulgar pair of wheels for something more working class as would be dictated by his sense of communist morality. Afterall his allies, Congress of South African Trade Unions had issued a plea to all ministers of bling to surrender their expensive toys.

Nzimande`s half-apology flies in the face of earlier statements by the SACP and the Ministry of  Higher Education which had found no moral fault with the comrade`s purchase of luxury wheels. Ironically this purchase was brought to the public domain by the party of monopoly capital, the Democratic Alliance.

The expose` by the DA raised serious moral questions on those who puport to be custodians of the interests and aspirations of the working class.   No wonder the media and other public commentators have come to correctly charecterised these opportunists who dupe the poor as gucci socialists whose true colours continue to be exposed on a daily basis.

Another take on Cde Blade

Another take on Cde Blade

As for COSATU, the trade union federation got stuck on the starting-block in speaking out against Nzimande`s un-communist pair of wheels. It instead sneaked its condemnation through the back door of public outrage of such a vulgarity.

The jury is still out on the Cabinet decision to review the tendency by its members to go overboard in spending public monies.

What is tragic about the excesses of the likes of Comrade Blade is that it occurs under the shadow of a global economic crisis which has badly affected the poor who constitute his core constituency. It was therefore expected that these leaders of the working class will manifest a concience in how they spend public funds for their personal comforts.

It now remains to be seen whether Cabinet will put a lead on this wholesale looting of the public purse.

Thabo Made Us Do It

September 7, 2009 2 comments
Former President Thabo Mbeki

Former President Thabo Mbeki

For the functionaries of the new regime under President Jacob Zuma, everything that goes wrong in the country gets blamed on former President Thabo Mbeki.

It all started with  Mbeki being written out of history by those who took control of the party machinery after the watershed ANC national conference held in 2007 in polokwane, Limpopo province.

After his election as President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma neglected to mention Mbeki in his acceptance speech. It was only at his inaugration as the fourth President of the Republic of South Africa that Zuma acknowldged and spoke in glowing terms of Mbeki.

In this address Zuma had the following to say about Mbeki:

“In June 1999, former President Thabo Mbeki came to this podium to take the oath of office, as the second President of the Republic. He took the country forward as true statesman.

“He made a remarkable contribution towards strengthening democracy, and laid a firm foundation for economic growth and development.

“He made our contry an integral part of the continent and worked tirelessly for an African rebirth. Through his leadership, South Africa`s stature grew in the continet and globally.

President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma

In his last address as Head of State in September last year, he demonstrated his patriotism, and put the interests of the country above his personal interests.

Thank you Zizi for demonstrating a charecter that the ANC had always embodied since 1912.”

Of late former President Mbeki has once more come under heavy attack from the organisation that he has served with unmatched distinction over many years.

The first salvo in recent times was fired by Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale, who blamed the recent spate of service delivery riots on the past administration of Mbeki.

Then there was little Julius Malema himself. In his most recent public outburst, Malema said Mbeki had taught young people bad manners and should therefore be taken to court for having violated the rights of women.

The ANC has conveniently remained quite about these attacks like it did in the past. This is obviously a cause for real concern when an organisation such as the ANC can allow one of its own to be violated such as former President Mbeki has been.

ANC Brooks No Dissent

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

manuelmhThere is little publicised fact about the ruling African National Congress – intolerance of dissenting voices which throws the party in the same league of the National party of our apartheid days.

This little publicised fact came back to mind when I read of the party reporting the City Press and Sunday Times newspapers to the Press Ombudsman for “publishing articles that illustrate the abuse of press freedom.’

The crimes of the two newspapers being to dare highlight the troubles playing themselves out within the leading organs of the ruling party – this  really has nothing to do at all with a journalism that reports truthfully, accurately and fairly.

What has today become the ANC`s defining charecter of intolerance goes as far back as the founding of Robert Sobukwe`s Pan Africanist Congress.

During its earlier days the PAC gave big brother ANC a run for its money by upstaging it at any given opportunity starting with Sharpeville and Langa.

In exile the ANC did all it could to project itself as the sole and authentic voice of the South African struggle for liberation. So successful was the ANC in this regard that the gullible international community came to equate the party with the freedom struggle. Neither did Steve Biko`s Black Conciousness Movement escape the mighty wrath and intolerance of the ANC who cast the former as agents of Western imperialism.

Internal struggle initiatives such as June 16, UDF, COSATU, and SADTU were passed as the grand work of the then exiled ANC. This arrogance and intolerance carried the ANC through the negotiations that gifted us 1994.

During Thabo Mbeki`s tenure as president dissent, internal and external was not tolerated. Whatever little room for healthy dissent which survived then disappeared in the wake of the watershed 2007 Polokwane conference which also passed a resolution declaring the ANC`s intention to form a media appeals tribunal to obviously manage and manipulate media content.

Then came president Jacob Zuma`s world famous lawsuits against the media.

It now remains to be seen what awaits the country beyond the ANC leadership`s sabre-rattling, lawsuits and complaints to the Ombudsman.

On the foot-steps of president Zuma

August 18, 2009 2 comments
The Prez and Deputy Minister Phaahla flanking Premier Mathale

The Prez and Deputy Minister Phaahla flanking Premier Mathale

Yesterday I took day from the hustle and bustle of work and followed the Limpopo crowds to the hitherto corner of South Africa called Muyexe. The attraction being that president Jacob Zuma was in the village of Muyexe to officially launch government`s rural development and land reform programme.

The village of Muyexe is found in the equally unknown town of Giyani in the Mopani district of the Limpopo province. I am wondering whether many know or ever heard of this current flavour of the moment that Muyexe is. Or even the town of Giyani, our Mopani ditrict and better still the Limpopo province.

At times I become delusional and think I am  more well-known than all these entities put together!

That was the case until our intrepid president saw Nkandla in Muyexe and declared during his maiden state of the nation address:

“Working together with our people in the rural areas, we will ensure a comprehensive rural development strategy linked to land and agrarian reform and food security as our third priority…While having drawn the necessary lessons from earlier rural development initiatives, we have choosen the Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality as the first of the pilot projects for the campaign.”

The Mister, the Prez and the Premier
The Minister, the Prez and the Premier

As a result we came to know that the town of Giyani is found in the province of Limpopo and that it was once the capital of the Gazankulu bantustan. Today Giyani is the administrative centre of the Mopani ditrict municipality.

It was in my quest to be where the president and almost everybody in Limpopo was that I found myself in Giyani. I never made to the obviously overcrowded Muyexe village. As for the launch, I would catch it all leisure through the mass media.
As I waited for news to start filtering through I kept myself busy at a local watering-hole, appropriately named Oasis. Some time after lunch the from Muyexe crowd dropped in to shake off the dust from the now famous village.
President and his battery of eminents never made it my way though. No tear, I`ll catch them some other day.
When everybody who matter headed home, I also followed suit. We left behind a hitherto rural community whose dream for a better life for life had been rekindled. Let us now wait and see.

Happy 100 Days Mr President!

August 17, 2009 4 comments
President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma

Today marks Jacob Zuma`s first 100 days since his inaugration as the fourth post-apartheid president. From what I could gather from our provincial movers and shakers the president will spend the best part of today in the village of Muyexe outside the town of Giyani in the province of Limpopo.

President Zuma will be presiding over the official launch of the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme. This is an intiative to ensure that rural development takes place at the required depth and scope.

What this will mean on his first 100 days and his first term on the hot seat will only be laid bare in the fullness of time.

As for the first 100 first hundred days, it is said to be an American media concept meant to give a new leader time to show the nation what stuff he is made of. Our Jacob Zuma is also subjected to this ritual.

How has he fared?

Me thinks that beyond the appointment of cabinet and many other appointments, there hasn`t been much to write home about his first 100 days in government. Moreso when he has been conspicous in his absence as a leader when the country was crying out for his leadership to show the way.

The least we can be grateful for is that the heavens haven`t fallen over us! We can no look forward to some serious business of government to take the nation out of its current confusion.