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.



Julius Malema Just Wanna Have Fun

Julius Malema

Julius Malema

The ANC Youth League has dismissed the furore surrounding its president Julius Malema`s weekend house-warming party which neighbours claimed denied them peaceful sleep because of the noise.

According to those who were there this was the mother of all parties which attracted the who-is-who of business and politics. Booze and food was aplenty. A live band was at hand to see the revellers through the night while neighbours were denied sleep.

The party took place at Malema`s new Sandton place. Such neighbourhoods are a far-cry from the townships and villages were people are tolerant of the disturbance of peace.

In these places people love and appreciate their peace. No wonder they move there in the first place.

The ANC YL is synonymous with partying and will do this wherever they will find themselves, including Sandton. They therefore get taken aback when there is an outcry about Malema`s kind of fun instead of coming over to join in the fun.

The best the neighbours should is brace themselves for more of such fun-filled nights or alternatively move to more quiter neighbourhoods which are becoming rarer by the day.

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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.

Blade Nzimande : King of Bling

September 3, 2009 Leave a comment
King of Bling...Dr Blade Nzimande

King of Bling...Dr Blade Nzimande

An aspirant bourgeoisie that he is, the South African Communist Party general secretary Dr Blade Nzimande has recently joined the no-expenses-spared club of ministers by investing in a R1,1 million seven series BMW. This class suicidal act by Nzimande moved the unashamed party of monopoly capital, the Democratic Alliance, to issue a rather naughty statement which reads in part … “it appears that only the best will do for the leaders of the working class.”

The general secretary of the SACP, Nzimande, joins the exclusive club of cabinet colleagues who high poverty levels in the country notwithstanding and the sorry state of the world economy, find it morally correct to spend millions on luxury wheels.

When our ministers went on a shop till you drop spree, the SACP was one of the few voices of reason. That was the case until their general secretary, who has recreated the party according to his image, joined our kings and queens of bling.

Nzimande has since gone underground, leaving it to his government and party spin doctors to raise the middle finger to whoever dared to question his sense of communist morality.

The party of the poor today finds no fault with the general secretary`s R1,1 million  purchase of a car. Nzimande`s government spin doctor, the disgraced former journalsit Ranjeni Munusamy said the car was bought out of necessity. She went on to remind the country that Nzimande is “opposed to any form of unnecessary extravagance.”

The country`s serial irritant ANC Youth League president Julius Malema may have had Nzimande in mind when he spoke of “fake ANC alliance leaders who spend most of their time drinking red wine.” As expected Nzimande`s stormtropers, the Young Communist League whose national secretary Buti Manamela abandoned its head-office for parliament come out with guns blazing against Malema.

Well said comrade Julius!

Opposition Chart Wayfoward

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

The leadership of three of South Africa`s opposition parties is due to meet today in a further endevour to consolidate unity efforts ahead of  elections in 2011 (municipal) and 2014 (national and provincial).

Today`s meeting of the leadership of COPE, ID and UDM is a sequel to previous unity efforts by the opposition. Neither will this meeting be the last until unity is attained.

The clamour for unity among opposition parties comes after COPE`s entry into the political lanscape had shaken both the ANC and other opposition parties out of their comfort zones. As the result of the founding of COPE the ANC shed support in all but one province during the recent general elections. Opposition parties other than the DA were also not spared loss of support as they were reduced to the pale shadows of their former selves.

With no immediate prospects of an end to ANC political hegemony and arrogance, sobriety dawned on the opposition to make them realised that they had more in common than to can explore a common electoral platform.

As would have been expected ANC apologists and rented commentators heaped scorn on this untiy initiatives with some dismissing it as a constelation of lightweights which will never amount to a heavyweight in the mould of their ANC.

In a belaboured statement COSATU accused those who are for the unity of opposition parties as people who want:

” …to deregulate the labour market, repeal laws that workers from abuse by employers, and limit workers` rights. They want to make it easier to fire workers and do away with centralised bargaining, and push us  back  to the apartheid days when employers could do whatever  they wanted with their workers.”

This and other malicious distortions have been the stock responses to the challenge COPE offered to the ANC arrogance and intolerance. In the build up to the April 22 general elections thousands of rands were laid to waste by COSATU in the production and distribution of an anti-COPE propaganda booklet : Defend our Movement! Adavance the gains of Limpopo! Expose and Isolate the Black DA!

Such is the desperation of the DA and its fellow-travellers.

It is now up to the combined opposition to rise to the challenge of defending South Africa`s fledgeling democracy.

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