Politics

iMaverick, Wednesday 31 August

By iMaverick Team 31 August 2011

Violence Inc: our package of the Luthuli House riots; Lindiwe Sisulu continues to support appointment of Tony Yengeni to defence review committee; South Africa's renewable-energy puzzle; and Chinese secrets leaking to YouTube. By iMAVERICK TEAM.

It happened overnight

LUTHULI HOUSE CHANGES ITS MIND ABOUT LUTHULI HOUSE

Wounded after a long day in front of the ANC’s disciplinary committee, the young lion Julius Malema scored a small victory by persuading the elders to reverse their decision to move the disciplinary hearing from Luthuli House His hearig is set to continue at the ANC’s headquarters today. CARIEN DU PLESSIS reports.

South Africa

PEEKABOO: MALEMA AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and his fellow accused played hide and seek with the media – and their supporters – ahead of Malema’s disciplinary hearing in Luthuli House on Tuesday. Seems they were hiding in a high place all along. PHILLIP DE WET took the very unique picture and CARIEN DU PLESSIS reports.

SISULU STANDS BY DECISION TO APPOINT YENGENI TO DEFENCE REVIEW COMMITTEE

It looks like the defence review, which was last conducted shortly after the dawn of democracy, is nearing completion. Minister of defence and military veterans Lindiwe Sisulu has created a defence review committee to complete the final step, but has drawn criticism by appointing disgraced convict Tony Yengeni to it. By OSIAME MOLEFE.

VIOLENCE INC: LUTHULU HOUSE SCENES A BITTER TASTE OF POLOKWANE FRUITS

The mayhem, dissing of party leaders and picture-burning by, shall we be generous and call them agent provocateurs posing as ANC Youth League members, were nothing new – at least not to those of us who witnessed the run-up to Polokwane four years ago. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.

ANALYSIS: MANTASHIAVELLI’S MASTER STROKE

In politics, as in rugby, youth and skill are no match for experience and treachery. And boy, has Gwede Mantashiavelli shown that on Tuesday as he lured Julius Malema to play into his hands. It was the worst of all possible outcomes for the Young Lion. A smallish crowd, nowhere near the advertised 10,000, but violent. And as always, in the advent of 24-hour journalism, pictures and sounds, the victim of the violence wins. This time the victims of the violence were the ANC and the media. And so, they clubbed together against one Julius Malema. By STEPHEN GROOTES.

DA’s PROPOSED YOUTH WAGE SUBSIDY – A MOSTLY SANE, CONSTRUCTIVE AFFAIR

The DA Youth launched a campaign for a youth wage subsidy last week. PAUL BERKOWITZ investigates its policy and agrees with the diagnosis of the disease, but not with every aspect of the proposed cure.

MONTHS AFTER TATANE’S AVOIDABLE DEATH, A DOSSIER OF SHAME GROWS

To everyone watching SABC news in April earlier this year, Andries Tatane’s death looked like a clear-cut case of excessive police force. Although the law has yet to take its course, it now emerges that Setsoto local council leaders may have to shoulder their share of blame for events that led up to the fatal shooting of Tatane. By MANDY DE WAAL.

Opinionistas

MARELISE VAN DER MERWE: ‘RACIST PHOTO’: THE REAL STORY IS US, NOT SUNDAY TIMES

The Sunday Times has issued a limp-wristed non-apology, and South Africa is unusually united in ridiculing its new common enemy. But is the authenticity of the photograph even an issue? I don’t think so.

Africa

GI JANE, THE ZIMBABWE SEQUAL

Zimbabwe’s women are being urged to join the country’s commando unit as the army tries to polish its gender equality credentials. But given the government’s sympathy for Gaddafi, let’s hope they’re not being moulded in the shape of Brother Leader’s Amazonian Guard. By SIMON ALLISON.

KHARTOUM EXACTS SAVAGE VENGEANCE ON THE PEOPLE PEACE FORGOT

The peace agreement which ostensibly resolved Sudan’s civil war worked out very well for South Sudan, which is now its own country. It didn’t work out so well for the people of the Nuba Mountains, left out of the deal and now all alone in facing Khartoum’s brutal retribution. By SIMON ALLISON.

NIGERIA’S SWIFT DESCENT INTO VIOLENCE

Another day, another bout of sectarian violence in Nigeria. It’s becoming a very dangerous place to be, and President Goodluck Jonathan’s government doesn’t seem to have any solutions. He’d better come up with some quickly. By SIMON ALLISON.

World

THE RETURN OF THE BIRD-FLU

Start panic-buying masks and baked beans again: the bird flu’s back, and it’s deadlier than ever. Sort of. By REBECCA DAVIS.

THE PEOPLE WHOSE JOB IT IS TO SPREAD ISLAMOPHOBIA

The rise of Islamophobia in the United States is attributable to the work of a handful of well-resourced groups and people, a new report has found. It claims that over $42 million has been allocated by seven foundations to five people responsible for generating anti-Islamic sentiment. By REBECCA DAVIS.

BIG BROTHER CAN ALSO BE WATCHED – AND ON YOUTUBE, NOGAL

There are certainly more than a few Chinese high panjandrums with some egg foo yong on their collective faces this week. A video clip of a leading Chinese general discussing sensitive spy cases found its way on to YouTube. By J BROOKS SPECTOR.

Business

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A DISQUIETING MOVE FROM TRANSPARENT TO OPAQUE

A recent public panel debate on renewable energy in South Africa confirmed serious misgivings that multibillion-rand processes during the next 19 years have degenerated from transparent participation to opaque and sinisterly secret. By CHRIS YELLAND.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SKYPE

A mere eight years ago, we were all racking up vast landline bills calling friends in London, or shoving overpriced phone-cards into tickey-boxes. Then Skype came along and changed everything. By REBECCA DAVIS.

AMY ALLAIS ON THE ILLUSIVE VIRAL EFFECT

How do you make ads which become a viral sensation, like Vodacom’s “Single Lady”? Ola Films director Amy Allais has had more than a couple of hits, and says it’s all about respecting that people need to be entertained, not bored to death with mindless branded pack shots. By MANDY DE WAAL.

Life, etc

WHO CHOOSES THE NAMES OF HURRICANES?

Why Hurricane Irene and not Hurricane Britney or Hurricane Nomalanga? The choice of names for hurricanes is not merely a matter of meteorologists’ whimsy. By REBECCA DAVIS.

Sport

WHERE TO NOW FOR THE LOST BOYS?

A hat-trick from Wayne Rooney, a brace from Ashley Young and half of Manchester United’s squad getting on the score-sheet as they hammered Arsenal 8-2. Had I not actually watched the Gunners’ hapless performance against the Red Devils on Sunday, I would not have believed it. By RYAN GORDON.

PREVIEW: AUSTRALIA VS SRI LANK TEST CRICKET

It’s No. 4 against No. 5, pace against spin, and both sides are under new leadership, but still fielding their former captains. TRISTAN HOLME feels Sri Lanka should be favourites.



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