iMaverick, Tuesday 13 September
- iMaverick Team
- 13 Sep 2011 (South Africa)
"Kill the Boer!" ruling: Malema's loss is also SA freedom's loss; "Biko lives"!, 34 years later; the Public Protector speaks out; and Darfur rebel leader returns home, spoiling for a fight. By iMAVERICK TEAM.
ZUMA STRETCHES HIS SILENCE ON POLICE LEASES
President Jacob Zuma won’t hazard any haphazard responses to the Public Protector’s report on controversial lease deals for police offices, which is probably why he won’t be answering MPs’ questions on this in the National Assembly on Tuesday. CARIEN DU PLESSIS reports.
Not 30 minutes after ANC Youth League president Julius Malema lost the right to sing 'Dubula iBhunu', a dozen or so of his supporters sang the song outside of the South Gauteng High Court. Only a handful of ANCYL executive committee members deigned to show face at Pritchard Street, and the man of the hour himself wasn't there. By SIPHO HLONGWANE and MABINE SEABE.
Julius Malema must be wondering why nobody likes him at the moment. First he loses every application before the ANC’s national disciplinary committee, then he loses his hate-speech trial. Did he suddenly get abandoned by his mojo – the one that served him so well lately? And should we all be wondering just how much his loss will come to haunt us in future? By STEPHEN GROOTES.
In Themb'elihle, residents last week violently protested their lack of (formal) electricity connections, saying being connected to the grid would save them money and give them economic opportunity. On Monday, residents of nearby Chiawelo in Soweto launched their own service-delivery protest – because while they have electricity, it has become so expensive they feel they have no choice but to steal it. BY PHILLIP DE WET.
Like Che Guevera, Steve Biko is the poster child for revolution. His face adorns the T-shirts and posters of a generation who may know nothing of his teachings except that his is a face with some erstwhile significance. Thirty-four years after his death, Steve Biko is an icon but he is also a lot more than a trifling symbol of an ancient idea. KHADIJA PATEL talks to Steve Biko scholar, black consciousness thinker and organiser, co-editor of “Biko Lives!” and publisher of the journal “New Frank Talk”, Andile Mngxitama about the legacy of Steve Biko, the remaining vestiges of white privilege, the hate speech ruling against Julius Malema and most intriguingly, how often he combs his hair.
CHRISTI VAN DER WESTHUIZEN ON SA’S HIDDEN BATTLEFRONT
South Africa’s noisy debate on race rightfully rages centre stage in this society, but while we’re engaging in robust discourse about racial equality, the choice of Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng as chief justice reveals a battle on another front. MANDY DE WAAL speaks to author and political analyst Christi van der Westhuizen about power relations between men and women 17 years into SA’s democracy.
The SAPS building leases, her office’s roadshow and the protection of information bill were among the issues discussed by the Public Protector at the Cape Town Press Club. While her overriding message was that no one is above the law, she placed particular emphasis on how her office would only get busier if government did not change the way it deals with ordinary citizens. By OSIAME MOLEFE.
The government might as well lock me up. But at least I'll have company. Because it might as well lock all of us up. The Julius Malema hate-speech ruling by Judge Collins Lamont sets the alarming precedent that a person's speech, even if misunderstood, can be criminal.
Yes, thank you, Mr President. We South Africans won't say so, but we really are grateful for what you and the top leadership of the African National Congress did two weeks ago by announcing that fresh charges would be brought against the ANC Youth League's top leadership.
We still don’t know where Muammar Gaddafi is, the dust has still not settled in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and the International Monetary Fund is already saying that Libya and Egypt can borrow money from it if they so desire. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
RWANDAN GENOCIDE HAUNTS KAGAME’S VISIT TO FRANCE
The spectre of the genocide looms large over Rwanda’s foreign policy. Kagame’s visit to Paris is a prime example, with France accused by Rwanda of being complicit in the genocide (France denies the charges). But as France sees its influence in Kigali slipping away, Sarkozy knows he needs to build bridges, even if his generals aren’t happy. By SIMON ALLISON.
LIBYA’S WAR NO DETERRENT TO MIGRANTS HEADING FOR EUROPE
Unless you’re a war reporter or masochist, Libya’s a good place to avoid at the moment – especially if you’re black and African. The rebels will probably think you’re a Gaddafi mercenary and lock you up with a complimentary beating. But the chaos has actually encouraged many would-be African migrants, who think they can get through Libya to a better life in Europe. By SIMON ALLISON.
The fallout from the war in Libya continues with the news that one of the most prominent rebel leaders in Darfur has returned to the troubled Sudanese region from Libya, apparently as part of a ten-vehicle convoy laden with Gaddafi gold and weapons. Khalil Ibrahim’s been out of action for a year, and his return could signal an escalation of hostilities in Darfur. By SIMON ALLISON.
Things are looking grim for French ex-president Jacques Chirac. While his corruption trial is a week underway, a former aide has come forward to claim that Chirac was given briefcases stuffed with cash by African leaders. By REBECCA DAVIS.
United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, said on Monday that at least 2,600 people have been killed in Syria since demonstrations against the government began in March. By KHADIJA PATEL.
The Boston Globe is the latest newspaper to slap up a paywall around its digital content. But will online readers bite? By THERESA MALLINSON.
Carol Bartz, the Yahoo CEO who was unexpectedly fired last week, has now equally suddenly resigned from her position on the company’s board of directors. But this news will come as no shock to anyone who read her interview in Fortune magazine last week. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Trade union Solidarity has accepted Telkom’s 7% two-year wage offer, putting an end to a six-month negotiating period that threatened to derail more often than not. By SIPHO HLONGWANE
NEW FIBRE-OPTIC CABLE SHAVES MILLISECONDS, ADDS BILLIONS
As you read this, a Global Marine Systems undersea vessel is gingerly lowering a stretch of wire into the dark of the roiling Atlantic. It is the first fathom or so of what will eventually amount to 6,021km of fibre- optic cable, linking America with Europe, so traders can shave six milliseconds off the average speed of a transaction. Not everyone is celebrating. By RICHARD POPLAK.
Okay, in truth it was just one line, but we couldn't resist that headline. On the weekend, US pop star Cyndi Lauper showed that it's not only South Africans who have a problem remembering the words to our national anthem. By THERESA MALLINSON.
PLANET OF THE APES, 2011
If anyone had doubts about the political and even metaphysical importance of the new film, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, they need only turn to the writhing, bobbing and weaving among US Republican Party candidates over science to be disabused of that notion. By J BROOKS SPECTOR.
MCILROY UP TO NO. 3, BUT NOT ECSTATIC
Rory McIlroy has moved up to a career-best No. 3 on the latest World Rankings list - but the 22-year-old Irishman is a little disappointed by the way he did it. By GOLF365.COM
VETTEL TURNS THE CRITICISM INTO DUST
It's an illustration of just how dominant Sebastian Vettel was around Monza this Sunday that he was scarcely given more than a full minute of air time. By PLANETF1.COM
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