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ANC members defend Jacob Zuma over his Nkandla homestead saga

imagesANC MPs on September 30 2014 defended President Jacob Zuma, as they say he is not responsible for security upgrades at his homestead in Nkandla.

The Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela report this year outlined that, President Jacob Zuma and his family had improperly benefited from the spending on non-security matters at Nkandla, and she recommended that he repay some R246m in state funds spent on his private homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

ANC MP Mmamoloko Kubayi said that, the ANC comes out too strongly on saying that, president Jacob Zuma never requested anything related to security upgrades at his home in Nkandla. He also stated that, the president did not receive any money.

Thuli Madonsela invested on and shaped a report that seems to have hit the bosses of the Luthuli House sideways. She found that Zuma violated the Executive Ethics Code and that his conduct was inconsistent with the Constitution by not trying to limit the R246 million state expenditure on upgrades at his estate, as Ranjeni Munusamy, a writer on Daily Maverick.

Minsters started to defend president Jacob Zuma since last year, as Public Works Minister, Thulas Nxesi said claims that state funds were used to build security upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla residence were unproven.

Another ANC MP, Mathole Motshekga told the committee that, majority of legal thinkers agreed with the president’s view that the investigation put forward by the public protector were not binding. Motsekga said that it was wrong for the Public Protector to order President Jacob Zuma to apply her findings before they were well thought-out by Parliament, and to have given Zuma 14 days to answer back to her report on Nkandla released in March.

According to a report by the Citizen online news on September, Water and Sanitation Minister, Miss Nomvula Mokonyane says ANC members and Cabinet ministers will use everything to protect president Zuma. She was quoted saying this in Sotho language “Re tlo thiba ka dibono” [We will defend with our buttocks] she was quoted by the Sowetan newspaper as saying at the launch of a water project in Marite, Mpumalanga.

Miss Makonyane said, the attacks over Nkandla are not on Zuma only, but are also on the ANC. She added that Jacob Zuma will finish his term, even if there are a lot of controversially statements and actions are taking place.

ANC threaten parliamentary committee to withdraw investigations that are made at looking at the Nkandla security upgrades.

Julius Malema, the Economic Freedom Front leader said, the opposition is ready to take the matter to the Constitutional Court because the law did not allow the legislature to review the public protector’s findings.

ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe said after Nkandla upgrade report was released that, members in the ANC who failed the conduct of their duties should face the suitable consequences. The ANC didn’t mentioned or clarify their statement on what suitable consequence the ANC will do to their president over Nkandla upgrades.

by Siyabonga Mtati

Getting to know Lesetja Kganyago

President Jacob Zuma announced that South Africa’s new Reserve Bank governor for the next five years would be Lesetja Kganyago.thumb

Born in Alexandra in 1965, the Governor later moved to Polokwane with his mother. Returning to Johannesburg at the age of 18, he enrolled at Wits University where he joined the commerce faculty. He would later complete his Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting and economics in 1991 through Unisa and move on to acquire his Master’s degree in economics from the prestigious London School of Economics.

Amongst his list of accolades the Harvard University educated governor also has the Eurobond Deal of the Year, Helen Suzman Leadership Award and the South African Institute of Race Relations Scholarship.

The Mail and Guardian reports that Marcus’s decision to resign after her first term did not come as a complete surprise to all.

It was initially expected that Kganyago would replace outgoing governor Tito Mboweni in 1999 when Kganyago was moved from the bank, shortly before Mboweni left. Instead, Marcus was brought in from outside the bank.

Lesetja Kganyago has also worked for J P Morgan, in New York and as an accountant for the South African ruling party the African National Congress.

Upon his appointment the rand rallied to a session high of R11.2590 on the appointment. . FNB economist and spokesperson Alex Smith said the fact that the rand strengthened slightly following the announcement indicates that investors are broadly in support of the decision.

“At this difficult time for SA’s economy it is important that fiscal and monetary policy work together as efficiently as possible in order to foster economic growth,” he said.

According to Business Day Live one of Lesetja Kganyago’s first priorities when he takes office as Reserve Bank governor next month will be to put the tools in place to execute the Bank’s mandate to safeguard financial stability. His other priority according to Business Day Live was to make the Bank the first port of call for young professionals seeking a career in economics and finance.

by Siyanda Cingco

The Positives and Negatives of the quota system

Quota System: It is when the government makes a rule of how many “players of colour” should be in the team, whether it is in a provincial or national team.Fikile_Mbalula__2899362b

The Sports Recreational Minister Fikile Mbalula has threatened to not fund South African sports if certain issues or conditions were not adhered to. This involves the transformation of black sportsmen and sportswomen in South Africa. He wants to see 60% black representation in teams and warned of harsh punishment if there was any form of resistance to these measures. “If any resistance was met, government could withdraw funding to bodies that fail to comply, withdraw national colours to federations holding back, rule that utilizing bidding and hosting regulations to be illegal, de-register anybody which fails to transform and bar sponsorship to anyone hostile to transformation.” Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula said.

I do not agree with what the minister is saying as this will sacrifice quality for quantity, as there will be players in national and provisional teams, just to fill up the numbers and not because of the quality they bring to the teams. This therefore will decrease the quality of sports in South Africa, and will make our sports go backwards instead of developing and going forward.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with developing players, no matter what their race is, but the way this is implemented by the minister is incorrect and has caused a national wide criticism of the minister.   Minister Mbalula is supposed to promote and develop sport and now he threatens to penalize our sports teams.

Former South African test Captain Clive Rice had this to say about Minister Mbalula’s new quota plan. “It seems like Mbalula does not understand how failure on the playing field works. These politicians have no clue about what happens on the playing field. How many promising black players’ careers have been ruined by this obsession with quotas? It’s not about the numbers in a team, but the number of quality players. By only picking black players to get the numbers right, you sacrifice quality and it forces those players to play at a level they’re not ready for yet. You get exposed so easily if you’re not good enough for a certain level. “It ruins a player and then the minister must take responsibility for it. Nobody likes being pushed too early and then realize you are out of your depth, but let him continue. He’ll destroy the careers of a lot of black sportsmen,” Clive Rice.

This may be harsh words by the former cricket captain, but it is very true. Sportsmen and sportswomen should be chosen on merit and not because of what their skin colour is. All players should warrant their spot in the national and provisional sides. No player wants to be picked because of their skin colour, but because of their skill and talent in their sport code that they specialize in. What the Minister of Sports Mr. Fikile Mbalula should do is ensure that the disadvantaged aspiring sportsmen and women get the founding and opportunity to perform in the sports their specialize in, in boosting the grassroots projects in terms of money so that they can have the same opportunities’ as the privileged players have.

There should be no political influence in sports, all players should be chosen on merit and the skills they possess and have to offer in their respective sports codes. By this it will improve the sports in South Africa going forward and enable us to compete at higher levels with other countries and hopefully be the best in the world in years to come, not just in Cricket and Rugby but also in other sports, such as athletics, swimming and soccer.

The quota system has its positives as it gives an opportunity to players of colour to have an opportunity to play sports provisionally and nationally and it promotes more black players to showcase their talent, but the manner in which it is set out though is totally incorrect and sets out a negative message to the public and to the players. As a player of colour in South Africa today, your selection will always cause a national debate because of the quota system which has been put in practice by the government.

We saw this in the recently concluded T20 Champions League Cricket tournament which was hosted in India. The Cape Cobras and the Nashua Dolphins had at least two ethnic black players in their teams. Not saying that they do not belong there, but the system that has been put by the government and the exact two players from both side, will always cause a debate that the players were chosen according to their skin colour and not because of their ability.

As a player of colour in South Africa, you will always have a doubt about your selection in the provincial and national teams and will also doubt your ability, as it will be like you are chosen to fill up e certain number instead of being selected on your ability and what you can bring to the team. This system will kill our sports and players alike. Players want to be chosen on merit and not by the colour of their skin. The government and the respectful sports boards should have a look into the quota system, and scrap the idea, as it will make our sports go backwards and will kill the bright future we have. The nation should stand together and not be divided, especially by the quota system. We should fight this, and have teams of quality and ability. We have a very large pool of talented players in our sports, let us develop them and utilize them. Let the players be chosen on merit and not the skin of their colour.

 

By: Luzuko Sampo