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Zuma Is Corrupt And Incapable Of Leading SA – Trevor Manuel

 Trevor Manuel

“Because it doesn’t matter at the highest level of government, it is possible for business to get away with what they can.”

 

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Following in the tracks of Gandhi – Nimo Patel

In March 2002, when I was living in New York City, quite by chance I went to a dance drama in New Jersey with a cast of 14 young people who came from the slums of Ahmedabad in India. The show was put together by an NGO based in the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram.

Inspired by Gandhi’s life story, the show began with an excerpt from the movie The Making of the Mahatma. After the scene in which Gandhi is thrown off the train, lights appear on the stage and we see a real-life young Mohandas Gandhi, played by one of the children, wearing a suit and tie, lying on the station platform – looking around and slowly picking himself up as he begins to realise the plight of his people in South Africa.

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Concept of ‘white monopoly capital’ rejected by majority at ANC policy conference

ANCThe controversial concept of “white monopoly capital” was rejected by the majority of ANC delegates at its national policy conference.

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The opposition needs to lead more than litigate – LUKE JORDAN

In April, the opposition promised months of mass mobilisation. Then the hard work of organising was abandoned for the attempted short-cut of the courts. Doing so wasted the opportunity of widespread anger combined with the long-term crumbling of ANC branch structures. Jacob Zuma gambled that this would happen, and is starting to cash in his chips. The opposition can still avoid his trap, but only by walking out of the courts, getting back to the ground, and leading more than litigating.

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Mantashe’s diagnosis could save ANC from deadly infection

Gwede MantasheAs the nation’s gaze remains focused on the ANC’s fifth policy conference under way at Nasrec in Johannesburg, glimmers of hope are emerging that it might save itself and South Africa in the process. If it doesn’t, it can rest assured South Africans will save themselves from the ANC in 2019.

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Freedom Charter is not a dream deferred : it’s a nightmare – Tebogo Brown

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane’s article published under the headline, “Freedom Charter is a dream deferred”, in The Star of June 26 refers.

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A radical new development in South African politics -PAUL TREWHELA

A major shift is taking place in black politics in South Africa, the most radical since the first general election on the basis of universal adult franchise in April 1994. It has nevertheless received very inadequate attention.

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Political contortionists must have no place – FIKILE MBALULA

MbalulaThe masses demand we must be informed by our own concrete conditions and experiences, that reflect elements of the best traditions of social democracy, which include: a system which places the needs of the poor and social issues as priority. The urgency is to identify and isolate these political contortionists within and without.

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The poor will rise up if we don’t give back – Victor Kgomoeswana

Victor KgomoeswanaAs worthy and expedient as the discourse to fix our country is, it remains incomplete unless it includes income inequality and sponsored economic injustice.

Words from Tracy Chapman’s Talking about a Revolution came to mind as I sat grounded on 5th Street and Fredman Drive in Sandton: “Poor people are gonna rise up and take what is theirs.” Read the full post »

Is SA failing to provide leadership in Africa? – Shannon Ebrahim

One has to wonder whether South Africa is failing to provide leadership on the continent when the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, comes on a state visit last week and we remain silent on our descent into chaos.

Based on official statements made by our public representatives, one would think the DRC is a nation at peace and merely going through a leadership transition. It was all pomp and ceremony, and the usual platitudes about strengthening economic trade and investment. It was as if the rising instability and violence gripping the DRC, causing tens of thousands to flee to neighbouring countries was happening somewhere else.

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