Sunday, 13 April 2014

We had a Dream

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We had a Dream, But Now the Dream is Gone

We had a dream, now the dream is gone, dead.

There was a time when we had a dream, a dream shared with men like the late Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Steven Biko.

We had a dream of a South Africa where all the people of this land were free and equal. A dream of a land where opportunity depended not on the colour of ones' skin or the association with a religion or ancestry.

When Nelson Mandela stated "Never again will this beautiful land experience the oppression of one group of people by another" we believed the dream was reality.

We had a dream that lasted through the worse times under the old regime. Those of us who believed in this dream endured discrimination for our beliefs, persecution and hostility from the enforcers, spoke our minds in fear of reprisal.

ANC is Now A Racist Organisation

Now today, what do we see? We see a swing towards many of the worse aspects of the old NP ruled SA; ever rising increases in legislated racism - the latest highly discriminatory "empowerment " legislation" is a good example of where Zuma's ANC wants to head. It's a return to Verwordian style apartheid, where opportunities will exist only for a select group based on race and nothing else.

This is only the latest policy based on racial discrimination supported by Zuma's ANC. Other laws already exist, the ANC plans to introduce even more.

Zuma's government has moved far away from the principles set by leaders like Nelson Mandela that this correspondent voted for in 1994. The idea of voting for today's ANC is as distasteful as voting for the Nationalist government would have been in the 70's and 80's. It's not an option decent or thinking people can consider.

A Far Cry From Madiba's ANC

It's hard to believe the same organisation that stood for equality for all, non-racialism, and conducted it's affairs mostly with honesty and integrity is the same racist ANC we see today.

We never thought we would see the day the ANC would become a racist organisation. The ANC today is an insult, an insult to Nelson Mandela and all that he and his colleagues stood for.
ANC Failures, Fact and Fiction

ANC Failures, Fact and Fiction

Fact: When the ANC came to power in '94, it faced many problems, not the least was a bankrupt economy, and inflation levels as high as 28% per year. It faced large scale housing shortages, poor standards of living, lack of basic services for a large percentage of the population.

A Fact: In the first 5 years the ANC led government brought inflation down to the lowest levels seen since the mid 1970's, under 3.5%

A Fact: A number of vital government services were radically improved, e.g. Revenue Services which had previously been dominated by "jobs for cronies" and was a nest of inefficiency and ineptitude. Further down some agencies with a poor reputation for customer services like the telephone service were improved.

For a while, we saw a small drop in unemployment, and an improvement in the standard of life for some.

A Fact: In the last 10 years of ANC rule, and especially since Zuma became the head of state - it's become hard to award the title "president" - unemployment levels have risen to the highest ever.

Poverty has increased - it's a fact; the very poor have got poorer. Yes, some are now in far better circumstances than before, but they remain a minority.

The number of homeless people is higher than it ever was. All one needs to do is pass through any town or city margins to see the masses living in intolerable conditions.

If we look at Khayalitsha on the borders of Cape Town we get an idea of the problem. A problem so bad busses taking overseas visitors from the airport to their hotels in the city detour nearly 40 km to avoid the highway route, so visitors don't see this as a first impression of the country.

A Fact: When the ANC took over in 94, they inherited a national infrastructure that worked. Main routes between economic hubs were up to developed world standards. Communications and power systems worked.

Example. Power outages were virtually unknown - they did happen of course - maybe once every couple of years. and when they occurred, were usually fixed quickly, in less than 4 hours in most cases. A blackout lasting longer than that meant an extremely large problem

Compare this to the situation today when blackouts happen weekly in many cities and urban areas.

We can discuss the reasons at length - it's enough to say too may new connections were made with no plans to increase supply capacity. We will never say every citizen should not have access to safe power, but who except the terminally incompetent doesn't consider what can be provided.

We can point a finger at the lack of maintenance - it seems no-one understands the need to undertake routine maintenance, leaving things until they break. The there's no-one with the skill and ability to make the repairs. Roads are falling apart, except for the profit making toll roads. (Most of which anyone used to European toll roads would refuse to pay to use)

We won't even talk about communications. A ten year old visiting from the USA recently asked his grandmother if the net was broken it was so sow - that's the normal state these days.

A Fact: We must lay the blame on the ANC for failing to retain skilled people in all fields, instead pursuing a policy of empowerment at any cost. After the initial "chicken run" of the early '90's, mostly before the '94 elections, when many (white) people fled the country believing their days were numbered. Since then few have left unless forced to do so to find employment where they can use their skills.

A Fact: Many people today, I mean those who have never before wanted to leave, those who still don't want to leave, find themselves giving serious thought to leaving. The reason skilled people are leaving this country today is nearly always economic.

A Fact: When educated, trained skilled people cannot get work because the job is reserved for a particular race group, we can only point a finger at Zuma's ANC government for their race based policies - there's nowhere else to point the finger.

Fiction: The ANC blames every predicament it faces on the past.

It's one thing to blame everything that is wrong today on the iniquities of the past. Zuma's ANC does so constantly. Everything that is wrong, every failure of the ANC is blamed on the past.

Twenty years after taking power it's hard to see how everything wrong today is the result of the old regime. In fact it's no more than an excuse, an eye-blinder to divert the attention of poorly educated citizens (the main voter support base of the ANC) away from the parties failures.

Abandoning Traditional Friends

A Fact: Zuma's government has disregarded the long standing friends of this nation, the countries that took a stance against apartheid, the countries that were aour traditional trading partners, the bread and butte rof our foreign trade. I speak of course of the Western nations, America, United Kingdom, Western Europe

Instead his party has favoured dealing with nations in the far east and eastern Europe - with nations with some of the most appalling human rights records.

It' not so long ago South Africa was considered THE champion for the human rights cause, the nation looked at as a shining example. We can no longer hold our heads up as this same nation. Zuma's ANC has failed miserably to take a stand against abuses in Africa, China and elsewhere.

A Fact: These nations have no regard for the well being of South Africa or it's citizens. They seek onlt opportunities to dump poorly made goods on a willing market.

A Fact: These nations are not the friends Zuma's ANC thinks they are - they seek only to build their foothold on this continent, no matter the cost to our citizens

ANC Failed to Achieve Goals

After 20 years, the ruling ANC government has failed miserably to achieve nearly all of it's goals.

While the very-rich continue to get richer, the middle class has got progressively poorer in the last 10 years while the poor find themselves worse off than ever.

We can look at the high crime rate affecting all communities. Normal people live in fear of crime. They don't venture into our beautiful countryside, don't step outside at night unless in large groups. Children run in fear from armed gangsters. Old women and children are raped in their homes and elsewhere. Farmers are attacked for no apparent reason, thugs commit murder and grievous assault to steal a cellphone.

If we remove the serious crime, especially violent crime from the equation we can see a lot of so-called petty crime is situational. People find themselves with no other options.

It's a terrible thing for a son to see his mother starve. What does this son, daughter, father. mother do when unable to find work, not even fair pay work, just work that pays enough to buy a loaf of bread a day. The answer my friends is simple - they steal, the do crime.

We do not apologise for their actions, condone their criminal activity. But we understand their plight.

Not enough members of the ruling cadre today have experienced the desperation of hunger for themselves, had dependents and been without shelter for children or parents. They will say they suffered and were deprived under apartheid, were persecuted for their desire for freedom.

But were they in dire-straits, very unlikely.

ANC is Responsible

It's not the wrongs of the past that is the cause of the ANC's failure. It's the ANC themselves who have to accept responsibility for their own failures.

They must answer to all citizens for the state of nation today. Without pretending things are a lot better now than before. Zuma's ANC must admit to their own failure.

The party members involved in corruption and underhand dealings must step down. Their leader should resign, if for no other reason than respect for the memory of Mandela and other leaders of his generation.

They must step down out of respect for all those who died, sacrificed all or part of their lives, were persecuted for wanting freedom and justice for all. The ANC today dishonours all people who suffered in their cause. And these people came from all groups of our multi-ethnic nation.

Yes, We Had a Dream. But Now the Dream is Gone.

We had a dream, the dream is dead, killed by short-sighted, corrupt and bigoted ANC politicians desperate to hold onto their own positions of wealth and power.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Shell House Massacre 20 Years Later

Revisiting Shell House Massacre 20 years later

On the 28th of March 1994, allegedly having received ‘intelligence’ that a group of IFP supporters who were marching up Jeppe Street- one of the main access roads to central Johannesburg- was going to attack ANC supporters in Shell house, Gary Kruser gave the order to the security personnel under his command- who were on the roof of Shell House- to fire on the people in the street below. The ‘intelligence’ was never produced, never verified- but it was alleged, and in due course insisted upon as being fact.

8 unarmed IFP supporters died and many, many more were injured. At least 12 IFP people, including women, died in hospital later. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Zuma Booed | Calls for Mbeki

President Zuma Booed at Madiba Memorial

South African President Jacob Zuma took the stand to deliver his eulogy to the sound of boos from the crowd. Yesterday mourners attending the memorial service held for former South African president Nelson Mandela voiced their disapproval of incumbent president Jacob Zuma, calling for former president Thabo Mbeki to take the stand instead.

ANC leaders have called call this display a disgrace in front of visiting world leaders, at a time when the focus was on honouring Mandela.

But was this display not in the spirit of Madiba? Everyone present at the event was there to honour and remember Mandela. It was an emotionally charged day, in an emotionally charged week. Had Nelson Mandela been there in body as well as spirit, he would surely have said "Let the people speak".

Mandela Magic | Obama and Castro Shake Hands

Mandela Magic from Beyond the Grave

US President Barak Obama yesterday (10 December 2013) shook hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro. Appropriately this gesture of friendship took place during the memorial service held for former South African president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

photo of Barak Obama and Raul Castro shaking hands
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How fitting this gesture was at this time. Nelson Mandela became a world symbol for peace and reconciliation after his release from 27 years as a political prisoner under the old apartheid government of South. On his release Mandela, known to the world as Madiba, extended the hand of reconciliation to his former enemies. Mandela believed in freedom and equality for all people, regardless of race, creed or gender.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Siyabonga kakhulu uTata

Siyabonga kakhulu uTata - Farewell Madiba

We regret the passing of one of South Africa's greatest sons, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and wish to express our sincere condolences to those left behind; uTata's children, wife, his family and all South Africans everywhere. 

We cannot write words that are good enough to pay sufficient tribute! Instead we simply offer the words that meant so much to uBaba throughout his life...

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika

Nkosi, sikelel' iAfrika;
Malupakam'upondo lwayo;
Yiva imitandazo yetu


Yihla Moya, Yihla Moya,
Yihla Moya Oyingcwele

Sikelela iNkosi zetu;
Zimkumbule umDali wazo;
Zimoyike zezimhlouele,

Sikelel' amadol' esizwe,
Sikelela kwa nomlisela
Ulitwal'ilizwe ngomonde,

Nawo onk'amanenekazi;
Pakamisa wonk'umtinjana

Sikelela abafundisi
Bemvaba zonke zelilizwe;
Ubatwese ngoMoya Wako

Sikelel'ulimo nemfuyo;
Gxota zonk'indlala nezifo;
Zalisa ilizwe ngempilo

Sikelel'amalinga etu
Awomanyana nokuzaka,
Awemfundo nemvisiswano

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika; 
Cima bonk' ubugwenxa bayo
Nezigqito, nezono zayo

Thursday, 24 January 2013

ANC, FNB and Treason

ANC Accuses FNB of Treason

The ANC, outraged at FNB's ‘Arab Spring' advertising campaign, accused the bank of committing treason.

FNB's ‘Arab Spring' ad campaign consisted of a series of videos titled "FNB: You Can Help". Children in school uniforms called for, among other things, an end to corruption and people voting for the "same government" while hoping for change. Read More:

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The ANC would have 'joe public' believe the "overwhelming majority" of young people are satisfied with the government's performance. Perhaps this is true in some regions, but in my experience, the youth of the nation (and I don't mean those 30 something old-timers in the ANC Youth League) is totally disillusioned with the state of the nation. Granted, my perception is based on opinions among urban youngsters of all races and genders.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Cyril Ramaphosa ANC Deputy President

Cyril Ramaphosa ANC Deputy President - And Now Comrades?

Cyril Ramaphosa ascends to the high position of Deputy President of the African National Congress. What does this mean for the direction the ANC is headed in the build-up to the 2014 National Elections? Cyril Ramaphosa received 3,018 votes from party delegates, while incumbent party leader and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma was re-elected with 2,983 votes. The vote totals indicate that Ramaphosa, for the moment, is the most popular political figure in the ruling ANC.

Trade Unionist to Billionaire

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Photo from Business Day Live
From his humble beginnings as a trade unionist, Cyril Ramaphosa left politics in January 1997 to pursue a career in business. By all accounts his career in business has been one of achievement and success; his personal wealth is now estimated at over R600M. Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to exit politics to delve into the business world stands out from the typical African politician/businessman who more commonly remain in politics while using their office to help feather their nests.
His career has so far been untainted by the corruption and scandal that has surrounded so many high and low ranking ANC officials and black businessmen in South Africa since 1994.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Zuma Honours Ethiopia Leader Meles

South African President Jacob Zuma Pays Tribute To Meles

President Zuma today paid tribute to late Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi who died at the age of 57.
President Zuma called Meles Zenawi a "great leader" who had contributed much to Ethiopia and Africa as a whole.
Was President Zuma talking about the same Meles Zenawi, the dictator of an impoverished 10th world nation with no viable economy, no modern infrastructure, rampant starvation, and whose citizens flood South Africa as "Economic Refugees". If he was, then Jacob Zuma either doesn't keep himself up to date on what is happening in the real world, or he is living in a dream.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

The Spear Painting | Winners and Losers

Jacob Zuma The Spear | Success of the Century

Controversy has been the order of the day for the past two weeks after a painting by an obscure artist .... named Zuma - The Spear was exhibited in a Johannesburg, South Africa, art gallery. The Spear portrayed the South African president, the honourable Jacob Zuma, with idealised exposed genitalia.

There have been winners and losers created by this whole episode. The artist, the gallery, the buyer and even the constitution are clearly winners, while the ANC emerges as the only loser with egg on their faces.

ANC Objects to The Spear

The ruling political party, the African National Congress and their cohorts in the tripartite alliance (COSATU and SACP) took exception to the painting, claiming it dishonoured and insulted the president and stated it was unacceptable to black African culture for a leader to be portrayed in this manner. The ANC and allied parties demanded the painting be removed from display and destroyed. A protest march was organised for Tuesday this weeks to deliver the demands to the gallery, and a court case initiated to obtain a court order for the painting's removal.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Apartheid Lives in South Africa in 2012

Legislated Apartheid Continues in South Africa Today

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Apartheid in 2012
Eighteen years after the fascist National Party government of South Africa was removed from power, their policies of apartheid continue under the rule of the previous 'freedom fighters' organisation, the African National Congress.

Apart from a brief hiatus from 1990 to 1994 after President de Klerk scrapped all apartheid legislation, and from 1994 to 1999 when the rule of common sense and decency held sway under the guidance of President Nelson Mandela, apartheid continues as an entrenched policy supported and practised by the government of today...

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

DA and Cosatu Lock Horns

Discord and Violence Over Youth Wage Subsidy

Tuesday's DA led demonstration against government's proposed wage subsidy for young citizens resulted in violence on the streets of Braamfontein when Cosatu members objected to the demonstration.

Violence at wage subsidy protest - image courtesy Mail & Guardian
The DA supports the wage subsidy, believing it will help young people get employed and gain essential experience in the workplace, while Cosatu believes it will lead to currently employed workers losing their jobs, further exploitation of the labour force and lower wages (as if workers wages aren't poor already).

Unfortunately both sides have good, valid points. From Cosatu's side, they are likely correct to believe the subsidy will lead to reduced earnings and exploitation, while the DA is right to support any means to create employment in South Africa. 

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Agriculture Minister Too Busy to Do Her Job

Tina Joemat-Pettersson Too Busy or Too Lazy?

Tina Joemat-Pettersson, South Africa's Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries told parliament yesterday May 07 2012 she could not possibly meet with all the agricultural organisations in south Africa as there were too many (around 550) because she would have to work every day of the year for 5 years to do so!
photo of Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Image from Business Day

Well Minister, that's what we (the taxpayers) pay you to do. We do not pay you to drive around the country in luxury vehicles, fly all over the place, stay in expensive houses and up-market hotels when you are travelling for business.

It's part of your job. If it's to much work for you, resign and let someone who is not so bloody lazy take over (if there is any member of your party that actually knows what the concept "Work Ethic" means).

Saturday, 25 February 2012

South Africa Budget 2012 in Brief

2012 South African Budget Overview

Presented to parliament and the nation by South Africa's Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan

  • South Africa’s finances are in good health. A budget deficit of 4.6 per cent of GDP is projected in 2012/13. We plan to reduce the deficit to 3 per cent of GDP in 2014/15, and public debt will stabilise at about 38 percent of GDP.
  • An expansion in infrastructure investment is one of the central priorities of the 2012 Budget.
  • Special emphasis is given to improving competitiveness in industry, investment in technology, encouragement of enterprise development and support for agriculture.
  • Total spending will reach R1.1 trillion next year, representing some 32 per cent of GDP.
  • Education, health and social assistance will remain the largest categories of expenditure, sustaining and expanding the social wage over the MTEF period ahead. Investment in people is at the centre of our growth and development strategy.
  • The budget continues to support job creation, with a particular focus on unemployed youth.
  • The budget provides for personal income tax relief of R9.5 billion, with further measures to increase tax compliance.
  • Measures are proposed to invigorate household savings.
  • We will strengthen financial management in the public sector, pursue value for money with the greatest possible vigour and ensure that taxpayers’ money is well used.
  • Fraud and corruption will be combated through changes to procurement policies and practices and tough enforcement of the law.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

State Of The Nation - Jobs

The Presidents State of the Nation Address 2012

Sawubana boPresident Jacob Zuma, unjani boBaba. Once again you have delivered a well presented State of The Nation Address to the people of South Africa. Your State of The Nation Address was poignant, and addressed serious issues affecting our people, in an absorbing speech with well timed humorous remarks that broke the tension of an otherwise serious discussion. Congratulations, I applaud you.
However Mr President, you continue on a path that has failed since the early 1980's, of course I refer to the intended way forward on the road to job creation.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Tutu Calls ANC Government Disgusting

Desmond Tutu Condemns ANC government and President

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
In a public statement carried on National television, former Anglican Archbishop, and Nobel Peace Price winner Desmond Tutu tells president Zuma and government
“You do not represent me; you represent only your own interests”. You are worse than the Apartheid government, At least it was expected from the Apartheid government

Tutu, speaking in response to the failure of SA government to provide a Visa for the Dalai Lama to visit South Africa before the Dalai Lama decided to cancel his proposed visit to the country, likened the present ruling party to the Apartheid regime of the past.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Kill the Boer Song Banned

Court Bans Kill The Boer Song

Julius Malema's controversial singing of this old Umkhonto We'Sizwe song, 'Kill the Boer' must end. The  court ruled today that 'Kill the Boer'  constitutes hate speech, and it is no longer permissible to sing 'Kill the Boer' .

Umkhonto We'Sizwe spokesperson says MK will investigate appealing the ruling up to the constitutional court level. No doubt the ANC Youth League and their rabble rousing leader Mr Malema will be hard on their heels.

Personally I am in two minds regarding this ruling:
On the one hand, it is high time Mr Malema and his tsotsi brigade were brought to heel. Their conduct over the past few years has brought disrepute to this great nation, has created rifts in society and fermented hatred and intolerance. 

The other side of the coin, I grew up in a South Africa where Freedom of Speech did not exist. Many of us felt the old Apartheid Regime wanted to even deny us freedom of thought. Numerous South Africans suffered for the right to freedom of expression. Not least of those were some of our greatest, Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu, Steven Biko among them, not to forget those less visible, Helen Joseph, Molly Blackburn, Sarah Duncan as well as many others who remained obscure and relatively unknown, myself included. Many were deprived of their liberty, and murdered at the hands of the powers that ruled.

The saga of 'Kill the Boer' not over

Definitely this saga is not over. Will the Constitutional Court uphold this ruling, for the good of the majority of South Africans as the constitution permits, or will it decide that freedom of speech is of greater importance than peace in our land?

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Dear Mr Zuma

300 Years of Doing Nothing:

I listened with interest to your comments broadcast on SABC news at 19h30 today, Saturday 23 July 2011.

You are so right, in 300 years the people, who migrated southwards fleeing from the Zulu, of the eastern region of the Eastern Cape have done nothing to better their situation. Yes Sir, you are totally right; they have done nothing but sit outside their khayas, steal the odd head of cattle, mutilate their young men in barbaric primitive initiation rituals (and their young women too), and consume alcohol of dubious quality.

However Sir, you forgot to mention the 300 years of progress and development that took place just a little further to the south-west of what used to be the Transkei!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Is the Writing on the Wall?

Is the current ANC government heading down a path all too common in Africa in the past 100 years.

I mean: Totalitarian Rule, Detention Without Trial, Insurrection, Arbitrary Arrests, Police State, Racism. Didn't we have enough of this under the National Party Regime?

Zwelinzima Vavi
What is clear is the divide within the ranks of the ruling party. On Monday Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi agreed with President Jacob Zuma that the ANC was "in crisis". In comments made to the media he said that over the last 3 1/2 years a 
"powerful, corrupt, predatory elite combined with a conservative populist agenda to harness the ANC to advance their interests" had emerged.
In recent weeks Blade Nzimande (SACP Secretary General) has been vocal in his criticism of Zwelinzima Vavi, however he refers to the SACP support for President Zuma as a "media created problem". Read more here
Perhaps this is in line with the many remarks made in the past few weeks on National Television have which may be perceived as critical of the President and the ANC.

Sunday, 22 May 2011


We are now able to bring you the final results for the 2011 Elections

 Once again we must thank the Independent Electoral Commision and for providing these statistics.

National Results
National Percentages
Additional Statistics

Finally, an update on our earlier news item: DA calls for recount:
After the recount, the DA has won outright control of Cape Town Metro with 61% of the vote. This story will be featured on AndNowComrade? in our post election coverage.

These stats bring our Special Edition coverage to an end. However, we have much more commentary coming very soon from our correspondents, covering the post election politicing among the various parties.

NOTE: If the links to the results documents do not work, please use the comment form to notify us. Some configuration changes to the site hosting these documents may have resulted in a broken link.

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Saturday, 21 May 2011


We are pleased to be able to bring you these results from the Independent Electoral Commision, of Ward Winners in the Metropolitan Regions of South Africa. We also provide links to an interactive map giving all the regional results:

Bloemfontein (Mangaung)
Cape Town
East Rand (Ekerhuleni)
Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay)
Pretoria (Tshwane)

Interactive Map
Election Map
"Interactive Local Election Map"

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