Constitutional Hill

Equal Education: the Minister doth protest too much

One of the most important duties of any modern democratic state is to provide all its inhabitants with access to a minimum standard of basic education to allow everyone in society to flourish and to reach their full potential. Nineteen years after the advent of democracy, our government is still not fulfilling this essential responsibility. No wonder the Minister of Basic Education this week launched an ad hominem attack on Equal Education for reminding the Minister of her catastrophic failure to respect the human dignity of all children.

On Tuesday Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga (also known as the Minister of Broken Promises) accused non-governmental organisation Equal Education of being disingenuous in its battle to get her to promulgate binding norms and standards for school infrastructure as provided for in the South African Schools Act, calling its campaign a “gimmick”. According to a statement, the Minister said:

To suddenly see a group of white adults organising black African children with half-truths can only be opportunistic, patronising and simply dishonest, to say the least.

The irony is, of course, that it is exceedingly patronising of the Minister to assume that “black African children” know nothing about the shockingly unequal and inferior schooling that limit the ability of many children to obtain even a half decent education to prepare them for adult life. Unlike Minister Motshekga and her cabinet colleagues, many “black African children” actually experience the lack of basic infrastructure at their schools every day and suffer the consequences.

It is downright insulting for the Minister to suggest that learners who do not attend posh private schools or well resourced suburban schools are either so stupid or so uninformed that they could easily be misled by a few mythical white adults.

The Minister of Broken Promises apparently believes that many “black African children” (unlike white children perhaps?) lack the ability to think for themselves and to demand that the government respect their basic human rights – unless they are told what to think by white adults. Maybe the Minister never heard of the 1976 Soweto uprising?

But leaving the Minister’s shockingly patronising attitude towards “black African children” aside for the moment, a more fundamental principle is at stake here, namely the duty of our government to respect the basic human rights of all South Africans.

Section 29 of the Constitution guarantees for everyone the right to a basic education. In terms of section 7(2) the state has a duty to respect, protect, promote and fulfill the right to basic education. Unlike other social and economic rights, this right is not qualified and the state has a duty to provide everyone with basic education immediately – regardless of any resource constraints.

This is not a duty to provide access to excellent education for the mostly middle-class white and black learners on the one hand while providing abysmal education to mostly “black African children” on the other. If that were indeed the constitutional duty placed on the Minister, she would not have had as many legal problems as she now has.

The South African Schools Act emphasises the provision of equal education to all and requires the government to eradicate discrimination in the provision of education. One of the ways in which the Act gives effect to this constitutional right is by empowering the Minister to prescribe regulations for minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure.

Neither the Minister nor any of her predecessors have prescribed such minimum norms and standards. While Nkandla was upgraded with remarkable speed with no consideration of the cost involved, when it comes to the well-being of mostly “black African children” the government seems remarkably unconcerned about its failure to respect the right of basic education of all.

As long ago as November 2008, then-Minister Naledi Pandor published draft Regulations for school infrastructure for public comment. Those draft Regulations stated:

These norms and standards will be fully adopted by the end of 2009 and will be implemented in a phased manner starting from 2010.

In 2009 a new set of Draft Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure emerged, which was not gazetted for public comment. This stated:

These norms will be fully adopted by the end of the 2009/2010 financial year and will be implemented in a phased manner during the 2010-2014 Strategic Plan period.

Answering a question in Parliament on 26 Feb 2010, the Minister wrote that the National Minimum Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure existed and that “they [would] be implemented with effect from the 2010 financial year”.

Given these various broken promises, Equal Education launched a campaign in March 2010 to encourage the Minister to do what she and her predecessor had promised to do and to fulfill her legislative and constitutional duties. This is not a frivolous campaign about an unimportant issue, but a campaign to assist the government to begin to transform our education system in order to address the shocking and immoral, Apartheid-inherited inequalities in education in South Africa.

In May 2010 the Minister wrote to Equal Education stating that the National Policy for an Equitable Provision of an Enabling School Physical Teaching and Learning 
Environment (NPEP) was soon to be published. She then stated: “This policy will be followed by the Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure.”

On 20 July 2010 the Director General wrote to Equal Education noting that: “the Minister must develop national minimum norms and standards… by the end of the 2010/2011 financial year” and stating that the regulations “are currently with the DBE Legal Services and will be promulgated as regulations thereafter.”

More delays followed, leaving a string of broken promises in their wake.

In March 2012 Equal Education finally launched a court application after the Minister of Broken Promises completely changed her tune in October 2011, stating for the first time that she was not required to promulgate regulations at all, and that any action regarding norms and standards was a matter for her discretion. She said that instead of making regulations she was going to make non-binding “guidelines”.

After many delays by the Minister in filing an answering affidavit, the Minister finally entered into a settlement agreement with Equal Education, which was signed on 19 November 2012. In this agreement the Minister agreed to promulgate regulations, which prescribed minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure, before 15 May 2013.

This deadline has come and gone but the Minister of Broken Promises has not promulgated the norms and standards as she had agreed and is therefore in breach of the very agreement that she entered into when the court case (which she was almost certainly going to lose) was looming. Herad hominem attack on Equal Education stems from her apparent anger at being held to account for once again breaking her promise to promulgate norms and standards for school infrastructure.

If the Minister has even half competent lawyers, they must also be telling her that she cannot afford to go to court because she will lose the case. Given the many broken promises about promulgating minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure, I cannot imagine the Constitutional Court finding that the minister has fulfilled her unqualified duty to provide access to basic education to all – not only to the rich and well-connected.

This is even more evident when you note that the Treasury has already long ago approved the promulgation of minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure and that resources are not the issue here.

At the very least the court will argue that the minister has a duty to act reasonably to ensure that the basic infrastructure at all schools are of such a nature that would ensure at least the possibility of meaningful education for learners.

It cannot be said that a Minister has acted reasonably where she has made many promises, but kept not a single one of them. It cannot be reasonable for the Minister to have ignored the plight of the most marginalised and vulnerable learners who must attend school in the most abysmal conditions while middle-class and rich children in the suburbs enjoy all the schooling privileges that Apartheid reserved exclusively for white children.

It cannot be reasonable for the Minister to have no clear and comprehensive plan (with deadlines and clearly articulated targets), to eradicate the Apartheid legacy as far as school infrastructure is concerned. It cannot be reasonable to expect 120 learners to cram into one classroom and for all learners in some schools to make use of the most appalling toilets because the Minister cannot get her act together to deal decisively to effect infrastructure upgrades of the most needy schools.

In the light of the above, it is not surprising that the Minister of Broken Promises launched a scathing and untrue attack on Equal Education. She must know that she has no legal leg to stand on and that she will lose any court case on the issue. She must also surely know that her failure to act is morally indefensible.

Every day she dithers, she fails many of the most needy children in South Africa. And when you know you have failed, your only way out is to attack those who are reminding you of your own failure. Her attack on Equal Education is therefore an admission of her failure, and a very eloquent admission at that.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    “To suddenly see a group of white adults organising black African children with half-truths can only be opportunistic, patronising and simply dishonest, to say the least.”

    She probably read your irritating hammering on about “Whiteness” and “White Privilege” blog too much.

    You are are one of the principal race card players. now reap what you sow.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    “No wonder the Minister of Basic Education this week launched an ad hominem attack on Equal Education for reminding the Minister of her catastrophic failure to respect the human dignity of all children.”

    What else could she do?

    You should be celebrating that we have yet another splendid example of transformation here. Being black AND a women she is more than qualified to do the this job.

    You shall reap what you sow.

  • Maggs Naidu – The DBE knows best! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    “The statement made by … Ramphele regarding education as reported in the media is not only baseless, but devoid of truth,” the department of basic education said on Thursday.

    “Her unfounded rants demonstrate further the sheer lack of understanding and appreciation of the education sector on the part of one who claims academic standing.” …

    The department said Ramphele “deliberately elected to be petty and misleading” in her criticism of post-apartheid South Africa.

    “The facts indicate that, under the leadership of Minister Angie Motshekga, there have been huge improvements in education,” it said.

    “We have uplifted our people from disadvantaged communities more than she can ever imagine.” It said allegations that the textbook system was a means for money-laundering were “serious”.

    “We therefore challenge Dr Ramphele to provide evidence and motivate her claims or the … [department] would be left with no option but to request the Human Rights Commission to investigate this allegation,” it said.

    “Only reckless and desperate cheap politicking can blind anyone to such clear, simple, overt and logical facts. We refuse to be used as a stepping-stone in the promotion of any new forum.”

    http://mg.co.za/article/2013-06-20-ramphele-is-wrong-says-education-department

  • Mau

    Sick to my stomach. R208m on Nkandla and we will never know the truth as to who benefitted.

    So our democracy officially ended today. TOP SECRET & CENSORED IS what comes next.

    Pierre, didn’t you visit some schools? How many schools could get toilets for R208 000 000.

    Along comes a black woman speaking with the wisdom of truth and this is then the response from those responsible. How many more years of this can we survive?

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Perhaps we could just blame a racist white male like Mark Shuttleworth?

    Yet, it appears that there have still been no orders for mathematics and science textbooks.

    “The explanation provided to Metcalfe was that mathematics and science textbooks developed at minimal cost by the Shuttleworth Foundation were delivered and that further textbook orders for these subjects were therefore not required. This is highly problematic, as a reply to a parliamentary question I put to Minister Motshekga confirmed that the Shuttleworth textbooks were supposed to serve as supplementary textbooks to be provided in addition to books ordered from the National Catalogue. If a decision has since been taken that the books developed by the Shuttleworth Foundation are sufficient to serve as the basic text for the mathematics and science curriculum, the Minister must confirm this and pave the way for millions to be saved going forward if maths and science books from the National Catalogue are no longer required. If not, learners in Limpopo should not be denied access to the primary texts for maths and science.”

    http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=310715&sn=Detail&pid=71654

  • Maggs Naidu – The DBE knows best! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Peliwe Lolwana -Associate professor and director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour at the University of the Witwatersrand and a member of Equal Education’s national council

    I am a black grandmother and a teacher. I was part of the Equal Education march in Pretoria on Monday, as were my two grandchildren.

    I was not organised by any white person to go to the march.

    I did not organise any black children except my two grandchildren.

    I want them to develop into socially responsible human beings. I am teaching them that we have a government that is open and willing to listen to its citizens when things go wrong.

    I am teaching them that social justice happens when one feels compelled to take up a cause that affects others as “an injury to one is an injury to all”.

    I am telling them that what made apartheid so wrong was the silence of many white people because apartheid did not affect them.

    I have been involved in Equal Education now for a while and am a member of the national council.

    Contrary to what the Department of Education would like the public to believe, Equal Education is concerned about the absence of social justice, but it is disciplined and respectful in its approach.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/ilive/2013/06/21/standing-up-to-angie-ilive

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – The DBE knows best! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    June 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Hey maggs.

    Talking of this racist thing called “education”. Did you see what us racist WHITE males are up to again?

    Holy petaflops! SA students are supercomputing champions

    http://mg.co.za/article/2013-06-20-holy-petaflops-sa-students-are-supercomputing-champions

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    With respect, I disagree with those who play the race card about playing the race card. Despite what the DA says, we still live with the legacy of apartheid. That is why our people demand that WHITISTS should just sit down and SHUTAPP, as proposed by Professor Vice!

    Thanks.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    hey mfd – but it is so unfortunate that the M&G didn’t seize this opportunity to do another hatched job on the racist NWU and not mentioning which university Ms Evelyn Khoboka comes from.

    http://www.nwu.ac.za/pns-faculty-updates

    Ok – I will shutapp now.

  • Zoo Keeper

    Professor

    Over 70% of privately run schools are black schools, largely township, camp or rural schools.

    Even the poorest of the poor know that State schooling is a death-sentence to eradicating poverty.

    How does this compare with your earlier column of “transformation”? The school system is fully transformed so where do you sit now?

  • Mau

    “This is even more evident when you note that the Treasury has already long ago approved the promulgation of minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure and that resources are not the issue here.”

    The money has been spent. Nowhere to be found.

    Rather than going to treasury you may look out for a significant number of big black SUV’s and R1m cars, Nkandlas, bunkers for every important politician, broken corvettes, cigars and expensive alcohol. Seek the bulges in the offshore accounts of those who saved us from the whites. OK, the Nats were vile, but the caANCer is making them look more like ‘angels’ by the day? I hear even some blackish people like Kenny is wishing for the good old days. How terrifying is that!?

    Anyway, back to the money. Guess where the money must come from for the next round of reparations, transformation and school revamps? Same place as the money for the new e-tolls?

    ps. Anyone notice some new BEE laws were presented in parliament. Apparently as a person with a whitish skin you are now an automatic criminal if you get someone blackish of the street to “front” for you by giving them shares and lots of money. You need to let them make the decisions now too. Then it’s ok. Anyway, there is daily a larger stack against you if are whitish and entrepreneurial.

    pps. Anyone seen Khosi? Was looking forward to his insight!

  • Maggs Naidu – The DBE knows best! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Hmmm!

    Dworky – SHUT UP and listen to how shocked he is at the living conditions of poor people in the Independent republic of Western Cape.

    He ain’t seen nothing yet – wait till he walks around his R280 million Nkandla Compound!

    “I came to see for myself, and I have been shocked to see my people live in these conditions.”

    President Jacob Zuma on Friday told shack dwellers near Cape Town he was shocked to see the conditions in which Democratic Alliance rule had left them.

    “When the DA speaks in Parliament they say things have improved,” Zuma told a crowd of a few hundred people in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.

    “I came to see for myself, and I have been shocked to see my people live in these conditions.”

    http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2013/06/21/zuma-shocked-at-residents-conditions

  • Maggs Naidu – The DBE knows best! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Mau
    June 21, 2013 at 14:18 pm

    Mau,

    “Apparently as a person with a whitish skin you are now an automatic criminal if you get someone blackish of the street to “front” for you by giving them shares and lots of money.”

    I guess many eyes are looking at Sexwale and Ramaphosa!

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Maggs

    As Mr Fransman points out, it does not help for Madame Zille and her tea-lady, the parliamentarian of gravity-but-no-stature, to say the ANC is hypocritical just because toilets, schools, houses and just about everything else are better in the WC than in all the many ANC controlled provinces. After all, the APARTHEID govt lavished huge public investment in the WC! It follows that there is nothing wrong with ANC closing hundreds of schools in the Eastern Cape while the DA closes 23 here!

    Thanks a lot.

  • Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….

    If Angie puts in place what is in effect a service level agreement she can be sued on it.

    Both sides know this.

  • Maggs Naidu – Jesus died for your sins! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – The CNA are FORWARD!
    June 21, 2013 at 15:56 pm

    Hey Brett,

    What do you have to say about this apartheid-loving CHRISTIAN okes, eh?

    Especially after my valiant efforts at bringing Dmwangi out of the toilet!

    A Christian ministry in the United States that offered to help gay people ‘overcome’ their sexuality through prayer has shut down after its leader offered an apology to the LGBT community and admitted that he himself had been attracted to men.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/gay-cure-christian-ministry-shuts-down-as-leader-apologises-and-admits-hes-attracted-to-men-8668299.html

  • sirjay jonson

    Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….
    June 21, 2013 at 15:56 pm

    Hi Brett: I’ve left for Canada. 13 yrs later as of June 9, completing about a dozen projects for community and Rotary while here. After all this time it feels as though I’ve emmigrated, going back to Canada that is, gone into exile. I’ll come back when True Democracy is established.

    However, its summer here now, sailing and kyacking, swiming with the orcas and seals. I originate in Free Willy country by the way. Come fall, its the mountains, snowshoes, skies, and snowmobiles to hunt and put meat in the freezer for winter.

    You have a real challenge ahead of you, as do all SAfricans, but I believe its worthwhile. I’ve often posted how the ‘world is watching’, and it continues to watch. The west does see, I assure you, that a gangster organization has taken over SA leadership, an org that cares little for its people, little for non racialism or the law of the Constitution.

    What it comes down to, and we in the west musn’t interfere in your development, are the decisions that the SA people make. You’ve all had so much support from the civilized western True Democratic world, fighting apartheid, and supporting the transition. We’ve always wanted only the best result for you. Doesn’t seem to be happening though. More like a Sopranos remake.

    Now that I’m safely ensconced somewhere in the wilds of Canada I have no hesitancy to say the SA is ruled by a gangster elite. I believe they have no idea that is in fact for what they are, gangsters, although really just survivors in the only way they know, uneducated, self serving first, violence acceptable.

    I have faith that the era we live in, as predicted for us by the Mayan prophecy (I know, what kind of fluffy argument is that) that the female energy has entered our evolution and will determine the future.

    I have so much love for SA. What an amazing country, so many amazing people, so many flowering trees, but so much trash, misery, criminality and ignorance as well.

    Stay strong bro. My biggest challenge here in Canada is following ICC and Rugby.

    Cheers.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Sirjay

    “the female energy has entered our evolution and will determine the future.”

    Are you referring to Minister Angie Motshekga? If so, I am inclined to agree. She has made clear that she has a plan to take steps to introduce norms and standards very soon. It saddens me only that WHITISH elements are patronisingly pretending to speak for black children to sabotage the Minister’s efforts!

    Thanks.

  • Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….

    sirjay jonson says:
    June 21, 2013 at 19:47 pm

    Good. You’re safe. Our loss. Now I want you to google ‘kindertransport’.

    Now I’m depressed. I’ll have to go play with my puppies. Lift the spirits.

    P.s. WHat are you sailing?

    P.p.s. There are still good people. The Rotarians do the school feeding scheme at my cousin Tersia’s school. At my aunt’s school the church behind them feeds the kiddies. My aunt was telling me about this little kid she noticed was sitting hunched up the second day in a row. Turns out Patrick had not eaten since the previous school lunch – his family’s lights and water had been cut, no food in the house. All the other kiddies wanted to share sarmies with him. Kid I know was sleeping in the veld (Coronation Park being full.) I spread the word I wanted a roof over his head before someone slit his throat for the blanket I took him. We found out the local Catholic church serves a meal at 19h00 and then they roll out 30 mattresses and blankets. Coffee & bread in the morning.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Crazy WHITE communist scientific Russian women (soft porn warning). Please don’t click if yous are offended by soft porn or primordial heterosexual urges.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2004042/Naked-female-scientist-tries-tame-beluga-whales-arctic.html

  • Mau – Ag Shame – “No consequences” CANT Zuma’s feelings are hurt

    “To call President Zuma a tyrant, a monster and a person who ruthlessly pursues an enemy is tantamount to slander and defamation of the integrity of the President”

    This one is a beauty.. Couldn’t put it better myself Mr Mthembu..

    “Further, the notion of a paralysis in the ANC arising from this purported fear of Comrade President Zuma is an insult not only to the President but to the more than one million members and leaders of the African National Congress. In essence, those who tout this lie seek to infer that the membership, leadership and supporters of the African National Congress are brainless stooges without capacity to reason, deduce and lead the struggle of the people of South Africa.”

    Allow me then to join the chorus:

    Zuma YOU ARE A CANT!!!

    CANT keep his fly in his pants
    CANT give our children a classroom, toilet or textbook
    CANT keep his friends of our air force bases
    CANT understand how his ANC’s policies have caused Marikana
    CANT see when they spend R208 000 000 on his house
    CANT answer for taking money for 783 favours in a court of law
    CANT find even one single person to appoint to head the NPA
    CANT even begin to address corruption in his own ranks
    CANT provide the 5 000 000 jobs he so promised
    CANT fund the things taxes are supposed to pay out of the budget
    CANT see that his BEE is racism and is not working
    CANT do a thing about rampant crime
    CANT give us a police force that can keep us save
    CANT stop blaming apartheid for all his problems
    CANT for all his “leadership, support & capacity to reason”
    CANT get enough of his MP’s in parliament to pass a bill that is in any case a yet another fuckup..
    CANT dance
    CANT
    CANT
    CANT

    Mr Zuma, you deserve every little bit of slander you are getting CANT!

    (Tx Frieda)

    http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=385230&sn=Detail&pid=71616

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    The wife of new ANC chief whip Stone Sizani faces 30 charges of fraud and money laundering, the Saturday Star reported. …

    ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told the newspaper many comrades had wives who were in court but this did not affect their work in the ANC.

    “If there was a criminal matter against comrade Sizani, and it was comrade Sizani sitting in court, it would be different.

    So long as he is not in court, we are quite comfortable.”

    http://mg.co.za/article/2013-06-22-new-anc-chief-whip-sizanis-wife-faces-criminal-charges

  • Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….

    Yes, Maggs! Come whining when an ANC wife appears on drug related charges!

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com) says:
    June 22, 2013 at 10:43 am
    The wife of new ANC chief whip Stone Sizani faces 30 charges of fraud and money laundering, the Saturday Star reported. …

  • Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….

    I find it strange that Maggs has nothing to say about the proof of payment to Tony Yengeni German investigators are alleged to have found in Krupp’s offices….

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com) says:
    June 22, 2013 at 10:43 am
    The wife of new ANC chief whip Stone Sizani faces 30 charges of fraud and money laundering, the Saturday Star reported. …

  • Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….

    Then there’s this:

    http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=384589&sn=Marketingweb+detail

    HTF can you vote for these people, Maggs? I mean, really?

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Hey Brett,

    – What’s an “ANC wife”?

    – it’s too early to comment about the ALLEGATIONS around Tony Yengeni.

    – It’s easy to vote ANC, I just put a cross next to ZUMA’s smiling face (the one which looks like it’s saying FUCK YOU South Africans, now is my time to EAT and EAT and EAT).

    I hope that clears things up!

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Brett

    “I find it strange that Maggs has nothing to say …”

    And I find it strange, Brett, that you and your LIBERAL friends have nothing to say about all the “DA wives” who live under clouds of suspicion for fraud, rape and murder!

    Thanks.

    Thanks.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Ag shame – poor Min Pule!

    Press Ombudsman [Johan Retief] drops Pule’s complaints against Sunday Times

    – “I could find no trace of evidence that the newspaper has lost its independence in favour of the DA or that it could justifiably be accused of unethical behaviour in this matter,” he said.

    The complaint was dismissed in its entirety.

    – “I also have no reason to believe that Bokwa misrepresented his position, as a motive for such a possible deception escapes me. This means that I believe that the Sunday Times was justified in reporting Bokwa’s views as representing that of the department of communications.”

    Retief dismissed the complaint in its entirety.

    – Pule also complained that a Sunday Times story published on April 21 2013 falsely reported that she had blown R2.6-million on a recruitment deal that led to the appointment of cronies of her boyfriend Phosane Mngqibisa.

    “Based on all of the above, I can only conclude that the newspaper’s reportage on this point was fair and reasonable,” he said.

    The complaint was also dismissed in its entirety.

    http://mg.co.za/article/2013-06-22-press-ombudsman-drops-pules-complaints-against-sunday-times

  • Gwebecimele

    http://www.dispatch.co.za/toilet-protesters-raise-a-stink/

    Year of the KAKA!!!!!!!
    These must be DA agents

  • Gwebecimele
  • Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….

    Tell me, Maggs, is there anything your ANC does right except murder and mayhem?

    http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Madiba-Angsnag-20130622

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – Vote ANC – working together we can do more …
    June 23, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Hey Brett,

    “Tell me, Maggs, is there anything your ANC does right except murder and mayhem?”

    I dunno if that’s true – according to press reports several ANC members have been charged with murder and mayhem. Many have been found guilty.

    And according to Jackson Mthembu “many comrades had wives who were in court”.

    http://mg.co.za/article/2013-06-22-new-anc-chief-whip-sizanis-wife-faces-criminal-charges

  • Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….

    Have we reached a tipping point where the ANC realises things can’t go on like this?

    Will Mandela’s death (and resuscitation!) in the Highveld winter in an ambulance that broke down due to lack of maintenance minutes away from a half-dozen hospitals with medevac a phone call away surrounded by a cabal of military doctors who appear to have waited far too long to get him help be the defining moment that makes the ANC wake up and take responsibility for 20 years of failure due to the fact they know it all?

    What a clusterfuck!

  • Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….
  • Gwebecimele

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Union-boss-rakes-in-millions-20130623

    Withva R20 000 car allowance, union leaders can match Ministers at the BMW dealership

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….
    June 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Brett. Meantime your privileged whites and their neoliberal friends at SAIRR are continue this desperate no-white-poverty to mention campaign and these little games with numbers.

    http://www.rapport.co.za/Rubrieke/FransCronje/Hoeveel-wittes-is-regtig-arm-20130615

    What are they afraid of Brett and what are they trying to hide?

  • Gwebecimele
  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – The ANC liberated South Africa from racists….
    June 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Hey Brett,

    Leave Comrade mac alone for now – he’s on training under Comrade “Lies” Mahlangu.

    More importantly the Muslim Lawyers Association want to take South Africa to WAR with the USA.

    WDYSTT?

  • postman

    Interesting reader poll on News24 today asking who readers would vote for

    A total of 11370 votes have been cast so far, with a spilt as follows:

    · DA 7464 or 66%
    · Agang 1660 or 15%
    · ANC 402 or 4%
    · Another party 689 or 6%
    · No vote 1155 or 10%

    A representative sample of 11379 potential voters is probably quite good and this is likely to grow as the poll remains on the site.

    The fact that DA + Agang managed 81% between them is encouraging

    The most interesting feature is that Agang polled 4 times the number of ANC votes. This is home turf for the ANC

    Unless the ANC (with only a risible 4%) can pull a large rabbit out of the hat, it is within the bounds of possibility that they could dip below 50% as early as 2014

    Of course we must make allowance for the fact that this only reflects the views of those with access to a computer

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    postman
    June 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    LOL Postman – that’s the profile of the News24 readership!

  • Reader

    LOL Naidu

    Read his final sentence

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    Maggs, I for one am not impressed that so-called Equal Education is fronted by a black woman. Why does EE litigate about schools in the EC and Limpopo when, in the home of its WHITISH leadership, the Western Cape, hundreds of schools are being closed, and the learners forced to commute 880 km a day to schools in Umtata?

    Thanks.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    June 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

    “Maggs, I for one am not impressed that so-called Equal Education is fronted by a black woman.”

    Yep – just cos Equal Education has some COCONUTS for hire does not mean that it is not a front for the racist DA!

    Minister Motshekga is not the idiot she seems to be.

  • Brett Nortje – The ANC are backward! Completely out of place in the 21st Century….

    Ozoneblue says:
    June 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Did you see how quickly the ABSA Afrikaners closed the comments?

    Poor people are so….insensitive!

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    June 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Dworky,

    Check these BLADY AGENTS out – all pretending to be WHITE!

    Four men, two women, one half/half!

    WDYSTT?

    https://twitter.com/equal_education/status/348806533540376577/photo/1

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    Maggs, with respect, I am no fan of the RACE CARD. I just say that our people are tired of those who accuse us of playing the race card when we are simply demanding TRANSFORMATION!

    Thanks.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    June 23, 2013 at 18:17 pm

    Well Dworky,

    Here’s what we think of KENNY KUNENE!

    And no, that’s not written by Dmwangi.

    Open letter by Mlungisi Xulu on Kenny Kunene
    June 22, 2013

    A short OPEN LETTER to all Comrades of the MDM, clarifying the miasmatic insolence of Kenny Kunene: (He lacks capacity)

    Well, let me pervade you of the titillation, embedded in the eventual state of being a paragon of perfection in the ardent utmost utilization of logic, as an ANC inclined political activist. In idling times, one ought to augment the incessant purportion of being abreast, beauty par excellence, with the intellectual regime, and resist desolation yielding petulance, which fuels obliterated recusance, immiserating from expertise, lack thereof.

    The apparent facade of people like Kenny Kunene obscuritly ornamented with deceit, parades ignobly brutish at the periphery of engagement with the astute. The inhibition of being prone to dilapidation through gratuitous advancement, is assuaged by solace of arbitrary brook, of perpetual research hence capacitation. Desisting dementing pawnship of the tyrannic degradation, one ought to forsake inimicality, conceit, enmity and animosity.

    Accordingly so, let us perculiarly persue capacitation, hence creating a coterie in defense of the acrimony, lashed out by people like Kenny Kunene, Floyd Shivambu (The pivotal Author) and Julius Malema, all in mantels, at our Mass Democratic Movement, the people of Africa and all South Africans. I pity ‘the sushi-fool,’ as he tantamounts a soccer ball, a miser of capacity, and yet gullible through his own imbecileness, to these obstinate refractories.

    Simply put, he lacks capacity hence vulnerable to any external force…

    Mlungisi Xulu- A citizen of South Africa, conveys to his Comrades

    Mlungisi Xulu (Writes in his own capacity. His views are not aligned with any structure that he has, or might currently be serving)
    e-mail : mluxulu@gmail.com

    blog : http://mluxulu.wordpress.com

    cellphone : 071 518 6353
    alternative : 072 442 7856

    “Deepen study levels to unleash maximum potential and fast-track the journey towards academal liberation” MP Xulu

    http://mluxulu.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/open-letter-by-mlungisi-xulu-on-kenny-kunene/

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    @maggs

    Maggs – can you please translate this to me into saffa english.

    “incessant purportion of being abreast, beauty par excellence, with the intellectual regime, and resist desolation yielding petulance, which fuels obliterated recusance, immiserating from expertise, lack thereof.”

    I he trying to say that Kenny is a doos?

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Ozoneblue
    June 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

    OB,

    “Is he trying to say that Kenny is a doos?”

    Xulu is saying that “Accordingly so, let us perculiarly persue capacitation, hence creating a coterie in defense of the acrimony, lashed out by people like Kenny Kunene, Floyd Shivambu (The pivotal Author) and Julius Malema, all in mantels, at our Mass Democratic Movement, the people of Africa and all South Africans. I pity ‘the sushi-fool,’ as he tantamounts a soccer ball, a miser of capacity, and yet gullible through his own imbecileness, to these obstinate refractories.”

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    June 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

    hmmm…the sushi-fools

    I don’t know, but me thinks he is trying to say it is the WHITE peoples fault??

    “What is happening in Marikana… I can give you what comes out of that information. Anarchy, anarchy, anarchy driven by people who are from far away… Sweden, Irish. They are a force behind the anarchy that is happening in the platinum industry,” he said in Sandton a fortnight ago.”

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/gwede-s-swedish-diplomatic-row-1.1536159#.UcgFutc88VY

    You see this bizarre xenophobic mentality of even our “progressive” ANC leaders. Because one Irishman is a drunk, all Irishmen are drunks. One Swede is an anarchist, all the Swedish are anarchist communist enemies of the people, one Agrikaner killed his wife, all Afrikaners treat their women like cattle, but but but one African is a rapist, all Africans are rapist ? —– horror oh horror such generalisation are RACIST!

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    And it is the WHITE peoples fault that our ANC members bunk parliament as well!

    DA’s fault Bill didn’t pass

    http://business.iafrica.com/news/866509.html

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Mr Mantashe

    “Anarchy, anarchy, anarchy driven by people who are from far away… Sweden, Irish.”

    OB, did you know that Swedes are, if anything, the WHITIST of all WHITES? It is therefore not unlikely that they were partially responsible for Marikane!

    Thanks.

  • Chris

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com) says:
    June 23, 2013 at 20:29 pm

    I, perhaps because I had to rely on the public school system for much of my education, also did not understand much of what Mr Xulu is saying. Did he perhaps say that the emperor has no clothes?

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    June 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

    That is an interesting point mfd. But did you know that WHITE foreign nationals have always been involved in the INTERNATIONAL nonracial Struggle against imperialism, racism and global capitalist exploitation?

    How could cde Gwebe forget that so soon?

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    In fact we are a nation now besieged and bedevilled by FOREIGN NATIONALS and Colonialist of a Special Type.

    “Last week, angry Wallacedene residents took to the streets in protest over housing issues and some, described as “opportunistic”, took their anger out on public property and foreign nationals living in the area. On Wednesday, about 1 000 residents looted Somali and Chinese shops.”

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/wallacedene-foreign-nationals-still-in-limbo-1.1536490#.UcgP9Nc88VY

    Boers, WHITES, Somalis, Chinese, Indians, Coloureds, the Irish, Swedes and last but not least those greedy Guptas.

    Where is our African hero Prez. Robert Mugabe when we really need him?

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Chris
    June 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Hey Right-Wing-Guy,

    “I, perhaps because I had to rely on the public school system for much of my education, also did not understand much of what Mr Xulu is saying”

    Not to worry – Mr Xulu also doesn’t!

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Motshekga won’t apologise for alleged racist comments

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=502AA9cm1Ro

  • Gwebecimele

    http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2013-06-20-is-ridicule-the-best-strategy/

    There is hope for our country. Brilliant article.
    May be, this country will be saved by women.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Gwebecimele
    June 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks Gwebs – sound piece!

  • Gwebecimele

    Get out of Jail. Free.
    Will Malema also qualify for this offer or he needs a brave NPA member.

    http://mg.co.za/article/2013-06-24-competition-commission-orders-construction-firm-to-pay-up

  • Gwebecimele

    R52 Millon for Malema vs. R47 BN.

    Shares are jumping up storm is OVER.

    http://www.moneyweb.co.za/moneyweb-industrials/competition-commission-fines-construction-firms-r1

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    June 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    “Motshekga won’t apologise for alleged racist comments”

    Yet you have not apologised for littering this blog 24/7 with pure RACISM. So why would she have to apologise? Isn’t this the zeitgeist you, liewe Pierretjie and others promote with such zeal all the time.

    You shall reap what you sow.

    Zimbabwe: On Gays, MDC Official Makes for Easy Bedfellow With Mugabe

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201306240531.html

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Ozoneblue
    June 24, 2013 at 14:32 pm

    Ok OB you win

    “Yet you have not apologised for littering this blog 24/7 with pure RACISM”

    I apologise to all WHITE RACISTS whom I have offended 24/7 on this blog.

    Just until Mandela passes on that is – then you are gonna see!

    http://za.news.yahoo.com/sa-whites-afraid-post-madiba-south-africa-063832668.html

    p.s. And all other racists, homophobes, bigots, perverts, sexists, farts – well you’re fair game.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    June 24, 2013 at 14:36 pm

    If a civil war and massacre of whites are what you wish for you must be careful cause your “revolution” might just blow up in your face boet.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Ozoneblue
    June 24, 2013 at 15:05 pm

    OB

    “If a civil war and massacre of whites are what you wish for”

    Not at all – I hate the sight of oozing blood. And the cost of cleaning up …

    And besides if all WHITE are genocided (thanks Brett) then who am I gonna insult 24/7????

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    June 24, 2013 at 15:13 pm

    Yes we all know you hide there comfortable behind 6 feet walls and security systems in Cape Town’s fancy rich white suburbs with your gayish white liberal friends while you stoke the fires. But when push comes to shove even there you will not be able to hide.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    Ozone/Maggs

    It is time for both of you to apologise. Let us move on. I also demand that the uber-WHITIST puppeteers who are behind so-called “Equal Education” apologise and go back to Sweden and Ireland!

    Thanks.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Ozoneblue
    June 24, 2013 at 15:28 pm

    OB

    “Yes we all know you hide there comfortable behind 6 feet walls and security systems in Cape Town”.

    Of course – from my verandah I can see Table Mountain.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Maggs

    I say your GRANNY can see Cape Town — but only if she wears her heels!

    Thanks.

  • Gwebecimele

    http://m.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/24/anc-faustian-pact-mandela-fatal-error

    This contradicts Mbeki’s claims on powerfm about the IMF loan

  • Gwebecimele

    “There is war at NPA, we have to get our house in order” said the prosecutor at Bobby Motoung case. Charges were dropped.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    And this is what is really going to matters 300 years from now. The Coalition of the Real.

    “Some” South Africans Protest Obama Visit

    “Some South African communist groups, student organizations, Muslim groups, unions and other political organizations are planning what they hope will be large protests of Obama’s visit. The groups say they will demonstrate for the closing of Guantanamo Bay detention camp, for the stoppage of any wiretapping of emails or phone calls, and against the involvement of the U.S. in conflicts throughout the world, including Syria.”

    http://www.voanews.com/content/some-south-africans-protest-obama-visit/1688283.html

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Because the lack of concern about any of the above show what the likes of Pierre De Vos is really about.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    I say: FUCK Barack Obamam and his imperial USA government.

    On behalf of “some” South Africans.

    Thank you very much.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ OB

    “FUCK Barack Obama and his imperial USA government.”

    OB is right. Apparently Brett has some information suggesting that Obama was born in Bhutan. Does that mean Obama could be arrested at Oliver Tambo for travelling in a FALSE PASSPORT? Legal eagles, please advise!

    Thanks.