Constitutional Hill

On Freedom Day

South Africa – the democratic teenager — is turning 18 tomorrow. For many this will be just another holiday: time to watch sport on TV or to drink beer and braai some lekker boerewors. Others might actually remember that we are celebrating that special day in 1994 when everything changed (even when nothing much changed for most people). We are celebrating the day when we all suddenly had a whiff of the freedom to be, the kind of freedom that might empower us to contribute to the type of world in which we wish to live.

Today, 18 years later, many South Africans are not free — at least not in the sense that they have access to the necessary financial and human resources to make the kind of life choices that could help them to live meaningful and dignified lives.  But it is important to remember how bad things were for most citizens during the apartheid era, not to excuse or justify the excesses and arrogance of some in government today, but to remind ourselves that the glass is at least (still) half full.

I am always amused when I read some of the most outrageous and angry posts on Blogs which accuse our government of almost everything from genocide to Nazism (the latter insult is usually hurled at anyone supporting redress measures based on race, sex or disability).  If these posters had written the same kind of thing during the apartheid era they would soon have received a visit from the Security Branch. They may even have been arrested or, worse, would have disappeared, never to be heard of again (or their charred bodies found in shallow graves years later).

During the various states of emergency one would never have known what was happening in the country if one only read the newspapers or — god forbid — watched the propaganda on the SABC news programmes. These were all heavily censored and the SABC actively spread false propaganda as part of its total strategy against what the Nats called the “Total Onslaught”. (How quaint and far removed from reality this kind of fascist language sounds today.)

It was only through whispered conversations and by experiencing the disconnect between what was happening around one and what the papers said was happening, that one could get a sense at all of how vicious and brutal the apartheid state was acting in order to try and repress an ever spreading revolt against the state.

Today it would be unthinkable that our government would announce a State of Emergency, that it would send in the army to suburbs around the country to terrorise the majority of citizens and that it would close down newspapers critical of the government. Goodness knows, for those of us who somehow thought South Africa is a special nation (why I can’t for the life of me remember), our government has been a huge disappointment. We expected so much, only to be confronted by a government run by ordinary politicians. After a few years in power, our government started behaving like people in power in many other parts of the world, instead of like the paragons of virtue and the champions of the poor and the marginalised like they promised us they would.

We are just another developing country struggling with the demons of colonialism — albeit one with lots of potential.

But perhaps, as we celebrate Freedom Day, it is important to remember that living in a fairly normal country where politicians lie and cheat and steal, where most citizens try to make a better life for themselves despite the venality of some of their neighbours and many of the politicians, is not that bad — especially for those of us with jobs and access to food and health care. Although many of us — rather naively, perhaps — hoped for better, the working poor and middle classes — including all the white people moaning and complaining about the country “going to the dogs” — are far better off than we were in 1994 (both economically and in terms of our freedom to live our lives as we please). It is the unemployed who have real gripes with our government, but for the moment there has been no sustained and organised revolt against the revolting greed of the politicians and the business class.

But our Constitution is one of the most magnificent legal documents ever created. The judgments of our Constitutional Court are read and studied across the world and have made a real impact on the lives of many (if not enough) citizens. Civil society seems to be emerging from its post-1994 slumber and is stirring, challenging absurd moves by the governing party like the proposed Secrecy Bill and Traditional Courts Bill.

Despite our giggling President who never did answer the corruption charges against him, despite the racisms and sexism and homophobia that still haunt our land, despite the cesspit of corruption seemingly engulfing our Police Service, many South Africans are getting along with life as best they can. More and more of us are realising that our government is not that special, and that we cannot rely on our government alone to improve our lives, that we have to do it for ourselves.


Happy Freedom Day.

  • George Gildenhuys

    “….and that we cannot rely on our government alone to improve our lives, that we have to do it for ourselves.”

    Ivo Vegter had in influence on you then. 😉

    What a poistive post.

    It is being apreciated, sitting in rainy England one sometimes get the image that the entire country is going up in flames.

    Goodnews and positivity is welcome indeed.

  • Pierre De Vos

    Jay Naidoo on our teenage democracy and active citizenship… . .

  • Gwebecimele



    9.1 Mr Ngobeni is not prohibited from practising law in South Africa.

    9.2 Mr Ngobeni was vetted by the Military Intelligence in accordance with the law. The Minister specifically showed the Public Protector the vetting confirmation and related documents. Both the Minister and the documents confirmed that the vetting relied on Mr Ngobeni’s version regarding the circumstances of his departure from the United States of America.

    9.3 No records declaring Mr Ngobeni as a fugitive could be found on the INTERPOL database. This is not surprising as INTERPOL does not list all fugitives from justice and certainly not those responsible for minor infractions.

    9.4 It was established that Mr Ngobeni has since resigned from the Department of Defence and Military Veterans.

    9.5 Mr Ngobeni is a fugitive from justice in the United States of America in that he has failed to appear in Court in the State of Connecticut. A warrant of arrest has been issued.

    9.6 The Government of the Republic of South Africa and Mr Ngobeni entered into an employment contract in accordance with Section 12A (3) (a) of the Public Service Act, as amended.

    9.7 The Minister complied with the applicable legislation, regulations and procedures in the appointment of Mr Ngobeni as her Special Advisor.


    The Public Protector’s findings are the following:

    10.1 Mr Ngobeni has failed to appear in Court in the State of Connecticut and he is a fugitive from justice in the United States of America.

    10.2 While the allegation that Mr Ngobeni is disbarred from practicing law in the State of Connecticut in the United States of America is substantiated, he did resign following a process that sought to disbar him.

    10.3 Mr Ngobeni was vetted in accordance with the applicable provisions of the law. However, the vetting process was not sufficiently thorough as it did not go beyond his word and deal with his fugitive status.

    10.4 The Complainant’s allegations that Mr Ngobeni’s appointment as the Special Advisor to the Minister was irregular and that he was not vetted are unsubstantiated. The Minister accordingly did not fail to comply with the relevant legislation, regulations and procedures for processing the Special Advisor’s appointment.

    10.5 The Minister did not contravene any legislative prescript in Mr Ngobeni’s appointment and she is accordingly not responsible for any maladministration.


    11.1 The appropriate remedial action to be taken in terms of section 182 1) (c) of the Constitution is that the Department of Defence and Military Veterans must take necessary steps to tighten its vetting processes in order to ensure that the gaps, such as those found in Mr Ngobeni’s vetting process, are not experienced in respect of other appointees.


    12.1 The Department of Defence and Military Veterans must submit an action plan in respect of the implementation of the remedial action referred to in paragraph 11 above, to the Public Protector, within 30 days of the date of this report.

    12.2 Thereafter, a progress report must be submitted to the Public Protector within 60 days from the date of this report indicating the progress made with the implementation of the remedial action referred to in paragraph 11 above.

    123 The Public Protector will monitor the progress made in this regard on a quarterly basis.


  • ozoneblue

    Pierre De Vos
    April 26, 2012 at 15:36 pm

    “Jay Naidoo on our teenage democracy and active citizenship… . . ”

    Yet another INDIAN who has bargained his way past his demographic entitlement.

  • andre

    Nice post Prof. When I see Adv Madonsela again, I may suggest she start charging people – a sort of copy-and-paste toll – for each time somebody copies her findings and then paste same here.

  • zdenekv

    @Pierre de Vos :

    “We are just another developing country struggling with the demons of colonialism ….”

    What about the angels of colonialism ? Are there any ?

    What about a slightly more historically nuanced point of view which recognizes that our political system and the public political / moral values we have now have been invented in Europe as a solution to religious strife and turmoil in the 17th century.

    This is an unacknowledged cultural inheritance.

    Why is it not possible to acknowledge this ?

    Because the appropriate response to it would be gratitude and a sense of fellowship and we cannot feel that, can we ?

  • ozoneblue

    April 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    The Internet and modern technology is another demonic colonial legacy that Pierre hates unequivocally as he hammered away on his keyboard.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Zdenekv

    “What about the angels of colonialism ? Are there any ?”

    No, there are none. We progressives all know that colonisation was everwhere and always a unmitigated disaster. (Marx’s praise for the the effects of British colonialism in India was a rare lapse in the master’s judgment.)

    Can it be a coincidence that the one African country that was never colonised (except briefly, by Italy, in the 1930’s), Ethiopia, has been so far ahead of the rest of Africa on almost every developmental metric?


  • ozoneblue

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    April 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Shuttup you. If it wasn’t for colonialism us Boers would still be sitting on the stoep praying for rain puffing on our pipes while our barefoot and pregnant wives applied another layer of cow dung to the kitchen floor.

  • Maggs Naidu –

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    April 27, 2012 at 11:28 am


    “No, there are none.”

    All credit to ASA for sending those angels straight back to heaven.

    Nevertheless, we should all be celebrating colonisation for our individual existence – without it chances are that none of us will be around today.

  • Lisbeth


    “This is an unacknowledged cultural inheritance.”

    Admittedly, there are some ingrates who can’t bring themselves to do just that. But the very existence of our Constitution should be acknowledgement enough, wouldn’t you say?

  • Dmwangi

    Africans would have less problem expressing gratitude if Europeans also acknowledged that African culture at its best can contribute to knowledge. Now watch, as MDF, Brett and co. prove they cannot acknowledge this by providing infinite examples of it at its worst while ignoring, indeed vigorously, denying there is anything good about it.

  • zdenekv

    Lisbeth :

    “But the very existence of our Constitution should be acknowledgement enough, wouldn’t you say”

    No of course it is not enough. The elite view of academics and commentators like Samantha Wise ,which is typical of the view I have in mind ,echoed here by De Vos , sees the western influence as fundamentally evil .The western legacy ( white legacy ) is / has been corrupting because it is through and through oppressive . On this view even cultural imports like our public political culture are part and parcel of colonialism and hence involves oppression ( ‘colonialism of the soul’ ) . Against this sort of background SA constitution is described as ‘made in SA’ full stop and has no connections with the western culture because admitting that it does would challenge the received view about ‘whiteliness’, colonialism etc. But this is a type of lie and not acknowledging these historical roots in question conspires with the liars.

  • zdenekv

    Actually the point I wanted to make was not really about gratitude ets ;that issue is interesting I think but not really that important today especially today. What is or seems more important is that not acknowledging the historical roots of our constitution and the ideas it contains we cannot really understand its significance and how it relates and how we relate to the bigger historical narrative involving enlightenment and cosmopolitanism and the spread of liberal democracy around the world. We as South Africans are now part of it but this fact will remain obscured if the lying and deception continues. Or something like that.

  • ozoneblue

    April 27, 2012 at 21:19 pm

    “Africans would have less problem expressing gratitude if Europeans also acknowledged that African culture at its best can contribute to knowledge.”

    That of course relies on a highly racialised view of humanity in especially what is understood by the terms “African” versus “European”, not to mention “Asian”.

    White supremacists (just like Black Nationalists) tend to insist that Northern Africa is not really representative of “Africa” – i.e. 1000 years of “Arab” oppression. I prefer to see the achievements as well as the failures of all of humanity as a collective effort and I explicitly reject historical scientific racism.

  • Brett Nortje

    zdenekv says:
    April 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Pierre & Co could not even acknowledge that most Africans dispossessed of their land after 1913 recieved compensation for that land – which would have had the nett effect of defusing Juliass’ racial polarisation using the land issue, which saw South Africa being upgraded to Stage 6 of genocide by Genmocide Watch.

    That racial polarisation is the third defining fact of the New South Africa after 6 million HIV infections and 500 000 homicides – both courtesy of the ANC.

  • Brett Nortje

    Dmwangi says:
    April 27, 2012 at 21:19 pm

    Straw man! Straw Man!

    Go whine to your friends on the Swahili Constitutional Law Forum – I do not maintain Africa contributes nothing to knowldge I say you, Mwangi, do not.

  • John Roberts

    Very silly of you to take so lightly the ghastly things your government does.

  • Dmwangi


    Honestly sorry if I misconstrued your views.

    So which aspects of African culture are you grateful for/find admirable?

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    John Roberts
    April 28, 2012 at 15:28 pm

    Hey JR,

    Welcome back – nice to see you again.

    We all missed you.

    Are you still dead?

    Have you met any angels in heaven – hmmm, maybe you’re with the other guy, in which case have you met any fallen angels (of the AXE kind)?

    p.s. What’s news from Down Under (i.e. racist heaven)?

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    Dmwangi, I cannot speak for Brett. But I am forever grateful for UBUNTU, which I now understand, because Archbishop Tutu has helpfully explained it, entails that “I am a person through other people.” In 3000 years of so-called “civilization”, the inhabitants of Europe never grasped the point.

    Thanks very much.

  • Gwebecimele

    Remember Eskom needed those increases like a fish needed water.

    Let us see the sky fall as argued by our learned advocates.

  • Gwebecimele
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  • Brett Nortje

    Gwebecimele, it is a pity few people are looking at the original legislation. The intent was only new roads should be tolled never existing ones.

    We should look at the Amendments. Was the public involved?

    Did the DA vote to extend tolling to existing roads? Can we trust them now to bring all the waste into the open? Look how many vested interests there are to shut any inquiry down. Civil servants’ pension funds own the paper on the ‘Gauteng Highway Improvement Project’. Think they want massive cost overruns brought into the open? Think they want a legal battle between SANRAL and the construction companies that built the highway?
    And, I have seen that highway wrinkle in places like an elephant’s ass.

    The similarities with the FCA is staggering. Not costed properly in the beginning, the spend was not managed. We were lied to right down the straight. And then we are told there has been too much expense to pull the plug.

    Have you ever seen the Auditor-General audit the FCA?

  • Alibama

    }No records declaring Mr Ngobeni as a fugitive could be found on the INTERPOL.
    Naive observations are: wasn’t convicted Cele the boss-of-interpol..
    6 Months after my friend died in Gauteng, and the mad neghbour TOOK his house,
    and I contacted the German embassy to locate the next of kin of the deceased
    in Germany, there was still NO RECORD in the SA-guvmint-dept of Bert’s death.

    }}10.4 The Complainant’s allegations that Mr Ngobeni’s appointment
    as the Special Advisor to the Minister was irregular and that he was
    not vetted are unsubstantiated. The Minister accordingly did not fail
    to comply with the relevant legislation, regulations and procedures
    for processing the Special Advisor’s appointment.{{
    No!! You incompetent skaaps. Now your FALSE statement becomes a
    fact-in-law; whereas merely it was-not-proved that the Minister crapped.

    }} 11.1 The appropriate remedial action to be taken in terms of section 182 1)
    (c) of the Constitution is that the Department of Defence and Military.
    Veterans must take necessary steps to tighten its vetting processes…{{

    Like the mag-statute that you adjusted after a generation, resulting from the
    ‘Jaftha’ exposure. And what about my exposure of Sheriff auction scamms?
    Dmwangi]]So which aspects of African culture are you grateful for/find admirable?
    I refuse to stroke you. OTOH imitation is the real/only mark of admiration.
    I don’t know what SA TV shows you people, but apparently you missed the big
    global story, of Charles Taylor’s ‘guilty-of-genocide-assisting’ finding.
    The reason why BBC made a BBIIGG story about it, was that it’s part of the.
    western global effort to impress on the ‘Africans’ [it’s PeeCee hypocracy
    to name a race as a geography, but I don’t want people to fall over, if I
    use the correct N-word] that the BIG-MAN syndrome won’t be tolerated.

    With the golliwogs flooding into Europe and the spread of disease, we
    have to think globally. We started this project a decade or more ago
    and we’re looking a few decades ahead [contrary to PdV who doesn’t even
    acknowledge that the disasterous education system of the ANC rule will
    guarantee a rapid degeneration of SA over the next 30++ years].

    PdV’s economic analysis is truly embarrasing; considering the nice legal
    arguments which he usually writes. I’m going to speculate that he didn’t
    pass maths at school, because he uses only short inference chains, as is
    often sufficient for law. That mode of thinking doesn’t allow one to
    understand the feedback loops in economic systems [and many other.
    systems, studied by ‘scientists’].

    Perhaps that’s why law has to be based on precedent, and an I-don’t-know
    -why-but-that’s-always-how-it’s-been-done view; since you can’t expect
    the judges to know about physics, biology, economics etc.
    — It’s not easy; but the weather is nice. —

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Brett

    “Did the DA vote to extend tolling to existing roads?”

    Brett, you are never going to convince Gwebe or me or anyone that the DA is a good party because it opposes tolling. DA pretends to oppose tolling because it want to project a populist image. I bet you if, G-D forbid, DA ever came to power, it would not only toll the highways, but also impose heavy tolls on urban pavements and sidewalks, so as to reserve them de facto for its rich WHITIST constituency!

  • ozoneblue

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    April 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I have two words. Chapman’s Peak.

  • eagleowl

    OB – the Chapman’s Peak debacle is a direct result of a ridiculous contract agreed to by the ANC, who were in power in WC when that agreement was reached. That contract runs to 2030 (I’m open to correction here). And, no, I don’t support the building of any office block in the Nature Reserve, but we are stuck with what the then Provincial Government agreed to.

  • Lisbeth

    Alibama says
    April 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Ansonsten, Herr Lutter, ist alles in Butter.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    April 29, 2012 at 10:44 am


    “impose heavy tolls on urban pavements and sidewalks, so as to reserve them de facto for its rich WHITIST constituency!”

    You mean REFUGEE TOLLS, don’t you?

  • Gwebecimele
  • Brett Nortje

    En nou. tjom? Hoe dikwels hoor mens daardie deel van die waarheid?

    eagleowl says:
    April 29, 2012 at 15:38 pm

  • ozoneblue

    “Businessman Sandile Zungu – who is also the secretary-general of the Black Business Council, a mouthpiece for black business – said the state has also let black people down by failing to use its buying power or procurement capacity to put more wealth in their hands. ”


    “The state should say you cannot tender for certain contracts unless you have an AAA+ rating,” he said.”

    Sure – let the middle class continue to pillage the economy, prosper through over-indulgence their wanton greed and corruption. It will be those services that aught to have been delivered to the masses, the poor and the most vulnerable that will suffer but the truth is nobody gives a fuck about them.

  • Brett Nortje

    ozoneblue says:
    April 29, 2012 at 11:13 am

    “I have two words. Chapman’s Peak.”


  • Brett Nortje

    Hau, Batho!

    AUBREY MATSHIQI: Muti more important than cash in ANC battles

    Is it not possible that, in the minds of some in Limpopo, the
    battle for Mangaung has entered a phase in which witchcraft may
    become the weapon of choice in some ANC factional battles?

    Published: 2012/04/30 08:12:19 AM

    AFTER the appeals committee of the African National Congress
    (ANC) announced the expulsion of the president of its youth
    league, Julius Malema, there was another call for people to
    gather in celebration of his downfall.

    Not too long ago, a similar announcement was greeted with
    celebrations by the anti-Malema group, which culminated in fist
    fights and gunfire outside the Seshego home of Malema’s
    grandmother. These chaotic scenes were preceded by a mock funeral
    procession with the “mourners” carrying a coffin which, according
    to them, contained the corpse of Malema’s political career. To
    cut a long story short, one of the mourners was crushed to death
    by a heavy machine at work. According to reports I have not
    verified independently, this death followed a speech by Malema at
    a funeral. Apparently, he said it was ill-advised for people to
    engage in provocative political celebrations outside the home of
    a sangoma.

    While I have been able to verify that Malema’s grandmother is a
    sangoma, it would be extremely mischievous even to insinuate that
    Malema or his grandmother had anything to do with the tragic
    accident. But, is it a coincidence that last week’s call for
    anti-Malema celebrations received very little support? Is it not
    possible that, in the minds of some in Limpopo, the battle for
    Mangaung has entered a phase in which witchcraft may become the
    weapon of choice in some ANC factional battles? As I have said
    before, in politics it matters less that a perception is not
    grounded in truth and much more that it can influence the choices
    of political actors.

    Before I forget, there is a need to distinguish between good muti
    and bad muti, as the colonial and colonised mind tend to think
    that muti is always used in pursuit of ends that are evil in
    intention. It is for this reason that no distinction is made
    between traditional healers, who use muti for healing, and
    abathakathi, who use muti to cause harm.

    This column, however, is about people who consult traditional
    healers for protection, predictions, the identification of
    threats and for muti that will help them neutralise real and
    perceived threats. In politics – and I can evince no scientific
    evidence to support my contention – there are times when muti is
    part of the repertoire of a political strategist. Therefore,
    reliance on political intelligence is not always enough. If I am
    correct, muti is going to be as important, if not more important,
    in internal ANC battles than money, intelligence and the balance
    of support.

    The problem, however, is that muti and the predictive powers of a
    traditional healer, combined with dubious intelligence reports,
    may cause very high levels of paranoia. In other words, an
    overdose of muti and intelligence reports has been known to come
    with serious political side effects.

    These side effects can cause political actors to make poor
    strategic and tactical choices in response to perceived political

    Can you imagine the effect of an intelligence report that places
    the enemies of a key political actor in a meeting called to plot
    his political demise? It will not matter at all that the said
    conspirators cannot be at more than one place at the same time if
    the plot is confirmed by a healer in whose interests it is for
    the paranoid political actor to come back for more potent and
    expensive muti. In short, there are times when the political
    stakes are so high that some intelligence operatives and muti
    consultants will profit from telling political players what they
    want to hear. As they say, the fact that you are not paranoid
    does not mean that your enemies are not out to get you.

    If you are a leading player in ANC factional battles, feel free
    to be sceptical about what I am saying. But you must be careful
    because your political enemies are busy framing this column and
    making copies for their friends.

    In case you are interested, Mphephethwa, my muti consultant at
    the Mayimayi Hostel in Johannesburg, says every political
    commentator needs protection from factionalists.

    Steven, Somadoda, Eusebius and Karima, when shall we five meet
    . Matshiqi is research fellow at the Helen Suzman Foundation.

  • Brett Nortje

    Vervolgingsgesag-hoë geskors
    2012-04-30 12:13

    Adv. Glynnis Breytenbach, streekhoof van die nasionale vervolgingsgesag (NVG) se gespesialiseerde handelsmisdaadeenheid, is Maandagoggeng met haar aankoms op kantoor met betaling geskors.

    Die NVG se besluit om Breytenbach te skors hangende ’n ondersoek na haar beweerde magsmisbruik in die ondersoek na die Kumba/Imperial Crown Trading-mynsaak kom byna drie maande nadat sy gevra is om redes te gee hoekom sy nie geskors moet word nie.

    “Die skorsing is vir my ’n verrassing.

    “Dit is vir my baie sleg dat my reputasie as onberispelike aanklaer hierdeur op die spel geplaas word, maar ek is oortuig daarvan dat ek sal bewys dat ek my aan geen van die aantygings skuldig gemaak het nie,” het Breytenbach by navraag gesê.

    Volgens mnr. Gerhard Wagenaar, haar regsverteenwoordiger, het die NVG in Breytenbach se skorsingsbrief geen melding gemaak van ’n tugverhoor teen haar nie, maar bloot verwys na ’n ondersoek.

  • Brett Nortje

    Gwebe, please start reminding everyone about the fraud and collusion in the construction of the World Cup venues…

    EDITORIAL: No real winners in e-toll debacle

    Gauteng needs to deal with its chronic road congestion problem
    sooner rather than later

    Published: 2012/04/30 08:24:11 AM

    THE urgent interdict granted by the North Gauteng High Court on
    Saturday, halting the province’s contentious e-tolling project,
    reinforces the precedent set in recent months concerning the
    judiciary’s obligation to review decisions taken by the executive
    branch of government.

    It had been argued before the court – rather halfheartedly, it
    seemed to many – that a ruling that stopped the project would be
    unprecedented, implying the judge should tread carefully lest he
    open a Pandora’s box that could prevent effective governance if
    those who disagreed with government policy were encouraged to
    constantly challenge it in the courts.

    This was not dissimilar to the line taken by President Jacob Zuma
    and senior officials in the government and the African National
    Congress, when they criticised the judiciary for overturning
    executive decisions such as the scrapping of the Scorpions
    investigative unit, the argument being that the doctrine of the
    separation of powers obliged the judiciary to refrain from
    involving itself in policy matters.

    This stance has since been softened, with the terms of the
    much-anticipated review of appeal court rulings avoiding any
    suggestion that judges be prevented from holding the executive to
    account and explicitly acknowledging the supremacy of the
    Constitutional Court in interpreting the constitution. But that
    did not stop the Gauteng toll project’s proponents from raising
    the possible dire implications for governance as one of their
    arguments for why the urgent application should fail.

    Judge Bill Prinsloo was having none of it, though, explaining
    that while he was alive to the implications for the South African
    National Roads Agency (Sanral) and the Treasury if tolling did
    not go ahead as planned, this had to be balanced against the
    likelihood that many of those with no option but to use the roads
    would suffer real hardship.

    Assuming that neither the government nor Sanral appeals against
    the ruling, the decision-making process that led to the granting
    of multibillion-rand contracts to run the e-toll system and
    collect the resulting revenue will now be subjected to judicial
    review. In particular, those who have opposed the imposition of
    tolls on an existing road network and questioned the rationality
    of the chosen electronic monitoring system, want complete
    transparency on the ultimate beneficiaries of the contracts, what
    alternatives were considered and why they were rejected.

    More sunlight cast on such matters is never a bad thing,
    especially as the allegation is that the cost of collecting the
    toll fees matches the amount invested in improving the roads in
    question. If this is so, there are indeed legitimate questions to
    be asked concerning efficiency and costs versus benefits, quite
    apart from the issue of whether imposing tolls on existing roads
    is justifiable when there are no practical alternative routes for
    many regular users and public transport options are inadequate,
    to put it mildly.

    Sanral has been left with egg on its face, not to mention a
    R200m-a-month headache in the form of the repayments it is
    contractually obliged to make to service the considerable debt
    raised to fund the toll project. This will certainly place its
    credit rating in jeopardy, with implications for the interest
    rate it pays going forward, and will undoubtedly demand that the
    Treasury step in with some sort of commitment to prevent a
    default. That has budgetary implications for the country that
    cannot be lightly dismissed. Unless grounds are discovered during
    the review process that justify the cancellation of the contracts
    Sanral has signed without penalty, that money too will have to be
    found somewhere.

    So while the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance is justified in
    celebrating its victory over bureaucratic arrogance and an
    authoritarian approach to governance, no real winners will
    emerge. An increased Gauteng fuel levy may prove the best
    compromise in the short term while the court review takes place,
    but it too has its problems and may be challengeable on the basis
    that it is a blunt instrument that would force a considerable
    number of motorists who do not use the improved roads to pay
    anyway via their fuel bills. It is not beyond the realms of
    possibility that, even if the review uncovers flaws in the
    consultative and decision-making processes Sanral followed, it
    may not establish sufficient grounds to justify the cancellation
    of the e-toll contracts.

    In that case, the cost implications may leave the Gauteng
    government little option but to proceed with a revised toll plan
    that includes a toll collection process and rates that are more
    acceptable to the public, in conjunction with an improved public
    transport system.

    That may not be the worst outcome in the long run, especially
    since the user-pays principle remains sound despite the apparent
    flawed implementation of e-tolls in Gauteng. The province needs
    to deal with its chronic road congestion problem sooner rather
    than later, and a sophisticated electronic toll system could
    prove invaluable in this regard once a proper public transport
    alternative is in place.

  • vuyo

    the etolling judgment is certainly wrong pierre. What are your views PdV

  • Alibama

    ozoneblue noted that
    “Businessman Sandile Zungu – who is also the secretary-general of
    the Black Business Council, a mouthpiece for black business – said
    the state has also let black people down by failing to use its buying
    power or procurement capacity to put more wealth in their hands. ”
    Good that you TOO found this the hi-lite of the article.
    Pity that stars like PdV don’t realise the magic of the market: that as
    white skills get driven out of the country, the remaining ones’ price is
    automatically bid up. And as golliwogs flood in from Zim etc. black
    remuneration gets bid down. So that the problematic wealth-gap increases,
    untill there are no visible white to compare with.
    It’s interesting to see some understanding from the ‘competition authority’.
    How can they co-exist with the ANC/SACP. The old NP also didn’t understand
    supply and demand. Except the ‘boss man’ of SAN-LAM?TAN who wrote “assault
    on free enterprise”. He was brillliant. What was his name – again?
    Of course a proper, open, transparent TENDER can’t be corrupt, by definition.
    As Obama [no doubt guided by his advisers] told: Africa doesn’t need BIG men,
    it needs working systems..

  • ozoneblue

    April 30, 2012 at 20:31 pm

    “The old NP also didn’t understand supply and demand. ”

    I would say that is one of the very few strenghts of the old NP. That is why we had the most powerful economy in Africa before we capitulated before the overwhelming neoliberal forces and deservedly got arse-raped back in 1999.

  • Brett Nortje

    Attitude of impunity grows in the kleptocratic state:

    Agtervolgers skiet glo op Breytenbach

    2012-04-30 20:27
    Adriaan Basson, City Press

    Johannesburg – Twee skote is onlangs op die geskorste teenkorrupsie-aanklaer Glynnis Breytenbach afgevuur terwyl sy huis toe bestuur het, het sy aan City Press gesê.

    Breytenbach, wat die saak teen die misdaad-intelligensiehoof Richard Mdluli waargeneem het tot die saak in Desember teruggetrek is, is Maandagoggend deur die nasionale vervolgingsgesag (NVG) geskors.

    Sy het aan City Press gesê sy is oortuig die skietery hou verband met haar werk.

    “Ek word al geruime tyd agtervolg. Dit het laat die aand op 11 April op die N14 gebeur terwyl ek huis toe bestuur het. Twee skote is afgevuur, maar albei was mis.”

    Breytenbach sê sy het die skietery aan die Valke gerapporteer, maar beweer sy word steeds agtervolg.

    Twee BMW-motorfietse het haar verlede Woensdagoggend na bewering van die pad probeer druk terwyl sy op pad was huis toe van ‘n gimnasium af, het die koerant berig.

    “‘n Metropolisiemotor het verbygery en hulle het opgehou,” het sy gesê.

    Breytenbach is die hoof van die NVG se gespesialiseerde handelsmisdaadeenheid in Pretoria.

    – Lees hier meer.

    – Volg Nuus24 op Twitter.

    – City Press

  • Alibama

    vuyo says:”the etolling judgment is certainly wrong pierre..
    What are your views PdV”.
    But do they KNOW about e-tolling and the municipal billing crisis down there
    in DA land? Do you think they’d understand the HIV crisis in Iceland?

  • andre

    Most of you deserve a fail! Some have passed, but only marginally. On the criteria of purpose: most fail. On the score of assumptions, a fail. On implications and consequence of your argument, a fail. On assumptions, another fail. On conclusions and interpretation, a bad fail. On point of view, another bad fail. On clearness, accuracy, sufficiency, depth and breadth, a bad fail. Precision, another fail. Most of you write shit. Go away!

  • bob

    “anyone supporting redress measures based on race, sex or disability” don’t redress measures imply they were once disadvantaged. I can see it partially on race but not on gender or possible disability. Besides if you are disabled you don’t get any BEE points anyways.

  • ozoneblue

    May 1, 2012 at 13:59 pm

    “On the score of *assumptions*, a fail. On implications and consequence of your argument, a fail. On *assumptions*, another fail.”

    On the score of repetitiveness I assume we fail even more badly.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Andre

    “On the score of *assumptions*, a fail. On implications and consequence of your argument, a fail. On *assumptions*, another fail.”

    Andre, with respect, you may not be aware that one of most prolific contributors, Dmwangi, holds a degree from arguably the finest graduate institution in the northern hemisphere. It therefore seems a trifle presumptuous of you to be “scoring” his handiwork. It seems fitting that you apologise.


  • joeslis

    “It seems fitting that you apologise”

    Really, MDF, you’ve got a nerve. Have you even considered that “andre” may just be the chancellor of arguably the finest graduate institution in the Southern Hemispere, and thus has every right to censor our “shit”?

    That aside, “andre” clearly stated that MOST, not all of us, write shit. He did not single out the contributions of the erudite Dmwangi. Rather, one would imagine that you yourself, MDF, were one of the objects of his displeasure.

    In future, as suggested by “andre”, you should strive to stick to the subject under discussion and steer clear of irrelevant topics such as “whitishness”, “liberals” and “the illegal Zionist Entity”, some or all of which may or may not cause offence to others.

    I bid you a good day, Sir.

  • Brett Nortje

    Hah! Dworky, there seems to be a concerted campaign to derail (or if they cannot derail, delegitimise) your advanced studies in ‘whitishness’!

    Do not be deterred. I, similarly, am not taken in by the belated and public epiphanies that I am usually right.

    ‘Mine enemies enemy…’ What?

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    Joeslis, I leave it to Andre to clarify whether he meant to cast a shadow upon Dmwangi’s contributions. As for the last paragraph of your posting, I make no apologies for exposing the sheer LIBERAL WHITISM that blights so many of the contributions to this blog. And I stand by my claim that the IZE has played a part in undermining the leadership of President Assad and his reasonably attractive spouse.

  • joeslis

    @ MDF

    I said good day, Sir!

  • Gwebecimele

    Is this another Glenister or are we going to ignore this one ?

  • Gwebecimele
  • Brett Nortje

    Idiots guide to kleptocracy

    ‘Vervolg Mdluli of ék sal’

    2012-05-02 06:10
    Sonja Carstens

    ’n Week voor haar skorsing het adv. Glynnis Breytenbach ’n ultimatum aan die nasionale vervolgingsgesag (NVG) gestel om die besluit om lt.genl. Richard Mdluli nie te vervolg nie, te hersien of sy neem dit op hersiening hof toe.

    Beeld verneem vanuit verskeie bronne Breytenbach, geskorste streekhoof van die gespesialiseerde handelsmisdaadeenheid, het op 24 April ’n memorandum met dié ultimatum aan adv. Nomgcobo Jiba, waarnemende hoof van die NVG, gegee.

    Mnr. Gerhard Wagenaar, Breytenbach se regsverteenwoordiger, het bevestig sy het Jiba voor haar skorsing in ’n memorandum gevra om die besluit oor Mdluli se vervolging te heroorweeg, maar wou nie sê of regstappe gedoen sal word as dit nie gebeur nie.

    Beeld verneem in die memorandum het Breytenbach volgehou sy glo daar is ’n prima facie-saak van bedrog en korrupsie teen Mdluli en daarom gevra Jiba moet adv. Lawrence Mrwebi, direkteur van die gespesialiseerde handelsmisdaadeenheid, se besluit om die saak terug te trek, hersien.

    Anders, het Breytenbach gesê, sou sy nie skroom om die weiering om te vervolg op hersiening na die hof te neem nie.

    As dit gebeur, sal Breytenbach die eerste aanklaer in die Suid-Afrikaanse regsgeskiedenis wees wat haar werkgewer se vervolgingsbesluit in ’n hof betwis omdat sy meen dit druis in teen die grondwetlike eed wat sy as aanklaer afgelê het.

    Aanklaers lê ’n eed af om sonder vrees of vooroordeel te vervolg en nie toe te laat dat onbehoorlike faktore hul oordeel beïnvloed nie.

    Jiba het Breytenbach eergister geskors. Die NVG het tot dusver herhaaldelik ontken dat Breytenbach se volharding in die Mdluli-saak enigsins
    met haar skorsing verband hou.

    Die NVG beweer Breytenbach word ondersoek weens haar beweerde magsmisbruik in die Kumba/Imperial Crown Trading (ICT)-saak.

    Hoewel Breytenbach se skorsingsbrief 23 April gedateer is, is dit eers eergister by haar aankoms op kantoor aan haar beteken, het Wagenaar gesê.

    Breytenbach het haar hoof verlede week by drie verskillende geleenthede gesien, maar geen melding van haar skorsing is gemaak nie.

    Twee BMW-motorfietse het op 25 April probeer om Breytenbach se motor van die pad af te druk toe sy na ’n gimnasium in Centurion gery het.

    Op 11 April is daar laatnag twee skote op haar motor geskiet op ’n afrit van die N14 toe sy op pad huis toe was.

    Breytenbach het albei voorvalle by die Valke aangemeld, maar nie klagte by die polisie ingedien nie omdat sy nie kon sien wie haar aanvallers was nie. Sy glo albei voorvalle was pogings om haar te intimideer.

    Breytenbach het gister alle navrae na Wagenaar verwys.

    Adv. Mthunzi Mhaga, NVG-woordvoerder, het Mrwebi se besluit vroeër verdedig en gesê die NVG staan daarby.

    Volgens Mhaga is daar “onvoldoende relevante en bruikbare bewyse” in die Mdluli-saak.

    Me. Bulelwa Makeke, kommunikasiehoof van die NVG, het gister gesê hulle gaan nie nou kommentaar oor die kwessie lewer nie.

  • Gwebecimele
  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    May 1, 2012 at 18:29 pm


    “Really, MDF, you’ve got a nerve.”


    We all think that Dworky should start his own blog.

    What do you think?

    Dmwangi has made valuable contributions here – we have all learned a lot from him, even though not all of us are young.

    Did you know that the Father of Africa, Idi Amin, practised UBUNTU?

    Andre would have been quite correct in selecting Dworky as the object of his displeasure and extremely wise “not single out the contributions of the erudite Dmwangi.”

    It’s also good to see that you are impressed at the graduate school which Dm attended (you must be a WHITE person) like many here are.

  • Gwebecimele
  • Michael Osborne

    Aside from the legalities, is there not an argument that it is quite appropriate that those who actually use the roads on a daily basis should pay for the maintenance thereof – rather than having the cost financed out of general revenues? I am thinking especially of the freight haulers. One of the ways to incentivise companies who move freight on huge road-churning, planet destroying, trucks to switch to rail would be such user fees, I would think.

  • Gwebecimele

    @ MO

    Is rail ready & available to allow the switch?

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    Michael Osborne
    May 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    LOL Prof MO,

    “One of the ways to incentivise companies who move freight on huge road-churning, planet destroying, trucks to switch to rail would be such user fees”.

    You made a funny!


  • Brett Nortje

    Yup, Gwebecimele is right. The pre-Gigaba ANC ran the railways into the ground.

    I hope Eric van Lustbader’s Ninja is on Gigaba’s reading list.

  • Gwebecimele
  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    Brett Nortje
    May 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hey G,

    “The pre-Gigaba ANC ran the railways into the ground.”

    Maybe you want to re-think that.

    Under the watchful eye, of the celebrated Ms Ramos, Transnet went (according to most reviews) to a really, really good institution.

    Ms Ramos became a sought after top executive the world over.

    So why do you say that the railways have been run into the ground?

    Even the erudite and dapper Prof MO thinks our railways are an actual alternative to our roads!

  • Gwebecimele

    @ Brett

    The MOB will respond.

  • Gwebecimele

    Very sad ending to what could have been a service delivery agent. I believe he was not the worst of cabinet.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Gwebe

    “I believe he was not the worst of cabinet.”

    High praise indeed!

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    MO is right to seek alternative to our congested roads. I say tolling will incentivize green-friendly alternatives. On a visit to the Peruvian Andes in 2007, I was impressed to see that a fair proportion of local produce is still borne by Llamas.

    Maggs, WDYS?

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    May 2, 2012 at 11:55 am


    You should start your own satellite blog!

    It’s not right to insult White people even where they work.

    p.s. “a fair proportion of local produce is still borne by Llamas” – well FYI, Llamas are not welcome here, especially if they have a first name like Dalai.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    Maggs, as a rule I prefer to insult whitists where they work. I like to spare them the humiliation of being insulted in front of their families. Also, at their offices, workshops or factories, they are most likely to readily access the professional support they may need to cope with the trauma of my harsh disparagement.

  • Brett Nortje

    Maggs, that is why – and how – you are in large part responsible for the trollery this blog has become.

  • Gwebecimele

    @ MDF

    Exactly, for once you quoted me correctly.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    Brett Nortje
    May 2, 2012 at 13:33 pm

    Hey G,

    I’m not sure what you mean.

    I assume that you are insulting me. Again!

    p.s. Do think about starting your own satellite blog or join Dworky. WDYS?

  • Brett Nortje

    Murder and robbery in South Africa: The ‘Why?’

    ‘Grond gesien as oorlogsbuit’
    2012-05-03 07:13

    André le Roux

    Die regering se planne om die beginsel van gewillige koper/gewillige verkoper te misken, wek die indruk dat grond as “oorlogsbuit” verdeel word, sê die Afrikanerbond (AB).

    Dié siening is vervat in die aanhef tot die AB se “bloudruk vir landelike ontwikkeling en grondhervorming”, wat tans vir bespreking onder die organisasie se lede versprei word.

    Die AB sê benewens plase, baan die regering se groenskrif oor grondhervorming die weg vir “ingrypende nasionalisering op elke vlak van die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing”.

    Dié AB-bloudruk is in reaksie op die regering se groenskrif oor grondhervorming wat einde verlede jaar die lig gesien het.

    Een van die groot punte van verskil tussen die regering en die AB is dat swart mense (met inbegrip van stamgrond) reeds 55% van grond in die land besit en nie 8% soos wat pres. Jacob Zuma in sy staatsrede op 9 Februarie gesê het nie.

    Daarby het meer as 50% van die regering se hervormingsinisiatiewe reeds “klaaglik misluk”, sê die AB.

    “Kundigheid, finansies, bates, geleenthede en intellektuele kapitaal het (in die regering) geswig en verdwyn voor ideologie, korrupsie, eendimensionele insig, swak oordeel, gierigheid, onbekwaamheid, vergeldingsdrang en rassisme.”

    Die grootste probleem in die groenskrif is die regering se “skeefgetrekte” geskiedenisbeskouing dat alle wit mense grond onregmatig bekom het en dat dit histories aan swart mense behoort, sê die AB.

    In sy bloudruk doen die AB onder meer 37 beginsels vir grondhervorming aan die hand en steun hy sterk op die grondwetlike bepaling teen die arbitrêre vervreemding van grond.

    Die regering se groenskrif word op “verskeie terreine” as “ongrondwetlik” veroordeel.

    “Die groenskrif speel in die hande van diegene wat Suid-Afrika sien as net ’n tuiste vir die swart bevolking en dat die ander gemeenskappe net geduld word,” sê die AB.

  • Brett Nortje

    The struggle for the heart and soul of South Africa: Murder and robbery – the ‘How?’

    ‘Polisie bewapen boewe’
    2012-05-02 22:36

    Ügen Vos

    Die polisie bewapen misdadigers met die grootskaalse diefstal van gewere en patrone wat deur die polisie uitgereik is.

    So het dr. Johan Burger, ’n senior navorser by die Instituut vir Sekerheidstudie (ISS), gister gewaarsku.

    Hy het gereageer nadat dit aan die lig gekom het dat bykans 200 000 patrone blykbaar spoorloos by die polisie se vuurwapenopleidingskole in Gauteng verdwyn het.

    Terselfdertyd het lt.genl. Mzwandile Petros, Gautengse polisiehoof, in Pretoria gesê polisie-, metropolisie- en veiligheidsbeamptes wat by misdaad betrokke is, lewer van die meeste misdaadvoorvalle in Gauteng op.

    Hy het gesê die polisie is siek en sat van korrupte polisielede.

    Volgens me. Kate Lorimer, DA-woordvoerder oor gemeenskapsveiligheid in Gauteng, het die polisie reeds verlede jaar ’n sensitiewe ondersoek begin om vas te stel wat van dié patrone geword het, maar hulle het glo geen verdagtes nie.

    Sowat 100 000 patrone vir onder meer R5-aanvalsgewere, ­haelgewere en handwapens het glo by ’n opleidingskool in Soweto verdwyn.

    Kort tevore het sowat 88 000 patrone vir R5-aanvalsgewere glo by ’n opleidingskool in Benoni verdwyn.

    Lorimer het gesê ’n “burgeroorlog of twee” sou met die ­vermiste patrone begin kon word.

    Beeld verneem sommige lede van die twee skole is intussen na ander polisiekantore verplaas.

    Lt.kol. Tshisikhawe Ndou en kapt. Pinky Tsinyane, Gautengse polisiewoordvoerders, het alle navrae verwys na brig. Neville Malila, hoof van die Gauteng-polisie se kommunikasiedienste, maar hy kon teen druktyd nie vir kommentaar bereik word nie.

    “So skokkend soos hierdie voorval mag wees, help dit eintlik nie om net na ’n enkele voorval te kyk nie,” het Burger gister gesê.

    “Daar is jaarliks iets soos 2 500 gewere in die polisie se besit wat verloor word.

    “Hiervan word net sowat 10% ooit teruggevind.

    “’n Mens kan jouself seker net verbeel wat van al hierdie wapens word en afvra hoeveel in misdadigers se hande beland – so in ’n sekere sin dra die polisie eintlik in ’n groot mate by tot die bewapening van misdadigers.”

    Kol. Vishnu Naidoo, nasionale polisiewoordvoerder, het nie gister op navrae rondom hierdie kwessies gereageer nie.

    Polisie, padvalke pleeg baie misdaad
    2012-05-02 22:40

    Hilda Fourie

    Polisie-, metropolisie- en veiligheidsbeamptes wat by misdaad betrokke is, lewer van die meeste misdaadvoorvalle in Gauteng op.

    Lt.genl. Mzwandile Petros, Gautengse polisiehoof, het gister op ’n mediakonferensie van die Nasionale Persklub in Pretoria gesê dít is waarom die Gautengse polisiebestuur genadeloos is wanneer wetstoepassers vasgetrek word weens hul beweerde betrokkenheid by misdaad.

    “Die bedrog en misdadigheid onder polisielede en misdadigers wat uniforms dra – of hulle nou wetstoepassers is of nie – genereer van die meeste voorvalle van misdaad in Gauteng,” het Petros gesê.

    “Ons is siek en sat vir polisielede wat korrup is. As daar korrupte lede onder ons is, is dit beter dat hulle die plek verlaat, want hulle gaan gearresteer word.”

    Van 1 September 2010 tot 5 April vanjaar is 634 polisie­beamptes in Gauteng in hegtenis geneem. Van dié 634 beamptes is 362 terug by die werk en 272 ontslaan.

    95 is ontslaan weens korrupsie en bedrog­verwante klagte; 25 weens regsverydeling; 59 weens misdade wat verband hou met diefstal, die besit van gesteelde goedere en roof; 47 weens moord, ernstige aanranding en poging tot moord; en 46 weens klagte soos dat hulle aan diens geslaap het, dwelms besit het of hulle wangedra het.

    Petros het gesê toe hy in September 2010 as polisiehoof begin werk het, het hy baie oproepe gekry oor lede wat betrokke is by moord, huisroof­-togte en rooftogte by onder­nemings.

    Deesdae is daar minder ernstige klagte soos oor die misbruik van staatsvoertuie of ­lede wat dronk aan diens is.

    Petros het gesê as inwoners die sektorpolisielede in hul omgewing leer ken, sal dit keer dat polisielede by misdaad betrokke raak.

    Elke polisiewyk word in sektore verdeel. Spesifieke polisielede met ’n voertuig en selfoon word toegewys om ’n sektor te patrolleer.

    Inwoners kan dié selfoonnommer in die voertuig bel. “Daar was ’n geval waar polisielede van Krugersdorp ’n onderneming in die Johannesburgse middestad wou beroof.

    “Toe die eienaar hulle nie herken nie, het hy die sektorpolisielede gebel.

    “Dit was snaaks hoe die polisielede in uniform weghardloop vir hul kollegas in uniform,” het Petros gesê. “Mense moet die polisielede in hul sektor op hul voorname ken.”

    Volgens Petros patrolleer 41 000 polisielede Gauteng met sy 13 miljoen inwoners.

    1 200 voertuie patrolleer die provinsie se sektore.

    Nog 100 voertuie van die Gautengse blitspatrollie en K9-eenheid is op die hoofweë.

  • Brett Nortje

    The struggle for the heart and soul of South Africa: Murder and robbery – ‘Covering the tracks’

    ‘Wys die dossier!’

    2012-05-02 22:36
    Sonja Carstens

    ’n Voormalige adjunkhoof van die nasionale vervolgingsgesag (NVG) daag die vervolger uit om in nasionale belang die bedrog- en korrupsiedossier teen lt.genl. Richard Mdluli bekend te maak.

    Adv. Jan Henning SC, voormalige adjunkhoof van die NVG, sê dit kan nie ligtelik opgeneem word dat adv. Glynnis Breytenbach, geskorste streekhoof van die gespesialiseerde handelsmisdaadeenheid, eis dat die NVG sy besluit hersien om die hoof van misdaadintelligensie te vervolg nie.

    Breytenbach, wat 25 jaar ervaring as aanklaer het, het dié vervolging gelei en meen daar is ’n prima facie-saak teen Mdluli. Die NVG het haar vandeesweek met betaling geskors hangende ’n tugondersoek na haar beweerde magsmisbruik in die Kumba/Imperial Crown Trading-bedrogondersoek.

    “Die NVG se hantering van die Mdluli-saak skep wantroue in die hele strafregstelsel. Hier heers ’n uitsonderlike situasie waar ’n aanklaer haar loopbaan op die spel plaas omdat sy so sterk voel oor die meriete van die saak en haar grondwetlike plig om te vervolg,” sê Henning.

    Volgens hom is die openbare bekendmaking van die dossierinhoud die enigste manier om vrae uit die weg te ruim as Mdluli nie vervolg word nie.

    Die saak teen Mdluli en kol. Heine Barnard, sy medebeskuldigde en ook van die polisie se misdaadintelligensie-eenheid, is in Desember verlede jaar voorlopig teruggetrek.

    Adv. Lawrence Mrwebi, direkteur van die gespesialiseerde handelsmisdaadeenheid, het intussen die ondersoek afgesluit met sy besluit om Mdluli nie te vervolg nie.

    Breytenbach het op 24 April in ’n memorandum gevra dat adv. Nomgcobo Jiba, waarnemende hoof van die NVG, Mrwebi se besluit moet hersien. Indien nie, sal sy dit in die hof op hersiening neem.

    Prof. Koos Malan, dosent in publiekreg aan die Universiteit van Pretoria (UP), het gesê Breytenbach is as aanklaer in ’n baie beter posisie as haar hoof om te besluit oor vervolging.

    “’n Mens sou verwag dat daar vir die NVG gevaarligte flikker nadat die appèlhof opdrag gegee het dat alle tersaaklike dokumentasie wat tot die terugtrekking van die korrupsie-aanklagte teen pres. Jacob Zuma gelei het, aan die DA oorhandig moet word.

    “Die NVG se ingesteldheid behoort eerder te wees om openbare figure te vervolg sodat ’n hof oor die meriete van die saak kan beslis.”

    Volgens hom word die indruk gewek dat die NVG iemand na aan die staat spaar en word die vervolger se integriteit in gedrang gebring.

    “As die NVG met sy besluit volstaan, kan enige ander organisasie of lid van die publiek, nie net Breytenbach nie, dit op hersiening neem. Die NVG maak sy flanke baie wyd oop,” het Malan gewaarsku.

  • Gwebecimele

    On cofusion Day. Poor Craven must clean up after the party.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Pierre

    “Today it would be unthinkable . . .that (govt) send in the army to suburbs around the country to terrorise the majority of citizens”

    True. But is is not quite thinkable that govt would today send in the army to squatter camps (admittedly, not suburbs) to townships and squatter camps around the country to terrorism at least a (poor) “minority” of citizens … ?

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    Hey Dworky,

    Do you think it’s appropriate when cornered, to invoke the Ghost of Juju?

    “I am still very young and if I can learn how to handle this more appropriately …

  • joeslis


    “… to terrorism …”

    Any day now, the grammar police will come around to your camp and “terrorism” you for turning nouns into verbs.

    Have a super day!

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    May 5, 2012 at 15:45 pm


    “the grammar police” – you mean Brett, don’t you?

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    On Freedom, one of our greatest achievements is …

    The Judicial Service Commission suffers from a credibility crisis of its own making.

    An esteemed body once widely respected for taking decisions by general consensus, the commission risks having its credibility eroded by a low-intensity ideological war being waged by its members – one that threatens to ultimately make the judiciary an unattractive option for top legal minds.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma must go!

    Ja ne Comrade Cronin!

    ‘AFTER 18 years of democracy you can’t still be blaming apartheid,” we are often told. Perhaps we do sometimes too easily blame apartheid for our persisting social challenges. Perhaps we don’t always acknowledge the shortcomings of our own post-1994 efforts.

    Our own shortcomings are less complex than you would like to make out.

    We’re saddled with two type of political leaders – those who will pillage and rob whatever and whenever they can and those (including you) who sit by quietly protecting their own positions of privilege.

  • Maggs Naidu –

    And the Mampara of the week is …

    The Sunday Times!

    It is time the President showed that he can put the interests of the country above his own political ambitions.