Quote of the week

Senekal last week had nothing to do with solutions. It was all about politicians’ testosterone. It was all about politicians’ egos. What useful idea came out of all that heat and noise generated by all those politicians in Senekal last week? There is nothing. Nothing that makes SA a better place. Nothing that leads us to a better understanding of race relations in SA after 1994. Nothing that is a solution to farm murders – many of whose victims are poorly paid, desperate black people – or a solution to the incredibly horrendous murder and crime problem in this country.

Justice Malala
Sunday Times Daily
15 March 2011

It is ironic that the dismissal of leave to appeal comes on the back of the suspension of Mr Paul Ngobeni, the legal advisor of the Minister of Defence  who no doubt had a hand in the ill fated strategy of the now unlawful dismissal notices. In SANDU’s view the same Ngobeni should not have been appointed in the first place given his dubious background. This point of view was simply compounded by the obnoxious and out of turn letter to Minister Manuel. Today’s finding should sound the final bell for Ngobeni. Ironically the Minister seems to be destined to follow the same flawed process in the possible termination of his services as the one Ngobeni had a hand in meeting out to soldiers. – Pikkie Greef, National Secretary of the SA National Defence Union

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