Quote of the week

In the current crisis another shark has been on people’s minds. In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak quite a few commentators compared Trump to the fictional mayor in Jaws. Steven Spielberg’s mayor refuses at first to accept that a shark is responsible for the fatal attacks – he claims the first was a boating accident. When the evidence becomes hard to refute he still declines to shut the resort. Only when another swimmer gets chewed up on 4 July does he finally accept that he needs to call in the professionals. It’s all rather Trumpian. But only one politician has actually cited the actions of the mayor from Jaws as a model of crisis management, and it isn’t Trump. Boris Johnson used to tease audiences by suggesting that ‘the real hero of Jaws was the mayor, a wonderful politician.

David Runciman
London Review of Books
1 March 2017

Black Sash papers in SASSA Con Court case

Here are the papers filed on Tuesday 28 February 2017 on behalf of the Black Sash asking the Constitutional Court to order SASSA to do its work in order to ensure that social grants continue to be paid. The Black Sash Trust v The Minister of Social Development and Others Founding Affidavit

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