South Africa’s Constitutional Court is once again being asked to deal with a highly politically charged matter that affects the government of the country. The last time was over the question of President Jacob Zuma’s failure to repay state money spent on his personal homestead at Nkandla. This time the government’s Minister for Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, is at the centre of a storm over the payment of 17 million social grants.
While President Jacob Zuma is in town for yesterday’s annual State of the Nation Address (SONA), my colleagues and I decided to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Vrygrond, a township near Muizenberg beach, on the False Bay coast, about 20km away from Cape Town central.
President Jacob Zuma has barely begun his SONA speech when exponents of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party start disrupting the procedure. They accuse him of stealing people’s money, they state that Zuma is not recognised as a president. Finally, they get thrown out of parliament. But can they be ignored any longer?
We all dream of owning our dream home. We plan, save and look forward to the day we can call a house our own. However, for most people who live in the Mitchells Plain area in Cape Town, four walls and a roof can remain a distant dream.
You love him or hate him. You think he is a hero or an agitator. Julius Malema, the expelled youth leader of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), is a much discussed personality. Some see him as a threat to the delicate racial harmony in South Africa, but he is also hailed as a mouthpiece for the anger of many poor, black South Africans. He gained a huge following while speaking to the Marikana miners, after the drama of 16 August 2012 where 34 miners were killed. He is starting more and more to encourage the strikes and riots in the mines of South Africa. But whatever you think of Julius Malema, he is here and can’t be ignored.