Prime discussion: ANC reflects on Madikizela-Mandela and Mahlangu

Prime discussion: ANC reflects on Madikizela-Mandela and Mahlangu

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Democratic Alliance in the Doldrums

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) finds itself in an unenviable phase of stagnation. As it approaches its Federal Congress of 7-8 April 2018 it is bogged down in identity battles. Furthermore, its 2019 plans of being the lead party in a new government may be up in smoke.

The DA’s current problems are of manifold origins: President Cyril Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) take-over is depriving opposition parties of the political oxygen they need to expand into ANC space, the DA’s coalition government ‘spear’ had been blunted, and big ANC changes are monopolising public attention.

South Africa’s opposition parties – and the DA in particular – have been left in the lurch, deprived of tangible grounds on which to attack the ANC now that Jacob Zuma has departed from important positions of political power.

The opposition contributed substantially to this major change in party politics and governance, yet it was the ANC that benefitted overwhelmingly. In the place of the Zuma-ANC there arrived a Ramaphosa-ANC (even if still fragile), for all practical purposes a new political party. We know by now that the DA is still working on the strategy to counter the new phenomenon.

In the second place, for the last five years and specifically since the run-up to the 2014 national-provincial elections, the DA has known it needs to penetrate the ANC support base in order to grow. It was with this in mind that the DA had solicited the services of former ANC pollster Stanley Greenberg. The DA of Elections 2014 and 2016 was the ‘new ANC’ of the time. It tried to be more ANC than the ANC. It was Ayisafani when it came to the ANC: the ANC was not the same anymore… and the DA offered itself as the new, real ANC.

This had a limited electoral impact – the DA was simply not the credible bearer of the message. The DA continued hovering electorally at the level of 22-25 per cent support. Specifically, the DA still failed to crack the code that ties the ANC to its supporters, ‘through thick and thin’ and specifically also in the rosier times of Ramaphosa rule.

Major obstacles were that the DA was seen as too white, elitist and liberal, and that even the leadership of a sincere black leader like Mmusi Maimane (plus some policy changes) did not crack the support ceiling. The DA became the arena for struggles between the thrusts of liberalism and its associated open opportunity society, on the one hand, and more, structured space for Black Nationalism, quotas and guaranteed racial representation, on the other hand. This ‘contest’ is ongoing; it is one of the major points of contention at the weekend’s congress. Both constitutional amendments and leadership elections will pivot around this issue of party identity.

The DA until recently lived in the hope that its 2016 document of Road to 2019, and its Vision 2019 would be its beacons into Election 2019. It envisaged that the DA would do sufficiently well in the 2019 national elections to lead opposition party coalitions in a 2019 government. This dream went up in flames.

Post-Nasrec opinion polling, such as the poll conducted by Citizen Surveys, suggests that the ANC has been recovering well from the Zuma-to-Ramaphosa transition and that Ramaphosa’s ‘New Dawn ANC’ (at least by current indications) will have no problem achieving an outright electoral majority. The DA’s own research reportedly shows that it had stagnated around the 25 per cent level of national support. Specifically, the DA’s objective of 30 per cent in a national election seems to be a mirage.

Leadership image problems around former DA leader and Western Cape premier Helen Zille, a spectrum of racist and semi-racist utterances by DA associates contributed (Diane Kohler-Barnard, former MP, and Penny Sparrow, a DA member, come to mind). The DA’s problems in handling Patricia de Lille’s case in Cape Town is wrong-footing the DA similarly.

An integral part of the DA’s stagnation-meets-dead-end is the volatility of the municipal coalitions in major metro municipalities. Opposition party alliances / cooperative arrangements were to have been the model for the DA to pursue in its quest to capture national power from the ANC. These arrangements are now in doubt because policy differences (especially on land expropriation) and a new affinity between the ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have drawn the ANC and EFF closer. The EFF is unlikely if the ANC dips below 50 per cent in 2019 to align with the DA and help it to govern nationally.

In addition, the DA has drawn the short end of the stick in terms of creating excitement and interest for its congress decisions. Conferences are often big spectacles with opportunities to generate hype and expectations. This weekend’s DA event will be sandwiched between the scheduled court appearance of Jacob Zuma on Friday and the memorial services and state funeral for struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela next week.

Even if prospects generally had been better, and even if the DA deserves much of the credit for hauling Zuma back to court, the coming weekend will not be the best of times for opposition parties to capture the public imagination.

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Leadership image problems around former DA leader and Western Cape premier Helen Zille, a spectrum of racist and semi-racist utterances by DA associates contributed (Diane Kohler-Barnard, former MP, and Penny Sparrow, a DA member, come to mind). The DA’s problems in handling Patricia de Lille’s case in Cape Town is wrong-footing the DA similarly.

An integral part of the DA’s stagnation-meets-dead-end is the volatility of the municipal coalitions in major metro municipalities. Opposition party alliances / cooperative arrangements were to have been the model for the DA to pursue in its quest to capture national power from the ANC. These arrangements are now in doubt because policy differences (especially on land expropriation) and a new affinity between the ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have drawn the ANC and EFF closer. The EFF is unlikely if the ANC dips below 50 per cent in 2019 to align with the DA and help it to govern nationally.

In addition, the DA has drawn the short end of the stick in terms of creating excitement and interest for its congress decisions. Conferences are often big spectacles with opportunities to generate hype and expectations. This weekend’s DA event will be sandwiched between the scheduled court appearance of Jacob Zuma on Friday and the memorial services and state funeral for struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela next week.

Even if prospects generally had been better, and even if the DA deserves much of the credit for hauling Zuma back to court, the coming weekend will not be the best of times for opposition parties to capture the public imagination.

 

-Susan Booysen is Professor at the Wits School of Governance

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Louw’s picture of Martin Luther King remains historic

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As the world commemorated this week the assassination of American Civil Rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, South African media community also remembers SA photographer Joseph Louw.

Louw was the only photographer to get pictures of Dr King seconds after he was shot dead in April 1968.

Former SABC News Editor Joe Thloloe remembers Louw as an excellent journalist. He says when Louw took the picture of King, it was a historic moment.

Louw, who was booked three rooms away from Dr King’s hotel room, was working on a documentary on the Civil Rights Leader.

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Louw is one Journalist who has paved the way for SA media globally, his pictures have been used over 50 years since King’s assassination.

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Thloloe says Journalists today can learn to be relentless from legends like Louw and cease every opportunity to capture a moment.

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Thloloe says because of journalists like Louw, it is important that Freedom of Expression thrives.  He says to preserve the legacy of such journalists, we need to have a form of memorial where we see the work of the likes of Louw.

“Journalists sacrificed their lives to tell South Africans stories. These are people who need to be remembered in a Hall of Fame.”

Joe Louw, who also worked for SABC, died in Johannesburg at the age of 64, in 2004.

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Mike Mabuyakhulu’s corruption case postponed

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KwaZulu-Natal ANC convener Mike Mabuyakhulu‘s case of fraud and corruption has been postponed to the 22nd of August.

Mabuyakhulu and co-accused made a brief appearance in the Commercial Crimes Court in Durban. Well-known businessman, Mabheleni Ntuli is among the accused.

Corruption charges against Mabuyakhulu relate to a R28-million contract for a jazz festival that never took place.
He is accused of receiving a R200 000 kickback from a company which was awarded the R28 million tender in 2012.

Mabuyakhulu is a former MEC for Economic Development in the province. He now heads the provincial interim structure of the ANC and has been tipped by some as a potential contender for the position of ANC chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal when the conference is held.

All sixteen are expected back in court in August for a formal trial date.

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15 killed in Nigeria bank robbery, attack on police station

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Fifteen people were killed on Thursday when a gang of armed men attacked two banks and a police station in the Nigerian town of Offa, police told AFP Friday.

The brazen assault happened in part of Nigeria’s volatile central region, where criminal gangs and cattle rustlers regularly attack security forces.

“They attacked the police station and at the same time attacked two banks,” said Kwara state police spokesman Ajayi Okasanmi, adding that nine police and six civilians died in the violence.

The gang invaded a busy commercial area where several banks and the police station are located in broad daylight around 4:50 pm (1550 GMT), said Okasanmi.

“We are going all-out to ensure we arrest them,” he said, adding that the haul from the robbery was not immediately known.

The robbers charged into the banks and shot people on the spot before making off with bags of cash on stolen motorbikes, said a witness.

“They split into two groups. One group attacked the divisional police station where they opened indiscriminate fire,” said a resident who witnessed the attack, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The other group attacked the two banks, shooting people they met inside, many of them in the head,” he said.

“They carried away money in sacks from the banks and fled on motorcycles they seized from okada (motorcycle taxis) riders.”

Senate President Bukola Saraki, one of Nigeria’s highest-ranking politicians, commiserated with the victims of the “savage attack” in Offa.

In a statement released Friday, Saraki said the robbery “is a despicable act committed by cruel individuals.”

Gang attacks are a persistent problem for Nigeria, adding to security woes in a country already grappling with the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has had to deploy military throughout Nigeria, West Africa’s largest economy, to quell violence in the absence of a strong police force and rigorous legal system.

On Wednesday, Buhari reiterated his support for $1 billion in emergency funding for weapons purchases to fight security threats across the nation, though critics warn that similar defense spending in the past has been tainted by corruption.

Police and military in the country were subject to intense scrutiny in February after it emerged that they were unable to repel Boko Haram fighters who stormed the town of Dapchi and abducted 111 schoolgirls.

Since then, 105 of the schoolgirls have been returned following negotiations with the Nigerian government, though six others — including one Christian who refused to denounce her faith — are still unaccounted for. The five others are believed to have died in the initial stages of the kidnapping.

Military and police are overstretched in Nigeria, which, along with fighting Boko Haram jihadists in the north, is battling militants and pirates in the oil-rich south, a simmering separatist movement in the east and a bloody battle between herdsmen and farmers spanning the vast central region.

Fighting fires on so many fronts takes an economic toll. This week Nigeria’s central bank governor Godwin Emefiele said the “herdsmen-related violence” poses a key risk to the country’s economic growth.

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Prime discussion: Busloads of Zuma supporters converge in KZN

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Political parties react to Zuma’s court appearance

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Former president Jacob Zuma says the charges against him are a continuation of what he calls a political conspiracy against him. He was addressing his supporters outside the High Court in Durban after his brief appearance on Friday.

Zuma’s case will be heard on June 8th. This after both the prosecution and the defence teams requested more time in order to allow Zuma’s legal team to bring a review application against the NPA’s decision to reinstate the charges against him. Zuma’s legal team will lodge the application on May the 15th.

Zuma is facing 16 counts of fraud, money laundering and racketeering related to the multi-billion-rand arms deal.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, says it will be in the best interest of all South Africans for  Zuma to personally pay for his legal fees.

Maimane says the DA will continue to keep a close eye on the court proceedings to ensure that justice is served.

“First of all I think it was significant that he came to court and set on the dock, telling the people of South Africa that anybody is held accountable. Secondly we hope as we have said that the NPA will prioritise this case so that we resolve the matter. Thirdly we’ve gone to court to fight that Mr Zuma fees should not be payed by the people of South Africa…he must pay them in his personal costs. He can’t appear in curt on the money of the people, ” he said.

UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to clarify whether any taxpayers cash was used by the KwaZulu-Natal government when it came out in support of former president Jacob Zuma at court in Durban.

Holomisa has expressed concern over the support received by the former president  from the KwaZulu Natal provincial government.

KZN Premier Willis Mchunu, MEC’s Sihle Zikalala, Weziwe Thusi,  and Mthandeni Dlungwana as well as Ethekwini Executive Mayor Zandile Gumede were amongst officials who attended the court appearance.

Holomisa wants an official investigation into whether KwaZulu-Natal is a federal state.

“But of concerned to me is the appearance of the premier and entire cabinet to this case and one wonders how much did KwaZulu-Natal government pay to bus those people who were in attendance – clearly Cyril Ramaphosa the president of the republic needs to clarify exactly as to whether KZN is a federal state or what.”

The PAC says Zuma’s court appearance signals a new  page for the country. Secretary General, Bennet Joko says Zuma must use this opportunity to prove his innocence as he always said he wants his day in court. He says South Africans must not be fooled by the support he is receiving in and around KwaZulu-Natal – because the law will make its own  findings on the case which might just see the former president being found guilty.

The PAC’s Bennet Joko  says they have not forgotten about the multi-billion Rand arms deal saga.

“The PAC hopes that Mr Zuma will embrace the opportunity given to him and state his case in the court of law. And that the courts will also pronounce that this arms deal was a misplaced priority. Where African people are landless, ravaged by porverty – and the priority was given to buy arms – where there seems to be no security threat in the country. ”

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DA accuses De Lille of spreading alternative facts on her disciplinary hearing

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The DA has accused Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille as determined to misrepresent and spread alternative facts relating to her disciplinary hearing. Following De Lille’s statement that explains her side of the story relating to the disciplinary hearing, the party said she is trying to garner public sympathy. DA Federal Council Chairperson James Selfe
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Collen Maine encourages youth to be fearless

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ANC Youth League (ANCYL) President Collen Maine says the current youth must have the guts to speak truth to power and be able to rise to the occasion and deal with the current issues. “Young people must be able to speak without fear and favour. We must be able to talk to the ANC government,
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ANC ban on party regalia backfires as hundreds appear in ‘personal capacity’

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The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) decision to ban its party colours and regalia from the corruption trial of President Jacob Zuma has on Friday completely backfired. Despite an instruction issued last month by party Secretary General Ace Magashule against “displaying the ANC’s paraphernalia” hundreds of Zuma supporters turned up in their ANC gear outside
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