BEST OF OPINIONS: Molefe disregards Constitution

2017-05-25 15:48
Brian Molefe: Resigned, retired, retrenched, retained...? (Pic: Gallo Images)

Brian Molefe: Resigned, retired, retrenched, retained...? (Pic: Gallo Images)

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The Brian Molefe saga is a flagrant violation of constitutional principles

Did he or did he not resign, or was it retirement? And was his brief stint in Parliament some form of unpaid leave? If Brian Molefe and Eskom could at the very least decide on a story and stick with it, that would be the very least of their problems. At the moment, however, the entire saga has breached several constitutional principles, writes Phephelaphi Dube from the Centre for Constitutional Rights.

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Anatomy of a hunger strike

In Israel more than a thousand Palestinian political prisoners are on hunger strike for improved prison conditions.

As a prisoner on Robben Island for 18 years from 1964, and a detainee subsequently under South Africa’s 1985 State of Emergency, these demands have a painful echo for 86-year old Laloo “Isu” Chiba and his own hunger strikes to improve prison conditions, writes Feizel Mamdoo, who was imprisoned with Chiba.

It is an irony that the hunger strike appeals to concern for the imprisoned by the very ones that harmfully imprison them. Considerations like the spotlight of the media and public backlash may motivate political concern, but the hunger strike is truly a Gandhian tactic of self-sacrifice to harm, to force the oppressors to confront their conscience and the brutalisation of their humanity.

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The unimaginably underhanded dealings in the police

Just imagine there was a group of crime fighters poised to arrest the country’s most powerful citizen. Or imagine they would not necessarily act on this, but were merely capable of it.

Senior police officer Major-General Jeremy Vearey, along with another senior policeman Major-General Peter Jacobs, are taking on, among others acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, in the Labour Court in Cape Town. The two have been involved in highly critical investigations with national links.
 
In 2016, Vearey, who was deputy provincial commissioner for detective services, was suddenly shifted to a position he previously filled, commander of the Cape Town cluster of police stations, while Jacobs, who headed the province's crime intelligence unit, was appointed Wynberg cluster commander.

Before the “demotions,” former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor approached Vearey with sensitive information. Mentor is widely known for being extremely critical and outspoken about President Jacob Zuma. Are these dots connected? 

Maybe. Maybe not.

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