Yippee and hurrah for Khayelitshe. After endless ofuscations, denials and clouding, Police Minister Nathe Mthethwa got a bloody nose (politically speaking) when the constitutional court found that according to Section 26 (5) of the constituion, a province does have the power to establish a commission of enquiry into the policing or failure to police.
I know quite a few people who live in Khayelitsha and believe me, the stories they tell resemble reports from a war zone. Has Mr. Mthethwa ( another JZ accolyte?) lost all contact as to what is happening on the ground in ZA or is he just too pre-occupied with his persona as "a cool dresser"? Any police minister worth his salt, would have dived in, cleared up the mess and apologized to the people of Khayelitshe, but no, not our Mthethwa.
So hurrah and three cheers for Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke who ruled "That the premier was obliged to take reasonable steps to shield the residents of Khayelitshe from unrelenting invasion of their fundamental rights as a result of alleged police inefficiency". So once again Helen Zille has taken up the cudgel for the poor and again proved that no political figure in ZA has done as much as she has, as regards the poor. (She has also recently started a program to improve the quality of life in Nyanga which will take some time before it bears fruit)
I am therfore gob smacked when Zille or the DA are accused of racism. The City of Cape Town has an influx of 50,000 new residents each year. The city spends 73% of its budget on the poor, (as it should do). Everywhere in the world from Jo'burg to Mexico city to Thailand to Vietnam, this phenomen is called "rural land flight". Only in SA and in Cape Town is it called "racism"
It makes me sad that even now endless African refugge bodies are still being found off the Italian coast near Lampedusa. Maddening and saddening are the responses of the European Union, who intend to control the seas between Africa and Europe even more closely. This is not a solution to the problem, just a band-aid. The only way to stop this south north migration is to improve the lives of the refugees in their countries of origin. The desperate refugees are fleeing poverty, wars, bad government and the EU, with a focused politics, can do much better. Said one refugee from Mali (a war torn country) "Nothing can be worse than Mali; the Europeans are trying to scare us away, but they do not have a clue what kinds of problems we are leaving behind" Indeed, until the Europeans start to understand, nothing will stop this kind of migration.
More good news, Silvio Berlusconi, Italian's ex prime minister has recieved a political knock out when he was found guilty of tax evasion. This could mean house arrest and a banning from Italian politics. What has this to do with ZA? Well folks, Berlusconi is to Italy what Zuma is to ZA. Belusconi has used Italy to enrich himself, whilst doing nothing for Italy. Sound familiar? It does appear that every scoundrel does occassionally meet his match.
Last but not least, THE GUPTAS, who intend to take the Sunday Times to court for one billion rands. Well wow! I dunno why, but if I were the Guptas, the last place I would like to find myself is in a court of law lined up against an established newspaper. I have serious doubts that it will ever get that far, but should I be wrong, I would find a comfortable chair, get the beer/wine/peanuts and chips ready, put my feet up and lean back and enjoy!
To close, I quote Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) "The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it decides to refrom". I cannot add more than this glad note.
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