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Union slams Hulley appointment

2011-11-03 14:18

Johannesburg - The appointment of Michael Hulley as legal adviser to President Jacob Zuma is a slap in the face to the 5 300 former Aurora Empowerment Systems employees, trade union Solidarity said on Thursday.

"The appointment was completely insensitive and reflected a lack of judgement," deputy general secretary Gideon du Plessis said in a statement.

"It also confirmed Solidarity's belief that the Aurora directors seemingly have political indemnity."

Hulley was one of the directors of the controversial Aurora mine company along with Zondwa Mandela, grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, and Khulubuse Zuma, President Jacob Zuma's nephew.

Aurora, which was singled out as the preferred bidder for Pamodzi's mines when they went into liquidation in 2009, had its management contract cancelled and vacated the premises.

The company had been accused of the destruction of infrastructure at the mines and the loss of jobs.

"All of this went on while Hulley, an advocate who is supposed to be a protector of the law and human rights, looked on," said Du Plessis.

On Wednesday, the presidency announced Hulley's appointment as Zuma's legal adviser on a part time basis. He has worked for the president in the past.

Hulley represented Zuma when he faced charges of bribery and corruption in relation to the controversial arms deal.

Solidarity called on the parliamentary portfolio committee on mineral resources to support its demand for the "immediate rescission" of Hulley's appointment.

The committee recommended last Friday that criminal charges be brought against all Aurora directors, the union said.

Comments
  • Servaas - 2011-11-03 14:26

    "It also confirmed Solidarity's belief that the Aurora directors seemingly have political indemnity." Duh, this is what happens when you have a corrupt goverment in power. Yengeni, straight from Prison to Parliament. Zuma's 700+ corruption charges wiped clean what else do you expect?

      Kala - 2011-11-03 15:12

      Ah crap... Here we go again. White privelages blah blah blah blah

      Moi1980 - 2011-11-03 15:13

      @Whitey_McWhiteGuy - one can only assume that you've overinduldged during your lunch break. That's the only way to "explain" your postings.

      I_C_Dumb_People - 2011-11-03 15:37

      @Whitey_McWhiteGuy, you should have called yourself Blackie_NeBlackTotsie_guy, its sound better for you.... Or otherwise just use this one its much more fitting - Racist_Idiot_PlayingTheVictim_BigManBehindAScreen_WaitingForAHandOut_Guy!!! I_C_U

      Johan - 2011-11-03 16:16

      ....ANC = corrupt, incompetent and useless... ......end of story...!!

      Dirk - 2011-11-03 17:42

      In Africa, the secret is to know as much secrets about corrupt politicians as possible- you become untouchable. Why do you think Mugabe can do what he likes without consequences?

  • notbuyingface - 2011-11-03 14:41

    This does not sound well at all. But then again this chap was badly advised for far too long. one bad advice is to send the Hawks, NIA,public Protector and SARS to Julius, bad advice that.

  • Jomo - 2011-11-03 14:56

    Aaagh... This is a Banana republic.

  • Willie - 2011-11-03 14:58

    "..is a slap in the face to the 5 300 former Aurora Empowerment Systems employees..." what about africa advocates

  • frans.visserdsb - 2011-11-03 14:59

    And again the Xhosa Nostra structure becomes clearer... Roux Shabangu, Hulley... lol. We have become little Sicily...except the Mafia never had the balls to steal a country.

      Ronald - 2011-11-03 15:26

      Frans, remember Malema's visit to Italy earlier this year. This following conversation was overheard:" Hey Mario, dont-a you tink its-a time we send a delegation to Sout Africa to go learn from-a de comrades to steal-a de monies. Dis organised crime ting is to much-a hard work, kapishe. Dey take-a what dey want and just tell-a de voters to shut up in your face and vote for us again or else. Problem?.....no problem. Dey just-a change de law, dey no shut up dey go to jail. Problem solved. We make democratic Mafia like ANC

      frans.visserdsb - 2011-11-03 16:23

      lol... yeah. I think they could learn from the ANC. They are stealing billions through things like the Hitachi deal (Vali Moosa being on the board of Eishkom and Hitachi - conflict of interest much) Imperial Crown trading being awarded exploration rights in the Northern Cape (worth Billions) Aurora mine being given to some juniors in the Xhosa Nostra with them stripping it's assets and neglecting to pay the workers... not even to talk about the arms deal, the lease agreements which are 4 times the previous agreements..

      New - 2011-11-03 16:29

      Would'nt it be funny if malema gets everything he wants, died and reincarnation was true and he came back as a white guy!

      Osman Bux - 2011-11-03 17:16

      @new: he has everything he wants. He just doesn't want you to have it, or any other whites for that matter.

  • Polotic - 2011-11-03 15:22

    @Whitey_MaWhiteguy. Another point. The wikepedia article on white privilege has these disclaimers: It may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. Its tone or style may not reflect the formal tone used on Wikipedia. The neutrality of this article's title, subject matter, and/or the title's implications, is disputed.This is a dispute over the neutrality of viewpoints or other implications of the title, or the subject matter within its scope, rather than the actual facts stated.

      Kala - 2011-11-03 15:25

      ie. Probably a load of unconfirmed rubbish.

      StarStruck - 2011-11-03 15:39

      Some people only see what they want to see. We don't need people living in the past. Our future lies ahead of us, together and most of us care about what lies ahead not the past.

      Albert - 2011-11-03 16:03

      Hell Whitey.you are not just oppressed,you are very depressed ,FOEITOG.I am sorry but i can`t change my colour old chap.

      Osman Bux - 2011-11-03 17:29

      @whitey: be thankful that the whites ever chose to grace this god forsaken continent, otherwise the black race would have made itself extinct by now. There would NEVER have been progress towards the modern age on this continent if it were not for the white man. Everything you take for granted on a daily basis was invented by the white man, and I dare you to challenge me on this FACT. What the hell has the black man ever invented? How has any black man, ever in history, improved the human condition through innovation or ingenuity? The white man has given more to the world, especially this continent, than he has ever taken. so what if he took the diamonds, gold, and land. Africans wouldn't have known what to do with it all anyway. You're all just jelly. Bottom line.

      Trudy - 2011-11-03 18:30

      @ Serv-ASS "I wish I could just grab your hand through my screen and break each and every one of those fingers typing this BS" Good. Now you know how many people feel about most of your ramblings

  • Albert - 2011-11-03 16:10

    new song for Zuma:i SEE A BAD MOON RISING (arms deal)

  • Cina - 2011-11-03 16:18

    He must have somebody on his side to keep him out of jail when the arms deal investigation begins. Nothing new.

  • stevie0064 - 2011-11-03 16:19

    Hmm. How coincidental that the arms deal is about to see another round of investigations... Meh. Birds of a feather, I suppose.

  • Joseph - 2011-11-03 17:45

    It is complete disregard of ethics and inhumane to actually see a Head of State go to such level.The suffering of our people is nothing because they are not 'Human.' It is the same people that put the President in that 'office.'

  • Graham - 2011-11-03 21:49

    Will Hulley's new job entitle him to government priveliges- as in- if the Aurora thievery gets proven he can claim state aid for legal expenses as do the other kleptomaniacs in the ruling party every time one of them is jokingly taken to court!

  • Sandy - 2011-11-03 22:45

    CROOKED BOSS ,, CROOKED LAWYER .. OH SORRY ADVOCATE OR WHATEVER MR HULLEY IS SUPPOSED TO BE .. SADLY SO HE HAS NOT ONE ETHICAL BONE IN HIS BODY WHICH SERVES HIS BOSS KANGAMAN VERY WELL .. FOR HIS PART IN THE DESTRUCTION OF AURORA UNDER HIS SO CALLED WATCH AS A " DIRECTOR " ,, HE SHOULD BE DISBARRED STRIPPED OF HIS ILL GAINED "EARNINGS " AND PREVENTED FROM EARNING A LIVING AND THEN FEEL HOW THOSE POOR MINERS WHO NEVER GOT PAID FOR HOW LONG FELT .. HANG YOUR BAD HAIRCUT HEAD IN SHAME MR HULLEY ...

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