Kadalie: Columnist to trade sa for u.s.

2012-04-09 00:00

FORMER human rights commissioner and outspoken newspaper columnist Rhoda Kadalie intends to quit South Africa and settle in the United States.

Sister newspaper Rapport said Kadalie had confirmed that she would emigrate within 15 months.

She was not available for comment yesterday.

Kadalie is expected to join her daughter, Julia Bertelsmann, and son-in-law Joel Pollak, in California.

The couple, who were married in 2009 at the official residence of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, had a little girl at the end of last year. After visiting them in the U.S., Kadalie expressed the wish to live nearer to them.

Kadalie is the director of the Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust in Cape Town and a columnist for various newspapers and is known for her sharp criticism of the ANC.

In recent columns she has referred to South Africa as a “gangster state”, has written that she is fed-up with Julius Malema whom she described “as a product of an anarchistic form of government”, that she is disillusioned with the ANC and lamented that the country is on a slippery-slope to Zanufication.

The arms and travelgate scandal, the proposed media tribunal, as well as the Protection of State Information Bill, “made the KGB look like amateurs”, she wrote.

Kadalie is the granddaughter of Clements Kadalie, a South African trade unionist and political activist.

— Witness Reporter.

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