Best of Voices: Will no confidence vote be secret?

2017-08-04 14:54
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Gwede Mantashe, standing on an elevated platform at Luthuli House, supposedly higher than God’s sacred Kingdom, decreed that the human beings made in God’s image have no conscience to speak of. 

He was insulting ANC members of Parliament whose conscience dictates to them they need to kick Jacob Zuma, the highly compromised and divisive president, out of office on August 8. 

“I don’t know where this notion comes from that we are a collection of individuals who have conscience,” Mantashe said in defence of Zuma. “We are members of the ANC in a party-political system.”

He is entitled to speak for himself if he lacks conscience. But he shouldn’t speak for elected public representatives who as individuals publicly swore allegiance to the Constitution of the Republic, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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That “other Mandela doctor” is at it again

That “other Mandela doctor” is at it again. Iqbal Survé surfaced last week, using the pages of his flagship Johannesburg newspaper The Star to accuse Naspers, owner of the stable, and BizNews (which does not belong to Naspers) of being local variants of the notorious Bell Pottinger propaganda machine.  

Specifically singled out was me as a journalist who, according to Survé, “was contracted by Naspers/Media24 to write negative stories about Independent Media and myself”.

This is a repeated attempt by Survé at destroying my reputation and standing within the community and, specifically within the journalistic profession. It is also interesting in that I have not written anything about Survé or Independent Media for the past year, writes Terry Bell.

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Youth should be at centre of our scenario planning

Currently, the country sits in a cesspool of governance malpractice and malfeasance with opportunities and resources dwindle daily. This comes in a social and economic climate beset by failures in leadership. 

The one constituency vital to changing our situation, and one which has been wilfully ignored, is the youth. Perhaps scenario planning in all of its engagement, painting outlooks to influence leadership could do with a makeover when reshaping its approach to be more youth oriented. 

The majority of South Africa’s population (roughly two thirds) are between 10 and 25 years of age, a valuable demographic to growing any economy should the right investments in skills and creating opportunities be given their due, writes Jonathan Brady.

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