#ICYMI City Press: Ramaphosa's headaches, racism on a plane and the great land return lie

2018-03-04 21:01
President Cyril Ramaphosa on during his run from Gugulethu to Athlone. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

President Cyril Ramaphosa on during his run from Gugulethu to Athlone. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

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Ramaphosa's headaches

As President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a backlash over his new Cabinet and Parliament’s resolution on land expropriation, he and new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene now have a new crisis to deal with.

In the past three months Treasury was forced to block state-owned entities and government departments from blowing R15bn on irregular purchases.

The companies and departments have continued wanting to spend money Treasury cannot afford because of a R50bn shortfall in the budget.

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The great land return lie

Tuesday’s debate on the motion by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), backed by the ANC, was a depressing affair. It was all emotion and sentiment with very little substance. The only people who bothered to apply their minds to what would be the most substantive amendment to the Constitution since its adoption in 1996, were those opposing the motion. Their arguments were scientific and fact-based and were correctly wary of the immediate and long-term repercussions of going this route, writes Mondli Makhanya.

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Racism on a plane: Black Motion wants R3.7m

Platinum-selling South African house music stars Black Motion have broken their silence about what happened on British Airways flight 6412 while it waited for its 13:30 takeoff from Cape Town International Airport in December.

They were the only two black passengers in business class when a chair missing a back and not reported by staff caused a white passenger to lose her seat.

The duo was then identified by a white British Airways cabin controller as the first to move to economy.

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Why the EFF is dumping DA for ANC

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says that, although President Cyril Ramaphosa remains the architect of the Marikana massacre, the party will no longer use that label to describe him because South Africans have chosen to give the new president a chance to lead.

“The fact that he refers to the massacre as the Marikana tragedy proves he is still in denial,” Malema told City Press this week.

The EFF’s commander in chief said his party would give Ramaphosa a chance, even though he was already showing signs that he was no different to former president Jacob Zuma.

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