Beeld story on my exchange with Marius Fransman, ANC Western Cape leader regarding my unwillingness to assist ANC in election

Mail and Guardian editorial on Nkandla provisional report

ANC response to Nkandla report: we do not believe president responsible for any wrongdoing.

Payback time Mr President (Nkandla irregularities)

Nkandla report-Zuma in the deep end

Aftermath of ruling that traders case is not urgent

Bad day for constitution when judge rules that traders eviction from work place is not urgent

Miners cheated out of parts of pension and other compensation

Deeper and wider irregularities linked to Tongaat mall builder

Exchange with Marius L Fransman (on Faceboook), leader of the ANC in the Western Cape, asking when I would come and campaign there

Marius L Fransman: Prof, when you coming to help with campaign in WC, Continue reading

Greg Nicolson reports on atmosphere in and around traders action against Johannesburg council.

This is Gcina Malindi,SC, one of the trialists in a UDF treason trial of the 1980s, now a leading advocate. the words are that of Greg Nicolson summarising

‘Advocate Gcina Malindi represented the respondents and decided not to respond to the real issues. Instead, in a sleepy speech, he argued the technicalities of urgency. He said the traders had ample time to launch a court action since the effects of Clean Sweep were being felt in October. They were simply trying to waste the court’s time, he argued, and even asked the traders to pay the municipality’s legal costs, a request Judge Monamo responded to by saying the traders have no money. “If the older people can do something wrong then the younger people will follow because they learn from that,” the judge advised.

Malindi said that the traders are out of work is nothing new in South Africa. “There can never be an appropriate time to act,” he counselled. If it’s not at Christmas time, it will be when children are starting school.’

Judgment reserved in case to reverse eviction of traders from johannesburg city centre

Joburg city lawyers use cynical arguments to deny urgency of evicted hawkers claims

Tara Weinberg, Re-opening restitution, election promises doomed to backfire

Richard Pithouse on the broader practices of governance that make collapse of Tongaat Mall and other attacks on the poor continue

Let us hope that Krejcir torture claims are properly investigated

A climate exists that can easily lead one to ignore the torture claims of Radovan Krejcir.  Continue reading

Johannesburg seeks to expand its cleansing with preparation of apparently unconstitutional law

Joburg street traders in limbo

Pierre de Vos, E-toll civil disobedience reveals lack of respect for democracy

The period of white rule and apartheid saw a long history of civil disobedience and indeed defiance, Continue reading

It’s time to recapture Nelson Mandela

Mukoni Ratshitanga

November 22, 2013|Johannesburg |Twitter: @MukoniR

Replying to the debate on the Presidency’s Budget Vote in June this year, President Jacob Zuma said something which those who are interested in a credible narrative of our past, present and future should say louder than the decibels permitted to a sitting President.

Prompted by the comments of the Democratic Alliance’s parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko, Zuma protested the distortion of President Nelson Mandela’s image and politics.

He told Mazibuko that she and her party, should also “support what he (Mandela) stood for and what he went to prison for and what he said over the years” and objected to the projection of Mandela as “the only nice ANC man,” arguing that appraisal “must not focus only on Madiba the first President of a democratic South Africa who implemented ANC policies of reconciliation and transformation.”

Instead of a disconnect, there was and is consistency between…

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