19.9.2020 05:12 am
We hope this never happens again and those guilty are brought to book.
The scenes from Fairview racecourse in Port Elizabeth on Thursday were disturbing, drawing furious responses far and wide. While details of the incident are still sketchy, what is known is that a group of between 150 and 200 former or current grooms protested against a former employer over the nonpayment of UIF money and other labour-related issues dating back to February.
It’s taken a while – 26 years – but could this be the moment that the ANC finally realises that ethics is not the name of a county in England?
What is sad is that so few will notice, or care about, the doublespeak.
Our spooks have been used for the best part of a decade to fight ANC internal battles. So we are vulnerable.
We believe there was no alternative to a lockdown at the beginning – but, given the evolution of events, it does seem that it has outlived its usefulness.
First, they seemingly did not have the permission required from the department of transport for the cross-border journey.
He should be remembered, therefore, as a national hero and his legacy must not be appropriated by anyone.
His death this week, at the age of 92, has deprived South Africa not only of a fine mind – legal and otherwise – but also of one of life’s true gentlemen.
This is about accepting we are in trouble and that, if we don’t work to bridge the racial divide, we allow extremists like the EFF to write our history.
What is certain is that this delegation is unlikely to call for softer action on political dissent in Zimbabwe – nor to call on Zanu-PF to stop looting their country…
The attitudes and comments of the EFF show it as male chauvinistic as most men in SA. It’s no wonder we battle the scourge of gender-based violence.
The interdict will be a key test case of the right to protest – and how the law enforcement authorities and courts interpret the word ‘peaceful’.
The danger, too, of the ‘half the economy disappeared’ narrative is that it will be used to attack the idea of lockdowns as a pointless exercise.
Whatever else you may say about the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), you cannot say they are not extremely politically astute.
While we condemn the sheer thoughtlessness of Clicks, we prefer the approach of women who have posted pictures of themselves, celebrating the beauty of their hair in a campaign #clicksmustfall.