16 February 2008

Getting on with it

This morning in the NUM offices in the UCS Building (former Total House) at the corner of Smit and Rissik Streets, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, from 10h00, the SACP Gauteng Province is staging a discussion titled “Post Polokwane”. All are welcome.

Mathews Phosa is the Treasure-General of the ANC, or “TG” for short. This post was made famous by Thomas Titus Nkobi, who was part of the great and long-lasting ANC triumvirate that included Alfred Nzo as Secretary-General and Oliver Reginald Tambo as President-General.

If the Mail and Guardian report linked below is true, then Cde Phosa has already proved himself a worthy successor to T T Nkobi. It says: “[ANC] investment company Chancellor House will exit two multibillion-rand contracts with Eskom”. This action will be “immediate”.

The situation where our ANC treasury was invested in contracts to build new power stations, following the mothballing of other power stations and the consequent power shortage catastrophe of January 2008, was unconscionable.

The President of the ANC, Jacob Gegleyihlekisa Zuma, has this week used his President’s Letter in ANC Today to highlight a cause close to the heart of the Communist University, namely what are called “mother tongue languages”. The CU’s language initiative
is here. We believe it to be a pre-requisite for the life of any language that it should have its own dictionary in the language itself, and not simply a translation dictionary into and out of the colonial language.

Charles Kasinja Modise is the person who allegedly accused SACP GS Dr Blade Nzimande of receiving a donation from him via suspended COSATU President Willie Madisha. Modise has now been kept locked up for more than five months, having been refused bail, after the NPA/Scorpions brought various charges against him. Now Advocate Zahir Omar, who is a real people’s lawyer, has come out to say that Modise has been blackmailed by the Scorpions to support Madisha’s cock-and-bull story. It appears that Modise is not so much a part of the plot as a victim of the plot.

The quality of a legal system is measured by the extent that it protects the weak and the friendless.

Click on these links:

ANC to exit Eskom deals, Stefaans Brümmer, Mail & Guardian (749 words)

Our languages matter, ANC President Jacob Zuma, ANC Today (988 words)

Modise is a victim of trade-off gone wrong, SABC (388 words)

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