Comrade Joel Netshitenzhe speaks on behalf of a faction, not the whole ANC

Comrade Joel Netshitenzhe speaks on behalf of a faction, not the whole ANC

* By Carl Niehaus An opinion piece by myself that was published last week in the African Times under the heading: ‘Nothing can destroy the ANC, except the ANC’, has generated considerable debate. Apparently some of those who still consider themselves to be ANC members, but who have seen it fit to use public platforms to attack the democratically elected leadership of the ANC, took umbrage when I called them undisciplined. An article by comrade Joel Netshitenzhe, in which he tried to build a rationale for why it is under the circumstances acceptable to criticise the ANC leadership in public, kept on being quoted back at me. It seems that those who have seen it fit to

UNITY IN ACTION AMONG THE POOR AND OPPRESSED IS INDISPENSABLE

UNITY IN ACTION AMONG THE POOR AND OPPRESSED  IS INDISPENSABLE

By Carl Niehaus* Words come easy to us South Africans. We like to talk, debate and argue. Similarly, we like to formulate policies and plans. Our political and economic landscape is scattered with policy documents – some of which are actually rather good and inspiring. But do we walk the talk, or are we a nation of talkers rather than doers? Our good intentions… My space is limited, and this is a complex issue, so let me concentrate on one example to address the question I am posing: In 2012 at the ANC’s 53rd National Conference in Mangaung it was

Brian Molefe: An example of the hostile environment in which Black Executives have to operate

Brian Molefe: An example of the hostile environment in which Black Executives have to operate

By Carl Niehaus* The saga that has unfolded around Mr Brian Molefe is remarkable and only equalled by how disturbing it is what had been done to one of South Africa’s most talented and successful black managers. Brian Molefe distinguished himself at Treasury, and subsequently as CEO of the PIC where he turned its fortunes around and proved himself as an activist CEO for black empowerment. He was the first CEO of the PIC to use its considerable investment power to promote black senior management in the private sector companies where it invested the monies of black civil servants. A

My Lord, it is high time that you take your jacket and get out of Chambers!

My Lord, it is high time that you take your jacket and get out of Chambers!

By Carl Niehaus* What an amazing collection of generalisations has judge Bashier Vally presented to us as reasons for his extraordinary judicial overreach ruling that President Zuma has to provide the Democratic Alliance (DA) with his reasons for the cabinet reshuffle! The reasons that judge Vally presented can only be described as his own subjective opinion, informed by highly selective cherry-picking of only those views held by some people in society, that suits him. Let’s analyse the reasons that he provided sentence by sentence: “The announcement caused a great deal of consternation for a significant proportion of the populace”. There

NELSON MANDELA, TIME AND RESPECT

NELSON MANDELA, TIME AND RESPECT

By Carl Niehaus *  Nelson Mandela was no fan of ‘African time’. In fact, he found the very idea offensive and derogative to African people. In a manner of speaking, he was ‘old school’ about time: a minute was a minute and an hour an hour. A watch was not some piece of expensive Rolex or Breitling jewellery, but truly a timepiece to be used and to keep one one ‘on time’. In the missionary schools in the Transkei where Mandela received his education, to be late was a serious sin. He was taught to be late when meeting others


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