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DIE ANC KOMMUNISTE SE DONKER GEHEIME EN KORRUPTE SPELETJIES
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ANC: Nasionaliseringbeleid lankal verander
Pieter du Toit
Kaapstad - Die nasionalisering van myne was dalk in die 1950’s die ANC se mikpunt, maar dit is beslis nie meer vandag só nie, het een van die party se voorste denkers en beleidsghoeroes gesê.
Dit is trouens ’n slegte idee, het Joel Netshitenzhe, lid van die ANC se nasionale uitvoerende komitee (NUK) en tot onlangs nog die presidensie se beleidshoof, gesê.
Volgens hom bestaan daar nie genoeg bewyse dat so ’n staatsingryping hoegenaamd tot werkskepping, opheffing en ekonomiese ontwikkeling sal bydra nie.
Voorts kan die Vryheidsmanifes van 1955 nie as grondslag dien vir argumente ten gunste van nasionalisering nie omdat die ANC se benadering oor dekades verander en verfyn is.
Dié mening, in die nuutste uitgawe van die ANC-joernaal Umrabulo, is met ’n vurige reaksie deur Floyd Shivambu, die ANC-jeugliga se voorste proponent van nasionalisering, begroet. Hy noem Netshitenzhe se standpunt in dieselfde tydskrif konserwatief en sê die jeugliga sal enige pogings om van die Vryheidsmanifes se bepalings af te wyk, beveg. Volgens hom moet die Vryheidsmanifes in sy geheel toegepas word soos destyds voorsien is.
Die debat rondom nasionalisering sal in September ’n klimaks bereik by die ANC se tussentydse nasionale konferensie in Durban. Die party se nasionale werkkomitee sal Maandag besprekingsdokumente oor dié en ander kwessies finaliseer.
Hoewel die konferensie nie bindende besluite kan neem nie, is dit ’n goeie aanduiding van wat om van die ANC se volgende nasionale konferensie in 2012 te verwag.
Shivambu se reaksie mag aandui dat die ANC nie nasionalisering as ’n realistiese beleidsrigting oorweeg nie en dat die jeugliga se veldtog begin stoom verloor.
Netshitenzhe het gesê die ANC se veranderde benadering tot nasionalisering is reeds uiteengesit in beleidstukke soos die Ready to Govern-dokument van 1992 en Strategy and Tactics van 2007.
- Die Burger
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ANC wil media weer in bek ruk
JAN-JAN JOUBERT IN KAAPSTAD
Die ANC se planne om die media te onderwerp aan ’n tribunaal wat deur politici aangestel sal word, is die afgelope week uit ’n skyndood opgewek.
Dr. Blade Nzimande en mnr. Gwede Mantashe, twee van die leidende denkers in die regerende alliansie, het die kwessie die afgelope week opnuut op die nasionale agenda geplaas nadat ’n joernalis na bewering deur ’n voormalige ANC-premier betaal is.
Die ANC het al op sy nasionale konferensie in Polokwane in 2007 ’n resolusie aanvaar dat die staat ’n tribunaal moet skep met die formele mandaat dat hoër etiese norme in die media moet geld.
Die presiese samestelling van so ’n tribunaal is nie uitgestippel nie, maar die aanvaarde uitgangspunt is dat politici die bepalende sê sal hê oor wie daarin dien.
Dit het gevaarligte laat flikker onder voorstanders van mediavryheid en kampvegters vir grondwetlikheid – dermate dat me. Jessie Duarte as woordvoerder van die presidentskantoor gesê het die planne is op die lange baan geskuif. Duarte het sedertdien om onverwante redes die presidentskantoor verlaat, en nou het Nzimande en Mantashe die saak weer op die agenda geplaas.
Nzimande het die media “huiwerig en lafhartig” genoem en het, soos Mantashe, ’n beroep gedoen dat die tribunaal as “media-waghond” ingestel word.
Albei het die voorbeeld van die Cape Argus-joernalis Ashley Smith gebruik wat onlangs in ’n beëdigde verklaring ’n jare lange sterk vermoede in Kaapse joernalistieke kringe bevestig het dat hy betaal is om berigte ten gunste van mnr. Ebrahim Rasool en sy faksie in die Wes-Kaapse ANC te skryf toe Rasool nog premier was.
Smith beweer sommige van sy kollegas en ander ANC-politici het hieraan meegedoen, maar alle beweerde betrokkenes ontken dit tans ewe hard as wat dit in die jare voor Smith se onlangse bekentenis ontken is.
Die ANC self het tot dusver die gegewens deur Mantashe en Nzimande aangewend om die media as instelling aan te val eerder as om teen individue op te tree.
Rasool se dralende aanstelling as Suid-Afrika se ambassadeur in Amerika is skielik binne dae ná Smith se onthullings afgehandel, met die regering wat dieselfde inligting wat nou deur Mantashe en Nzimande gebruik word, as blote bewerings bestempel en as geen rede om sy aanstelling selfs te vertraag nie.
Me. Lindiwe Mazibuko, die DA se nasionale woordvoerder, het die afgelope week gesê ál rede dat die ANC ’n tribunaal wil hê, is om te probeer verhinder dat die media krities oor die regering skryf.
Die DA is ten gunste van selfregulering in die media.
Die afgelope week het egter ook potensieel goeie nuus vir die ANC in dié verband gebring.
Die skatryk ANC-gesinde Gupta-familie beplan om eersdaags ’n nuwe dagblad, New Age, op straat te hê, en die verwagting is dat dit baie simpatiek jeens die regering en die regerende party sal staan.
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Analysis: Good luck Guptas - The New Age is gonna cost you, big time
Balls of steel. Buckets of courage. Deep, deep pockets. That’s what newspaper people say friends of Zuma and allies of the ANC, the Gupta family, will need to launch a daily newspaper, The New Age, in a troubled, overcrowded market. Whether people will read the paper is another matter entirely.
Deon du Plessis knows the newspaper business. He’s the publisher of South Africa’s most successful daily paper, The Daily Sun, which has a circulation of close on half-a-million and is read by almost 3.8 million people. Daily newspaper circulations have declined since 2007, but The Daily Sun’s continues to rise. Despite this, Du Plessis believes the Gupta family is launching a newspaper in a market that is notoriously difficult to crack. “It has been a harrowing winter and it is a hell of a time to launch a newspaper. The New Age’s backers will have to have deep pockets because it’s an expensive business. There are easier ways of making money.”
The Gupta family is set to launch The New Age in September with former SABC political editor and Business Day journalist Vuyo Mvoko as editor-designate. The Gupta family apparently sought expert advice on the viability of the print media sector. Perhaps they should rather have spoken to Du Plessis, who knows just how punishing the business is and what it takes to make a daily succeed.
For a start Du Plessis estimates the Guptas would need to fork out R75 million a year. “A regional daily would cost about (that), and will need to be funded for a good four to five years. If they have national ambitions you can add to those figures quite significantly.
It is an immense job setting up a daily newspaper. Apart from the paper and brooding genius that inspires newspapers, there is the small matter of presses and trucks. And it is not just a matter of publishing one paper and saying ‘what good chaps we are’. It is a matter of doing it again and again and again. This is where the balls of steel come in. I would not like to launch a newspaper now - not in this post-World Cup winter.” The secret to Du Plessis’s success is that he produces a tabloid that people actually want to read every day. The Guptas may find that party-aligned content proves less palatable.
Photo: Daily Sun's Deon Du Plessis. Photo: Sally Shorkend.
Spokesman for the initiative Essop Pahad fiercely denies the paper will have any political affiliation to the ANC. “It is a commercial venture being undertaken by the Gupta family. The newspaper sector may well be one of the toughest to get into, but the Gupta family has done a feasibility study and thinks it is viable, and therefore is investing in the daily paper,” said Pahad. “I have already said in a statement that it is not a pro-ANC newspaper, but let me repeat this please. It is not and will not be an ANC-affiliated newspaper, because this is a purely private venture.”
Pahad, the former minster in the presidency remembered for his troubled relationship with the media itself, for threatening to withdraw government advertising from the Sunday Times because of its reporting on Manto Tshabalala-Msimang’s theft conviction, and for, ahem, not being honest in Parliament about organising a sponsorship for Suresh Roberts to write a book about Thabo Mbeki.
To consider the likelihood of The New Age being an ANC mouthpiece, take a look at the relationship the Gupta family has with President Jacob Zuma, his family and the ANC. Media reports say Atul Gupta frequently boasts that his jets and helicopters are used to ferry Zuma around the country. Zuma’s children – twins Duduzile and Duduzane – are both linked by directorships with the Gupta family. According to the Mail & Guardian Duduzile joined the board of the Gupta-owned Sahara Computers six months after Zuma was elected ANC president. Duduzane is involved with Gupta’s mining interests and is currently embroiled in a scandal related to government favouritism.
Then there’s the April M&G report by Sam Sole and Stefaans Brümmer that details a meeting held at Atul Gupta’s Saxonwold home that was attended by Zuma and his then COO Jessie Duarte. The report cites a source who says the newspaper was discussed at this meeting.
Political analyst and media boss Justice Malala believes these connections could hurt The New Age. “People are not stupid. When they’re being fed propaganda they will see through it and won’t buy the paper. The Guptas are embroiled in several serious scandals including the Sishen iron ore mining dispute with a Zuma relative. How would the newspaper report on this, if at all? From the onset they are facing an uphill battle.
"I am not sure how Essop Pahad, who used to always attack the media, could work with any self-respecting editor who would demand independence and demand that the newspaper would cover what is in the public interest rather than what is the ANC’s interest,” he said.
Photo: Justice Malala. Photo: Sally Shorkend.
Malala believes the issue of government advertising support for the Gupta interest could prove compromising. “If government advertising spend is allocated to this newspaper because it is a comrade newspaper then we have a huge governance issue on our hands.”
Media buying expert Mike Nussey of Mediaedge:cia reacted with surprise to the news of the launch saying the media-buying community had yet to hear about the new player. “Surely they need to be out there punting to the media industry what they intend doing so they could ensure some kind of start-up support if they’re launching in September?” said Nussey. “It is a really tough market, you need deep pockets and even if you are affiliated to the ruling party, you have got to get advertising. If you don’t get the retailers, and here I am talking from Vodacom all the way through to Pick ‘n Pay, you are not going to survive.
"I wouldn’t be launching a newspaper in this environment in South Africa, especially if it is going to be a national newspaper. The distribution costs of those newspapers are massive. Even if you have the backing of Jacob Zuma in writing I don’t think it is going to be a viable economic prospect. I think it is very naïve and somebody is being misled about how much money there is in newspaper advertising,” Nussey said.
The analysts agree. Kevin Mattison of Avior Research points to ThisDay, which was started a couple of years ago and which, despite being well-funded and respected from an editorial perspective, didn’t last long. “They are moving into a very, very competitive space which is the high end of the newspaper market. There will be a lot of pressure from other players as well from the Internet over the next five years as broadband penetration rises. It won’t be easy for an operation like this to be viable, and it certainly will take a long time. It will take four or five years depending on how competitors react, where they get revenues from and what the split is between circulation and advertising. Generally, free newspapers do better in ramping up circulation earlier and that helps them to get advertising revenues.”
Do the math and that’s an investment of some R400 million the Gupta’s will need to float The New Age until it becomes sustainable - if it is readable and attracts advertising. As Du Plessis says, there are easier ways to make money – if indeed the Guptas are in it for the profits.
It is a tough, tough way of turning a buck,” warns the publisher of The Daily Sun. “It is not the launch of the paper that is the challenge. It is doing it all again the second day, and the day after that, and the day after that. It probably looks a lot easier from the outside when you haven’t done it before,” says Du Plessis. “They’ll need courage … by the bucket load.”
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ANC erken ‘erosie’ en ‘twyfelagtige leierskap’
Pieter du Toit
Die regerende party erken en sien die erosie van sy kultuur van verantwoordbaarheid, diensbaarheid en morele leierskap.
Nóg meer beduidend, lui die ANC se besprekingsdokument oor leierskap, is die groeiende “maatskaplike afstand” tussen dié in posisies van mag en dié op grondvlak.
Die party is diep bekommerd oor “skadukulture” wat soos “parasiete” op simboliek en geskiedenis teer en die ANC en regering vir eie gewin misbruik.
Ondanks waarskuwings voor en ná die party se nasionale konferensie in 2007 by Polokwane, het sommige neigings nie net meer wydsverspreid geword nie, maar gevestig geraak in partykultuur.
Só word geld en invloed gebruik om die oorhand in gebiedsoorloë en faksiegevegte op alle vlakke van die party te kry. Dit lei dikwels daartoe dat ANC-saamtrekke of -vergaderings in geweld of oproer ontaard. Lede is gevolglik toenemend besig om vertroue in die party se interne strukture te verloor.
Die party betreur ook die aanhoudende geskarrel om leiersposisies: “Dit het tot gevolg dat opvolgdebatte en struwelinge begin nog voordat ’n nuutverkose leierskorps die kans gekry het om hul mandaat uit te voer.”
Die lei ook tot ’n kultuur waarin “die wenner alles vat”; in leiersverkiesings op alle vlakke is daar minder en minder middelgrond tussen opponerende groepe, wat tot tweespalt lei.
“Twyfelagtige leierskap” in die ANC lei na swak dissipline en straffeloosheid. “Die ANC-leierskollektief word dikwels verlam weens vrese van optrede teen ‘ons groep’ of optrede teen die ‘ander groep’, wat as ’n suiwering vertolk kan word,” lui die besprekingsdokument.
Dié faksieverdelings word ook gekenmerk deur die kaap van ANC-simbole deur een groep en die sing van beledigende struggle-liedjies teen die opponerende groep.
Dis verder kommerwekkend dat álmal hierby betrokke is: “Beide ‘ou’ en ‘nuwe’ lede en leiers op alle vlakke is betrokke met al hoe minder stemme in ons midde om leiding te gee.”
- Die Burger
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Make no mistake - "BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING"
There is mounting evidence that political pressure lay behind the arrest this week of Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Africa, despite furious denials from police top brass.
A senior police official close to the case admitted yesterday that police were feeling the heat from ANC politicians to crack down on wa Afrika, because of his reporting.
"Ja - it's political pressure," he told the Sunday Times.
Yesterday, Mabutho Sithole, a spokesman for Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza, confirmed the premier had laid the initial complaint, at the Kabokweni police station in Nelspruit, which culminated in wa Afrika's arrest.
Mabuza, a controversial figure in Mpumalanga, has been the subject of various articles in the Sunday Times and other publications.
The complaint was sparked by a letter faxed to the Sunday Times, in which Mabuza supposedly states his intention to resign as premier. Mabuza insisted the letter was a forgery and that he had no intention of resigning.
"He (Mabuza) complained to the police here at Kabokweni after we got a copy of the letter and received information that there were people in possession of a letter bearing his name and signature," said Sithole.
Wa Afrika was arrested at 11.15am on Wednesday outside the Sunday Times building in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Minutes earlier Sunday Times lawyer Renier Spies had been negotiating with Kabokweni station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Mabasa at Rosebank police station not to arrest wa Afrika at his office, but rather to allow the journalist to hand himself over at the station.
"In the meantime (Mabasa) contacted a general' whose further particulars are unknown to me, via his cellphone," said Spies. "According to (Mabasa), the general he spoke to was on his way to the station and wanted to join us."
Minutes later, several police vehicles with sirens blaring pulled up alongside wa Afrika outside the Sunday Times building while he was walking to the police station. Police bundled him into an unmarked vehicle and drove off at high speed.
At 7pm on Thursday night, the Sunday Times went to the High Court in Pretoria to bring an urgent application for wa Afrika's release. Just before 10pm, acting Judge Johan Kruger ordered his immediate release following an agreement with the state. Wa Afrika was released at 10:30pm on Thursday night.
He appeared in Nelspruit Regional Court on Friday on charges of fraud, forgery and uttering. He was released on bail of R5000 and is scheduled to appear again on November 8.
Spies said he was convinced there was "political pressure on (Mabasa) to effect an arrest".
This is borne out by the line of questioning police adopted when interrogating wa Afrika and fellow suspect Victor Mlimi, a senior provincial government official, at the Nelspruit office of the police's provincial Organised Crime Unit on Thursday.
"I was asked whether I was directly or indirectly involved in discrediting senior ANC office bearers in Mpumalanga," said wa Afrika. "That made me wonder whether the police were investigating a criminal or a political case.
"They also wanted to know who are the big politicians I'm working with behind the scenes. This made me conclude the police were sent by politicians to harass and intimidate me."
Mlimi's lawyer, Daniel Mabunda, said his client was questioned for two hours about the ANC's provincial leadership succession battles, and which political camp he supported.
"I was present when my client was asked, Are you destroying the image and integrity of the ANC in Mpumalanga? I advised my client not to answer that question. It struck me that this has more to do with politics than a criminal case."
The day before the arrest, police chief General Bheki Cele had referred to wa Afrika as a "shady journalist", in response to an article he co-authored about the police chief's involvement in clinching a R500-million lease agreement, without going to tender, with billionaire businessman Roux Shabangu.
The vigour police used to pursue wa Afrika also raised eyebrows. The case was opened at Kabokweni police station on Monday and wa Afrika was arrested two days later.
Police have yet to arrest anyone connected to the deaths of Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala and provincial arts and culture spokesman Sammy Mpatlanyane - both of whom appeared on an alleged hit list that emerged last year .
Mohlala was gunned down outside his house by three masked men in January 2009 in Kanyamazane township outside Nelspruit. Mpatlanyane was shot in his Nelspruit home in January 2010.
"Those murders are still under investigation," Hawks spokesman Musa Zondi told the Sunday Times yesterday.
The visible lack of progress in these cases contrasts with the swift action taken against wa Afrika, one of the journalists who exposed the alleged hit list.
Cele's spokesman, Nonkululeko Mbatha, told the Sunday Times yesterday "the semblance and impressions you have are not factual". "Police have instituted a probe which is ongoing and appealed to members of the public who might have information to come to the fore."
Asked about the negative impression created by the police's heavy-handed action against wa Afrika, she said: "I cannot undo that impression but the fact of the matter is no one is immune from investigation of what is suspicious of criminal nature. Lastly, insinuations about a directive issued by the general (Cele) to apprehend or intimidate the journalist are incorrect and a figment of imagination."
Mabuza's spokesman also denied exerting any political pressure on police, or that the arrest was an attempt to intimidate wa Afrika and derail his investigative reporting on the murders.
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