It seems despite our best efforts, we’re struggling to do any worse today than the apartheid government. Sharpeville? Marikana. Freedom of expression-curtailing? Secrecy Bill. Sophiatown Removals? Lwandle Removals 2014.
Is that last contention fair, one might ask? Well comrade, the people of Mzansi and the Twitterverse were in a huff on Tuesday and Wednesday after images of the forced removals of extremely poor people in Lwandle – an informal settlement just outside Somerset West, near Cape Town – surfaced. Back to the point: during apartheid times, forced removals such as in the case of District Six & Sophiatown were conducted under the pretext of agitated social engineering and racialism, in 2014, we see removals being undertaken for the great sake of…a road. This is easily neither a party political nor racial issue, it’s an issue of humanity. It’s one of common decency and of the fact that the protection of human life must supersede the any tenet of modern society that may be deemed necessary to sustain it such as a road or money. It remains too early at this point for me to make a strong case/opinion on the story, but we will bring you more as the story unfolds and it is debated by our politicians.
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In another, better-lit part of Cape Town, Malema says he won’t be sending his son off to a public school. Surprise. Julius Malema’s son is a cheese-boi. On Monday, Malema stated clearly that he wouldn’t send his 8 year-old son to a “dysfunctional and poor” public school after declaring to reporters during a media briefing on Sunday that it made no sense for government to provide services that its leaders, from MPs to ministers, were not willing to use. Salt anyone? “We want schools and hospitals to be upgraded… they will never be of [good] quality if MPs are not using them,” he said. Still, it’s not the worst we’ve heard from parliament’s brightest upstart. We’ll bring you more on the story if there’s anything to tell.
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That’s the latest for now. I’ll continue to bring you more of the very latest political news as our lives unfold, friends.
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