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South Africa – Mandela family fortunes as seen by Zapiro

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Mandela family game

Mandela family game

S Africa – Motlanthe is ANC Youth League’s choice for the presidency

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Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is the ANC Youth League’s choice for the position of ANC president, it has announced.

It would nominate him for this post at the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung in December, youth league spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said.

“We are calling on all our structures and ANC branches … to ensure that our generational [sic] mission is fulfilled and that … tried, tested and competent comrades are elected.”

The youth league’s candidate for ANC secretary general was former league leader Fikile Mbalula, and for deputy president ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa or Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale. Sexwale could also be nominated as treasurer general.

The names of North West Premier Thandi Modise, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, and former ANC deputy secretary general Thenjiwe Mtitso were also put forward.

Sangoni-Khawe said: “Primarily, the kind of political leadership that we need is leadership that adheres to our political programme for economic freedom in our lifetime.” The next leadership needed to take a firm stand on economic policy to realise the Freedom Charter.

“What scares any investor is not nationalisation of mines or expropriation of land without compensation, but an endless discussion on the aforementioned.” A leader needed the ability to inspire people and reinforce confidence in the ANC and transformation.

In the run-up to the elective conference in December, the party needed to take a stand against political violence and intimidation, she said.

“The ANC must act decisively to ensure that all comrades are afforded an opportunity to voice, without fear or favour, their preferences on leadership without the spectre of victimisation and even death hanging over them.” M&G

S Africa: Mandela released from hospital


Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital after a diagnostic procedure for an abdominal problem, the government says.

President Jacob Zuma’s office said he was sent home after the checks “did not indicate anything seriously wrong”.

Officials earlier said the 93-year-old Nobel Prize laureate had undergone a laparoscopy but was recovering well.

The procedure involves inserting a tiny camera through the abdomen or pelvis.

The government has not confirmed where Mr Mandela was being treated nor the exact details of his health concerns.

Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu earlier told reporters he had been suffering from “ongoing discomfort” but denied reports of a hernia operation.

She said the former president was “as fine as can be at his age”.

In his statement, Mr Zuma thanked the public for their “good wishes and support”.

Mr Mandela, who is affectionately known in South Africa by his clan name, Madiba, spent 27 years in prison for fighting the white-minority rule of the apartheid era.

He became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, serving one five-year term.  Read more…

S Africa: ANC Youth League says ANC settling political scores in Malema case

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The ANC Youth League has accused its parent body of using disciplinary procedures to settle political scores. This comes after it was revealed at a disciplinary appeals committee meeting this week that ANC chief prosecutor

Uriel Abrahamse


wrote an email to his deputy, advocate Nomazotsho Memani, suggesting that the appeals should be heard before the ANC’s centenary celebrations to prevent suspended youth league officials, including the league’s president Julius Malema, from sharing a stage with ANC president Jacob Zuma.

Abrahamse wrote: “I also don’t think it is a good idea to engage the other side unless they initiate it. Our experience is that they will use every opportunity to create delays. They do this in order to have the appellants’ part of the January 8 programme.”

The youth league believes that this move to prevent Malema from sharing a stage with Zuma is proof of a larger political plot. Read more…

S Africa: deputy economic development minister resigns over pension fund questions

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Enoch Godongwana, deputy minister of economic development, quit his post this week in the face of growing outrage in government circles about his involvement in a company that allegedly defrauded clothing factory workers of R100-million of their pension fund money, the Mail & Guardianhas been reliably informed.

Enoch Godongwana




Senior government officials said the situation had become untenable and there was “a lot of talk” about whether Godongwana, if he had not resigned, would have survived the next Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma, which, rumour has it, will take place in March.

“The pension fund scandal was massive. Government, other stakeholders and the business community were outraged by what had happened and they wanted Godongwana to step down to let the law take its course,” said an official close to the events.

With the scandal tarnishing the reputation of the department of economic development, Godongwana is said to have asked Zuma in December if he could resign.

Yet the M&G has learned that the first time his departmental colleagues realised Godongwana would be quitting his post was last Sunday, when Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, announced that the deputy minister had resigned to “pursue personal interests”.  Read more…

UN Climate conference reaches agreement on roadmap

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A marathon UN climate conference on Sunday approved a roadmap towards an accord that for the first time will bring all major emitters of greenhouse gases under a single legal roof.

As negotiations entered the 11th hour at COP17, climate change activists chanted slogans through the corridors of the ICC, demanding action and commitment from negotiators. Those who saw out the peaceful protest were escorted out by UN security.

If approved as scheduled in 2015, the pact will be operational from 2020 and become the prime weapon in the fight against climate change.

The deal was reached after nearly 14 days of talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The world forum also launched a Green Climate Fund to help channel up to $100-billion a year in aid to poor, vulnerable countries by 2020, an initiative born under the 2009 Copenhagen Summit.

Approval came after two and a half days of round-the-clock wrangling among 194 nations. Read more…

S African Finance Minister says euro crisis hitting everyone

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – World economies are sliding as a result of euro zone debt problems and failure by European leaders to make the right decisions to resolve the crisis will have massive consequences for the global outlook, South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said.

Pravin Gordhan

Gordhan reiterated during a debate recorded for the BBC World Service’s Business Daily programme that the rapid flow of capital in and out of emerging markets as investors fretted over the crisis was having major disruptive effects on their economies and currencies.


“What we are now having is the sinking developed world which is pulling the rest of the world down, rather than managing the situation,” Gordhan said. Read more…