Another week, another series of strikes and service delivery protests in South Africa. Wonkie was holding back, hoping there would be something more entertaining to report on, but sadly there was not. Below is a summary round-up of the latest South African news:1. Petrol attendant’s strike – The 7.5% wage increase offer was refused by Numsa, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa. As usual, the strikes were accompanied by a healthy dose of intimidation against those who chose to work. One day, South African citizens, unions and the government will realise that strikes are not just about money. The additional money will no doubt help the workers temporarily, but the underlying issue of real progress is what needs to be addressed. Despite what unions believe, money is just fish – the workers should be screaming for rods. 2. Cosatu expects huge growth – Unfortunately they don’t expect it in the economy, only in terms of population growth. This follows more declarations of baby-daddies within the Cosatu ranks (for those of you not in the know, that’s the term for men who spawn out of wedlock). In any case, it appears that Zwelinzima Vavi is not the only honcho in Cosatu who engaged in the odd extra-marital romp. Perhaps somebody should explain to Cosatu that supporting labour refers to the work-force, not the maternity ward at their local hospital.
3. Eastern Cape health care mess – Speaking of hospitals, the state of Eastern Cape health care, or rather the lack thereof, made the news again. A mole living on Collins Chabane’s performance monitoring couch, allegedly reported that the number of accidental deaths due to incompetence and lack of resources was well within the government’s Key Performance Metrics. In fact, South Africa needs at least another 2,500 baby deaths a year before anybody need be concerned.4. Service delivery protests – As the 2014 elections draw closer, South Africa can expect more service delivery protests like the one experienced near Protea Glen in Soweto last week. They can also expect slimy politicians to make the same promises they made four years ago. Wonkie remains ever-optimistic that the affected electorate will vote with more realistic goggles than they have done in the past. However, Wonkie will not hold its breath.
5. Protection of Information Bill – The Secrecy Bill, seen by just about everybody except Mac Maharaj and the ANC as a means to streamline corruption and illegal government dealings, was sent back for parliamentary review. Apparently there are a lot of spelling and grammatical errors – yes, like that’s the problem with the secrecy bill. The DA is optimistic that the bill will be made properly constitutional. Wonkie believes they stand a better chance of winning if they bought a lottery ticket online, but let’s be optimistic.6. Madonsela may need public protection – Thuli Madonsela is making no friends in the ANC with her insistence on investigating Zuma’s Nkandla estate upgrade. The fuss this time though, is more about Madonsela’s declaration of a conflict of interest and dodgy dealings relating to IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula. Many MPs, funny enough, believe that Madonsela’s role should be subordinate to them – one need not think too far out of the box to answer the question Why?
7. Northern Cape Premier sadly misunderstood – Sylvia Lucas was exposed for bingeing on junk food. She spent a massive R53,159 on the likes of KFC in her first 10 weeks using tax payers money. Wonkie would like to formally reprimand the Sunday Times for insensitively exposing Sylvia’s comfort-food habit – Wonkie understands that it’s tough and lonely at the top. Sometimes, only a lekker KFC bucket or ten can help ease the pain.
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Related articles on strikes, Cosatu, and dodgy government behaviour:
- Zuma’s Nkandla Upgrade
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- Thuli Madonsela – South African role model
- Cosatu – Bad Behaviour