Why am I getting this eerie feeling that intimidation and Absolute National Chaos (ANC) is driving the citizens of South Africa to anxious desperation , --- inside and outside Parlement?
When an old communist like Mluleki George (MP Congress of the People - COPE) exercised his parliamentary privilege and freedom of speech yesterday, by delivering an opinion that the ANC government is taking South Africa down a road to lawlessness, then surely he must have had a valid reason for saying this? Let’s face it, he may be an old communist, but he’s no fool. He was after all, the founding member of the United Democratic Front (UDF - 1993), National Sports Council (1988), founder and executive member of the National Olympic Committee of South Africa (NOCSA - 1989), board member of the South African Rugby Union (2003), Deputy Minister for the Department of Defence (2004) --- and there’s more here.
But despite the undeniable words of wisdom spoken by old George, the Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo, who clearly lacks the capacity to understand the rules of Parliament, ordered the man out of yesterday’s sitting of the National Assembly, stating that part of his speech constituted an unacceptable insult to President Jacob Zuma. (Shall I list all the offensive actions this man has performed, and the many times he has insulted the entire nation, or should I leave readers to Google this in their own time?)
Mr George, who firmly believed that he had been misquoted, stubbornly refused to withdraw his comment. The tussle-of-words started shortly after President Zuma responded to the debate on the pathetic state-of-the-nation speech he read to the nation last week, --- in one looong monotonous tone!
When old George was so rudely and undemocratically ordered out of the National Assembly, the Congress of the People (COPE) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) decided that they too had quite enough of the circus, and also stormed out. The DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard, was apparently so shocked by the ANC’s arrogance that she couldn’t resist hurling an “F-word” at ANC MPs and the Deputy Speaker while walking out of the Assembly-of-National-Clowns. I thought my TV was going on the blink with all the beep-beep sounds it was making!
The full story can be viewed here.
And while on the subject of insulting the President…
Last week Wednesday, a 25-year-old student from the University of Cape Town (UCT), Chumani Maxwele, who happens to be card-carrying member of the ANC-circus, was jogging when a blue-light convoy of six government vehicles, with President Zuma inside one of them, drove past. About five minutes later, the convoy passed joggers on the left of the M3 highway and slowed because of heavy traffic. I can imagine the noisy turbulent scene, -- car horns and vuvuzela’s blowing for Africa, people screaming hysterically in that hi-pitched tone so unique to Africa. The ear-deafening racket annoyed Maxwele, so he waved the vehicles away – “Gaan weg, Voertsek – julle raas!” In the process of waving he accidentally raised his middle finger, -- and that’s when the trouble started.
When the Zuma's bodyguards stopped to terrorize Maxwele, he became aggressive and began to swear at them – “Voertsek man, los my uit!” The bewildered jogger was then pushed into a car, shouted at, and a bag was pulled over his head, just like in the old ‘apartheid’ days when people wanted to show who’s boss. He was later charged with crimen injuria and resisting arrest. He was taken first to Rondebosch, then to the Mowbray police station and later to holding cells at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court. While Maxwele was in custody for 24 hours in the cells, his house was searched by police officers and his belongings and notebooks were rifled through. He was also questioned about his political affiliations and feelings about Zuma, --- exactly like the old security police used to do in the old days of ‘apartheid’.
According to Richard Calland, associate professor of constitutional law at UCT, showing the middle finger was a legitimate, albeit flimsy, and inarticulate way of expressing protest. "What Zuma's bodyguards did was a failure to recognise that he (Maxwele) had the freedom of expression," said Calland. View the full story here.
And talking about showing the middle finger…
Trade union Solidarity tried to deliver about 23 000 letters to the President at Parliament, but Zuma showed the predominately white Trade Union that he really didn’t care a dime about crime. Presidential spokesman Vincent Magwenya claimed the anti-crime campaign “lacked substance”. In reaction to the presidency’s refusal, Solidarity has decided to carry on with the campaign. Click here to view the full story.
Solidarity’s campaign can be found at www.dearpresident.co.za or at the Afrikaans website www.geagtepresident.co.za
This feeling of ‘anxious desperation’ among the citizens of South Africa is particularly evident here in Pretoria, -- the capital city of the country, where helpless pensioners and vulnerable citizens are being brutally murdered in their homes almost on a daily basis.
Huge colourful billboards proclaiming that it’s time South Africa turns to God are popping up on all main routes in Pretoria, faster than FIFA’s 2010 soccer adverts.
I don’t know where all the money is coming from to support this campaign, but a cursory peek into the whole business points to one Afrikaans woman by the name of Elza Meyer, who claims among other things that she has made a covenant with God that she will love Him above all else! The story behind her story is published in Afrikaans on the website Turn2God.
Personally, I like the idea of pro-campaigns far more than an anti-campaigns. Anti-campaigns and petitions seldom achieve anything. Unfortunately, a successful pro-active operation costs money (the root of all evil), but then sometimes the best strategies use evil to fight evil. ("... be as wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." Matthew 10:16)
My intuition tells me that it would be wise to support the Turn2God campaign, --- as long as God stays firmly in the picture – above ALL ELSE!
Turn2God is holding an event on Saturday 6 March at the Union Building Grounds.
The day is jointly presented by Turn2God, Shalom Ministries (Might Men), Global Day of Prayer, Unashamedly Ethical, Jericho Walls and Moreleta Park Church. The speakers are: Angus Buchan, Elza Meyer, Jackson Xhosa, Bennie Mostert and Graham Power. The praise and worship team includes: Keke, Rhema South Worship Team, Louis Brittz, Retief Burger, Joe Niemand, Lionel Peterson, Tiro, Marlon Van, Wanda Bam, Nedine Blom, Soekie & Radikids and the Soweto Gospel Choir.
Several foreign dignitaries will also be attending the event. President Zuma and his wife (wives?) have apparently also been invited.
First session : 09:00 – 15:00. Speakers and praise and worship.
Second session : 15:00 – 17:00. Continuous praise and worship.
Provisionally a park and ride system will be used. Cars can be parked at the Pretoria Show Grounds, Moreleta Park Woodlands, Choose Life Rubenstein (old Moreleta Park church) and transported to the Union Building grounds by bus at own expense. Other alternative parking at Lewende Woord Brummeria and Montana Park and DRC Elardus Park are still being investigated.
Tickets are available at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers, I-tickets.co.za or www.turn2god.co.za Group bookings: 084 500 7301
Other enquiries: email@example.com 082 783 7469 or 0861 824 669
For those who can not be there on Saturday 6 March, the event can be followed LIVE on TWR Radio 155 on DStv audio channel 155 from 9:30 on March 6th, or you can stream from the iWorship.co.za site.