Today the M & G on-line had some good and noteworthy news.
Cheryl Celle former head of health services on the Hibiscus Coast Municipality and former wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and a nurse to boot, had her sentence of 12 years for drug trafficking reversed by the Supreme Court of South Africa and replaced with a sentence of 20 years. When you think about it, 20 years is about what a murderer might expect in our death-penalty-less society. I would say that justice has been done.
Then there is the 10111 (SA’s emergency phone service) which the Auditor General flagged as having up to 60% of the crimes reported to the service not being registered and not being investigated. The ANC admit it’s a huge number and the DA succinctly observe that for an “SAPS that costs (tax payers) R62.4-billion per annum, the criminals will no doubt be delighted to hear that the majority of their activities are never even looked at by our ailing SAPS”. At least the Auditor General’s activities are pertinent and telling. But the police are going to investigate this??? That’s cold comfort.
Then the City Press reported the R203-million budget for Zuma’s Nkandla residence upgrade and Public Works will investigate how City Press obtained documents revealing this proposed expenditure. The implication is that this information was somehow confidential and not for public disclosure, perhaps something that would literally be covered by the proposed secrecy bill. But the press uncovered this unacceptable misappropriation of public funds. This is the same press the ANC hope to muzzle with the secrecy bill.
So, these reports demonstrate that at least three things are working for South Africa. The higher courts of the judiciary, the office of the Auditor General and the press. At least two of those institutions are under constant attack by the ANC government. By contrast, Direct Democracy Forum policies defend all those institutions, and more, from the ravages of party political and institutionalised self interest.