Two of the most publicised trials in South Africa, those of Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani, both resulted in acquittals rather than convictions.
In an article for BBC, Milton Nkosi explained why these acquittals should not be regarded as “failures of South African justice”.
Nkosi’s argument pivots on the importance of courts operating independently of “public opinion or emotion”, and ensuring that prisoners are treated as innocent until they are proven guilty.
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The murder trials of UK businessman Shrien Dewani and athlete Oscar Pistorius seem to have punched holes in the credibility of the South African judicial system.
Many people were surprised when Judge Thokozile Masipa dismissed murder charges against the Paralympic athlete, although she has now allowed prosecutors to appeal against this decision.
Judging by what I’ve heard here, people feel let down by Judge Jeanette Traverso’s decision to throw out the case against Mr Dewani.
If the Agency for New Agenda (ANA) has it’s way, the Springboks might not be playing in this year’s Rugby World Cup.
This is the latest development in the ongoing drama surrounding the newly announced national rugby team as they prepare for the quadrennial Rugby World Cup set to take place from 18 September to 31 October in England this year.
“The Agency for New Agenda (ANA) party is taking the South African Rugby Union to court in Pretoria seeking an order that would force players and officials to surrender their passports, preventing them from flying to London on the grounds that the government’s policy on transformation has not been met with the Springboks’ squad, which was announced last Friday, being mainly white,” Paul Rees writes for The Guardian.
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Edward Mahlomola Mokhoanatse, the ANA president, said: “The action is a public duty to defend our constitution and to consign to the rubbish bin of history all vestiges and remnants of racial bigotry, racial exclusion and discrimination. Mokhoanatse added he would be asking the North Gauteng high court to establish a judicial commission of inquiry into “the lack of transformation in South Africa rugby”.
However, Daily Maverick‘s Antoinette Muller figures this is a “cheap political stunt” and believes it won’t hold up in court. Read her article:
An unknown political party, the Agency for New Agenda (ANA) party, formerly known as South Africa First, will be taking South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbabula and the South Africa Rugby Union (Saru) to court on Tuesday. Their mission? To stop the Springboks from playing at the Rugby World Cup in England and Wales next month.
It might sound like a headline from ZANEWS, but the party said its president, Edward Mahlomola Mokhoanatse, will be in the North Gauteng High Court this week to get Saru and Department of Sport and Recreation officials to hand over their passports so they cannot travel to the tournament.
Read Kevin McCallum’s article for The Star on the controversy facing the Springboks, in which he also quotes from Politically Incorrect: The Autobiography by Peter de Villiers and Gavin Rich:
Peter de Villiers has spoken. Springbok rugby is in the gutter. It is a national shame and an insult to black intelligence. It wasn’t like this is in his day. Heyneke Meyer should be put up against the wall.
But yesterday, in an Afrikaans Sunday newspaper, De Villiers told South Africans they should stop fighting about the make-up of the team and support the Springboks at the World Cup. Meyer, he said, has chosen a good group and his right to choose his team should never be taken away from him. South Africans should wait to see what results this team produces at the World Cup and then criticise him, if it is necessary.
The launch of the latest exhibition at the Iziko Slave Lodge was a glorious and joyful occasion. Red in the Rainbow: The Life and Times of Fred and Sarah Carneson is a heroic narrative told by the Carneson’s eldest daughter, Lynn. The exhibition contains a fascinating range of images and artefacts that enhance the story, enabling viewers and readers to have a direct encounter with the Carneson family’s experience.
“This is an exhibition in honour of everybody who fought apartheid,” said Carneson, welcoming her parents’ erstwhile comrade, Albie Sachs, who opened the exhibition. She praised Sachs, who is a member of her extended family, as “a living example of the spirit of the struggle that never goes away … with his generosity, his love and total commitment to making this world a better place”.
Sachs recalled an occasion when about 10 members of the Communist Party who parked at isolated spots on the green belt in the early morning and walked to meet each other under a certain tree on the sides of Table Mountain. “Fred Carneson waved his arm at the rainy vista and said, ‘Welcome to the boardroom!’”
Sachs remembered how Chris Hani left, followed by Reg September, Ray Alexander and Jack Simons and then the rest of the group one by one. “Eventually it was just Fred and Albie Sachs,” he said. “Fred was the bravest of all of us. He stayed at his post as the police were closing in, as people were being tortured to death. He was very meaningful to me, setting a standard of ebullience and brightness. In his detention he received some of the worst treatment … like his torture by sleep deprivation for five days until he collapsed.
“We tell these stories because some people have converted the South African experience to a magical moment when Mandela walks out of jail and does a deal and South Africa becomes free. It’s so unfair to those who invested their lives in a struggle for justice and freedom. The question I’m asking of the children today is ‘Was it right to dedicate your life to the freedom struggle?’ The sacrifice was heavy. It was felt by the parents but endured by the children,” said Sachs.
“Growing up in a world when your parents were being whipped off to jail, there were pressures at school, psychological pressures mostly. People ask the question: Was it worth it? In a sense it’s an impossible question. It was an exceptional time, and an exceptional choice the parents made. Please don’t take South Africa’s freedom for granted. Don’t let it be frittered away. Don’t undermine our Constitution.
“Lynn didn’t grow up feeling wronged and abandoned, feeling she was somehow victimised by the choices her parents made. She grew up feeling the pain. But she grew up proud, with values, and a sense of self.
“Ruthie shows this in her proud and beautiful book, Girl on the Edge the pressures she bore as the youngest. This is a special honour and brings a sense of joy to open this exhibition because of the two daughters who lived through the trauma.”
Carneson was at pains to emphasise that this exhibition looks forward as well as backwards. She said, “Despite our collective experience of political persecution and torture, and the prolonged separation, what emerged was a tale of enduring love and triumph over evil. This exhibition does two things. It vividly recounts my parents’ life in exile and their long awaited return to South Africa in 1991, and it casts its eye to the future, inviting those who engage with it to ask how they will be part of an evolving South Africa.”
The author invites readers to experience the exhibition first hand and find out what their response to a future South Africa will be:
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Warren Ingram, wealth manager and author of Become Your Own Financial Advisor : The Real Secrets to Becoming Financially Independent, recently shared some tips about asset allocation and diversification with Mashudu Masutha for 702.
In the video, Ingram gives advice about selecting the right investments for your personal needs. He speaks about the possible dangers of stock picking and market timing.
Ingram says three things are important in investment: “Patience is a real virtue when it comes to making long-term money decisions, doing your homework properly and sticking to a correct asset allocation over your lifetime”.
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Tony Manning, author of What’s Wrong with Management and How to Get It Right, chatted to Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show on Radio 702 and Cape Talk recently.
Manning has been a consultant for almost 30 years, and says his new publication is “a management book with a bit of a difference”.
According to Manning, What’s Wrong with Management and How to Get It Right has a global focus, but is especially relevant to South Africa at the moment.
“I look at the crisis that’s facing management and the organisations that its operating in, and why it is caused,” Manning says, “and then present some solutions to the problems that managers sit with. So it covers a wide spectrum.”
Manning adds that the book is “very timely” considering the circumstances in South Africa at the moment, which he calls a “a management crisis of enormous proportions”, both in the government and private sectors.
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Chris Bertish, author of Stoked!, was recently interviewed by Eugene Yiga for a Business Day article.
In the article, Yiga describes how Bertish’s childhood was largely spent in the ocean. Bertish “sailed on anything that would float” and learned great respect for the ocean and its power.
Bertish has achieved extraordinary things as a waterman, but he says he is just an ordinary person with big dreams: “I believe in the power of the human spirit and human potential. I believe that everyone can achieve extraordinary things.”
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For as long as he can remember, the ocean has been an integral part of Chris Bertish’s life. He still has vivid memories of being four or five and sailing with his father on their homemade catamaran.
“I started all the ocean-based watersports I know between the ages of three and seven,” says the self-described big wave surfer, waterman and ocean adventurer.
“I was always trying to keep up with my two older brothers, which was never easy, but it made me super tough, determined, and driven,” he says.
On Friday, 28 August, South Africa’s ultra-distance running sensation Ryan Sandes will join the world’s toughest runners to compete in Europe’s biggest ultra-trail race over 166 km in the Alps, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. Simultaneously Penguin Random House is thrilled to announce that Sandes’s life story will be published under the Zebra Press imprint in March 2016.
Sandes will co-write his biography, Trail Blazer: My life as an ultra-distance runner, with journalist Steve Smith. The world knows Sandes as being a party-loving young man who, on a whim, decided to enter and then win a very tough multi-day desert trail race. No more than an above-average distance runner, it seemed his great strength was his phenomenal mental capacity to endure.
The book looks at Sandes’s fascinating journey to becoming one of the world’s best ultra-distance runners. It examines the inner strength and various abilities that enabled him to leave behind the multi-day stage races and take on the highly competitive, single-day ultra-trail races like Leadville and Western States 100-milers in the USA and The North Face 100 km in Australia. In 2014 he was ranked no. 2 on the newly formed Ultra-Trail World Tour.
On his upcoming biography Sandes says: “I am really excited to be teaming up with Steve to write a book on my life story. I never thought in my wildest dreams I would become a professional ultra-distance trail runner. Running has taken me on a life-changing journey, and at times these experiences have been pretty surreal. I hope my book will inspire people to dream and make the most of their lives.”
Sandes’s sponsors share in the excitement about his upcoming book. Lee Besnard, Salomon South Africa brand manager, says: “It has been an honour and a privilege supporting Ryan Sandes on his incredible journey to global recognition as an extreme ultra-distance running super-star. At times unbelievable, his story is both humbling and inspirational.”
Red Bull athlete manager Ryan Payne says: “Ryan Sandes’s story of how he rose from working-class hero to one of the best trail runners the world has seen is truly amazing. I have no doubt this captivating read will inspire more people to pursue what they love, no matter what their sporting discipline is.”
Penguin Random House wishes Sandes all the best for his coming race and that he will once again be the first to cross the finish line.
Photo credit: ryansandes.com
Max du Preez, author of A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 years of Democracy, has written a column for News24 titled “Has Zuma been treated unfairly by the media?”
Du Preez, who ended his association with the Cape Times earlier this year because he perceived that the newspaper was pandering to the demands of the ruling party, wrote the article in response to an opinion piece by Steven Motale. Motale, editor of The Citizen, wrote that he was guilty of perpetuating injustice and malice against President Jacob Zuma in his capacity as a journalist.
Du Preez says this would be an oddity as a standalone piece, but it has been “lauded as profound, honest and meaningful” in a number of print, radio and social media. For this reason, Du Preez says, the significance of what Motale wrote needs to be interrogated.
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It will come as a surprise to South African media users that the big question now confronting journalists was whether they had treated President Jacob Zuma unfairly and maliciously over the last few years.
If it were true that there was/is a grand media conspiracy against Zuma, it would be a serious indictment on the influence of the media: Zuma is as entrenched in his position today as ever before.
Once upon a time in a land far, far away, smartphones didn’t exist and life was simple and pleasant and devoid of the ever-present ding of constant communication.
Darrel Bristow-Bovey not only remembers this time, he’s returned to the safety and comfort of an era long-forgotten – the age of Nokia. “I’m far happier without the world at my fingertips,” he explains in a recent article on Times LIVE.
But there is a cruel app that’s threatening his serenity – Uber – the only way to get home when “all that fresh air and conversation has left you unsteady on your feet and you don’t want to wait 45 minutes for an overpriced cab”.
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Not having a smartphone means that once I stand up from my desk I can give my entire attention to my own thoughts or to whoever I’m with. I have better ideas more unexpectedly, and better conversations than I had before. I’m calmer and kinder and more patient and I sleep better and I’m less prone to knee-jerk opinions or fears, both in real life and online. I’m not at the mercy of strident voices or public moods; at any given moment I have no idea who’s upset with Woolworths. I’m not saying this would work for everyone, but it works for me.
Dis moeilik om te glo die bekende Vincent van Gogh se broer het in Suid-Afrika gewoon. Maar dis waar – daar was ‘n onbekende Van Gogh broer en Chris Schoeman het pas ‘n boek oor hom gepubliseer. Hy het onlangs met Kabous Meiring gesels op kykNET se aktualiteitsprogram Prontuit en meer vertel oor Cornelius, die jongste van drie Van Gogh seuns.
Die 22-jarige Cor het in 1889 na Suid-Afrika gekom en as ingenieur by die goudmyne en later die spoorweë gewerk. In Die onbekende Van Gogh, in Engels beskikbaar as The Unknown Van Gogh, lewer Schoeman ‘n aangrypende verslag van Cor se lewe voor en ná hierdie skuif en werp lig op sy verhouding met sy ouer broer, Vincent.
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