ANC squashes the Scorpions

The death of the Scorpions at the hands of the ANC

The death of the Scorpions at the hands of the ANC

Now correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t the system of checks and balances ensure that a democracy functions to the fullest extent. I recall seeing news bulletins where the scorpions had successfully raided the office or home of a corrupt official. Africa in infamous for having corrupt leaders and South Africa was not immune. Our saving grace was the Scorpions who dug out those corrupt officials from their trenches.

The ANC used its majority in parliament to scrap the Scorpions. Only 63 MPs voted against the bill to scrap the crime fighting unit and a total of 252…yes 252 MPs voted for the Scorpions to be scrapped. What baffles me about this is that most of the corruption that was exposed by the Scorpions comes from ANC party members. People like Toni Yengeni and Jacob Zuma along with all the MPs implicated in the Travelgate scam are ANC members. Well then I suppose in this case it makes perfect sense why ANC MPs fear the Scorpions so.

After the disbandment of the Scorpions a new crime fighting unit chosen by the ANC will be in effect and it will fall under the South African Police Service. Opposition parties tried to sway disgruntled ANC MPs to vote against the disbandmentof the Scorpions. The IFP said that this decision was reckless and I have to agree.

This move just proves that there are more skeletons in the ANC closed and introducing a unit they are able to control will protect them from further investigation. This ‘new-age’ ANC has taken and undesirable route and has completely lost the essence of the party that fought for equality.

Political whirlwind

This week has been a strange week for me, so much has been happening in the crazy and wonderful world of politics. I could not decide on once specific topic to write about this week. So much has been happening both here at home and in the US.

One thing that did catch my eye though was Special Assignment last nigh. They received footage of terminally ill inmates at Moderbee prison in Gauteng. The question that was posed in the programme was weather sick inmates should be granted medical parole or not. The Department of Correctional Services has been under pressure and do not want be appear lenient of offenders. I suppose it’s a double edged sward. On one hand the families of the inmates want to take care of their dying relatives in their last days. But I would imagine that the families of the victims of crime would want the perpetrators to serve their full sentences regardless. I think the humane thing is to let them die at home but then again I have not been a victim of violent crimes.

The prospects of and ANC split appear to be be gaining momentum as Lekota manages to round up mass support in the Eastern Cape, one of Zuma’s strong holds. The ANC has sent out a strong waring to its members that they will be disciplined if they are found mobilising for the opposition. The party says they are ‘disgusted’ by the level of political intolerance shown by members who were burning the ANC flag in the Free State. Party members have the rightt to choose which party they want to support. As long as no violent protests ensue I think that keeping the ANC on its toes will do the country a world of good if and when they win the 2009 elections.

Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty

The 10th of December is the third White Band Day to make the Global Call to Action against Poverty.

The 10th of December is the third White Band Day to make the Global Call to Action against Poverty.

Poverty, civil war and political instability are words that are associated with Africa. Once there is political instability in causes a knock on effect leading to civil war which inevitably leads to poverty. I was directed the  blog action day 2008 website and where bloggers, podcasters and videocasters are encouraged to give their opinions about poverty.

The site talks bout the complexity of poverty- there is always an event that takes place in a country that leads to poverty. Many Black, Colourd and Indian South African still bear the brunt of apartheid. No other country in the world institutionalised racial segregation like South Africa did. This institutionalisation created great inequalities in education and general living conditions. The effects of that inequality can be witnessed today by looking at the great number of illiterate black South Africans which has had a cyclical effect on younger generations. A lack of education reduces ones prospects of employment.

Most African countries have seen their fair share of political turmoil. Zimbabwe used to be the bread basket of Africa but in recent years the political clashes between the MDC and Zanu PF have deteriorated the countries ability to sustain itself. Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai have been butting heads trying to adopt power-sharing deal.n the mean time Zimbabweans have fled the county in search of food aid. As a result of the ever increasing interest rates and shortage of food, the black market is booming.

The mistake that African leaders have made in their countries is abusing resources and  lining their own pockets instead of ensuring the well being of their fellow country men.

The Bailout

The bailout option may be the only option to save the US economy from resession

The bailout option may be the only option to save the US economy from resession

For weeks now there has been a crisis in the US financial market. Now look, I am no economist by any means but from what I remember in high school history class, the last major financial crisis in the US lead to the Great Depression. I’ve been reading various online publications about the bailout and they all seem to be saying the same thing.

A great number of large companies in the US are failing and in an attempt to salvage these companies’ pockets, the Treasury Department has been trying to overhaul the financial system. More and more companies need capital in order to save themselves from bankruptcy but it has been predicted that 750 to 1 000 banks will fail over the next few months.

The problem is that investors have no confidence in the US financial market so they are placing their stocks and bonds in more stable markets. What I am more interested in is the implications that this has for US president George Bush. His tenure as president is coming to an end, leaving McCain and Obama to duke it out for the coveted presidency.

If the financial market remains in tatters, this will be the legacy that Bush will leave behind along with the invasion of Iraq. No president wants to be remembered for leading the market to a recession. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Bush is opting for the bailout even though the House had rejected the $ 700 billion that had been negotiated by Senate leaders of both parties.

The crisis does not only affect the US but I will destabilise the world market. So bailout or no bailout, we’ll have to see if the decision to bailout will make any significant difference in the US financial market.