Let him rot in his cell

So it appears as if the convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis, who was sentenced to 25 years’ in prison for his role in the killing of South African Communist Party general secretary Chris Hani in 1993, will remain in prison after an application for his medical parole has apparently been denied. In my view Derby-Lewis should die in prison. Read the rest of this entry »

How small the small claims court really is

Some time ago I vented my anger in this blog as well as on Face Book over the fact that I had not been paid for freelance word I had earlier been commissioned by the then news editor of  The New Age, Terry van der Walt. When I enquired I was told that Van der Walt, who earlier on numerous occasions refused to respond to my calls, had suddenly left. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to our (third) world!

God help overseas visitors who happen to visit Primi Piatti’s Cape Town Airport outlet. South Africans are at least used to terrible service but if this is the image we wish to portray to tourists, we will remain third world. This is what I wrote to Primi’s head office. Read the rest of this entry »

Trying to block the hole in the hole in the wall.

Some time ago – under the headline A hole in the Hole in the Wall – I wrote 0n my blog how an Eastern Cape environmental treasure had been saved from an American invasion. It happened after a whistleblower told the authorities how an American tax lawyer tried to get his hands on one of the most pristine areas on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, one of South Africa’s provinces. The man, who faces criminal charges of alleged fraud may be back in SA! Read the rest of this entry »

My feeding hand resigns!

I cannot believe it.  Yesterday I sensed that The New Age editor Ryland Fisher was on the verge of resigning as head of the ANC newspaper, under the guise of the Gupta family ownership. But Fisher assured me – that despite my fight with his newspaper over unpaid freelance fees and his unhappiness about it - he remained committed to the newspaper. (All our correspondence follows). Alas, that was yesterday. I now learnt that he has resigned!  

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Picking on the wrong guy

I don’t believe in censorship although I was probably among the very few who thought Zapiro’s recent cartoon of President Jacob Zuma (the penis one) went too far. Our’s is a society where one has to tread carefully to protect at all costs the goodwill that still exists between various ethnic groups. It’s still an abnormal society.
Today, after some serious though, I applied some self-censorship. Read the rest of this entry »

Food taken by the hand supposed to feed me!

As a veteran journalist I have often reported incidences where government departments – wilfully or inadvertently – neglected to pay its service providers and suppliers. As a result of this we, as the press, often have to intervene on behalf of those who have suffered financially. Never did I expect to suffer the same fate… by the hand that was supposed to feed me! Read the rest of this entry »

The voice of reason

If only for the sake of those abroad who may think we have all gone bonkers in this beautiful country I am pasting a copy of an opinion piece which appeared iun the Eastern Cape’s Daily Dispatch today. It was written by Mpumelelo Mkhabela, the editor of the Sowetan, who also edited the Dispatch at the time I retired. This is, as my headline suggests, a voice of reason. Hopefully every South African will also read it. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

The doctor has no remedy

The road has been quite rocky for former Walter Sisulu University (WSU) council chairman Somadoda Fikeni, since the Daily Dispatch, which serves a big area in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, stated he had been lying about a doctorate he claimed he received from a prominent American university in 2002. That was in 2008 when the story I wrote was headlined: Varsity’s Dr Fake. The second banner stated: Top official caught out over US PhD.
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My apologies!!!!

I profusely apologise for having been so quiet. Call it old age creeping up on me, my changed circumstasnces since retirement etc or whatever you may accuser me of. I promise I will go for the wicked again. Watch this space!

Quote of the day

The government knows that, without commercial farmers, the country can’t go forward… commercial farmers are (a country’s) biggest asset. It’s a pity our government doesn’t have this approach. — Bennie Van Zyl, agricultural union TAU SA

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