Tuesday, June 23, 2015
By Subry Govender Is the introduction of security guards in South Africa's national parliament to control unruly members, the answer? This is the question that has been bogging the minds of most South Africans following calls by the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Baleka Mbeta, and her ruling ANC colleagues that security has to be beefed up in order to tackle the chaotic behaviour of some members. The ANC has ordered that the sub-committee of the Rules Committee in Parliament should investigate measures to control those who want bring down the dignity of Parliament. The latest move follows unpleasant scenes on Thursday last week (June 18) when the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, and his members were involved in ugly spats with members of the ANC and Ms Mbete. The EFF members heightened the temperatures when they once again erupted into shouting: "pay back the money, pay back the money". This was in reference to President Jacob Zuma's reluctance to pay back some of the R246-million of taxpayers' money that was used for upgrades at Zuma's Nkandla homestead. The action of the EFF members forced Mbete to adjourn the session, not for the first time this year. In February, Mbete called in armed police to remove Julius Malema and members of his Economic Freedom Fighters after they prevented Zuma from delivering his State of the Nation address. This time round she could not call in the police because the High Court ruled that it was illegal to eject members from parliament. The ruling ANC's chief spokesperson in parliament, Moloto Mothapo, emphasised the need for greater security to control members. He said: "We need very good security guards of parliament that will be able to be called in and instantly deal with whatever chaos that plays itself out in the house." But constitutional law experts and political analysts view the latest moves by the ruling ANC as contrary to free speech and debate guaranteed in the country's democratic constitution.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
F W DE KLERK SCRAPPED APARTHEID LAWS 25 YEARS AGO BUT THE PRIVILEGES OF THE PAST ARE A DISTANT DREAM FOR MOST BLACK SOUTH AFRICANS) This week is not only the 39th anniversary of the period in June 1976 when the school children of Soweto and other black townships in South Africa sacrificed their lives for better and equal education, but it's also the 25th anniversary of the removal of all apartheid laws. These apartheid laws downgraded and kept the majority black people in perpetual servitude for more than 300 years. Subry Govender looks back in time when the memorable steps were taken to end racial discrimination and domination in South Africa. (BY SUBRY GOVENDER)
THE IMPORTANCE OF RETAINING AND PROMOTING THE TRADITIONS AND VALUES OF OUR INDENTURED FOREFATHERS AND MOTHERS
TRADITIONS, CULTURES, LANGUAGES, CUSTOMS AND MUSIC ARE VITAL IN THIS MODERN AND IMMORAL WORLD The age-old historical beauty and significance of south-Indian traditions, culture, customs, and music shone brightly for all at a wedding I attended at the Umhlatuzana Temple Hall, near Chatsworth in Durban, on Saturday, June 13 2015. The young couple, Dheevan Reddy and Miss Kinosha Pillay, looked splendid and magnificent in their traditional attire. They took part in the traditional rituals and ceremony with all the enthusiasm and zeal that goes with the occasion. Their parents went the extra mile to ensure that all the traditions and customs of the south Indian (Tamil) culture were fully observed without any inhibitions. The priest, who conducted the wedding, briefed the young couple about the importance of marriage in this modern world and even got them to take the marriage vows in the Tamil language. It was a real eye-opener to see the bride and bridegroom taking the marriage vows in the Tamil language. The traditions, customs, languages and music are the rich heritage that our forefathers and mothers brought with them to South Africa when they were recruited to work as indentured (slave) labourers on the sugar cane fields of the then Natal Colony nearly 155 years ago. Although we have over the decades become influenced by Western values, we still cherish the rich cultures, traditions, languages and music that our ancestors brought along with them. Another important feature of our rich heritage is that our parents, grand-parents, and great-great-grand-parents had sacrificed a great deal in order to build a better future for the generations that followed. In this regard, we must always remember the emphasis that was placed on education wherever indentured labourers and their descendants had settled. It's because of the sacrifices made to promote education that the young people today are making strides in all fields. Don't ever forget this rich legacy. It's said that we have to know our roots because those who neglect their roots or choose to become dominated by western values, tend to forget where they come from, don't understand their current situation and generally don't know where they are going to or what their future will be. This leads to all kinds of social problems - drugs, casinos, alcohol and other anti-social activities that are wreaking havoc in our communities. In our new non-racial and democratic South Africa, we must not only be full and productive citizens, but we must also be proud of our heritage and promote it without any inhibitions. We must not feel subservient to any one. We must always remember what our roots are. This will help us a great deal in this vicious and immoral modern world we are living in.