Prostituting our legal system

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It took our court over 8 years to begin acting harshly against senior government officials who are prepared to litigate to perpetuity using taxpayers monies to defend themselves from their self-inflicted legal problems. When the North Gauteng High Court handed down its unanimous judgment against former state President Jacob Zuma that he be held personally liable for not only his legal costs but also the costs incurred by other parties as well, our country breathed a collective sigh of relief. True to his character, the former President appealed this ruling but thankfully the new President will have none of it. As soon as he assumed office he decided that the state will not be party to funding any of Zuma’s cases.
 
I have observed that recently Zuma’s lieutenants, who have for years benefitted from their controversial relationship with the Gupta family, are following in his footsteps with this strategy of litigating as far as our legal system can permit them even when their cases are hopelessly unwinnable. Former Eskom boss Brian Molefe is on an ongoing journey to appeal his case which many legal pundits have already declared unwinnable. Tom Moyane has followed suit and has enlisted the help of Advocate Dali Mpofu to fight his case. Like his mentor Jacob Zuma, Tom Moyane wants the taxpayers to foot his legal bills. He argues that it is unfair that Cyril Ramaphosa should use taxpayer’s money to prosecute him while he is expected to fend for himself using his hard earned income to defend himself.
 
Even our highest court in the land, the constitutional court is getting tired of this destructive behaviour by individuals who want to abuse taxpayers monies to defend themselves. In the hearing headed by Judge Bernard Ngoepe to decide if Bathabile Dlamini acted in bad faith in her dealings on the Sassa debacle, the judge was scathing in his finding against her calling her a “less than satisfactory witness” who was evasive. It seems likely that she too will follow her former boss and be forced to foot the legal costs of litigation in the Sassa matter. Indeed the writing is on the wall for all those who believe that because they have a state blank cheque, they can use the strategy of appeal and appeal while ordinary people in our country who don’t have endless budgets will never get an opportunity to do so. This is indeed called equality before the law.
 
A new phenomenon has however reared its heard in our country where individuals with endless financial resources are intent on abusing our legal system to pursue their nefarious interests. A case in point is a matter that captures the headlines involving two Turkish businessmen who have investments in the mining industry in South Africa. In late April of this year, 2018, Abubekir Salim and Selim Kaymak woke up to learn from media coverage that an order of the court was granted against them the Pretoria High Court for several allegations of fraud and embezzlement of funds. The effect of this court was that they were removed from the Directorship of their own mining company and their business as well as their personal accounts were frozen with immediate effect. All these happened while the two businessmen were unaware that there were any court proceedings of any kind that involved them or their company even when they are full residents in the country.
 
What caught my eye is what they purport to be the motive why behind this strange turn of events. In a communique to their business stakeholders in the country they say, “After this story was reported in the South African media, their counterparts in Turkey also picked up the story but immediately drew a coincidental parallel tactic that was deployed against prominent business people in that country. This tactic basically involved the manufacturing and concoction of false evidence that includes fraud and other illegal acts against these businesses people. The results of all these acts are that such business people are summarily arrested and by the time the truth is uncovered their reputations are badly damaged in the eyes of the public. We believe in this case that we are the victims of a similar tactic.”
 
Even though their legal team were able to have this order immediately set aside; their directorship restored and accounts unfrozen; if what they are saying is indeed true, it introduces a new worrisome manner in which individuals can literally prostitute our legal system to serve their own interests. It is also testimony that our legal system is so vulnerable that people with ill intent but having the means can exploit and use our system to pursue their own wicked agendas. It is a phenomenon that introduces into our legal system a new form of virus that must not be allowed to spread unattended and be akin to what the likes of Zuma have done to destroy our country. In a country where the majority still live under a dark cloud of poverty and unemployment, we can ill afford for foreign elements to come into our country and use police resources to investigate manufactured cases; arrest people and take them through our legal processes just so that they can achieve a motive that has very little to do with us in this country. It is the kind of strategy that has to be nipped in the bud. It took many years for our country to arrest the bad public waste of our resources by individuals whose interests were only to fill their pockets in the midst of the triple ills of poverty, inequality and unemployment by abusing our legal system. It should not take yet another endless period for this foreign strategy to be recognised and tackled. These people have to be made aware that we are not about to waste our limited resources to finance theirhomegrown political and business rivalries and that these kinds of battles be better waged in their own countries.
 
Back home, I was recently a victim of the utter abuse of the legal systems by officers of the court where a magistrate who is a landlord conspired with a fellow magistrate to fast-track a case where she was an applicant. What chance do ordinary people have when officers of the court are themselves involved in corrupting the system of justice? A lot of the times we heap praises on the judiciary as the last line of defence in restoring the moral compass of or country but this instance that I saw first hand shook my own faith in the system and made me ask who will guard the guardians?
By: Fortunate Machaba

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane: Dear Madam Dudu Myeni … Let’s talk frankly

Madam Myeni the situation at SAA would be funny if it was not so tragic. Your job, madam, is governance, not operations. You are destroying the airline with your ego trip.

The Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas, who was thrust into the limelight last week, shielding the Minister of Finance from having to deal with your shenanigans, thinks that focusing on individuals is unhelpful where SAA is concerned. He says that the tendency to focus on individuals undermines “the process”. I guess this means that you are kind of off the hook. No one can now focus on the fact that since you arrived at the airline, many people saw it fit to leave the sinking ship. Or, more appropriately, the nosediving plane. You are now onto your seventh acting-CEO; it will not be an exaggeration to say you are changing CEOs like you change undergarments. In decent democracies that would be enough for the country to see the back of you as an individual at the helm of a multi-billion rand state owned company. But not here, where the country always comes last.

Read more: http://firstthing.dailymaverick.co.za/article?id=72842#.Wq-c6ahuZpl

By: Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

Alert For Expected Taxi Strike

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The National Taxi Alliance is expected to be marching to the Union Building tomorrow morning from old Putco depot in Marabastad and it said that they will pass by the Department of transport offices on Struben and Bosman street. Strike is expected to disrupt Pretoria central. For those of you who are using taxi for work tomorrow it will be handy if you use a bus or any other alternative transport because the taxis might not operate at all.

By: Fortunate Machaba

The New Beginning…

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What I’ve been Doing?

I have been working voluntarily for the community centre for three months at the same time volunteered at Mamelodi FM (Mams Radio) since beginning of this year. Not forgetting to mention that God has been with me through out the journey no matter how difficult it was. I have worked before as a young journalist, PA, Administrator and all the doors were at some point closed. There’s a saying that when one door closes the other opens. I prayed to him and had faith that something will come up. It didn’t matter to me whether is big or small opportunity.

Call For the interview

I’m forever on social media. One day when I was going through my whatsapp text messages I got an exciting text to say that I might have an interview and should expect a call anytime soon. I was lying in bed and flew of my bed and the next minute I was on the floor, believe me I had no idea how I got there. Waited for a call….

One morning when I got to work I phoned the organization asking if the interview is still on. I was asked to be patience and will get a call and I did. I never stopped reading about who they are and what they do. That was important because some of the interview questions were based on if I know what they are and what they do.

Talking about the interview

I left Mamelodi in the morning after preparing for the interview a night before. Took a Gautrain to Johannesburg, Sandton. I was 3 hours early and I just hang about where I could get lunch. I was surprised that I was hungry, I couldn’t eat breaky! I told them that I was in Sandton and they told me to come through. Guess who was there?

JJ Onkgopotse Tabane was one of my interviewersImage result for emoji …have a read about this guy, he’s so interesting.. As powerful as he is on Radio, trust me he’s even more in real life. Educated and don’t want to talk about his political views LOL, listen to him yourself on power FM from 9pm to 12am. Its nothing but power!.

When I read about him, he’s was just as many in one. He’s a political activist, CEO at Oresego Holdings, Author of Let’s talk Frankly and Anchor on Power FM, just to name few…. He has a PhD in Media and many more other qualifications, heard that he’s still studying. I’m so inspired. I’m telling you that next year I’ll be studying something…

My expectations…

Until now that I found out that I will be in the same company as powerful, famous and motivational people. I’m so blessed and can’t wait to start tomorrow and work my *** of !.  Let’s say The New BeginningImage result for emoji

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Why Wait For Tomorrow?

Why Wait For Tomorrow?

I woke up this morning hoping I will do something better with my life and the day passes, then comes the following morning and same thing happens. That’s what happens when you’re waiting for tomorrow. I guess that’s the short-cut of saying you will wait forever!

Don’t wait for tomorrow rather start today. If you have been saying tomorrow and years have passed it’s never too late you still have a chance to fix it. I have learned that action speaks louder than words, it is not enough to keep on saying I’ll do this or I want to do that, just put it into action. Is the same as someone who has a dream and preaching about it, man once said don’t speak your dreams but show them.

We need to start believing in our selves, knowing that we can make it despite challenges we come across. Through the grace of God and hard work. I have dreams to accomplish and don’t want to continue dreaming without making them come through, otherwise .. I will dream forever and that will not change anything, haha.

How about you start writing your goals down on paper (short term, medium and long term) just so you know what you’re working towards and what you want to achieve. It is never impossible if you really believe in yourself and have confidence in your thoughts, views, ideas or even dreams. Yes everything has its own time and sometimes takes time but if you work hard on it believe me or not it will happen and your life will change forever. By the time it won’t be too early nor late for you but just the right time. Stay positive..

By: Fortunate Machaba

The Story Behind Menelik Gibbons

The Story Behind Menelik Gibbons

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“Sound is a wave, music is sound, there’s a place for everyone……”I AM THAT GAME CHANGER”, said Menelik Dada.

The storyline behind Don Dada is impressive, I think it encourages:

Entrepreneurial thinking and growth to change the African unemployment rate, a change in organisations where brand ambassadors and endorsement are afforded to those who are already successful to a blended approach of supporting entrance with winning attitudes – “we must give hope to our young generation”. Passion, perseverance, dedication and commitment combined with a plan that is executed is really a true story line that ends with success. As Dada correctly puts it, he said that ‘You are what you do”. 

Knowing the difficulties of entering the industry, in a bid to support other up-and-coming artists Dada has taken on a young artist that he is mentoring, Seed_Under a female rapper from PE. Dada debut Seed Under in her hometown on the 16th of December 2016 and went on to have her perform alongside him on an international stage. Dada marvels at the significance of his debut on the MTN Mandela Day Tribute Concert and his debuting Under Seed on the MadibazRadio on Reconciliation day the becoming the 2017 Mandela song artist adding ‘Yeah, my grind is validated by The Most High’. 

He’s currently fighting for breakthrough! knowing that his journey will inspire others as an independent artist that has had to continuously reinvent how things are done and push himself to get to this stage. Don Dada feels that he is standing on his own as a people’s champ. “I care about the soul of the next person and I want to make everyone comfortable with my talent,” said Dada. He added that he has been studying the game for a while and now he’s ready to make his move, “this is my year’ declares Dada. His statement rings true as he made his debut on the MTN Mandela Day Tribute Concert stirring the crowd with songs that they, and he was hearing for the first time – Good Way to go Don!

By: Fortunate Machaba

First Day At Entrepreneurs And Life Skills Class

Today has been an amazing day!

I woke up lazy and didn’t want to do anything for the entire day. Have you ever felt that way?

Well that was me today. Having in mind that I have goals to achieve for the day kept me going. If I haven’t had goals planned I would have spent my day at home of which doesn’t help. Zine Nkukwana once said “you can do this, you got this!” and I can see that no matter how hard it is I can do this and I’ve got this. I take these words everywhere I go. I have joined the entrepreneur and life skills class at Impendulo Foundation in Nelmapius.

During my lessons today, my tutor spoke about maturity…that age doesn’t make you young or old but it depends on whether you’re matured or not. Self talk is very important. I totally agree with her. I never liked seeing adults behaving like 12 year olds! Imagine you’re walking on the street or in a taxi heading to your important meeting, someone approach you pretending to be looking for time and only to find out that he’s trying to chat you up? What a f***. It’s a different story when I’m bored and want to laugh. haha

Are we not getting better of doing things? Think about this, we have 20 days excluding weekends a month, if we learn one thing everyday, imagine how much knowledge we can gain everyday. It’s a lot right?

Time is precious and no one has ever learnt to replace it. Make sure you make use of time you get. Like myself, I am a very busy lady and when ever I get time I read my novels, spend time with family and have fun because I know that if I won’t make use of this time I have, I will never get another time soon to do all this. By the way…my life skills class made me aware of this. Not that I wasn’t aware but because sometimes is not that you don’t know something but you just never take it into consideration and that is important to consider important things in your life.

By: Fortunate Machaba