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					WEEKEND NEWS BULLETIN No 081
SUNDAY – 21 MARCH 2010
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

– ELECTRONIC & PRINT MEDIA –
COMPILED BY THE OPERATIONS CENTRE,
DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & COOPERATION


INDEX

PRESIDENCY; INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

   'Stop the infighting!' – President Zuma fires first broadside against ANCYL Julius
    Malema's controversial antics
   Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to address 50th anniversary of Sharpeville
    massacre

POLITICS

   PAC holds night vigil to commemarate Langa massacre
   Signs good for opposition unity – Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille
   Beware of Journos: ANCYL Leader Julius Malema

ECONOMY

   'Farmers have nothing to fear'
   Old military sites could help launch South Africa into space

SOCIAL SERVICES

   South Africa marks 50th anniversary of Sharpville Massacre

FEATURES; OPINIONS; ANALYSIS

   Ever defiant Malema vows not to shut up By Sibusiso Ngalwa

EDITORIAL

   President Zuma tough on Robert Mugabe




CONTENTS

THE CONTENTS, WORDING AND TERMINOLOGY OF ALL ITEMS ARE THOSE
OF THE ACCREDITED SOURCES AND DO NOT REFLECT DEPARTMENTAL OR
GOVERNMENTAL POLICY. STORIES MAY BE EDITED FOR CLARITY AND
LENGTH.
PRESIDENCY; INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

'Stop the infighting!' – President Zuma fires first broadside against ANCYL
Julius Malema's controversial antics (Sunday Times online, 20100321) -
President Jacob Zuma has stepped in to halt the increasingly damaging public power
struggles within the ruling alliance and in the African National Congress. He laid
down the law at last weekend's ANC national executive committee meeting, telling
the party's leaders: "This NEC must draw a line between what is acceptable and
what is not." In remarks apparently directed at ANC Youth League leader Julius
Malema, he said: "We have witnessed in recent weeks very unbecoming behaviour.
This leadership collective must ensure that nobody gets away with that type of
behaviour." An NEC member who was at the meeting in Kempton Park last weekend
said it was clear that Zuma was reining in Malema - a change of direction for the
president, who has repeatedly refused to criticise the outspoken youth leader's
controversial public statements. "They're not going to delve into the past, but the
NEC has drawn a clear line going forward, and it was President Zuma who drew that
line," the NEC member said. Zuma also criticised the youth league on Friday at a
Newsmaker of the Year award ceremony in Pretoria, saying it was unacceptable for
politicians to spy on reporters in an effort to discredit them. Youth league spokesman
Floyd Shivambu recently threatened that reporters' private lives would be made
public if they did not publish damning allegations against a City Press reporter who
had written extensively on Malema and the youth league. "I am shocked to discover
there was such an investigation. For what? It must stop," Zuma told the National
Press Club. The youth league and trade union federation Cosatu have recently been
involved in public rows over several issues, including the succession battle in 2012 -
when the ANC will elect new leaders - lifestyle audits to expose the abuse of political
influence and policy differences. Zuma's tough talk to the NEC was triggered in part
by: - Malema's public attacks on ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and his
threat that the league would not support Mantashe for re-election in 2012; -
Malema's insistence on the nationalisation of South Africa's mines, even after Zuma
had repeatedly assured business that it was not ANC policy; and - The youth
league's attack on the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, calling him an unelected
leader because he had not allocated enough money to the National Youth
Development Agency. Pres Zuma told the NEC: "Comrade Gordhan is one of the
key and most senior leaders of the ANC and has come a long way ... If you attack a
minister, you are also attacking the President as you are questioning his judgment in
appointing that Minister. In addition, we must adhere to the principle of playing the
ball and not the man." He said the attack on Mantashe impacted not only on the
secretary-general but also on the dignity and integrity of the ANC. "An attack on the
secretary-general hits at the belly of the ANC. It is totally unacceptable that the
secretary-general of the ANC should be treated in this manner. We must not tolerate
it," he told the meeting. Zuma spoke behind closed doors, but the text of his address
was released on Friday as the ANC tried to raise Zuma's profile and claw back
ground lost in the recent scandals about his sex life and spending. Zizi Kodwa, who
is helping to manage Zuma's image, said: "His main aim was to say, 'Let's all look at
ourselves first and then we can engage our alliance partners.' His speech reflected
on how we, as (the) ANC and (the) leadership, must draw the line." Mr Zuma told the
NEC that the ANC and the communist party had agreed that the public spats should
stop. He said a similar meeting would be held soon with Cosatu. "This culture of
publicly attacking each other will become entrenched if we do not act against it," he
warned.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to address 50th anniversary of
Sharpeville massacre (www.sabcnews.co.za, 20100321) - Deputy President
Kgalema Motlanthe will address the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in
the Vaal Triangle on Sunday. Police shot and killed 69 people and wounded 200
more on March 21, 1960 after a Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) orchestrated anti-
pass protest turned violent. Several opposition parties, including the PAC, are
expected to participate in the event. There will also be a wreath laying ceremony at
the Human Rights Memorial Garden. As part of the celebrations, Eastern Cape
Premier Noxolo Kiviet will also unveil the Langa memorial at Uitenhage, while
Congress of the People (COPE) leader Mosiuoa Lekota will attend a rally in
Uitenhage and lay a wreath in Maduna Road in Langa, where about 20 people were
allegedly shot and killed by apartheid police in 1985 while on their way to a mass
funeral.

POLITICS

PAC holds night vigil to commemorate Langa massacre (www.sabcnews.coza,
20100321) Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) activists in Cape Town held a night vigil in
Langa township on Saturday night, where PAC supporters were killed on this day 50
years ago. It's believed that a number of people were killed when police opened fire
on PAC supporters who had embarked on the anti-pass campaign in 1960. On
Saturday night, it was time for the PAC to reminisce about that fateful day. PAC
activist Phillip Kgosana says, "It's to say to the dead that they're not dead but are
alive with us and that on this night, we say lets communicate with them." An ox was
also slaughtered while others worked frantically trying to put final touches to a
monument which is expected to be unveiled today. The PAC's Western Cape
Chairperson Anwar Adams says, "The symbolism of the slaughter of the cow is to
cast away the evil spells that was cast on this event, with the city’s withdrawal at the
last minute creating a perception that there are two PAC's." Divisions within the PAC
also became more pronounced during last night's vigil as the two opposing factions
held separate events - one faction slaughtered a cow while a dissident group which
is opposed to the leadership of party President Letlapha Mphahlele gathered in a
makeship tent for the night vigil.

Signs good for opposition unity – Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille
(Independent Online, 20100320) - The signs were good for taking the relationship
between opposition parties to the next level, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille
said on Saturday. She was speaking at what she described as a "historic" special
conference of the Independent Democrats, called to discuss the question of
opposition unity. The conference, held in Cape Town, was also addressed by ID
leader Patricia De Lille, COPE president Mosiuoa Lekota, and United Democratic
Movement deputy president Ntopile Kganyago. Zille said the parties should in their
efforts at greater unity move "as quickly as possible, but as slowly as necessary".
"When you are moving beyond coalition politics to alliance politics, you have to make
absolutely sure that the partners are compatible," she said. "It is like moving from
dating to marriage. It is useful to have an engagement in between, just to make
sure... they are really compatible." The parties would spend the next few months
engaging in this part of the process. "At present, the indicators are good," she said.
She said there were differences between the parties, but they were differences in
emphasis, style and the issues they chose to highlight. "These differences are not so
great that they cannot be overcome. And they are not so important that they should
prevent us from joining hands to save our democracy." She said the conference
would one day be seen as a key moment in South Africa's history, a "vital step"
towards the fundamental realignment of the political landscape. De Lille told the
hundreds of orange-shirted ID delegates that the push for unity was not about
convenience, positions or egos. "It is about building a political force that can hold the
government accountable where it really counts - at the ballot box. That for me is the
outcome of the process we are starting. "If we build this formation, formidable
opposition formation, the people of South Africa will vote for it." Some of the parties
represented at the meeting had in the past exchanged harsh words at election times.
"However it is my hope that we can put all of that behind us and work together as
trusted partners," she said. She said she would ask the ID delegates for a 180-day
period to conclude negotiations on a new agreement. Lekota said the starting point
for a united opposition should be short term campaigns, such as the 2011 local
government elections. Victories there would allow them to show demonstrable
service delivery to communities, which would lead to greater things. In a video
message to the conference, social commentator Mamphela Ramphele said she
hoped it would mark a new beginning for opposition politics in the country. South
Africans owed it to themselves to make sure that they had strong opposition politics
alongside a strong government, she said. It was also true that monopolies in
whatever form or shape were "not very good for you". In the private sector there
were monopolies overcharging people in even such basic areas as food. "I believe
that in the same way that we've got a very beady eye... making sure that private
monopolies don't thrive in our economy, we have an even bigger responsibility to
make sure that political monopolies don't become the norm in our democracy."

Beware of Journos: ANCYL Leader Julius Malema (www.sapa.org.za, 20100321)
ANCYL leader Julius Malema has vowed not to allow the country to be "run by
journalists", City Press reported on Sunday. "If you are not careful of journalists, they
will bring down the government. We will never allow this country to be run by
journalists," he told a Human Rights Day gathering in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga,
on Saturday. He again sang his controversial "Shoot the Boer" song and accused
reporters of picking on ANC leaders and prominent black politicians. He was
speaking after President Jacob Zuma on Friday said reports of spying on journalists
by government officials created a "totally unacceptable" scenario. After receiving the
newsmaker of the year award by the National Press Club, Zuma said he was
concerned about government officials allegedly digging into the personal bank
accounts of a City Press investigative reporter. "What I've heard is actually shocking.
We are now investigating journalists, for what?" Zuma was referring to a group of
senior reporters having lodged a complaint against ANCYL spokesman Floyd
Shivambu last week. Shivambu allegedly threatened to expose details of their
personal lives when they refused to publish his allegations of money laundering
against City Press reporter Dumisane Lubisi.

ECONOMY

'Farmers have nothing to fear' (www.fin24.com. 20100321) - Farm owners can
begin to relax about the threats of nationalising farms. Indications are that Minister of
Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti will announce that
nationalisation of farm land is not on the agenda when he presents his department's
budget to parliament. This follows a week of tensions, both inside and outside the
department, after Sake24's disclosure last week the departmental strategic plan
included the possibility of nationalisation. During the past week Nkwinti apparently
met agricultural leaders and reassured them that nationalisation of farm land was not
on the agenda. However, the minister is not prepared to make an official statement.
Still, his spokesperson Elton Greeve, confirmed last Friday that the minister would
discuss the issue in his Budget Speech on Wednesday. Observers say there appear
to be serious differences of opinion between the minister and Thozi Gwanya, the
director-general of the department. While Nkwinti is understood to have been quietly
attempting to douse the flames, Gwanya kept insisting that he had included the
proposal for agricultural land to become a national asset in the strategic plan, as it
was something that needed debate. Observers say it is becoming all the more clear
that the minister and the director-general do not always see eye to eye. This was
evident this week when the department came up with an advertisement inviting
commercial farmers to act as mentors in the department's programme to renovate
those farms already handed to land-claim beneficiaries which had fallen into
disrepair. At a recent agricultural conference Nkwinti indicated that he wanted to do
away with mentors. He wanted retired commercial farmers to obtain a stake in the
land, becoming involved as partners.

Old military sites could help launch South Africa into space (Sunday Times
online, 20100321) - The government is considering reopening apartheid-era space
rocket launch sites to fast-track a national space programme. The move coincides
with a major breakthrough for the country's space science industry – the first detailed
images from the national space satellite launched last year and now orbiting 500km
above the earth. Minister of Science & Technology Naledi Pandor this week told the
Sunday Times that the aim of the programme was to turn South Africa into a regional
space hub. Recommissioning old launch sites would be a major step forward for the
country's space ambitions, she said. The two sites are both in the Western Cape –
the Overberg Test Range (OTB) outside Bredasdorp, and Houwteq near Grabouw.
Pandor said the Houwteq site already had a "launch integration building" where a
launch vehicle had been assembled by apartheid-era engineers. She said the
facilities could be used to kick-start a space programme that would focus on human
development rather than on defence. The sites are from South Africa's old military
space programme, developed during the '80s when the government was largely
isolated from the world because of apartheid. The government was interested in
launching a low-orbit satellite to assist its military operations in Southern Africa. The
facilities were taken over by the national arms company, Denel. Pandor said: "In
starting up a space launch capability there are two issues that are of importance: in
terms of the actual launch vehicle, do we build on what has been done in the past or
look for an alternative, (perhaps) more cost-effective option? Can we use the support
infrastructure developed as part of the previous launch vehicle programme?" She
said South Africa was well advanced in satellite development and management, and
had a world-renowned satellite applications centre run by the Council for Scientific
and Industrial Research (CSIR). "The potential for South Africa to become a regional
space hub is immense. We have already proved that we have the capability for the
development, manufacture and operation of satellites. "There is certainly a need for
an indigenous African (space science) capability, and other African countries are
waking up to this realisation," Pandor said. South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria and Kenya
recently formed the African Resource Management Constellation, which plans to
launch at least three more satellites for "earth observation". The country's first
satellite, Sumbandila Sat, was built by engineers in Stellenbosch. It has produced
high-resolution images that have many uses, including making accurate maps and
charts for development work. Ron Olivier, whose company spearheaded the
Sumbandila Sat project, said a rejuvenated national space programme was good
news for the country's growing scientific and engineering sectors, which were eager
to compete on the international market. He said investing in more satellites would
entrench South Africa's lead over African countries in the space race. "The more
satellites you have, the more you are able to revisit (orbit over) the same space and
the more data you can make available," Olivier said. But South Africa's contribution
was likely to be in the niche market and not space exploration. "The amount of
investment that is required to do outer space missions on your own is just mind
boggling. We will be a niche player. "Eventually, as you grow the space capability
you will be able to develop payloads and assist on international collaboration, like
missions to Mars, but right now that is pretty far into the future," he said. Raoul
Hodges, the head of the satellite applications centre, said South Africa was already a
world leader in earth observation data and the analysis of satellite images. "For
years we've been buying the data from international sites. Now we have our own,"
he said. Extending the programme to incorporate satellite launching would add to
South Africa's expertise, Hodges said. "The general public may see a space
programme as going to Mars. But for me it's about reaching out and giving a social
benefit back to the country whereby we can develop projects out of earth observation
data." Commenting on Pandor's plans to revisit old launch sites, Hodges said a
satellite launch programme would require massive investment "but there's no doubt
the technology and the engineers exist".


SOCIAL SERVICES

South Africa marks 50th anniversary of Sharpville Massacre (Sapa, 20100321) -
A half century ago, police officers massacred 69 black South Africans in the
township of Sharpeville, where protesters had burned the passbooks that the white-
led apartheid government required them to carry at all times. But survivors of the
massacre here are tired of telling their stories: They are wondering when the change
they thought they were fighting for 50 years ago will come to Sharpeville. Residents
in recent weeks have set fire to tires in the streets to protest the lack of basic city
services such as electricity and running water. "Our lives started changing with
Nelson Mandela's release, but people are still financially struggling and finance is still
in white people's hands," said Abram Mofokeng, who was just 21 when officers
opened fire on the protesters, shooting demonstrators including women and children
as they ran away. Mofokeng still bears the scar where a bullet entered his back.
Local residents say that Sunday's 50th anniversary of the massacre will be calm,
despite concerns that commemoration activities could be interrupted with
demonstrations. The massacre, a turning point in the anti-apartheid struggle, drew
world condemnation of the white-led government's ruthless treatment of South
Africa's disenfranchised black majority and led the apartheid government to outlaw
the African National Congress party. The ANC has governed South Africa since the
country's first all-race elections in 1994. But 16 years after the end of apartheid,
many black South Africans feel that they have not benefited from the economic
growth that has made many government and ANC officials rich. President Jacob
Zuma, a popular figure among the poor, has promised to speed up delivery of
houses, clinics, schools, running water and electricity as well as create jobs. But he
also has acknowledged the difficulties of doing so amid the global recession. In
Sharpeville, the cemetery today is filled with rows of mismatched tombstones
covered with unkempt grass and faded artificial flowers. A line of neat concrete slabs
with black stone headstones marks the resting place of the massacre's victims. The
old police station where protesters gathered 50 years ago has become a community
centre. Survivors of the massacre met here, along with other victims of apartheid, to
share their stories and try to help each other heal. The counselling group has now
moved to a nearby church, as the building is being renovated into a museum, part of
Sharpeville's growing "Human Rights Precinct" with its memorial garden and shiny
new exhibition centre. The engraved stone tablets on a wall at the Garden of
Remembrance are cracked in places. Some residents believe it is an attempt to draw
attention to the issues that remain decades later. "People's lives haven't changed.
There are so many things we don't have a community hall, a sports ground People
are unhappy," said Phillip Makhale, caretaker of the memorial site.

FEATURES; OPINIONS; ANALYSIS

Ever defiant Malema vows not to shut up By Sibusiso Ngalwa Tribune Reporters
(www.iol.co.za, 20100321) - Incorrigible ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is
on the ropes after a week which culminated in a tongue lashing from President
Jacob Zuma being made public. Zuma did not mince his words, essentially accusing
Malema of undermining his authority and playing dirty. In a show of irritation, he also
slated personal attacks on his cabinet ministers, saying, "We must not tolerate that."
But ever defiant, Malema vowed on Saturday not to shut up, saying he would
continue "defending" the youth league from attack. Zuma made the comments at an
ANC National Executive meeting in Kempton Park last week, and they were posted
on the ANC Today website on Friday.
This week fresh charges were laid against the man caricatured by social
commentators as a brat. Days after the Equality Court ordered Malema to apologise
for his comments against women who made rape accusations, he faced a new
charge for hate speech after singing a controversial "shoot the boer" song. Malema
has promised to appeal the rape comment ruling and the R50 000 fine.
But, the public's reaction to his rape comments pale in comparison with the response
to the "kill the boer" song, not least because of support for Malema from within the
ANC. Since singing a song similar to that popularised by former ANCYL leader Peter
Mokaba, Malema has become the target of a cyber petition to remove him as
ANCYL president, which has garnered 49 000 signatories.
In addition, 109 complaints have been lodged against him with the SA Human Rights
Commission. Malema also drew public ire this week when he paid a visit to the jail
cell of disgraced hip-hop star Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye who is accused of
killing four children in Soweto while allegedly drag racing. Aggrieved relatives of the
victims of the car crash questioned why Malema hadn't visited them. This week the
civic action group AfriForum tried to deliver a memorandum, protesting against
Malema's behaviour, to the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters. Police watched as
hundreds of protesters attempted unsuccessfully to deliver the memorandum.
The Anglican Bishop of Natal, Right Reverend Rubin Phillip, encouraged Zuma to
take a tough line publicly. "He (Malema) is polarising society. When a new political
dispensation was ushered in (1994) we were all excited about putting a racist and
unequal society behind us. We were making some progress. But when Malema says
hateful and divisive things and participates in songs about Afrikaners, that is dividing
what we are working for, the building of one nation, which is very sad."
This week when opposition parties banded together for a vote of no confidence in
Zuma in Parliament, Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi refused to
join, but had a warning for the president.
EDITORIAL COMMENT – SUNDAY 20100321.

EDITORIAL COMMENTS ARE SELECTED IN TERMS OF RELEVANCE TO
CURRENT AFFAIRS, CONTRASTING VIEWPOINTS AND INFORMATION VALUE.
SOME ITEMS MAY BE EDITED FOR LENGTH. EDITORIAL COMMENTS FROM
THE FOLLOWING PAPERS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED TODAY: Sunday:
SUNDAY TIMES; THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT; SUNDAY WORLD; CITY
PRESS; RAPPORT.

President Zuma tough on Robert Mugabe (Sunday Times online, 20100321) -
President Jacob Zuma said after talks with Zimbabwe's leaders this week that he
expected "substantial" progress towards the full implementation of the global political
agreement that brought the country back from the brink 18 months ago – before
stalling late last year. If negotiators achieve the progress he expects by the agreed
March 31 deadline, it will be the most significant contribution to Zuma's own political
rehabilitation after a series of scandals, and his most valuable achievement since
taking office nearly a year ago. Zuma said President Robert Mugabe, MDC leader
and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara
agreed to a package of measures to implement outstanding issues in the accord, but
he gave no details. Unofficial reports suggested, however, that Zuma was more
forceful than his predecessor as SADC negotiator, Thabo Mbeki, and that he
persuaded Mugabe to back down on some of the issues blocking progress towards
new elections. Mugabe's concessions are likely to include more freedom for the
press. Zuma will know from his proximity to the Mbeki initiative that Mugabe has
reneged on many agreements. South Africa's president needs to maintain the
pressure and keep SADC leaders mobilised around the issue of Zimbabwe's future.
It is in everyone's best interest to resolve the political disputes and ensure economic
recovery. And South Africa needs peace and stability on its borders, especially
during the World Cup.


SA NEWSPAPER WEBSITES:
The DNB is sourced i.a. from the following newspaper websites:
www.bday.co.za - Business Day
www.sabcnews.com          - SABC News
www.mg.co.za      - Mail and Guardian
www.suntimes.co.za        - Sunday Times
www.citizen.co.za - The Citizen
www.iol.co.za             - Cape Times            Pretoria News     Saturday
Star
     The Star     The Argus           The Daily News    Business Report
     The Mercury Cape Times           Sunday Tribune Sunday Indepnt
www.news24.com - Beeld                      Die Burger        Volksblad
                  Natal Witness             Rapport           City Press

The DNB was compiled by Operations Centre After Hours Personnel: ER
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