Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

16 May 2014

South Africa: The Return of Government's Iron Fist and Numsa's Mission to Crush It

analysis

There is one reason why the security cluster ministers are taking Public Protector's Nkandla report on judicial review. Because they can. Who can stop them? Certainly not Citizen Voter. In five years when people get to vote again, this action will be long forgotten.

The opposition parties in the new Parliament do not have sufficient seats to give the ANC any real trouble. Civil society? How? This is what 62.15% of the vote has delivered: invincibility for the political elite, once more. Enter Numsa and its new working class movement. It might take a while, but the ground is already rumbling.

It came like a bolt out of the blue. The announcement by the security cluster ministers that they have "resolved" to take the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the Nkandla upgrades on judicial review by the high court was unexpected this week. In effect, the "security cluster" does not even exist at present as the new president has yet to be elected in Parliament and to appoint a new Cabinet. It would seem, however, that the security ministers are quite confident that will be able to undertake the review, even before they have been sworn...

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