The fact that the media was this week already brandishing the names of several possible replacements of disgraced finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene was another very clear indication of the important role the fourth estate plays in both social and political developments the world over.
When South Africa’s heavyweights in politics, policy makers, business specialists, workers unions, labour and community organisations once more gather in Johannesburg for what has become one of the country’s last hopes in addressing the worrying unemployment rate in the country today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday), ordinary citizens will hope for the best results and outcomes of the very important discussions.
The untimely passing of Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa came as a total shock to all South Africans especially the citizenry in the North West province where Molewa spend five years fighting to ensure a better life for all between 2004 to 2009 while serving the province as the second premier after having taken over the reigns from first premier, Popo Molefe.
Last week’s incidents which led to the fatal stabbing of at least four people including three students and one educator at different institutions of learning brought into sharp focus the need for professional security provision at schools and universities.
In one of the fatalities, Gadimang Mokolobate, 24, a teacher at Ramotshere Secondary School in Zeerust was stabbed to death by a 17-year-old grade 10 learner who accused the educator of denying him a second plate of food at the school the previous day.
The annual crime statistics released by Minister of Police, Bheki Cele on Tuesday did not surprise South Africans in general .
The worrying and ever escalating figures were expected as has been the case over the years during which period police authorities fought endless battles with criminal elements operating in the country sending the numbers to unimaginable heights.
Presenting the 2017/2018 crime stats to the Portfolio Committee on Police in Parliament on Tuesday, the seemingly frustrated minister placed the blame for the ever-increasing violent crime levels squarely at the doorsteps of previous police leaders in the country. He however did not mention any of his predecessors by name.