Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
TWO important political developments were worth noting last week. President Jacob Zuma re-affirmed that the ANC is loyal to all citizens and not only to Cosatu members and leadership.
He said: "The ANC owes nobody anything."
This is because the left has been demanding that Zuma ban labour brokers, change monetary policy, demote Trevor Manuel and appoint left-leaning commissioners to the National Planning Commission (NPA) and also institute lifestyle audits.
Both the SACP and Cosatu have been demanding that the Alliance become a political centre.
Zuma boldly rejected all these demands and has remained consistent with the ANC's economic policies as was adopted at the Mafikeng, Stellenbosch and Polokwane conferences. Expectations that Zuma would be more left than Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe were false. They were raised to profile Zuma and to vilify Mbeki. At the rally in Eastern Cape, Mathews Phosa confirmed that the ANC would not be forced into introducing populist policies.
The commissioners appointed to the NPA are left-centrist, to defeat the left.
Both the chairperson, Trevor Manuel, and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, are not communists. The inclusion of Joel Netshitenzhe was a blow to the leftist.
Will Cosatu and the SACP call Zuma an agent of the Washington Consensus?
Interestingly, Zuma's family is involved in business.
Pascal Dubazane, Kimberley