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#SONA2015 aftermath, where are we now?

#SONA15 analysis.

Nikiwe Bikitsha standing-in for Stephen Grootes spoke to Political analyst Prof Sipho Seepe who shared his analysis looking at #SONA15 and the #SONADebate leading up to President Jacob Zuma's response tomorrow to what other political parties have shared regarding his address last Thursday. The Professor summed up the speeches from opposition party leaders and express satisfaction regarding the tone and mood of the event.

The DA spoke about a broken man, but a society doesn't break because of one man. Theres an inter-generational gap, I do think they will mature in time. Antics wont help the people of this country, what we need is a parliament where better ideas are shared on how to take this country to the next level. Jacob Zuma may not have a flair for delivery, but there were points in his speech that people in business and government will be more interested in, perhaps more than just the normal citizen.

Malamulele ends shutdown, or does it?

Malamulele has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, and just when we think things have calmed down and the shutdown has ended, report of a school on fire flared. Nikiwe Bikitsha spoke to Prof Noel Manganyi, Deputy Chairperson for the Malamulele Task Team. Nikiwe asked about the current state now and if the shutdown was indeed over.

We spoke a day ago where we agreed that the shutdown was over and that normality would preside, but we learned this morning that a school had been burned. We don't know what the motives were or who these people are, but we leave everything on the hands of the police. I can tell you now that everything has reopened, schools are open and public transportation is fully functional and back to normal.

Home Affairs looking to branch out regarding ID books.

Home affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete spoke to Nikiwe Bikitsha about plans to use banks to allow people to collect their ID books at their local bank. Nikiwe asked Mayihlome if there would be a need to collect from any bank or the one you bank with.

We are going to try this new process because we are undertaking this huge project of delivering the new ID cards. The idea is to get all banks on board because we want to reach as many South Africans as possible. Banks may want to entice people by offering this as an added service but we want something that will benefit the people first.

Window washers cleaned off the road.

Nikiwe spoke to Edmund Ellias, spokesperson for the South African Traders Retail alliance about the moves by police to remove people who wash windows at intersections. Many drivers have complained about criminal activity that happens at the different intersections and Edmund expressed their unhappiness about the move.

We are very unhappy because not everyone who stands at these intersections are criminals or do crime. These are human beings that are trying to earn a living by washing windows and accepting anything they can get.

Strauss-Kahn case could be dropped?

Nikiwe spoke to EWN UK correspondent Peter Anderson about the pimping case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn which looks like it could be dropped.

He has expressed that he did indeed attend these parties, about 12 of them in three years but he says he never knew that the women he was hosting were prostitutes. There is a high possibility that the case against him could be dropped and although his reputation may be dented, he may still try to go back to politics.


This article first appeared on 702 : #SONA2015 aftermath, where are we now?


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