A seven-day Acumen Media report by Tonya Khoury.
Here’s a ridiculous fact, I don’t know who won best picture at #TheOscars2022 but I feel like I’ve been watching the event all week. I was never going to watch the #Oscars, largely because over the past good few years, their recommendations have been dreadful.
Did you watch #LalaLand? Talk about bad musicals. And then it happened. The showstopper, literally! In case you were under a ‘rock’, #WillSmith beat up #ChrisRock because he told a joke about his wife Jada’s hair. He literally got up off his seat, went on stage, and slapped Rock across the face. Then when he got back to his seat, Jada, seen giggling on the side show, when Smith started swearing at Rock. Later, he got an academy award, then he started apologising and crying like a child. Minutes later he is seen dancing up a storm with #Trevor Noah.
#KidsJustSayNo. The memes were fun to start and then the conspiracy theories kept me entertained. I love a good conspiracy … I read all sorts: apparently Rock was wearing a #CheekPad. Pfizer was unveiling a new alopecia drug and the ratings for the Oscars were so low that they needed this. Whatever, the world deserved a distraction. I thought it was a pretty poor show but that’s because I have so much more drama to deal with here at home.
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Today, the 1st of April, is generally a day for foolery. I don’t even entertain #AprilFoolsDay, and I’m taking an executive decision and declaring #AprilFoolsDay a dead duck. I’m out, every word you read here is true just laced with my opinion. The world is so strange you don’t have to make up stuff anymore. We’ll leave that to the Academy Awards, hey?
Who should get five years?
I’m afraid I have some hard truths in this documentary; remember the lady who received a small fortune in error from #NSFAS? Remember this kid went on a spending spree to the tune of 800k? Well today we know her name. It is #SibongileMani and she was sentenced to five years in prison. Look, I know what you are thinking, she shouldn’t have spent the money. But cast yourself back to the days when you were a student. I remember a free plate of slap chips being a big win. Imagine my 19-year-old self getting my hands on millions in an erroneous bank transaction. Would I have said something? Mmmh, okay, probably because I’d have told my ma and she would have guided me, but I understand why Sibongile went #Kardashian and of course justice has to be served.
In South Africa, these things happen all the time, fraud, corruption, people taking money that is not theirs. Off the top of my head and I’m ad-libbing here: #KPMG, #McKinsey, #Steinhoff, #Zuma, #VBSLooters, #ZweliMkhize, #Bosasa, #Guptas … no need to add more because these combined probably stack up to well over a trillion that was blatantly stolen. Never once were they sentenced to any prison time and they certainly weren’t headlined as “thieves”.
We use different words for this level of theft, we use words like #AccountingIrregularities or #IrregularExpenditure or #Shareholders. It wasn’t long before the social media mob felt the same imbalance I was seeing. #FreeSibongile started to trend and an anonymous gentleman (he used the name #MalcolmX) said he would cough up 500k of the 800k that was outstanding. Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying that #Sibongile shouldn’t be punished, but five years seems extreme when it wasn’t her error in the first place.
You know who should get five years? The people who stole the aid in Nelson Mandela Bay. id meant for children. The lack of that aid, resulted in 14 babies starving to death in Nelson Mandela Bay. That stolen aid resulted in over 16 000 families left without any money for food. A study by UCT unearths that 48% of child hospital deaths are from malnutrition. Are the perpetrators going to get five years? Shouldn’t they be charged with murder or at least manslaughter? #ContinuityErrors in this #SAOmnibus
The good news
The #DA brought a #MotionOfNoConfidence against #Ramaphosa and his cabinet; they picked the wrong time to place this segment in the drama we are watching. The motion failed, as it should because the President is working hard, South Africa. He has had a belter of a week! Let me breakdown the episodes of this series we’ve been watching.
Sometimes he is as quiet as a mouse and other times he bulldozers like a Buffalo. All the changes were exciting. The President sat in the director’s chair and changed the plot in this awful drama. He appointed a new #PoliceCommissioner #FanieMasemola and #Kehle exited the stage without any applause or fanfare. Bathabile Dlamini said she would step aside if needed, the President said it’s needed. #ZandileGumede and 21 co-accused are in court, the state has 41 witnesses to back up 2 793 charges. Now that’s a show I’ll be watching. Gumede stripped #Ethekwini bare during her time as mayor, and she had better see more than #FiveYearsInPrison
That was a tasty treat, wasn’t it? Want more? This is a blockbuster … grab your popcorn because #Zuma lost his final appeal. #BillyDowner will be part of the #ZumaTrial and that is happening in the next couple of weeks. #ComingSoon to a TV near you: #uBabaInCourt. I must confess I’m a little nervous – horror movies don’t come scarier than this – especially when it could be an outdoor theatre event. #LittleFiresEverywhere
The second act, #AceMagashule’s bid to have charges for the #AceBestos case overturned, was dismissed and #Mr10Percent has to fight the NPA himself. #RETZero #RamaphosaTwo
#NomvulaMokanyane, I had almost forgotten about her. She is the reason we have such major water issues in our country. Her and uBaba launched a #WarOnLeaks years ago and all that created was a big gushing pipe leaking nothing but cash. Good news again, she has been booted out of the NEC. #RamaphosaThree (starting to sound a bit like the #Rambos)
#Mkhwebane is getting ready to take to the stage for an impeachment proceeding. A new #ElectoralCommission is to be announced. #AdvocateKameshniPillay replaces #DaliMpofu. Ouch, what a plot twist. Don’t go to the bathroom yet: #TitoMboweni is implicated in the R50-million donation to Cuba. He also tweeted that he has no friends as his birthday came and went without gifts. It’s a cold world out there for a cracked actor. #BalekaMbeta is apparently done with politics. She was a B-rate actress anyway. Social grant swindle uncovered over R89-million in Postbank theft. Surely that’s worth #FiveYears? #Mabuza held a #QandA and it was good to see him make a cameo as he is the Deputy President after all. #NhlanhlaLux was released on R1 500 bail and the President also said he condemns vigilantism.
And then the finale. #Ramaphosa to testify at #SAHRC inquiry into the #Insurrection. I refuse to use its international title, #JulyRiots. Other good news included the drop in the #FuelLevy, largely because of the country left the theatre and said they weren’t going to watch this show. My heavens, this was a feel-good story wasn’t it. I’m a little excited to get back into the theatre of dreams.
I have to jump across borders to tell you that Putin’s advisors are too scared to advise him that he is losing the war and so they’re doing it via CNN. Putin pushes for his currency by refusing sales of gas if not in roubles and we have the head of Chelsea Football Club flying between Ukraine and Russia to deliver handwritten notes between #zelensky and #Putin.
There is talk of #chemicalwarfare and there is a stark reality of starvation across many countries due to the egotistical war. Don’t worry too much though because #ElonMusk is building his own social network. #Trump much? Wonder how that will play out.
To those of the Muslim faith I wish you a blessed Ramadan may your fast be easy and your sacrifices received.
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