Johnny Masilela, The BEAT editor.

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Although politicians were likely to view this with a pinch of salt, editors love the way these chaps help to sell newspapers.

We report elsewhere in these pages how a total of four politicians appeared before the magistrate’s court over various charges.

Bela-Bela EFF firebrand, Sello Moswoeu, made another court appearance over allegations of trespassing.

 The energetic Moswoeu is a regular visitor to The BEAT offices, with the objective to keep the red beret brigade programmes alive in the pages of your favourite read.

But still we are always alert as to what’s newsworthy and what’s not.

In recent days we had a lengthy discussion with Moswoeu on the principle of sub judice, and other legal implications around his continued court appearances.

The good thing is that he did agree with our complex take on some of these issues.

EFF stories often trend fairly well on our website, and the reasons range from the desperation of the homeless, but also the interest from the upper classes as to the question of land grabs.

Also in recent days Justin Steyn returned from the Bela-Bela Magistraste’s Court to report that on the same day that Moswoeu made an appearance, four other politicians were at the courts.

Among these was … ladies and gentlemen, please rise to welcome the grande dame of Waterberg politics, Henrietta “Die Bang” Ledwaba.

According to information at our disposal, Ledwaba was expected to appear again in court on Friday, 21 February, over the unfolding case of alleged crimen injuria, which translates into the use of foul and/or threatening language.

The claimant was a lady by the name of Violet Baloyi who, according to our political ear-to-the-ground, Lizzy Bapela, does not feature much in the hurly-burly of local politics.

We are looking forward to how readers snap up copies of The BEAT against the backdrop of the unfolding grande dame court process.

Making a court appearance on the same day was former mayor and current ward councillor, Freddy Hlungwane, on allegations of verbal threats against civil activists Joseph Ramalekana and Lucas Phala.

We and the readers should keep a close eye on this one, too.

Justin reports that ward committee co-ordinator, John Sesane also appeared on the same day, over alleged reckless driving.

Lo and behold, for I am writing this piece on the Monday, the day on which the NEC of the ANC was scheduled to hold an extraordinary summit to discuss the “future” of Jacob Zuma.

Take note that I am not referring to “President” Zuma, because by the time you read this South Africa was very much likely to be a whole new country.

All indications were that the space had been squeezed around Zuma, who hardly made an appearance at the Cape Peninsula’s Grand Parade in remembrance of Mandela’s first speech from 27 years of imprisonment.

There were so many conspiracy theories ahead of the NEC meeting, with one suggesting Msholozi considering turning State witness against the likes of the Guptas. My foot!

My favourite political analyst, Stephen Grootes, turned the scenario upside-down, suggesting the Guptas may as well rush to the head of the queue, and report Zuma’s alleged shenanigans at the nearest police station. 

4 months ago       15 February 2018