Although the Forum for Black Journalists (FBJ) has been censured for its blacks-only membership, overtly white racist organisations such as the AWB seem to have been left to relaunch recently. This is a contradiction that requires serious intervention by the SA Human Rights Commission and the government. They are a bigger threat than the FBJ could ever be.
Political writer Ebrahim Harvey on the relevance of the Forum for Black Journalists' exclusivity rule: ''Surely, these editors are in a powerful position to change the conditions that aggrieve black journalists. And are there racial perceptions about power relations in the newsroom not corroborated by clear evidence of conscious discrimination but influenced by available skills and experience?''
''This is not the first time the ANC is in a situation where its president is a different person from that of the republic. From 1997 to 1999 we went through a similar transition. The difference then was that Madiba voluntarily stepped down and handed over power to comrade Thabo, who was his deputy in government at the time,'' says ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.
Enigmatic as it may appear, there are clear reasons for the popularity of ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma. Any lingering doubts were cleared up last weekend, when the majority of ANC national conference delegates nominated him for president. Even the ANC's Women's League has lined up in support of Zuma, who has long received the support of the South African Communist Party.
For argument's sake let us leave aside all other allegations against Jacob Zuma, deputy president of the ANC. Let us accept that he was justly acquitted in the rape trial earlier this year and that the subsequent corruption case was struck off the roll as a result of monumental bungling by the state.
"Yes, we may at times be battered, but we are determined to strengthen our role in the alliance. There are different social and class forces in the ANC contesting its political and policy direction. These battles are far from over, contrary to what many critics think." On the eve of the tripartite alliance summit, Ebrahim Harvey quizzes Cosatu president Willie Madisha about jobs, growth and the future of the alliance.