Tuesday, October 20, 2009
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Bradley Dubbelman.
Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula's idea of militarising the police service is "craziness" and smacks of "low-level political decision making without reference to the Cabinet", said former Minister Kader Asmal in Cape Town yesterday.
Mbalula, the former leader of the African National Congress Youth League, has said that he wants the police service transformed into a paramilitary force, with military ranks and discipline.
Asmal said that in 1991 negotiators spent much time working to get away from the idea of a militarised police force. He added that it is remarkable how the current administration's "political memory" has failed, hinting that it is showing signs of re-establishing apartheid-era security organisations such as the Bureau of State Security.
The International Monetary (IMF) Fund has warned countries not to scale back stimulus measures used to fight the global recession, saying that it could jeopardise a return to weak growth next year.
Speaking at a conference in Mexico City, the IMF's first deputy MD John Lipsky said that this is no time to take risks with the premature withdrawal of stimulus packages.
Lipsky said that countries should be careful about pulling back on stimulus measures, though he did not specify between monetary and fiscal stimulus. He adds that the IMF's forecasts of a return to sluggish output growth in 2010 are predicated on the implementation of the large-scale stimulus measures that have already been promised for next year.
New Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo said yesterday that black and female lawyers and judges must be given the opportunity to gain the necessary experience to qualify them for senior positions.
Chairing the Judicial Service Commission interviews of candidates for two vacancies on the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA), Ngcobo made the remarks after acting SCA judge, Eric Leach, said that he believes the single most important criteria to serve on the appellant court is experience.
Leach was responding to questions from advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza about judicial transformation, who said that the courts are still an area of "unbalance and disequilibrium".
Also making headlines:
The Presidency confirms that convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik applied for Presidential pardon in April last year.
Experts fear that the global financial crisis and a loss of interest in the HIV/Aids epidemic may translate into less money for research and treatment.
The World Wide Fund for Nature calls on Eskom to defer the new Kusile coal-fired power plant that would add significantly to the South Africa's carbon emissions.
And, Sudan says that the new US policy towards it has "positive points" and is a strategy of engagement, not isolation.
That's a roundup of news making headlines today.