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In The Bulrushes
Mar 6 2012 9:48AM
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Moses Mudzwiti

What’s up with these 14-day ultimatums?

Last week the ANC’s national disciplinary committee expelled its youth league leader Julius Malema.

After that, Malema was given 14 days to appeal against his expulsion. It all sounds very serious – this 14-day business.

What we do not know is whether the expulsion – that is if Malema does not appeal within 14 days – is final. The question is can an expelled ANC member reapply to join the party?

Does the affected member necessarily have to serve a specific number of days or years outside the party before their application for readmission can be considered?

In all likelihood it takes a fortnight for such an application to be processed. Besides, this 14-day thing is never consistent – sometimes it is specified as 14 working days, which can translate to three rather than just two weeks.

Across our northern border, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Saviour Kasukuwere has given Implats 14 days to hand over 51% of its business in that country to locals.

The decree was issued last week to the South African mining firm, which is the world’s second-largest platinum miner.

Reports from Harare said Implats was given notice to transfer 51% of its Zimplats subsidiary to a government-nominated fund.

The stake is worth R2.5bn – this is a huge amount of money to just hand over. In this instance the 14-day order sounds like a stick-up in a third-rate movie. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation had better move with haste to save Implats from being indigenised in Zimbabwe. They have less than 14 days to act. Reports from Harare do not mention any possibility of an appeal.

Unbelievably, last Thursday Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was in Johannesburg trying to woo South African investors to his country, where they can demand more than half of your company – all within 14 days.

Tsvangirai said: “I know the business community here in SA has been following the Implats case where despite an agreement the minister for indigenisation has given a two-week deadline to investors.”

The way things are going, this indigenisation programme is like a 411 scam – take the bait at your own peril.

On scams and crooks, on the weekend I received an email, ostensibly from the UN complete with a fitting logo, advising me that the organisation had “discovered” a huge sum of money that I had supposedly inherited was being held by “corrupt bank officials”.

The email continued: “To forestall this, security for your funds was organised in the form of your personal identification and this will enable only you to have direct control over your funds in your bank account.

“You are advised to furnish Mr Joseph Omar with your correct and valid details. Also be informed that the amount to be paid to you now is £2.5m (about R30m).”

I would be damned if I give this fake UN my bank details so that it can indigenise the little I have, probably within 14 days.

Moses Mudzwiti is assistant editor of The New Age.

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