Edition: September / November 2017


There’s a racket in at least one division of the court system. First you go through the effort and expense of obtaining a debt judgment against an individual or company. Then send the papers to a sheriff who is expected to serve the writ of execution. Only, he doesn’t.

What he does is keep coming back with a reason for being unable to serve. Each time he asks for another R550 (the going rate) before he’ll try again to serve the writ. From personal experience, it can cost a few thousand rand until one tires of being caught for a sucker.

Best advice is to have an attorney accompany the sheriff (at additional cost). It’s impossible to say whether another dimension to the racket is the sheriff being paid off on his arrival with the writ.

As if there weren’t already sufficient problems with criminal justice, they aren’t needed with civil justice too.

Donald Trump says that, had he known Jeff Sessions would act in an ethical manner (by recusing himself from the Russia investigation), he would never have appointed Sessions as attorney general in the first place.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says that ANC MPs who wanted to vote according to their conscience should have discovered their consciences before they agreed to become members of parliament on the ANC list.

Is Trump taking his cue from Mantashe, or Mantashe from Trump? Peas in a pod. Ethics and consciences have no place in their versions of democracy.

Much of the old SA resonates perversely in the new. Recall the slogan of the old United Party: “White leadership with justice.”

It’s might be tempting for a certain presidential contender to consider an appropriate adaptation that pretty much summarises what he appears to be proposing: “Black leadership with justice.”

The media are frequently referred to “spokespeople” for comment. It’s an apt term.

Just as a good story beckons, they attempt to intervene with spokes in the wheel.

Jan Mahlangu of Cosatu has welcomed, as a “victory for workers”, yet another National Treasury postponement of its decision to implement mandatory annuitisation of two thirds of provident-fund payouts.

Some victory for when these workers face retirement. As matters stand in a contracting economy with a shrinking tax base, there isn’t enough in Treasury even for social grants to keep pace with inflation. Still to come are a comprehensive social-security scheme and national health insurance.

Keep believing that money grows on trees and perish the consequences.

Cape Town will have to look, sooner than later, at the purchase of desalination technology. It has a difficulty in that the world leader is Israel and there’re more than a few people in the Cape who’re opposed to buying anything from Israel.

Choices will need to be made. Either buy the technology from Israel, or buy it through an intermediary that will take a commission for disguising the source, or Capetonians won’t be able to flush their lavatories.

Remember that you read it here first.

Banging on about personal liability (see elsewhere in this TT), two questions for the Stuttafords directors should there be an inquiry into the group’s liquidation:

When did you first contemplate business rescue? When did you last place orders with suppliers?

When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.