Letters

Dear Editor


Khoza votes her conscience

She war [wore] the suicide vest bravely. Now that her bombs misfired she is crying foul and you sympathise with her? Let her be subjected to internal processes and listen to the sweet sounds of the music she composed.

Sibonelo Stanley Mkhwanazi 
Newcastle, KZN

• So she voted with opposition parties? That is political prostitution.

William Joseph Mbangula 
Windhoek, Namibia

• Tsotsi [President Zuma] and his party hate her, she has all the qualities they so badly lack; instead of trying to act as good examples, they prefer the rat pack.

John Hendrick
Roodepoort, Gauteng 

• She is a hopeless attention-seeker with an inflated ego. Let her roast in her own fat, like pork.

George M Mkhwanazi
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
 
I’m sure Dr Khoza will take your comment from whence it comes.
Ed.

KPMG up for audit

Thank you a million times Noseweek, for exposing these spineless corrupt money-grabbing, ass-creeping “respectable corporates”! Lowest form of sub-human species, just above lawyers!

Clarence Fourie
Johannesburg

• I’ve only read the first two free paragraphs of your online edition, but it seems the author might be confusing correlation for causation, or at least be guilty of extreme oversimplification to suit the narrative. Arthur Andersen collapsed worldwide in 2002 due to the shady accounting practices of their Houston office, responsible for Enron’s off-balance sheet shenanigans. There was no claim of malfeasance in the South African practice (or anywhere else). The firm’s name was, however, toast and in South Africa the Arthur Andersen audit practice was taken over by KPMG. Fifteen years have since passed in which KPMG could have “converted” any Arthur Andersen bad apples, had there been any. Referring now to Arthur Andersen’s “bad reputation” sounds like a handy abdication of KPMG’s professional responsibility, or a bean-counter’s version of Hansie Cronje’s “the devil made me do it” excuse.

Wilhelm Kühn
Cape Town

How could any sensible person want to dismiss the logic of a four-page, 80 paragraph story on KPMG’s pattern of misconduct – itself an extract from 13 Noseweek stories published over the past 15 years (as it happens, the first in 2002 when it took over Arthur Andersen) – on the basis of just two (free) teaser paragraphs? The point made was that KPMG have been exposed as doing (for several years already) just the sort of shady coverup-for-a-fee that led to the downfall of Arthur Andersen. KPMG’s takeover of Arthur Andersen becomes symbolic.

Now see KPMG and a load of scrap in this issue.Ed.

Aussie miner in spotlight

Anti-slapp litigation is long overdue. The Caruso you name is also known, it would appear, for quoting fiery sections of the old testament at non-believers on the god-given rights of miners.

Stormin Tormin
Kommetjie

• Who are the South African lawyers acting for these cowboys?

Robin Hood
Claremont

Senior advocate for MRC/Blue Bantry is Peter Hodes SC, briefed by attorneys Bernadt Vukic Potash & Getz of Cape Town.Ed.

Durban’s R42bn shack shame

True, those billions would have come in handy to house the poor of Durban – but then, right now, Durban Metro is happily spending R500,000 for a carpet for the high-spending, very costly King of the Zulus’ Reed Dance – plus how much more for buses, etcetera?

Margot von Michaelis
Durban

Singin’ in the rain

Your August (nose214) front-cover cartoon “Singing in the Rain” confused me at first because it brought to mind the similarly titled Gene Kelly film Singing in the Rain.  But then I remembered that of course the song also featured notably in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 masterpiece  A Clockwork Orange while Alex and his “droogs” indulge themselves unchallenged in a prolonged spree of rape and pillage. Now I get it. Nice one.

Phil M. Noir
Riversdale

Sanlam “not loving dogs”

Effectively sending the dogs to be euthanased, and selling a Tinus de Jongh painting for R1,000 that, properly auctioned, should have fetched between R15,000 and R30,000.

Nicholas Labuschagne
Online

Makes one wonder what other moveables were sold at “giveaway” prices.Ed.

n The Sanlam executor’s “auction-in-a-hurry” action seems to be a norm at big institutions, e.g. banks, where they are appointed as executors in deceased estates. It’s a big can of worms, waiting to be opened up.

I’m sure experienced estate agents will know cases where a property in a deceased estate was auctioned “in a hurry” and the heir paid out only a small percentage of the property’s real market value. The so-called “silent tenders” seem to be taking the cake!

The problem seems to be that there is no current law against this malpractice, and the executor has the right to act according to his “best judgment” – and is then obliged to take the “highest offer”, which leaves the field open for any ridiculous, undervalued offer to be accepted.

These institutional bullies need to be called to account!

Maryke De Beer
Cape Town

Hello, hello …?

I am a doctor. I had the same surgery number for 24 years until, in one foul swoop, Telkom cut my landline instead of relocating it, as I had requested.

For a month, my patients lost their lifeline and I lost my income, thanks to the gross incompetence of a telecommunications company that spends more money on advertising than on employing appropriately qualified people.

I had an order number; I became number 32,53,13 etc in the queue, holding on for the next clueless person unable to help me at the customer-don’t-care centre (now relocated to Durban).

I spoke to a Pearl and a Patricia, and emailed D Hlengiwe, to name a few people, who all promised to rectify the problem.

In the meantine I was contacted numerous times to ask when I would like my new ADSL line installed, which is apparently what I had (not) ordered.

I paid the phone account for a phone number “that did not exist”, just in case, so they would not refuse to do the job when eventually it was about to be reinstated, as I might in arrears!

Finally I received an sms to say my order (what order? ADSL? Reinstallation? Relocation?) would be delayed because of stocktaking! I got no further when, 16 days on from asking for relocation, I went to a Telkom shop. All the computers were down. I did, however, learn that transporting my old landline number to another exchange area, as I had requested, was, in fact, not possible. Sorry, you were misdirected.

It took a further 12 days – in all 28 days without a surgery landline – for my old phone number to be  reinstated at my old address (a special favour), and I was able to set up an answering machine directing callers to my new telephone number and surgery.

Dr M Stein Goldberg
Cape Town
 

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Submitted by : Barry Midgley of DURBAN on 2017-10-03 11:07:33
I don't recall receiving a leave application - this is the most important article and without it we get withdrawal symptoms. Definitely not kosher
Barry
 
Submitted by : Barry Midgley of DURBAN on 2017-10-02 12:41:54
Where is Harold Strachan? - this is not cricket
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Editor's Note
Taking a well-deserved break. See next issue.

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