Well, a proposal has been placed before the floor of parliament to disband the Scorpions (similar to FBI). They are a strange group because though they are not allowed to gather intelligence. That brings up your next interesting question: how can you carry out investigative duties without gathering intelligence? Good question. Mbeki avoided all talk of the Scorpions in his State of the Nation address (started with Madiba), but people are bringing up the things he didn’t address.
Mbeki’s stance is that with all our problems (HIV/AIDS, all crime, power, etc.), we are not to change directions. We have always been on the right course and we should “stay the course.” The challenge is in the implementation of our directed plan, not in the plan itself. Others disagree and want government officials to pay or “experience” responsibility for power failures or for the crime which should be lower than it is now. Others want the Scorpions disbanded as they don’t work in their current state.
One member of parliament is trying to instate a school oath. Kids have weighed in on it, but in the overall scheme of things, it’s not the most pressing thing facing the country. It is interesting though because it reminds me that
So it just reminds me how the definition of state is not really taught well or reinforced in schools. A state in its original meaning is actually a country (I’ve said this before, so bear with me). The
It is an amazing thought—50 states (seminal meaning, denotative) combined to work as one with inter-autonomy. Interesting. It’s not really like there anywhere else. Some come close, yes. And some even use the word “state” for their province or territory.