Media Statement by the Chancellor of the National Orders, Dr Cassius Lubisi

Programme Director

Chairperson of the National Orders Advisory Council

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media

Good afternoon

It is my privilege as Chancellor of the National Orders to announce the names of those South Africans and foreign nationals who will be awarded National Orders at an investiture ceremony to be held on Freedom Day, Saturday 27 April 2013.

This year’s ceremony will be held under the theme “Mobilising society towards consolidating our democracy and freedom”.

National Orders are the highest awards that a country, through its President, bestows to its citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed towards the advancement of democracy and who made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans.

The National Orders also recognise the contributions made by individuals who contributed and continue to contribute to a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa as envisaged in our Constitution.

This is the 19th Investiture ceremony since the inception of the National Orders, contributing towards unity, reconciliation and building the nation.

President Jacob Zuma will bestow to deserving recipients the Order of Mendi for Bravery, the Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli, the Order of Mapungubwe, and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.

The Order of Mendi for Bravery recognises South African citizens who have performed acts of bravery.

The order will be bestowed in Silver on:

Alfred Duma: For his leadership in times of difficulty, and his brave contribution to the rights of workers and liberation of the people of South Africa.


Riot Makhomanisi Mkhwanazi: For his excellent and valiant contribution to the liberation of the people of South Africa.


The order in Gold will be bestowed on:

Cletus Mzimela: For his precision under pressure, and gallantry in the face of crippling odds in pursuit in the liberation of the people of South Africa.


The Order of Ikhamanga recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

The Order will be bestowed in Silver on:

Chad Le Clos: For his excellent achievements on the international swimming stage, especially at the London Olympics in 2012, thus placing South Africa in high standing globally in the field of Aquatic sports.


Ilse Hayes: For her courageous and relentless pursuit of excellence and incredible physical endurance.


Vusi Mahlasela: For using his talent beyond its entertainment value to draw attention to the injustices that isolated South Africa from the global community during the apartheid years.


Zolani Mkiva: For achieving international recognition in praise poetry and being an outstanding champion of African oral traditions who has done not only South Africa proud, but the continent as a whole.


Kaizer Motaung: For his achievements as a committed and dedicated footballer and his outstanding contribution to the development of young football talent in the country.


Pretty Yende: For her excellent achievement and international acclaim in the field of world opera and serving as a role model to aspiring young musicians.


The Order of the Baobab recognises South African citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.

The Order in Bronze will be bestowed on:


Suraya “Bibi” Khan: For her selflessness and outstanding contribution to the upliftment of disadvantaged communities in South Africa and abroad and her tireless voluntary work in the community where she lives.


Nontsikelelo Qwelane: For her outstanding contribution to education in South Africa and for being an inspiration and role model to both young and old. At the age of 92 Qwelane has earned the title of the oldest known teacher in South Africa.


The Order in Silver will be bestowed on:

Yusuf Abramjee: For his excellent contribution to the field of community development through LeadSA


David Jacobus Bosch (Posthumous): For his selfless struggle for equality in segregated churches and society in general and his dedication to community upliftment. By doing so, he lived the values of non-racialism against the mainstream of his own culture.


Colin Wells Eglin: For serving the country with excellence and for his dedication and courage in standing up for the principles of equality for all South Africans against the unjust laws of the past.


Herbert William Garnet De La Hunt: For his tireless and excellent work in the service of promoting the South African Scouts movement locally and abroad and demonstrating the spirit of volunteerism.


Sayed Mohamed Ridwan Mia: For his excellent contribution to the field of medicine and giving hope to victims devastated by burn injuries.


The Order of Luthuli recognises South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.

The order will be bestowed in Bronze to:

Nomazizi Mtshotshisa (Posthumous): For being the embodiment of courageous leadership by women in South Africa, and for her outstanding contribution to the struggle for democracy.


The order will be bestowed in Silver to:

Neville Edward Alexander (Posthumous): For his courageous rejection of injustice and his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid in striving to ensure equality for all South Africans.


Amina Desai (Posthumous): For her selfless sacrifice, courage and excellent contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle. Desai did not believe in the limitations imposed by apartheid and fought valiantly against oppression.


Michael Alan Harmel (Posthumous): For his relentless fight against injustice as part of the national liberation movement and his contribution to equality for all South Africans.


Essop Essak Jassat: For his excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation and advancing democracy in South African, through selfless sacrifice without regard for his own safety and well-being.


Arthur Letele (Posthumous): For his dedication and excellent work in pursuing the liberation of the people of South Africa and Lesotho above everything, including his own safety.


Mosibudi Mangena: For his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and positive contribution to democracy in South Africa through his role in improving education, especially in the critical areas of mathematics and science.


Moosa (Mosie) Moolla: For his dauntless and excellent work in the liberation movement often at great risk to his life and for representing the interests of the liberation movement and South Africa in the international community.


Richard Mothupi: For the excellent role he played in pursuing freedom for all South Africans during the liberation struggle and the building of democracy in South Africa.


David Fani Mncube: For his excellent contribution to the struggle for non-racist, non-sexist, just and democratic South Africa.


Elias Phakane Moretsele (Posthumous): For his excellent contribution and dedication to the struggle for freedom in both urban and rural areas and sacrificing his life for a free South Africa.


The award will be bestowed in Gold on:

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: For her exceptional life’s work to the cause of freedom for the people of South Africa and the development and consolidation of our democracy in the quest to create a better life for all.


The Order of Mapungubwe recognises South Africans who have accomplished excellence and exceptional achievement to the benefit of South Africa and beyond.

The Order of Mapungubwe in Bronze will be bestowed on:

Prof. Quarraisha Abdool Karim: For her outstanding work in the field of HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) research; and her role in health policy development that is placing South Africa on the international stage.


The award in Silver will be bestowed on:

Dr Bernie Fanaroff: For his excellent contribution to astronomy and dedication in putting South Africa on the map with the SKA Project. He is a thinker, an academic, a trade unionist and an exceptional public servant.


Professor George Ekama: For his excellent research that has provided innovative solutions to enhancing and improving wastewater treatment. His important work is helping the country to find solutions to water scarcity.


Dr Glenda Gray: For her excellent life-saving research in mother-to-child transmission of HIV and AIDS that has changed the lives of people in South Africa and abroad. Her work has not only saved lives of many children, but also improved the quality of life for many others with HIV and AIDS.


Prof Malegapuru William Makgoba: For his dedication and excellent contribution to the field of science and medicine, locally and internationally; and for his contribution to the building of democracy in South Africa. He is an outstanding academic and a pioneer of transformation in higher education.


The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo recognises eminent foreign nationals and other foreign dignitaries for friendship shown to South Africa. It is therefore an order of peace, cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support.

The order in Silver will be bestowed on:

Dina Forti: For developing a strong anti-apartheid movement in Italy and assisting liberation organisations in Southern Africa, including the ANC, Frelimo and the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).


Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson: For dedicating his life to challenge societies and governments to recognise that all people are born equal, and that everyone is in equal measure entitled to life, liberty, prosperity and human rights. For his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheid


Enuga Screenivasulu Reddy: For his active support of the South African freedom movement for more than half a century. As head of the United Nations (UN) Centre Against Apartheid for over two decades, he played a key role in promoting international sanctions against South Africa and organising the world campaign to free Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners.


Giuseppe Soncini (Posthumous): For his contribution to the liberation movement by forging a Pact of Solidarity between the town of Reggio Emilia in Italy and the ANC. His town served as a haven to many anti-apartheid activists during the difficult times of oppression.


The award will be bestowed in Gold on:

Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham (Posthumous): For his dedication to the liberation of his country, Guyana, as well as the African continent. He established diplomatic relations with many African countries and expressed solidarity with the liberation movement and freedom fighters in South Africa. This solidarity with the leaders of the ANC strengthened relations between Guyana and South Africa.


We congratulate the recipients and call on all South Africans to join us in celebrating these outstanding South Africans and distinguished friends of South Africa.

Issued by: The Presidency


To conquer rape, we need to beat drugs

stoprapeThe #StopRape campaign remains top of mind as we continue to be bombarded with horrific stories of women and children being raped and abused daily.

Has the awareness over recent weeks made any difference? I think it has, to some extent.

South Africans have been thinking and talking about this societal scourge. It has also resulted in the government taking action.

Lead SA and the Department of Basic Education launched the #StopRape campaign in schools
this month.

Pupils and teachers were asked to adopt a pledge. This has raised awareness among our youth, who are often targets.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which assist rape victims are cash-strapped. Many struggle to survive
with limited resources and the end result is that victims suffer. The government must urgently allocate financial resources to credible NGOs.

Experts say substance abuse contributes significantly to incidents of rape. President Jacob Zuma confirmed this when he launched the #StopRape campaign in Cape Town.

This means we have to plough efforts into fighting substance abuse in our communities. To point fingers at the government alone for the rape and drug scourge is unfair. We, as citizens, all need to take responsibility.

Drug dealers continue to target the vulnerable. We must stand up and do something. We need
partnerships at all levels.

Communities must unite and become involved in this fight. Law enforcement agencies need to tackle this problem with renewed vigour and social services have an important role to play.

Effective programmes must be rolled out.

I addressed the community of Bedfordview last week together with Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko and provincial police commissioner Mzwandile Petros. Read more

Let’s tell the world SA has a lot of good to offer


The success of the 2010 Soccer World Cup did much to boost South Africa’s reputation as a world class destination.

South Africa has been making international headlines over recent months.

The last time the country grabbed global attention to this extent, was when Nelson Mandela was released from prison and during the first democratic election in 1994.

More recently, the Marikana blood-bath, the rape scourge, “Blade runner” Oscar Pistorius killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and the Daveyton police brutality incident have tainted our image locally and abroad.

South Africa has made the headlines across the world for all the wrong reasons over recent months – and even locally many appear to be disillusioned about what has been happening. Read more

Clarion call to break silence on abuse of rights

Making headlines for all the wrong reasons – the SAPS has been shamed by their handling of (from left) the Oscar Pistorius case, the death of Andries Tatane at the hands of police, the Marikana massacre and the most recent case of police brutality following the death of taxi driver, Mido Macia in Daveyton.

Making headlines for all the wrong reasons – the SAPS has been shamed by their handling of (from left) the Oscar Pistorius case, the death of Andries Tatane at the hands of police, the Marikana massacre and the most recent case of police brutality following the death of taxi driver, Mido Macia in Daveyton.

“Human Rights Day (21 March) presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.”

This year, we have much to reflect upon.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is making international headlines again following the torture and subsequent death of a Mozambican national in Daveyton.

Earlier, we had the Marikana blood-bath and the murder of Andries Tatane in the Free State. These are the high-profile cases.

But what about the many cases where ordinary citizens get abused and tortured by those in uniforms and yes, they call themselves “law enforcers”.

The SAPS has a serious problem and it requires urgent intervention at the highest level.

A call has now been made for a judicial commission of enquiry into the police to ascertain the general cause/s of the police conduct.

I don’t think there is a need for a commission. It’s simply lawlessness of the worst form and an abuse of power by SAPS members. They must be treated as criminals and the law must come down hard on them. Read more

Phiyega must step up cop training to avoid sham

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega (source: EWN).

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega (source: EWN).

The Oscar Pistorius case has gripped the nation and the world since Valentine’s Day when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Much of the focus last week was also on the police investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer, Hilton Botha.

Hours after Eyewitness News revealed that Botha himself was facing several criminal charges relating to a taxi shooting, National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, pulled him off the case.

She, however, described him as a “good” cop.

And on Friday, Magistrate Desmond Nair, gave Botha a tongue-lashing when he granted Pistorius bail.

Botha contaminated the crime scene and he made a number of mistakes.

Pistorius has to be somewhat thankful to Botha for his inefficiencies that resulted in him getting bail.

If the police can be so useless in a high-profile case, can you imagine how cases of ordinary citizens are handled? Yes, there are pockets of excellence, but for the rest?

Botha said he did not have footgear to wear at the Pistorius crime scene because there was no stock.

Several detectives have since told me they don’t have the essential items to use at crime scenes. Many have to get gloves from paramedics at scenes. Read more

Everyone needs to row in order to turn the tide

This column first appeared in today’s (Tuesday, 19 February 2013) Pretoria News Newspaper.

This column first appeared in today’s (Tuesday, 19 February 2013) Pretoria News Newspaper.

“GRANNY, 100, raped; 16-year-old gangraped; Nine arrested in North West for gang rape; 3-year-old raped in Cosmo City; Soweto pastor arrested for rape…”

And so the headlines continue. The rape scourge has finally outraged the nation.

I wrote in this column last week that it is critical for us to take this collective rage and turn it into concrete outcomes that will make a tangible difference in the fight against violent crime.

I am happy to report back on some of the issues I raised.

I appealed to President Jacob Zuma to publically declare that he was turning 16 days of activism against women and children into 365 days of activism.

It was good to hear Zuma in his State of the Nation address saying we should “make the campaign of fighting violence an every day campaign”. Read more